Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that filmmaking was not just a hobby, but that it would be your life and your living?

We have always felt that this should have been our life, but there was a specific day when we understood that it couldn’t have been different. We had our first important project in 2011 and EVERYTHING went wrong: we didn’t have the experience or even the right equipment ( or the money to buy it) to do it properly. At the end of the day, we found ourselves tired, stressed, and confused, but on the way back home we decided to stop in the first place that we found, have some wine and make a toast because we realized that yes we were tired and stressed, but we also had a great smile on our face. Happy to have made it happen.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film?

Train yourself to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Search for stories. Stories are everywhere. Talking with people, listening to ordinary or genuine stories. Observing real life. Find a great team, grow with it.

What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your film making?

Creativity comes from anywhere. Ideas come from your experience.
Always experiment.
Start something. Now.
Be in contact with yourself and your creative thoughts.
Sometimes even what looks like a half baked idea, can be developed into something great.

What are personal attributes that make for a good filmmaker?

Ability to listen, Curiosity, to be ready to be captivated, to be able to transform a vision into a language. Be able to see everything from multiple perspectives, think out of the box, and share this experience. Be able to transmit the spark that burns in you, convey and cause a reaction. Be disruptive. Know the past, Read, live and decode the present in order to look into the future and what do you do to foster them? Salvador Dalì used his mustaches like antennas for communication with the universe, our way to stay connected is to: Keep ourselves open and free to change ideas, never settle. Never stop learning. Exchanging opinions and dialogue about ideas with other creative people.

You’re both Italian, does where you live influence how and what you make?

Beauty and art traditions are part of our Italian culture and we can try to translate and transpose them to the present. Nowadays you can be inspired by all the greatest ideas around the world through the internet or travels. Traveling a lot, we actually really feel like citizens of the world ( with a good cuisine tradition anyway ;-) ). Every corner of the world has great stories ready to be told;

What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

At every stage of our life, we have been inspired by many different movies, every age has its own movie milestone. What we really enjoy is always try to find something fresh and new that can inspire us more and more.

What is the piece of work you are most proud of and why?

We are very proud of our work Hokkaido- The Sound of Japan because it has been our big first passion project. We really tried to reproduce our feelings and what Hokkaido inspired us in terms of images and sound. We also really enjoyed deepening our technique, to mix the Hokkaido’s sounds, a composed track, and inspiring images.

How have you changed your approach to work during the pandemic?

We spent more time thinking about ideas, designing projects …and dreaming to make them happen.