As press partners with the All-American High School Film Festival, we thought it would be an awesome idea to interview a few of these talented young filmmakers whose films were chosen for the AAHSFF Official Selection. For the next couple of weeks, we are spotlighting these filmmakers one by one, day by day. Find out what inspired their short film, who they aspire to be, where they see themselves in ten years, and more! Yesterday we posted the first spotlight on finalist, Owen Grove, you can read it here.
Check out our interview with Luca Repola, director of “Philippe”
Name: Luca Repola
What inspired you the most when making your short film?
I think living in New York City is what inspired me. The original idea for the film came to me at 3am in a subway station. I saw a kid (around my age) in full soccer attire with a French national team jersey and a soccer ball. I built a story around his character, so I try to use the city in similar ways when I am working. It’s full of stories and experiences and one of my goals as a director is to highlight that in my films.
Who do you look up to or aspire to be?
I look up to a lot of successful artists, mainly because I think it takes a lot of effort to be good at your craft, respected by other people in your industry, and on top of that to support yourself off of that. Jay-Z, Keith Haring, Basquiat, Yoanne Lemoine. All very cool people who do very cool things…and are good at it.
What’s your fanspiration?
My fanspiration right now is Lorde’s new album. She’s amazing.
If you could remake any film, what would it be and why?
If I could remake any film it would probably be Enter the Void. I am in no way hating on Gaspar Noe, I think the idea was incredibly original and powerful and was executed pretty well. Personally, I felt that the film was a little slow and lengthy for such a crazy idea. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely watch it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living the Entourage lifestyle. Mansion in Los Angeles with a bunch of my friends, kicking it poolside with some models… AND making really cool films, of course…
Check out the full interview with behind the scenes stills: