FOREVER BOUND, 7min., Italian, Fashion
Directed by Rob Bell
For Forever Bound, we wanted to explore the theme of fate’s adversarial role in a relationship, how destiny, if you believe in such a thing, plays an important role in how our lives turn out. It’s an exciting challenge solving the puzzle of how we are able to communicate such a personal, and yet universally experienced, stage in life. Our aim is that through both action and costume we will be able to artistically portray the inception of a separating thought, consequent tensions, and ultimately the final relief and acceptance of such a painful truth.
As a director I’ve always been fascinated by the personification of abstract figures in life; Death, Fate, Time amongst many others, and seeing how their own humanity plays into their interaction with human kind. Similar to the Ancient Greeks’ portrayal of their pantheon, I’m fascinated by their flaws, feats and responsibility in carrying out their appointed “Job”. I’m excited to be able explore this within the limitations of our film. In Fate’s case, we will see her attempt to guide two individuals in separate directions, even at the expense of their relationship, and the toll it may take.
My intention is to create a film that not only highlights the work of our chosen designers, giving them a platform to utilise their own work as an expression of story and emotion, but to also pose a question or at least encourage conversation about the importance of Fate, its existence, and whether its role in life is malicious, a gift, or merely a necessity for us to find our own paths and navigate our individual lives.
Get to the know Creative Director & Stylist Elisa Messi & Music Composer Flavio Carlotti:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
During the pandemic, the desire to take a different professional direction was born. After much reflection, we started to combine the best of our professional experiences to create something that could represent and satisfy us. The desire to be able to express a message through fashion and music, using video as a medium, fascinated us right from the start. Thus was born the idea of telling a story that spoke on several levels. Expressing emotions through clothes and jewellery, defining emotions through colours. Thinking of music as a fourth character on stage, capable of guiding and suggesting through sounds despite the insubstantiality of the body. This fascinated us so much that we created Forever Bound.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
We started to occasionally talk about the project back in April, but the real full time work came in July and August. By early September the crew was on location, ready to shoot.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
It might seem funny, but the biggest obstacle we faced involved windsurfers in the background shots on the lake, mixed with a cloudy day.
We reached the location very early in the morning, but the lake scenes took the full morning to be finished. By 9am there was a full class of over 30 windsurfers very close to the shore, that looked incredibly big on camera, therefore we had to stop shooting for quite a while.
Fortunately, at some point the rain started to kick in, forcing the windsurfers back to the shore. This allowed us to have a clear background and we managed to shoot a lot of the scenes in a small amount of time.
In addition, the story had to be partially changed, as a sunny landscape was initially planned. Finding ourselves on the lake in the rain, the director started thinking about changes to make the story still fit in with what we wanted to tell. In the end, we can say that we are more than satisfied with the outcome, because the weather not only kept the windsurfers away, it also gave the short a mysterious and beautiful photography.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
We were grateful and happy. All of the people that gave their feedback mentioned at least one of the feelings, ideas or emotions we wanted to pass onto those who watched our work.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When we realised during the pandemic that we wanted to take the path of communication through images, we started to produce photoshoots. The desire to tell something more elaborate soon came. The first video we produced was a short campaign that excited us so much that we wanted to expand the form into something more substantial. At that point we started to write some stories and plan their realisation. In the meantime, we looked for a team interested in our project and in developing the ideas we had.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Bin jip (3 Iron) | Written and Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Moulin Rouge! | Directed by Baz Luhrmann
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
We believe that as a Festival you are already giving so many great options. On the other hand, creating even more links with people in the industry can really make a difference helping emerging artists.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
Incredibly smooth and to the point.
10. What is your favorite meal?
We like many dishes, including pasta and pizza.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
We have several projects in mind for this year. Among them is the production of a new film. We are working out the story and trying to create the right team for what we want to do. The next few months will be devoted to developing all the details. Of course, we also have to wait for confirmation from investors, which we hope will come soon.