Interview with Filmmaker Luigi Coppola (BEEHIVE)

BEEHIVE was the winner of BEST DANCE FILM at the September 2020 Dance & Music Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Movements and dance always fascinated me. It’s incredible what a body can do, what sorts of things and concepts it can express. So the interaction between dance , Vertical Dance in particular and nature motivated me. The movie was shot in a spectacular natural place on the mediterranean coast in Italy, that looks like a Beehive, so we just figured bees inside with their movements, dance and their vital labor to the environment. This kind of dance allows viewing from other perspectives and that ‘s very interesting as well as spectacular.

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

It took us about three months to study project, choreography and costume design. We also needed some site visits before. Costumes are handmade by Italia Furlan, a creative girl who realizes unique garnments made exclusively by recycled materials.

We have worked hard for three weeks on the storyboard and on how to adapt the soundtrack to it. Exchanging ideas about the choreography and the camera angles has been the focus of our conversations. The shooting took one day and we immediately started working on the editing and post production. The editing took one week including 3D post production.

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

Powerful and Energetic

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

The location is a natural cave open to the public, it is very popular so there were lots of climbers, we had to manage the situation during the shooting and during the post production too, for example I had to delete images of people climbing on the cave walls. We descended in the hole all the materials, cameras, cameraman and the entire staff as well!

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

I was so excited , I smiled, I was happy. It was wonderful to see how our efforts had been appreciated by the audience. It was great because the comments seemed genuine and heart felt. They moved me so much I wanted embrace all them!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The cave which is shaped like a beehive was the source of our inspiration. The idea and the development of the idea came to us very easily. The beauty of nature, the respect for the environment, the importance of bees in our eco-system are there important topics to me, Roberta and Lucia (the dancers).

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

Barry Lyndon

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

I think this platform is a tool that simplifies and facilitates submission procedures and contacts. It’s a great way to stay informed about all festivals in the world.

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

The touch of your lips by Chet Baker. Recently I got hooked with Borrowed Love by Metro Booming

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

I’m very fascinated by Tomba Brion by architect Carlo Scarpa. A truly intriguing piece of art. I don’t know what will come out of this…


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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