“Play Violet for me” is a murder mystery in the style of a classic Noir film. Foley, a stalker obsessed with a young woman named Violet, finds Violet murdered one night after following her home. He calls Violet’s identical twin sister Lyla to discuss the murder and affirms his innocence. The film transitions between the present day and the past, showing the exchange between Foley and Lyla as well as scenes of Foley’s increasing obsession with Violet up until her murder. The present is shown in black and white to portray the somber overtone of the murder being discussed. Conversely, the past is represented in bright and vibrant colors, symbolizing Foley’s idealized version of the past. After listening to Foley’s story, Lyla confesses to murdering her sister and claims that she was actually Violet all along. Foley’s failure to identify Violet reveals his obsession as nothing more than him projecting character traits onto someone he never actually knew. This exposes his feelings as superficial and lacking justification in reality. Violet had used Foley’s obsession to set him up as the main suspect of her sister’s murder, placing him at the scene of the crime. In the end it’s uncertain whether the murderer was in fact Violet, or Lyla playing her sister and taking on Violet’s identity. This film questions the very concept of identity and whether our perceptions and the qualities we attribute to ourselves and others define reality.
It started almost by chance, but since I was a little kid I loved to invent stories, create new worlds, use the imagination a LOT! And of course I’ve always watched tons of movies that one day I said to myself: “Well, it’s time to make your own ones”.
2. Why don’t you tell us a bit about “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses”? What’s the general plot and idea behind the film?
“Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” is a retro-futuristic cyberpunk film, made as in the 80s (aesthetically and technically: no CGI is used, lot of practical effects). The plot is a metaphor of our society and how addicted we are to the internet. It takes place in Neo-Berlin, 2079 A.D. A dark and rain-soaked city held by mega corporations where the only way for people to enjoy life is by connecting into cyberspace and taking the “binary trip”, a cyberdrug that fries your neurons but promises a feeling better than a hundred orgasms at once. In this setting a team of detectives is investigating a new menace: an army of cyber octopuses that are killing member of the parliament and CEOs of corporations.
3. What inspired the idea for this “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses”?
I wanted to make a tribute to the science fiction movies of the 80s: Blade Runner, Escape from New York, Terminator, Aliens, etc. I really love those films! Especially living now in an era where lot of movies relies on massive CGI… Somehow cinema lost its magic: watching all those behind the scenes with the actors walking on a green or blue screen is very sad.
4. What do you think is the most unique aspect of your film?
Compared with other 80s tributes (like Kung Fury, Megaborg or Turbo Killer -which I love, don’t get me wrong-) what sets “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” apart is the lack of massive reliance on CGI, in this film everything will be hand crafted and shot on real locations, using a computer only for the final compositing or to recreate some vintage graphics. Also, despite the title, this film is not gonna be a cheesy tribute to the 80s, but it’ll be made very seriously. Something like Blade Runner with a touch of irony.
5. What qualities do you think make a great film, and could you give us a few examples of films that you would consider great?
There are too many factors that can make a film great. It’s a very hard question… Personally, I love a good script when it’s combined with great cinematography and some original way of making it. Something that while I watch it I say “WOW!”. A film is made of so many elements that it works when all of them are good and combined in a good way! (music, acting, cinematography, script, etc). About my favourite movies, well, I like a lot of things, very different each other: from Blade Runner to Pulp Fiction, from Werner Herzog to David Lynch, from Sergio Leone to Billy Wilder.
6. What advice would you give to someone what wants to create an independent film of their own?
The most important thing for an indie filmmaker is “never give up” and try to be creative. The lack of resources can push forward the creativity and it’s possible to create amazing things with very very low budget. One of my most successful short films, called THE BEARDLESS GARIBALDI, costed only $500 and it has been screened in more than 60 festival worldwide, winning about 25 awards!
7. Where can we follow you to learn about “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” and any future projects that you may be working on?
It’s very important for this project to reach the Kickstarter goal. We are half way the campaign, but the goal is still far away. We need support for each passionate out there! The rewards are great and beside the more common Blu-Ray, TShirt, Poster, etc. we are also giving away the props and models! Generous backers might have the weapons, vehicles, part of the city miniature and even the cyber octopuses! Check out the kickstarter page for more details about the perks. You can follow the project on kickstarter: https://www. kickstarter.com/projects/ piovesan/attack-of-the-cyber- octopuses , facebook: https://www. facebook.com/cyberoctopuses/ and all around the social media. At the moment I’m very focused and putting lot of efforts on reaching the campaign and make an amazing movie. Other future projects can wait for now!