VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

De Gennaro, Silvia

Silvia de Gennaro
Italian videomaker


Interview: 10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background
I live and work in Rome, Italy. For a long time I dedicated myself to painting and writing alternately, until I discovered that the union of the two things was the right way to express myself at the best. So I started to make videos and shorts. I have an artistic diploma, but regarding movies I’m autodidact.

2. When, how and why started you filming?
In 2004 I made my first video, it was very simple: it showed photos with sound. The video was part of an installation and talked about female creative resources.
Why did I start? I don’t know.. Perhaps because filming was what I ever wished to do.
I think that the moving is “beauty”, “life” is moving. The concept of transformation, is often present in my work. The reality isn’t objective and static but changes continuously. All is cyclical, connected and in becoming. Moreover, life, like a video, is a tissue of images and sound, and weaving is a typical female art .

3. What kind of subjects have your films?
The issues I like to represent are philosophical, spiritual and sociological, lightened by a good dose of irony.

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?

The content affects the form of my work. My films haven’t a common style, even though each has a different story. Principles and styles are a prison for creativity . For me any new work is a new experiment. Often, I use to mix animation and shooting.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
A Canon photo camera, a Canon hd camcorder, Pc, Photoshop, After Effect, and patience.

6. What are the chances of the digital video technologies for creating art using “moving images” generally, and for you personally?
Before I started filming, I was a painter and was against using the pc, but when I tried it was love at first sight: digital media permitted me to experiment like I never could and, as an expressive media, it adapted to my visions magically.
Generally, digital video technologies have permitted to everybody to try to create moving art, without money too. And they gave to official Cinema means to find new expression forms, making it become attractive like it was at its beginnings.

7. How do you finance your films?
By myself

8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team?
if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

Normally, I work individually, but I’d like to work in a team. The problem is that when I’m working it’s like I’m dreaming and it’s difficult to dream and to speak with someone…

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
Everything… I often get the idea for a film from a picture, from something I‘ve heard or saw, or from moments I’ve experienced firsthand. I seek insights and stylistic inspiration from paintings, literature, cinema, mythology and everyday news.

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?
I’m working at several projects… but I don’t love to talk about them before they’re completed. I’d like to make an artistic documentary, a form of art that I don’t have experienced yet.
The dream: the Oscar, obviously. I’m joking… I wish to be really satisfied of my work finally

Can works of yours viewed online besides on the CologneOFF platform? Where?
List some links & resources