|An Interview with Primo and Clarissa.Alex: Thank you so much for the interview and for agreeing to do it in English! My Italian is limited to Google Translate and I am super impressed as to how well you handle the language change To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do when you are not training or filming?
CLARISSA: I’m a student of Art and I attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, where I’ve just finished the first year. At the same time I realize drawings and illustrations for books (obviously fantasy), most of them in watercolour.
Alex: The footage you taped for CADET’S trailer looks really good! What was taping it like? Can you tell us something from “behind the scene”? Did anything funny or unusual happen during filming?
PRIMO : Well I’m sincerely happy the footage we filmed is appreciated. Taping was great, just like being in the situations Alex describes, giving your own interpretations to storyline and actually “living the action”, an experience I wish to all the fans of the fantasy genre. Of course, we also had enemies: time, heat, and cross-country motorcycles.
Among the funny/unusual things that happened during filming, Clarissa (now in art “Renee”) had to get face make-up as she’s been beaten to the ground. And what does she do? She grabs some earth and makes her own extremely realistic make-up. I’m afraid to wonder what she would have done if somebody of us had to bleed in a very realistic way..
CLARISSA: We enjoyed it although the hot weather. The boys were grateful that they didn’t had to wear the chainmail (as they have had to do in other occasions instead).For taping the scenes located at the academy we didn’t have so many boys so we dressed one of the filmmakers to increase the number of students; we had no medieval shoes for him , so we had to find a way to work without filming his trainers.
Alex: What was the hardest part of filming?
Clarissa: The main trouble , for every scene , has been moving on the ground with medieval shoes , especially climbing the rock with the sword and the arc. The most difficult scene was when the guys of the Academy put Renee to the test. We have had to repeat the attacks several times (so I have had to repeat my falls).
Alex: You had to get beat up and fall a lot of for the film… Did it hurt?
Clarissa: Despite the blows and the falls ,it didn’t hurt. Not so much. During the trainings we learn how to work without hurting eachother, but also how to receive and cushion the strikes. Obviously we use protections. Usually I’m the one who makes more damages (smile) …so with that scene my mates have had a good opportunity for revenge.
Alex: Do you have any comments for us?
Clarissa: Thank you for your attention, hope you’ll enjoy the novel “Cadet of Tildor”, and may reading it give you the same emotions it gave us while filming it.
Thank you Primo and Clarissa! Amazing job!!!
More interviews with the cast are coming up, including insights from FABIO SCOTELLARO who filmed the trailer. What? You have your own questions for the cast? Email me at Alex@alexlidell.com and I will pass them on.