Interview with Filmmaker Michele Bianchi (WHAT I DIDN’T SAY)

WHAT I DIDN’T SAY was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the June 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The project starts, not only as a thesis, but also as a personal analysis of my past and experience. The idea was to create a relationship between provincial reality and its flaws, with the family broke up and self-knowledge. All of us have roots to which we belong, but sometimes, we need to break away from them. This is where my film was born.

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

What I Didn’t Say started slowly and went into three different phases. The first part lasted six months and was important to write the script and to research cast and troupe. The second and third phase, production and post-production of my short, lasted twelve months. In these different parts I worked with actors and then with experts to create the idea of the final product.

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

If I had to describe my film in two words, I would call it authentic and gentle.

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

The greatest obstacle to overcome to complete my short was the different issues with noisy of nature and the curiosity of older people for the project. This led us to have some difficulties while recording the sound all over the place.

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

My initial reaction for the audience feedback was really optimistic and positive. I appreciated the different points of view about my short and the professionalism. I’m very happy to see how many people found a different essence inside What I Didn’t Say.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I realize that I wanted to make films when I was really young. When I was eleven I recorded everything with my smartphone, especially my friends and their reaction. I enjoyed creating classic plays in my town and other artistic things. After I went to art school, I realized that my future would be studying movies.

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

The film that I saw more is Mommy by Xavier Dolan, one of my favorite director, because it’s really intensive and it shows different aspects or themes that I love and follow to create my works. His cinematic language is intimate and melò, just how I like it, and for this reason I feel really near him and his prospective.

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

FilmFreeway is a genius platform, really simple and effective. When you create a movie, you already know that you want this film to be public and shareable. So, this platform helps to approach you with many possibilities and people that could be interested in your project.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is pizza, as you already know, I’m italian!

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

It’s a problematic question! I’m joking but not that much. Now, I’m working on a new script, a complete film, that I want to direct as soon as I have the opportunity. It’s difficult because, just like the first short, the new one tells an autobiographical event. I hope that all of this, and the dream, come true!


By matthewtoffolo

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

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