We had the good fortune of connecting with Dino Sardella and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dino, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
“The Odyssey” by the Greek poet Homer. It is definitely the book that instilled in my mind the passion for narrative and Art. When I read it for the first time I realized how great and vaste human mind can be and how much imagination a person can have. It is widely considered the beginning of storytelling and it is almost impossible to imagine how the world that we live now would have been without it. When I started to play in amateur drama companies and then started to work more seriously in theatre and films, I fully understood how every play, script, film, book is shaped after “The Odyssey”. The way Homer describes places, faces and feelings in the Poem, is so vivid and intense that you feel like you are playing a movie in your mind. After reading this mesmerizing Poem, I realized that, one day, I wanted to have the same impact on people, I wanted to create something that would make someone’s mind (even just one person’s mind) travel towards worlds that they never knew before. I guess this is what it means to be a storyteller.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My “way of thinking” is totally inspired by Classical Literature. I have always found the themes explored by Greek tragedies and poems incredibly contemporary and rich in meanings and beauty. Obviously making them accessible through a new medium was a challenge but screenwriting, playwriting and film-making have so far been the best way to convey my passion for Classics and my interest in storytelling. I find the combination of both incredibly fulfilling and refreshing. It’s very difficult nowadays to create something from scratch, even when we think that we are producing something new and original, that same thing was already done, millions of times, years and years ago. So right now the best way to produce something “relatively” new is to draw inspirations from different stories and mediums (books, comic books, songs, other films etc.) and try to mix everything with a personal touch/ voice. Obviously, the more we read, travel, watch and listen, the more we get to know new things that will inspire us in the future. So to answer your question, this is what keeps me busy professionally: trying to always find new and inspiring stories that fill my imagination and help me write and produce new and entertaining contents.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is a place full of interesting places to visit and there is such a diversity of situations that you can explore that it is quite difficult to know them all. My first choice would definitely be North Hollywood Art District: Theatres, Art galleries, restaurants, movie-theatres, great beer and a lot of creative people always walking around. Also a big park where you can spend time exercising, relaxing and hanging around with friends. I also like Downtown LA for its restaurants, bars but especially museums, The Broad is my favourite place to visit every now and then, and it is right in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, not far from places where you can go grab a drink or something to eat after a great day spent looking at some amazing exhibitions. Not to mention the amount of hiking places, my favourite is the Malibu Creek state Park where you can hike, explore nature but also visit a beautiful Hindu Temple.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A special thank goes definitely to every single person here in Los Angeles that gave me the right suggestion/ advice to grow in a very peculiar and competitive environment like entertainment. These are the people that gave me strength and trust at the right moment. Sometimes you can find inspirational personalities in the most diverse places and when you do, you better keep them always around you. To name a few, AW Tony Scott and Jean Su at Broadvision Picture, Martha De Laurentiis at De Laurentiis Company, Zac Unterman and Patrick Coleman, they are all amazing people and professionals that not only I had (and I hope I will still have) the pleasure to work with, but also friend that I enjoyed more than a meal together. And obviously, last but not the least, my super-special thanks goes to Literature and all the novelists and storytellers whose stories fuel my imagination and keep my creativity always alive.”

Image Credit:
Alice Esposito

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