Field Notes: An interview with director, Aldo Ricci


Aldo Ricci is a man of few words, yet those words carry an immense weight. And when crafting a story, Ricci lets his work do the talking.

Ricci's work is epic and expansive. His films literally give you a different view of the world. Often using a drone to get his larger-than-life footage, Aldo's works are often moved by music, allowing the scenery to speak for itself. His work reminds us to stop and smell the roses and that it's important to get a different perspective every now and then.

Aldo Ricci responded to our questions from his home in Noci, Italy. We chatted about the importance of music in his films and how he's always looking for ways to improve his craft.

M: When did you realize you wanted to become a director?

AR: Last night! no joke, it all started about 4 years ago when my girlfriend bought me a camera, but it was also video. since that day I have not stopped my passion in the my world!

M: What is your favorite moment of the filmmaking process?

AR: What you see online is just the tip of the iceberg, in fact the realization of a video is much more: I listen to the needs of a customer, translate them into a storyboard, choose actors, lights, room to utilize .. and then back studio to the stage assembly, music selection and finally ColorGrade. Out of all this, shooting is definitely my favorite moment.

M: Do you always have a clear vision in mind while filming?

AR: I always, or nearly so, write a precise storyboard many times. However, I also "write" all in my head during the shooting. I can imagine how the imagery will mount, and then click the right shots.

M: Do you ever have happy accidents during filming?

AR: Happy accidents happen very often, and serve to defuse tension in my work. because for me, passion comes first and then it becomes work. If it were not so I would not be able to achieve what I have done to date.

M: What role do you feel the music in the film?

AR: Very often I say in my workshops, music is an integral part of a video, is the backbone of a project, it is a true link between scenes and emotion. Music is the 60/70% of a good movie.

M: When do you know you have something ready to show the world?

AR: There really is not a date, there is no deadline. Any filmmaker must have the courage to "face" the web, be good, but staying at home is useless. When I started watching a lot of videos by other filmmakers, especially behind-the-scenes videos, I start to understand where to improve. Always learning.