Interview with Filmmaker Frankie De Leonardis (FLOATING)

FLOATING was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the August 2019 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Frankie De Leonardis: I’ve been dying to get into film making all my life. At some point a fellow filmmaker pointed out all my scrips and ideas were too wild, with too many resources. He said you should do a short film with just two characters and a single space. I took it literary.

Also I wanted to explain that life is unexpected, you never know what’s coming up next.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took me ten months. two days to write a week and a half to correct a month and a half of pre-production (we had to build the space module), two days of shooting and the rest is post-production.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Life’s unexpected.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Filming with wires was a huge challenge, we couldn’t predict how slow each setup is. It made us leave behind ten shots (all the views from the other side). Also money, being self-founded we had to think everything so much so as to get the results we wanted with the money we had.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

An absolute smile, I wanted to hug them. The film is a genre fluid film and I’m always worried people will be let down or disoriented by the constant mood changes of the film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

That is a mystery. I started writing after reading Elon Musk sent a Tesla to space and I kind of thought what if the Tesla he sent crashes something on space. From there it was really fluid and it all came out in one seating. Then I went back to tune up dialogues and jokes.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Maybe Mary Poppins, but I am an addict I watch so many films hundreds of times. C.R.A.Z.Y. is one of them, also EVENT HORIZON, BIG FISH. I could make a list of thousands.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I love FilmFreeway, I actually hate when some festivals make me go to another site. They have such a great design, friendly UI, clean, and fast.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Peace Train by Cat Stevens
Colorblind by Counting Crows
Space Oddity by David Bowie

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I have so many projects and so little money! Haha.\

1. “The Limit” A dark/comedy feature about a small unprotected village in Argentina (1978) that receives the news of war against Chile and goes bananas.

2. “Ash” A dark/dramatic comedy feature about a family’s decision to burn their late father against the extreme religious wishes of the Grandmother.

3. A comedy short about a supermarket employee living such a routinary life, she believes to be trapped in time.

4. A comedy/sci-fi short about a pizza delivery boy who gets to deliver a pizza to god.

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