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An Interview with Christopher Di Nunzio, Director of Under the Dark Wing

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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Your upcoming film Under the Dark Wing - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Here is the synopsis: Johnny Boy goes on a routine job, things go awry when he meets a vulnerable young girl. His boss George sees her as a money making opportunity. Neither one has a clue of the deep dark secret that lies within the girl. Once revealed it will change the lives of these thugs forever.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Under the Dark Wing, and what got the project off the ground?

 

I watched both Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf and Bela Tarr's Turin Horse, and it brought up a feeling in me. I wanted to say something with film but what? Then this old idea I had about telling a non religious tale of life and death hit me. Also I have been watching and reading a lot about the philosophy of death. So that helped. Hahaha!

I wrote a few drafts then I gave it to Pedro and said feel free to do what you think works. He came back with a similarly structured script with a lot of amazing dialogue. He added to the atmosphere as well. Pedro is becoming great with dialogue. Then for the final draft we got together and went through ideas back and forth until it was done.

We have no money to put into it but we know the film won't cost much so we are trying to raise money and hopefully shoot it soon. We want to get it into some festivals. My last short Her Heart Still Beats got into six and was reviewed very well! It was long for a short film too.

 

Christopher Di Nunzio, Pedro Alvarado

What can you tell us about your writing partner Pedro Alvarado, how did you first meet up, and what is your collaboration like?

 

I was working a job to make money for films and I met Pedro. We liked a lot of the same things like film so we started grabbing some drinks and talking about films. He told me he's been writing short stories so I showed him some of my films, then we both had these scripts that were both crime-based and we said let's put them together and make a feature! That is how A Life Not To Follow was born, by the way. 

The way we work is someone starts with a script then we pass it back and forth. We meet up to talk in depth about it and at the end we meet up to work on it together. We talk a lot about the script. What makes this work is we are honest with each other and if we don't like the criticism that's just tough. Think about it, state a case and move on. We are always trying to get better. I'm happy where my skills are as a filmmaker but you can always be better. Learning never stops. 

 

Care to talk about the intended look and feel of Under the Dark Wing for a bit?

 

Yes. It's going to be in black & white. Not because of the films that helped the idea come along but I've always wanted to shoot a film in b&w so I'm doing it! It will be very dark with a lot of black. We are going to play with the use of light and hope to add a surreal touch to it. I almost made the last film (A Life not to Follow) b&w, but our DP Nolan Yee had a great idea of adding a little color back in and I have to say it looks great!

 

David Graziano

Michael Capozzi

Anything you can tell us about your intended key cast yet, and why exactly these people?

 

We have three people for the main cast: David Graziano [David Graziano interview - click here] will play George, Michael Capozzi will play Johnny Boy and for the girl I'm talking with someone now but no one is locked in yet. Keith Bennett also has a small role. 

I just had a great time working with David and Michael on A Life not to Follow and I wanted to put them in something else. Me and David have become friends and I love his method acting approach. He loves film and it shows. That’s the type of people you want to work with. He's also respectful an easy to get along with. Michael has amazing timing and is just a natural. He's always the funny guy on set but when it's time he always nails the scene. Keith was in my last film and he's getting the feel for acting. He did a good job last time for me. Also again he’s a nice guy and a great musician. Check out his band PanzerBastard https://www.facebook.com/panzerbastardboston?fref=ts. They all have a great look for film. I would recommend them to anybody who wants to make a real film. Great people and all talented. 

 

As far as I know, Under the Dark Wing is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?

 

Yes it is. Right now it's all on IndieGoGo. If there is one thing I'm bad at its fundraising. So I hope I can get this to work so we can start soon. If someone out there can help with this please let me know. I wish I could say more but I need to start thinking more creatively with fundraising.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/under-the-dark-wing/x/409016

 

Once the funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed, and any idea when the film might be out yet (and yes, I do realize it might be waaay too early to ask)?

 

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We just need two more locations so I want try to lock that down and start rehearsing. I'll buy the last few props and do one last breakdown of everything. I have a budget breakdown, some of the locations, shooting days and props already. To execute a good film you need to prepare. Prepare, prepare, prepare, prepare and don't worry, something will always go wrong!

 

Any future projects beyond Under the Dark Wing?

 

Myself and Pedro are working on a few ideas and we still need to finish A Life not to Follow but that looks like it will be done soon. We will be sending it out to festivals soon too. I'm also getting ready for the festival I help run, the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. It's August 15th to 17th. We have a good looking line up so far and a lot of cool stuff happening this year: http://www.massindiefilm.com

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

 

Under The Dark Wing: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/under-the-dark-wing/x/409016

Under the Dark Wing FB: https://www.facebook.com/UnderTheDarkWing

A Life Not To Follow FB: https://www.facebook.com/ALifeNotToFollow

Mass Indie Film Fest FB: https://www.facebook.com/MassIndieFilm

Me: http://www.christopherdinunzio.com/ or http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3233049/

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have forgotten to ask?

 

Yeah I'm really happy to have Skip Shea as a producer on Under the Dark Wing [Skip Shea interview - click here]. He's a great filmmaker himself and an even better person. I was a fan of his work and I like to have good, friendly people on my crew. Check out his last short Microcinema. It won the 2012 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Honorable Mention Award for Best Horror Short - http://www.watchmicrocinema.com - Aurora Grabill is also in it and she's an actress I need to work with again soon! Skip's last film Out of the Night was fantastic too - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Night/590717210945084?fref=ts - so I can't wait to get started!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you for your time and support! It's always a pleasure.

 

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