VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Delnevo, Alexander

Alexander Delnevo
Italian videomaker


Interview: 10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background

I’m born and raised in Italy. I studied film at the University of Turin. At the same time I started writing articles on film criticism and working as an Assistant Director. Later I founded a film collective, Lacuna Inc., which currently I work as a Director.

2. When, how and why started you filming?

I couldn’t find an exact date, but I can say that the desire to make cinema started after seeing Lost Highways of David Lynch. Visionary style and experimental narrative structure of that film were for me a shock. That moment made me think that cinema could be the right way to express myself

3. What kinds of topics have your films?

Memory is the topic that most fascinates me and I try to tell. The fragility of memories, their intermittent nature and extreme subjectivity charge life of men of melancholic precarity

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?
I start from a key concept which is developed collectively with employees of Lacuna Inc. They provide suggestions, ideas and solutions of their own, fragmenting and then rework the theme. We create the treatment and a detailed script. Finally the moment of filming. I always set my gaze is conveyed from the suggestions, improvisations and new alternatives, which often turn out to be the most effective solution

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
We haven’t fixed instruments, but choose those best suited to develop a particular project. In the specific case of Transhumances we used a Sony PMW-F3.

6. These days digital technology is dominating also video as a medium. In which way the digital aspect is entering the creation of your videos, technologically and/or conceptually?

At the conceptual level my idea is to try to make them coexist. I’m a nostalgic and I miss the charm of analog. I have to be honest. I am very torn, because I’m well aware, that digital is a great help from a technical point of view and allows me to different solutions in editing.

7. How do you finance your films?

The collective Lacuna Inc. is a way to raise funds, through the involvement of movie fans and other private sponsors, who are interested in our projects

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?

I love working in a team. I believe that sharing is the basis for all forms of art and that the exchange, even among artists with different backgrounds, lead towards original solutions. A stimulus for creativity. For this reason I work within a collective.

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?

The influences are many. All I see and hear, the world around me. If I were to refer to something specific, I would say the artistic avant-garde, in particular of the 20 ‘s, have played an important role in my artistic growth.

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?

Multiple, some projects mainly narrative, but also a series of conceptual works based on studies made by Deleuze. I want to develop the relationship between humans and objects.

Can works of yours viewed online besides on the CologneOFF platform? Not yet, sorry.

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