I’m suffering a very slow internet connection. At times, just loading my emails seems to take forever. I wanted to upload a few clips and an episode of the vlog, but decided to postpone it all. I was half-forced to take a day off yesterday, and it feels as if I have wasted a lot of opportunities. We’re in New Orleans. We were supposed to be out there finding musicians and meeting more improvisers and learn from them. Now that I stop to reflect these words come back to mind: ‘Relax your crack and don’t be the asshole.’ dixit Susan Messing.
Our time in Chicago was amazing. Every single meeting we have had gave us that extra boost in confidence. I don’t usually hug people (some of my friends used to joke that I’m allergic to hugs). I have had people I do not know hug me and that love slowly transformed into fearlessness. I realise that the ‘stress’ I felt this morning comes from my ambitions, from what this documentary is supposed to become and that is directly related to my fears. I want to be in a safe place, now and in the future, and that need for safety is transformed into attempted control, dixit Rance Rizzutto.
Fears are useful, most are there to keep us alive. Control is essential in some parts of our lives. The question is “What is an ego based fear?” (thank you David Razowsky). Is that fear you are facing a threat to your life or simply to your ego? As I continue to increase my trust into this process and I continue to become more intimate with the people I encounter the sense of collaboration slowly strengthen. This is not MY documentary anymore. From this collaboration comes fearlessness, every day a little more.
Sadly, I look at the budget and realise that after we reach Los Angeles we will have to wrap up our journey in the US. A lot of you have contacted us from Kansas City, Austin, Florida and San Francisco. Sadly, we’ve had to foot the bill for most (if not all) of our activities and the journey will have to end without us reaching these places. This is an extremely independent production, and we cannot do it all. I am grateful nonetheless.
Thank you all. Thank you to all the people we have met at MCL (http://www.mclchicago.com), laser storyteller, musicians and comedy singers, what a beautiful madness it all was. Thank you Constellation (http://www.constellation-chicago.com) and the music you brought to our ears (Thank you Jeremy http://www.jeremy-cunningham.com/). Thank you for everyone at the Chicago Contact Improvisation Jam (https://sites.google.com/site/chicagocontactimprov/Home), being in the middle of all you with my camera as you improvised your movements made me feel part of the dance. Thank you for the people at the Crowd (http://thecrowdtheater.com) for spending time with us and giving us a little private show. Thank you for everyone at iO Chicago (http://ioimprov.com/chicago/) watching you on stage and letting you make me lose control of my interview was a blast. Last but certainly not least, thank you Thomas P. Clune. That first evening when you joined us for a shoot I truly realise how lucky I am. I look forward to seeing what you are adding to the documentary in my absence. This project is attracting amazing people and I am just glad to be a part of what you are all doing.
Time for me to go out an enjoy New Orleans. We have no plans. We will just roam the streets and talk to musicians and make it up as we go. If you see us with our cameras, do stop and say hi! Less scheduling and more life. That being said, we will land in Los Angeles on the 30th of January. If you are intrigued by what we do, please, do get in contact with us. I hope to see you here or there. Until then, take care and have fun.
How Can You Help?
- 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