We had the good fortune of connecting with Emanuele Daga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emanuele, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think people are unaware of how strenuous of a process it is to make a movie. It takes an incredible amount of time, effort and money to shoot a film. From screenwriting to pre-production, from shooting to editing, from acquiring distribution to making it to theaters, the movie-making process is a marathon full of obstacles that takes at least half a year and typically costs six to eight figures.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a director my primary form of expression is through the audio-visual language. Above all other media, I chose and fell in love with this one because it’s the only one that allows me to display what goes on in my mind. I am in fact, a very visual person, I don’t talk that much and when I do I always use very visual metaphors. Making movies to me means being able to speak in an articulate way. When I turned 18, I had my parents buy me a handy-cam. I started shooting anything: short movies, music videos, mini documentaries and just footage of random people. I loved observing others: their movements, their looks, their body language, everything I saw, in a way, spoke to me. This was only the beginning of a difficult and ongoing attempt to master the art of storytelling. Ten years later, I have learned a lot, but my most valuable lesson has been realizing how many lessons I have yet to learn.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d start with a good tennis match or a soccer game, as there’s nothing I love more than playing with my friends. The next stop would be at my fellow country-man Matteo’s, whose Pesto pasta and hosting are simply exquisite — nothing for me beats a nice dinner with intimate friends, maybe playing some board games together. After that, we’d be heading to Las Vegas for at least three days of gambling, restaurants, and amazing shows. Back in LA, we can conclude in tranquility, hiking, drinking wine, and visiting museums.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Among the infinite number of people I need to thank for being where I am today, a couple stands out: mom and dad, who supported me all these years and made it possible for me to chase a career as a film writer-director.