VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Panizzi, David Sigmund

David Sigmund Panizzi
US based

artist biography


Interview: 10 questions

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

I grew up in a low-middle class area and went to a high school that I feel could have better prepared me for what I was getting into when I went to college. Regardless, I’m in my 4th year at Penn State and will be graduating in the fall.

2. When, how and why started you filming?

I’ve always loved films. One of my favorite classes in high school was a film studies course. When I got to college, I decided to try and get into the film major. Sadly, I was unable to get into the film major because I would have needed to take a class that was not offered at the branch campus I went to for my first two years of college. When I came to Penn State’s main campus, I enrolled in the media studies major with the film and television option. This was what was recommended I do by my advisor since I wanted to be in that field.

3.What kind of subjects have your films?

I try to not generalize my films by category, but rather prefer to have the ability to make any type of film that I desire.

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

Most of the times, I find it easiest, and for the best, to just let the films flow and not follow too many guidlines. However, I have found it very helpful to storyboard and write out a script before attempting to film anything.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.

I usually use mini dv cameras to shoot my footage, and edit on a mac. To edit I can use final cut as well as adobe after effects.

6. What are the chances of new media for the genre film/video in general and you personally?

new media is huge in films already, and it is only growing. With how good technology is, I’m sure that new media has a place in film generally, as well as in my films.

7. How do you finance your films?

Being a poor college student, most of my films are fairly low-budget. The equipment that I use is usually borrowed from Penn State, and props and costumes are usually something that I already have, or don’t cost much.

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 have worked both individually and with others. Both are great, and the preferred method of working individually and having complete control is great, but it is always fun to help others or work with others to make a film.

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

Many of my favorite films keep me interested in film-making, as well as seeing how many great films one film-maker can make in a career.

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

I hope to one day work for a film company making films for a living, no matter what position I have. If this doesn’t happen, I hope to at least continue creating films independently.