Interview with Filmmaker Federico Muchnik (SOMETHING DIFFERENT)

SOMETHING DIFFERENT was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the December 2021 ROMANCE & RELATIONSHIPS Film Festival

1. What motivated you to make this film?

A: I’ve wanted to adapt a short story by Giovanni Boccaccio for a long time. His classic The Decameron has been made into films by Pasolini, Fellini, and others. One tale from that book has always resonated with me – from the moment I read it 25 years ago. So, in 2018, I had finally come to an emotional place where making the film was – let’s say – newly urgent again. And, thank the Lord, I had the time and money available to make the thing.

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

A: As I say, I’d been wanting to make this for a long, long time – but only 1 year passed from the moment I cast the film to the moment it came back from the mixing lab and colorist.

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

A: Love hurts.

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

A: By far: editing. The original cut was twice as long as the finished picture. I needed a pair of “outside eyes” on it. Thank God a pal of mine provided the outside view and lo and behold, we found the film inside the film waiting to be born.

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

A: Thank you, thank you. I’ve been in cinemas with large audiences watching my stuff. While feedback videos aren’t that, they accomplish a similar goal: they convey what people think and feel about my work. So, again, gratitude.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

A: September 3, 1969.

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

A: The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, directed by Perry Henzel. 26 screenings. Long story.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

A: I’m looking for 100K to produce a crime story set in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is a sure fire hit. Harvard MBA’s selling drugs and running a prostitution ring versus local Cambridge “townies” trying to get their city back. Will be fun.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

A: Very good.

10. What is your favorite meal?

A: Ramen. But I enjoy most Italian food.

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

A: Yes. But, see above. I’m writing it as a crime novel first. The screenplay format is too limiting for me. The novel allows depth a script doesn’t – at least for me. Once the novel’s done it will be a few weeks of transposing it into Final Draft – then we’ll look at production strategies. win


By matthewtoffolo

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

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