Interview with Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, director of movie 'Almost Paris'

Cinema / Interview - 23 May 2019 19:00

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is director and actress.

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Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is the director of movie Almost Paris, starring  Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, Susan Varon, Joanna Adler, Michael Sorvino. She's working as an actress in the movie  Saving Little Italy.

Q. The film “Almost Paris" tells of the discovery of some value of life. You agree with this interpretation?

A. Almost Paris simultaneously tracks Max's personal journey and the effects of the financial crisis upon his family and friends. Max returns to his childhood home to get back on his feet in the wake of the mortgage lending crisis, where he discovers how his personal and professional behavior have fractured his relationships. He strives to rectify matters, learning to show up and give back to his friends and family in ways that are priceless. The film follows the trajectory of coming to want what you have versus having everything you want. In this sense, the hero does come to find value in the life and love he has.

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Movie 'Almost Paris


Q. How did you direct the actor, improvising or with a storyboard?

A. I was fortunate to work with several amazing and generous actors who all brought their heart and souls to this project, helping make the world of our story more vibrant and dimensional. In this lovely ensemble atmosphere I found frequently we would improv the pre-beat to a scene and then play the scene through past what was on the page to capture the natural familial feel in the relationships. Often the actors chemistry with one another could be seen in the moments they found between the scripted lines.

Q. How was the process of writing with Wally Marzano-Lesnevich?

A. Wally was always pushing himself to deliver the best story possible. We had a very collaborative and dynamic partnership. If I had questions about a scene or felt we could shape the character arcs more clearly he went straight to work to accomplish the adjustments. Once on set, Wally was fully engaged as an actor and would often encourage improv that sprang from the strong foundation his script had created.

Q. You received directing tips from your father, Martin?

A. Yes and several other filmmakers as well. My way of working on set and collaborating with cast and crew is a combination of what I've experienced as an actor that worked well and listening to the experienced guidance of filmmakers who have faced the same challenges: classmates, mentors, friends and family. I turn to the people I trust.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. I have my favorite lists of films-- I love movies so I don't have one stand alone favorite.  Here are five that are always on my list:
Shadow Of A Doubt
Night Of The Hunter
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington 
Singing In The Rain
Some Like It Hot

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