Derick Patrick Martini (born December 2, 1976) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is of Italian, Jewish, and Irish heritage. For more information visit his Wikipedia page.
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What is the current project you are working?
What is your opinion on crowdfunding?
If by crowdfunding you mean 'kickstarter', that frightens me to death. I've noticed filmmakers out there utilizing kickstarter and I can say this: they are braver than I! It's just too public for me, personally. I have a hard time when I have actors and myself attached to a script with no funding and it's being shopped privately, within the industry. That always kills me and I try to avoid it as often as possible. I can't imagine exposing my actors and material in a public manner, looking for hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of people to invest. I have nothing against the filmmakers who put themselves out there on kickstarter, like I said it's brave, but it's just not for me.
This is a great question John! Back to the stuff I love. Like most filmmakers who prefer film, it's ultimately about the look. I love the grain that film organically provides and I miss it when its not there. Grain adds a texture to the end result, the look of the movie, that digital does not. With digital, you wind up adding grain in post production, imposing it onto the image as opposed to it organically existing as a natural flaw. On my current film I'm about to do just that because I have to. We shot it partially on 35mm film and partially on digital for financial reasons and I can't say that I dislike digital because that would be a lie. I like many of its advantages, I just dislike its seemingly only disadvantage -- no grain. But the jury is still out on the grain issue and I am withholding judgement because my hope is that my film comes back, with grain, and I won't know the difference between film and digital anymore.
That's a tough one John. I can't pin it to one moment and I'd rather not weigh the downs versus the ups, so I'll generalize a bit: my favorite moments have always been what happen between when I say 'action' and 'cut'. Working with the actors.
Becoming a father of two little daughters has definitely changed me as a filmmaker. Isabella (4yrs. old) and Alexandra (2yrs. old) are starting to curiously pick up dvds I have hanging around the home office, which is really cute until Isabella asks "what is this one about?". What comes racing to mind are all of the wonderfully dramatic yet very dysfunctional relationships most of my characyers have in common. That's when I cringe. I know one day they'll see these films and I'll have some explaining to do. If I keep going with the darker material, I can always show them "Louis" and have a shot at redemption.
Why do you prefer using film when shooting your movies?
What is the best way to make it in the film industry?
I don't think you ever truly 'make it', John. It's always going to be from story to story, or movie to movie. Just a wild guess, but I'd bet all of those filmmakers who seem to have 'made it' all feel like they haven't -- they still have something to prove, or another story to tell. I think maybe, just maybe, you've made it when you have run out of stories to tell.
All that being said, you have to start somewhere. I am a firm believer in making a micro budget feature legnth film to start. Write your script, keep it simple, fund it just like you would a short film; on credit cards, borrowing, etc, and make it guerilla style. Today, unlike in 2000 when I dove into film with "Smiling Fish & Goat On Fire", digital is an extremely cost friendly way to make your film. Festivals are everywhere. Do your work and then get your work seen, forget everything else. That is the best advice I can give.
What has been the best moment of your film career thus far?
How has becoming a father changed the way you create films?
Why did you decide your create your short film "Louis"?
What is your favorite film of all time and why?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
P.S After you're done watching all of these filmmakers' work, re-watch Marty's stuff again to set the record in your mind straight ;)