Interview with Tomaso Cariboni
Ciao Tomaso, let’s start from the beginning. Tell us a little about you, and what you do now?
Everything starts with a huge ball of compressed stuff that, abruptly, explodes into galaxies. Then comes the dinosaurs, the clubs and the bible and everything gets messy again.
Within that brawl my parents thought that it would have been a good idea to have a second son and here I am.
Why and how did you get into stand-up comedy and comedy writing?
I have never performed in my life. Once I sang in a group and I think that was as close as I got to stand-up comedy.
It didn't last long.
What professional ambitions do you have?
Survive. Hold up, keep up, last, prevail, survive.
In case I might survive a little longer, I will linger at the idea of directing a feature film.
In case I might one day direct a feature film, I will call it the day.
Can you describe yourself in a few words?
Aaaarg! Sbang! Arf! Sigh! Auch! Yeah! Swoosh!
I can't think of anything else, I am afraid.
What is your direction approach on a usual assignment?
I generally ask myself if they know who they are dealing with. If, after my many questions, they are still convinced that I am a director, then I get convinced as well.
Who were/are your inspirations in the world of comedy?
Billy Wilder, Mario Monicelli, Phil Burgers. The world is for the one who laughs.
What was your approach on this assignment for the Manfrotto School of Xcellence?
I asked if I really could have done it my way. They incredibly said yes.
And I was very happy.
Client's trust and confidence is so rare, oh my oh my.
We find that combining irony and educational purposes can be very effective, How did you come up with this idea?
There are so many tutorials out there. And one more every two minutes.
You can learn almost everything watching You Tube. Not only about cameras and filming, but even how to cook banana split with mussels and Bonvil, how to build a space rocket that will bring you on Mars, how to change sex at home with a DIY kit. You mention…
Was it difficult to realize?
Not at all. Once I got hold of Phil. He is generally traveling around the globe. And when he's not, he is traveling around his head.
He has been the real engine of the project along with Gabs and David Kind, whose donuts… well, you don't want to hear this…
Working with Phil and Gabriel, was it fun? Do you have any story or backstage episode to tell us?
Well, these two guys might seems maniacs. And they probably are… but they are as well great professionals, dedicated to their jobs, focused and serious. We had fun, but the real stories happen after the wrap.
A question on the products you used. Any specific product that surprised you, did you know all of them?
Well, I have to be honest… I do not stroll along the street looking in the store windows that much… I am never up-to-date when it comes to fashion. But that 18cm high heels paillettes glitterati-style shoes that Phil lended me during the three days of the shooting were really worthing the sprained ankle!
What makes you laugh, what makes you hopeful, what makes you sad and what makes you angry?
Incredibly enough, it is always the same thing that makes me laugh, hope, happy and sad… It is amazing how this thing can really influence all your feelings and emotional life. I struggled a long time to focus on its real meaning and understand how it works on people's life and I think that by now I have quite a good and definite idea of what it is that makes me so open to all sort of emotions. This thing I am talking about is the s..
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