Interview with Filmmaker Marcel Canzona (The Eye and Eye’s Delight)

The Eye and Eye’s Delight played to rave reviews at the April 2021 Dance & Music Film Festival.

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

It took about 3 months from the first time the director Marshall proposed the idea to me. Some of the delay in editing came from the fact that I was working a full time job at the time. I always say yes to anything that Marshall proposes because I know there will be a tremendous amount of trust and creative freedom.

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

Fear, Beauty.

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

From the filming perspective it was the fact that the ceiling in the space we were filming in is so plain that Marshall did not want it in a single shot. This informed every camera movement and shot angle. The dance solo by Julia was particularly challenging to follow her without showing any ceiling.

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

I was happy to see people enjoyed the visuals so much! The music is so incredibly gorgeous that I wouldn’t blame anyone if they forgot about the visuals entirely.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

5. When did you know that you wanted to make movies?

The film world seemed so fantastical when I was a child that I never even considered it as an option. However when I was in highschool I watched a group called Wong Fu Productions on YouTube. They were creating small shortfilms on affordable cameras. It showed me that anyone with a camera can make a film if they care to put the effort in. I also failed at or didn’t enjoy every other artform but I still felt the want to be creative.

6. What film have you seen the most in your life? (MC)

Honest answer? The Matrix because I loved it as a child and edgy teenager. As an adult it has been The Tree of Life. In a way it plays out like a long music video, which I love.

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

I enjoyed that the FilmFreeway platform made film festivals all over the world accessible to us in one central and intuitive database. As a company (Opera Atelier) making its first foray into short films and film festivals, it was the perfect platform upon which to get our film out to a new, larger audience.

8. What is your favorite meal?

Anything made by my Nonna.

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

We are 10 days from filming the full scale production of Handel’s The Resurrection which is very exciting! It won’t be a stationary camera pointing at a stage. I’ll be editing that throughout the month of May so I have my hands full.

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