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An Interview with Davide Melini, Director of Deep Shock

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2014

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Your upcoming movie Deep Shock - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


The story is about Sarah, a twenty-six-year-old girl who can’t completely overcome the deaths of her grandfather and her older sister Helen. The trauma and lack of sleep cause her to embark on a strange journey of apparitions and murders, apparently caused by her mind...


With the film paying hommage to the giallo genre - what do you find so appealing about these movies, some of your genre favourites, and how closely will you stick to these movies of old in style and story?


Being Italian, I know the "giallo" genre very well... There are so many titles I could mention... Now that this genre celebrates its 50 anniversary, I want to pay homage to it with my special and personal tribute. I like the idea to recreate a certain genre of cinema, which has almost disappeared, through the use of new technologies. But Deep Shock, despite being a tribute to the genre, is a completely independent movie.


Other sources of inspiration when conceiving Deep Shock?


The title of my short film is a clear reference to Deep Red by Dario Argento and Shock by Mario Bava [Mario Bava bio - click here]. These are films that I took as a basis. Then, of course, in Deep Shock there are many other things... It is a pure “giallo” film that mixes thriller atmosphere with extreme horror cinema elements. Furthermore, the plot offers the audience the chance to identify and made to face different challenges: rational vs. irrational, thriller vs. horror, life vs. death, God vs. Evil… All of this taking into account characteristic elements of the “giallo”.


Gialli have been known to become quite gory at times - so how far do you plan to go in that respect, and is there any line you refuse to cross?


After my last two films (The Puzzle & The Sweet Hand of the White Rose), I felt the necessity to change, to create something strong and impactful. Deep Shock is definitely the most brutal and violent movie I’ve ever made... The story will be a nightmare from the beginning to the end...


As far as I know, the film is still in preproduction - so how do you plan to proceed?


We are currently looking into locations for shooting the movie and we have also launched a crowdfunding campaign.


So what can you tell us about your fundraiser for Deep Shock?


While financial contributions of all sizes are much appreciated, I recognize that some people may just not have the funds. But it doesn't mean they can't help. You can also help by getting the word out about our campaign to your friends, colleagues and loved ones via social media platforms.  If everyone is able to share this campaign with just a few people, we feel confident that we can reach many, many people that may be interested in donating to the cause. So I invite you to spread the word! Like our Facebook page, where you can get up-to-date news on the production. You will not be disappointed by the film!!!


How much do you need to raise?


We are trying to raise 3,000 Euros, which is traditionally a modest amount to fund an entire short film. We need to pay all the equipment, provide food and travel expenses, cover post-production costs, as well as pay for the makeup/prosthetic effects that will be featured in the film. In return for your contributions, we are offering some great incentives! The perks range from little things like a Special Thanks on the Facebook page, all the way up to producer credit on the film (as well as a wide variety of awesome swag in between).


You have a stellar cast lined up for this new film.


Yes, I can say that I have formed a really great cast: Laura Toledo [Laura Toledo interview - click here] (known for her role in the Spanish TV series La que se Avecina), Francesc Pagčs (Snow White by Pablo Berger and Darkness by Jaume Balagueró) [Frances Pagčs interview - click here], Paco Roma (La Hijas de Danao by Fran Kapilla) [Paco Roma interview - click here], Estela Fernández (known for her role in the TV series Amar en Tiempo Revueltos), Erica Prior (The Second Name by Paco Plaza and The Birthday by Eugenio Mira) and Luis Fernández de Eribe (Bajo un Manto de Estrellas by Óscar Parra de Carrizosa)


One key element of at least the best gialli out there is their music. So what can you tell us about the musical score you intend to use?


Like I said before, Deep Shock is not only a tribute, but it is an absolutely independent film. And about the music, I have very clear ideas, but I can’t reveal anything yet... What I can say is that I will not use sweet themes and childhood lullabies, as in many past movies, but I aim for another style. What is certain is that Giulio De Gaetano (who will compose the music) and Christian Valente (sound designer) will have much work to do... but I’m sure they will be able to do a great job!


Where do you plan to film?


In Malaga and the province.


Any future projects beyond Deep Shock?


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Right now there is only Deep Shock! It is a film in which I wasted a lot of time for the lack of professionalism of some people and I absolutely have to recover the time lost! What comes after that is yet to see, but now there is Deep Shock and nothing else!


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