UCF film alumni team up with legendary director Abel Ferrara to produce movie

Central Florida Future

Originally published in the Central Florida Future: http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/news/ucf-film-alumni-team-up-with-legendary-director-abel-ferrara-to-produce-movie-1.2691465?pagereq=1

Bachelor of Fine Arts alumni Christopher Carullo and BrianDeutzman teamed up with indie legend Abel Ferrara in their latest rendition of a film that originally started as a Directing II project.

It was a matter of luck, and 23-year-old Deutzman was in the right bar in Little Italy at the right hour.

“I recognized a guy at the bar who ended up being Ferrara. Ourfirst meeting opened up dialogue between us, which ultimately led to him seeing the film,”said Deutzman, the producer of the short film 3 by 3, 1 by 1.

But the collaboration wouldn’t take place until their second opportune encounter.

“My girlfriend was actually cast in a film he was making,”Deutzman said. “He saw the film and thought it was interesting.”

The legendary American director found the film so interesting that he offered to be the executive producer. An executive producer generally oversees the monetary aspects of a film, but because the film only cost $500 to make, the name of a creative and well-known director like Ferrara on a project like 3 by 3, 1 by 1 is what really makes his involvement so significant.

“His name recognition was a huge support and helped us gain connections that are worth more than money,”Deutzman said. “Without that, I don’t think this film would have gotten as far as it did as quickly as it did.”

3 by 3, 1 by 1 invites its audience into the intimate lives of eight young adults living in the 21st century. The characters face issues and circumstances common to today’s youth. As one relationship tackles infidelity, other characters contemplate suicide and dabble in cocaine.

The film was edited into a triptych form allowing its viewers to engage in the individual lives of the characters while also absorbing the larger picture of how each of the lives connects.

“The film shows small moments in the characters’ lives, but almost as if you were reading status updates on Facebook or a friend telling you something about someone else,” director Carullo said.

Like a triptych painting, a video triptych arranges three separate videos to play on the same screen. In 3 by 3, 1 by 1, Carullo uses three different projectors to reveal three individual narratives occurring simultaneously. It is through this method that the audience is able to enter into the subjective perspectives of each character.

“This film is more of an attempt to show how the world is. We live very subjective lives. We think of things in terms of how they affect us instead of how they affect the world,” 22-year-old Carullo said. “Combining these individual narratives into one film shows that we all exist in one world.”

But Carullo combines more than just narratives. The latest version of 3 by 3, 1 by 1 is actually the product of two separate projects melded into one 12-minute film. The first four minutes of the film are taken from Nite Boy/Day Girl, a short that Carullo created for his Directing I course. The remainder of the film is snagged from a project thatCarullo developed for his Directing II class, an eight-minute short also titled 3 by 3, 1 by 1.

Five Stories, an annual compilation of short films made by UCF film and cinema studies students, featured Carullo’sNite Boy/Day Girl in its 2010 edition and the original version of 3 by 3, 1 by 1 in its 2011 edition.

“Choosing the films is difficult as there are many more than five films worthy of making the cut,” said Jesse Wolfe,UCF film professor and Five Stories committee chair. “So while there have been some students who have had films chosen for Five Stories more than once, it is a rare occurrence.”

But the latest version of 3 by 3, 1 by 1 couldn’t have been completed without Deutzman’s help. As a producer,Deutzman saw the growth potential in combining Carullo’s two films and was determined to make it happen.

“It’s been an intimately collaborative process,” Deutzman said. “He was staying at my place for 10 days while working on this film, and I had to stay at his a few weeks prior. It’s a commitment and it has to be, or else it won’t end up a really good product.”

And according to senior and BFA film major Jon Perez, the commitment has paid off.

“The film is simple and honest. It makes you feel like you’re a part of something, and not many films can do that,” Perez said.

The film, which is set for a web release early March, will be screened at the Hypontic Suggestion exhibition on April 7 and will also be available free of charge through a mobile application mid-2012.

 

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