Interview with Producer Marco De Ornellas (THE MIDNIGHT TRIP)

THE MIDNIGHT TRIP was the winner of BEST SHORT FILM at the June 2021 EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

With the passing of my grandfather I became more invested to explore and understand better the real of the spiritual. How can we connect deeper within our inner world to become more connected with the outer world.

That journey led me to study the natural laws of life, which consequently led me to immerse myself into the source of all natural wisdom: the indiginous cultures of our human family.

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

This was two years of pre-production and a couple months of production. The preparation was “long” because I wanted to make this film as authentic as possible.

In the course of two years I fostered a beautiful friendship with the indigious artist and friend Lawrence Laughing, or his native name Ah Lawentaneh. It was a beautiful journey of trust, surrender and courage into the realm of the unmanifested to discover the soul of our film, which carries the mission to awaken people to their innate truth as protectors of all life, truth and peace.

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

Natural Integration.

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

As an independent producer and filmmaker, finding the financial source to sustain a production of any level is one of the greatest challenges to a producer. When I cast a project I do it without any limiting belief. Hence to say that the team was globally diverse. From flying the directors from London, or the make up artist from Berlin, to casting a legitimate wolf and a native american man to be the main characters of the film. Very challenging but equally rewarding.

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

Sincerely, I felt such gratitude, so much love and warmth that all I could do was to listen and cry of happiness for seeing how this piece has positively affected people. My goal with my films is always to uplift the human spirit and bring a high level of authentic storytelling to all audiences.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

It was around 2013 that I did a photoshoot inspired by my drive to create a piece that would bring awareness to indiginous culture and fashion entitled: Son of the wild. This piece is now in pre-production for a full length documentary on indiginous culture of the world.

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

Uh, that is a tough question. I LOVE watching films. I think it is safe to say that one of my all time favorites is “Legends of the fall”, because it beautifully portrays the wild within men and the initiation from boyhood to mature masculinity.

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

I love FilmFreeway and how easy they make the connection between the filmmaker and the festival. Bravo!

9. What is your favorite meal?

Wow, that is a hard question. Haha. As a foodie myself, and a good Brazilian / Italian man, I love all food. My favorite meal would be a meal that is shared with great wine, good laughter and the love of family.

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

Although we live in a society that is driven by the “next big thing”, in my years so far I have learned that the work never stops. I am personally on a path of self mastery and for that reason I will never stop creating. I believe that it is the artist’s duty to inspire life and light with their life and work, and in that light I am committed to make more films and creative productions that will add positive value to the human experience. My next film piece is called “Scorpio” and it will premiere this July 24th, 2021.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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