Before leaving you with the synopsis of the story - written by the author himself, Andrea Alfieri - I would like to introduce myself: I am the director of the short film and my name is Mattia Ceron.
What I immediately liked about this story is the moronic and simplistic voice with which a tragic and deeply serious situation is set up.
My idea is to translate this story into a movie that can convey all the facets and beating hearts that the story puts on paper, working on a universal imagery bordering on the tragicomic's limit.
Looking for an answer to the question: "why this story is necessary?", I prefer to answer with the same provocation that Alfieri made to me: this story, really, is not needed absolutely by anyone.
This story is about the unpredictable, about casualness and how the combination of the two can be frostily cruel. It tells indirectly about the suburbs and the lives that inhabit them, the same suburbs that show how the whole world is sometimes covered by the exact same rust.
This story is of no use to anyone, I repeat, and yet the things that suddenly disrupt our daily lives attract us and, perhaps unconsciously, we are always looking for them.
I don't know if you heard Tony Del Verde's latest, that weasel. He and Marietto found Ugo Frasson's corpse inside Frasson Station the other night. Disaster. Not so much for poor Ugo Frasson, God rest his soul, but because those two got themselves into a truly grotesque situation. But let me explain: from what they told me, the two wanted to call for help, didn't they?
What else could they do with a dead man in front of them? Only the station's telephone wasn't working. So they decided to use the phone box on the other side of the street, because they couldn't just stand there like two poles waiting for someone else to help them. But problem: Tony didn't have any change, while Marietto, an idiot, with all due respect, had spent all his money to get I don't know how many lollipops from the lollipop machine at the entrance. And well, things happen, let's put it that way. But what to do at that point?
Tony suggests taking a few coins from the till, as Ugo Frasson doesn't need them anymore and certainly taking a handful to call for help could never be considered stealing, in a situation like that. We all agree, don't we? Well, while they're digging with their hands in the cash register, the drug-addicted/half-crazy daughter of poor Ugo Frasson enters and naturally, once she sees her father dead on the ground and two morons with their hands in the cash register, she puts two and two together and thinks she's fallen in the middle of a robbery. Result: she accuses the two of having killed her father and, as if that were not enough, pulls out a gun. Disaster, right?
Then I don't know how it ended, actually, I overheard a guy talking about it at the bar, so boh, he left and I don't know how this story ends. But just think, these two guys go through there to do their business, to get gas, I presume, and they end up finding a dead man, and while they're trying to resolve the situation, someone comes in and surprises them with their hands in the recorder, and lo and behold: gun pointed at them. But seriously, what are the chances? It's true that sometimes life goes well, and sometimes very badly. I hope Tony and Marietto got away with it.
"Smoking with Tony Del Verde" is a short story of mine, a sweet and bitter, ironic and grotesque, warm and cold story, featuring two warlike fools, a corpse and a heartbroken drug addict. Nothing more, nothing less. Me, Andrea Alfieri and the director Mattia Ceron want to turn this story into a short film with the support of the Universal Arts School of Valencia and a team of young talents that we present to you below.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a team made up of professionals from the audiovisual sector and students from the UA School, all of whom have experience in this sector.
Here is a part of the team.
Andrea Alfieri (Author) from Treviso, (Italy). Born in 1993, his stories are in "Playboy Italia"*, "Quanto Magazine", "L'inquieto", *"Green PeAple - Eataly" and he is the author of Holden Studios. He likes to read for people, he does it on stage with "Le letture da bagno" and live on Instagram, often in company, with "Le interviste da bagno". He's luckier than you because his parents own a pizzeria and he can eat pizza whenever he wants.
