We have landed in Chicago! Right off the bat we have received a lot of info and met some interesting people. One week won’t be long enough to meet everyone, but sadly that is all we have. Consider us excited about this city already!
New York has been amazing and I’d like to thank all the people we have met through the Magnet Theatre (especially Rick Andrews), the good people of the PIT and the North Coast (especially Rachel Rosenthal) for sharing their passion with us and letting us capture a glimpse of what they do. It was inspiring to see the level of dedication they all have. There is a strong sense of community, positive vibes and support towards each other’s activities. It was a great boost!
I have been told to follow my fear. Sometimes, fear comes from within, from our instinct, it is there to save us, to keep us alive. Sometimes, fear comes from the outside, from what we have learned to fear over years of ‘formatting’ and social judgment, and is not always justified. It is not always easy to differentiate the two but this trip is teaching me that it is worth trying.
Our next leg will bring us to New Orleans. We’ll be landing on the 25th of January and will mainly be hunting for improvised music (and comfort food). If you are based in New Orleans, please, do get in contact with us. See below how you can help.
I hope to meet you soon, take care and have fun.
- Provide guidance. Where should we go next, and why? The sooner you contact me with an idea, the more likely it is that we can make it happen within our means. I’d like to stay in North America at first, but I am willing to consider any corner of the globe. Where should I go next and Why?
- Introduce subjects. I know what I am looking for but I do not know who will deliver it. For every improviser we will meet, I would like to record an interview and a performance. Do you know musicians, comedians, poets, dancers, painters, rappers or other kind of improvisers? Do you truly believe that they have that something special in regards to what they do? Do you know people that are obsessed with improvisation, that have studied it from a psychological or evolutionary point of view? Could you put me in contact with them? Who should I include and Why?
- Provide artistic/technical support. I might end up in your neighbourhood, you might have an extra camera sitting there, you might have some spare time on your hand on that day, and you might be tempted to join us. We are traveling light and only have one camera system and a small action camera for this project. Can you join us for a shoot?
- Provide sponsorship. We have limited funds, some would say very limited funds. We intend to continue our exploration of improvisation for as long as we can stretch our resources. Any form of sponsorship is welcome. Discounted or free travel, accommodation and food are the main concerns. We will also need venues, where we can gather, interview and improvise. All sponsors will be thanked through our social media networks and clearly included in the final work.
- Let other people know. Share this post and its content with everyone you think might be interested. Actually, share this post and its content with everyone you know. Let other people know.
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Who are we?
Giorgio Palazzi (Producer/Director)
Born and raised in Meyrin (GE, Switzerland) from Italian parents. After various jobs and experiences on set and mainly in post-production, he transitioned to a career in Filmmaking Education, in search of a more stable life. This allowed him to live and work in Australia, New Zealand, Rome, Bangkok and the UK, teaching and coordinating for various Filmmaking Departments. He recently setup a small production company, W(A/O)NDERFILM Ltd. It seems stability is not entirely what he was after, a passion is a passion, and teaching it was simply not enough. He still ‘educates’ from time to time through his filmmaking blog, waondering.com.
Sergej Bezuglov (Director of Photography)
Born and raised in Klaipeda (Lithuania). He trained as a diver and dive instructor before embarking on various underwater jobs around the world. After visiting the reefs and wildlife of the Maldives, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, he was ‘forced’ to take a camera in his hands. It was love ‘at first sight’ and his curiosity pushed him to learn about most aspects of film and video making. He was later employed by a Filmmaking School where he mainly taught cinematography and color correction. A passion is a passion, however, and teaching it was simply not enough.
Why am I doing it?
For the last couple of years I have been stuck in preparation hell. I have been working on various creative projects and they were all at “various stages of development”. It was frustrating. It is frustrating. I feel the need to do.
I look back at when I wrote this post – Let’s Wing It: Improvisation, Film and That Something Special – It was more than a year ago. I wrote it with a lot of admiration (and a bit of envy.) What really bugs me is how little I have done since.
I have often told my students not to invest their own money in their films. I am not sure why I used to tell them so. I was told so by my teachers and I was just repeating what I was taught. In the end, it is like saying do not invest in yourself, and that does not make any sense to me anymore.
How can you contact me? You can use the channels above or write at firstname.lastname@example.org