Francesco, executive producer, director of photography, cameraman. He works as a freelancer for record companies such as Sony music and Universal. From an initial interest in drawing, he eventually moved into video. A frequent traveler, his work is often inspired by his experiences abroad.
What’s your name and what do you do?
My name is Francesco. I work in video, mainly as an executive producer. I also work as a director of photography and a cameraman.
How do you start your day?
The first thing I do in the morning is get up check my email, then I go to a cafe for breakfast.
What does an executive producer do?
Essentially an executive producer has to reconcile the artistic choices of the people he is working with and the budget. Budget and creativity.
What are you doing here?
We’re in a small screening room, where we’re watching some material that we filmed recently.
Describe your day in 20 seconds.
My typical day changes about every two months. In general it changes when the job changes. Right now, it’s much easier to describe since I’m on vacation in the Aeolian Islands.
What does Photography in Video mean?
Photography in Video is really important. It sets the atmosphere for the whole production.
If we opened your fridge right now, what would we find?
Just the other day I realized that my fridge isn’t even plugged in.
What’s the best footage you’ve ever shot?
A deer…when he realized that I was filming him he turned into an actor… the footage is amazing.
How did you get started in this career?
I got interested in video through drawing. When the drawing couldn’t do what I wanted anymore, I moved into video, almost by chance… and it felt right.
Which is your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
Probably the music videos for Litfiba and Afterhours because I really was excited to do them.
What’s the link between Dead Bold Dead and Kill Bill?
Dead Bold Dead is a film I worked on in England at the end of the ‘90s. One of the scenes from that film was cited in Tarantino’s Kill Bill. That was really satisfying.
What’s the worst place you’ve ever spent the night?
A long time ago, I booked a room with a bathroom in a little hotel in London… and in the there was a Port-a-Potty in the middle of the room.
Are you a collector?
I like collecting illustrations and original prints by Milo Manara.
What does fashion mean to you?
I’ve never really followed fashion, but I like finding new fabrics that make everyday life more comfortable, either on vacation or at work.
What place has influenced you the most?
Definitely London, which is where I got my start in this line of work. And probably also the Gaza Strip. I went there from October to November of 2011.
The feelings I had while there were really strong and the place impacted me a lot.
What would you do if lemmings attacked?
Ah, this is that ‘80s game!
What is Crossley?
Crossley what I always wear.
Already finished? Well, bye!