Andrea Cazzaniga was born in 1985 in Sanremo (Italy) and was raised in a small village right by the sea. From 2004 to 2008 he studied “Design and Art” (B.A.) with a focus on photography at the free university of Bolzano (Italy). The years after that he worked as a graphic designer. Between 2011 and 2019 he studied film directing (B.A. and M.A.) at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. He is working with the scriptwriter Tatjana Scheel on his feature film debut “La Strega di Triora” (The Witch of Triora).
Q & A
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
There are never bad ideas, but ideas that become better and better with time. But there are also ideas that can weaken the story: usually these ideas show up when the story I'm working on gets stuck. When doubts and rationality come into play. There is always a moment when I have doubts about the story, when I wanna change it because I think it makes no sense. In this film, for example, I thought about taking away the friendship between Iris and Nicole and let them be two strangers, knowing nothing about each other. For weeks I changed the story in that direction becoming completely confused. In moments like that it's always good to shut down the head and listen to the heart.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Other films, photography, nature. I also get inspired from fears and past memories. I like to find inspiration through all the five senses and I try to reach the audience not only through the sense of sight.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I would wake up inside this film as Iris, I would trust my gut feelings and stay away from the ruin. If I would wake up as myself, I would try to convince Nicole to trust in her friend Iris and be at her side.
What horror movie would you like to shoot next?
I would like to shoot a feature film set in a little Italian village, famous for witches, called Triora – one of those small superstitious and profoundly catholic villages, seemingly still hung up in medieval times, the kind of villages that might soon be extinct. In this village a 9-year-old girl spends the summer with her granny. There she begins to sleepwalk and meets a mysterious woman that no one else can see. The initial village idyll turns into a nightmare for the little girl. The only question is who is more dangerous: the witches or the villagers themselves?
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Practical effects are great, and together with CGI amazing! I would prefer to shoot with practical, because it helps also to create the atmosphere during the shooting, but nowadays many effects are not possible without the use of CGI. In our film the collapse of the ruin was created with CGI, otherwise we wouldn't had enough money and time to do it for real. Post Apocalypse, but I love also "Ex Machina", which I think is Pre Apocalypse.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The unknown and uncontrollable. Yes, these fears inspire me a lot in my genre storytelling.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
"The Shining" and "Get Out".