Mattia Ceron (Director) from Treviso, (Italy). Born in 1992, graduated in Media Design at the Nuova Accademia Delle Belle Arti di Milano (NABA) in 2017. He has always been passionate about images, stories and illusion; that's why he chose Valencia and Universal Art School as his new base: to master and finish his studies in digital cinema and VFX. He has worked and continues to work as a filmmaker, editor and postproducer between Treviso, Milan and Valencia. His latest works include the music videoclip for David Florio, "Italy is a Strange Place", the book-trailer "Amore&Psycho" for the poet Paolo Agrati (which achieved a special mention from the jury at "Cortinametraggio" festival) and the music videoclip for "Malegria" for the band of the same name.
Ximo Foix Gellida and Sonia Monllau Sorli* (Art and scenography director) In 2013 they decided to dedicate themselves exclusively to their passion, setting up a modelling and scenography company, making sculptures for roundabouts, reproductions for museums, carnival costumes, decorations for large companies such as Nina Richi, El Corte Inglés, Jean Paul Gautier, etc. always adapting to the client's requests. Since 2018 they have started working with the renowned artist Ripollés, reproducing his figures. They have worked doing the scenography for videoclips such as "Robe" from Extremoduro or "Glitch Gyals". In the audiovisual world they work in the art department, in scenography as in art direction. Many are the short films made, several feature films such as "La Inocencia" by Lucía Alemany, "La Boda de Rosa" by Itziar Bollain, "Una Esperanza que no defrauda" by Cristian Gómez and currently they have been able to be in advance of the art department of "El Juego de las Llaves" by Vicente Villanueva. Since 2017 Ximo combines his work as a set designer with teaching a higher degree of Fallas Artist and scenography construction.
Alexander Zweifel (Director of Photography) holds a degree in Film and Audiovisual Culture from the University of Gdansk (Poland), a degree from the FMH School of Photography and is currently pursuing a "Master in Digital Cinema" at the Universal Arts School in Valencia, Spain. Apart from academic activity, Alex is also active as freelancer in the commercial video field, photography and short film making. His latest work as a cinematographer, a student comedy-drama short film titled "Endgame", has been recognised at international festivals, winning the award for "Best Student Film" in St. Petersburg. Alex plans to continue his development as a visual storyteller, working on sets and personal projects. "Fumar con Tony del Verde" is a crucial project in this journey and a very important addition to a growing collection of titles co-created by Alexander.
Once the project is completed, our production team will proceed to send rewards to our backers.
All the digital rewards will be sent as soon as possible after the end of the crowdfunding campaign; about the physical rewards the timing will be the same considering the production time - we ask for few months of patience, depending on the type of reward.
As for the making-of, preview or final viewing of the short film, the delivery will depend of the production of the final product, therefore with an estimated delivery within the first half of 2022 - taking in consideration the participation in festivals and various other events -.
// THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS.
Your name will appear in the final credits of the short film.
round sticker (6x6 cm) of the logo of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
Square sticker (7x7 cm) of the official illustration of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
// WALLPAPER WITH THE ILUSTRATION
Tony del Verde illustration's screen-saver.
Exclusive link to the making-of, which will document the production process of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
Official poster (50x50 cm) with the illustration of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
// UNPUBLISHED STORY OF TONY DEL VERDE.
The author, Andrea Alfieri, will write an unpublished Tony's story as a reward, which will be printed on the poster.
// PRE-RELEASE PREVIEW
Exclusive private link to watch the short film once it is finished.
The front of the T-shirt will bear the official logo of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde". And on the back it will have the official illustration of "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
Free shipping costs in the Iberian Peninsula.
WHAT WE WILL USE YOUR DONATIONS FOR
All the money raised will go solely and exclusively to pay all the expenses generated by the project "Smoking with Tony Del Verde".
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?
Making a contribution through Verkami and choose the prize you like most, every donation is very valuable to us!
Share this campaign with your friends and family so that it reaches as many people as possible.
If you are a company and want to collaborate with the short film, send us a message to our email and we will get in touch with you.
To keep up to date with our project and meet the rest of the team, we leave you with our Instagram, where you can get to know Tony better.