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Interview with Carlo Dusi

This week’s driver who has decided to stop off at the SeeView service station is Carlo Dusi…

Name: Carlo Dusi

Age: 39

Birthplace: Belluno, Italy

Production Company: Aria Films Limited – http://www.ariafilms.co.uk/

Education: LLB, Manchester University (1st Class), Legal
Practice Diploma College of Law, Chester (Distinction). Currently studying to qualify as an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education.

Home: London, UK

Hobbies: Film, theatre, travel, long-distance running, gym, cycling, music, reading, cooking and entertaining.

Favourite food: Risotto

Favourite drink: Prosecco

Car: None

Previous Jobs: Head of Business Development and Business Affairs at Random Harvest Pictures, Associate Solicitor (Film & TV) at Davenport Lyons

Favourite films: Too many to mention…

Favourite director: Pedro Almodovar

Superstitions: None – though flying on Friday 13th still gets to me…

Likes: My family and friends, facing new challenges, variety of activity, my home, good wine, carbs….can I stop now?

Dislikes: Big egos, unfairness, Italian politics, junk food, laziness

 

 

What have you worked on recently?

I supervised post on a couple of features for Met Film Post, one of which I EP’ed for them, while continuing to develop my own slate of projects, consulting for other producers and a film distributor, and doing some teaching at the Met Film School.

 

What are you working on currently?

EP’ing two features on behalf of Met Film Post, and about to start post-production on a micro-budget thriller starring Keith Carradine, entirely shot in Tuscany this autumn, while about to start prepping a James Rogan feature due to shoot in Spain in April and a London-based prestige short due to be shot in March.

 

Current outlook on the state of the British film industry?

The last few years have definitely been tougher than anything I had expreienced previously, but the outlook is cautiously improving, and the recent shift of focus away from tax-driven funding to a more market-and audience-oriented financing approach can only be a good thing.  The years ahead have the potential to bring momentous change to the industry, so I feel greatly excited by the challenges ahead.

 

Any advice to young, up-and-coming filmmakers trying to break into the industry?

First of all, do your homework: no-one is going to put any opportunities on a plate for you (unless you are very well connected from birth…), so do your homework, find out as much as you can about the industry and how it works, start building a network of industry contacts, and spend time researching the market-place, who it would be interesting for you to work for/with, how they operate, what they need, and how best to put yourself forward.  It is an unfortunate but undeniable fact that the industry still largely operates through word of mouth, and it is therefore essential to find an entry point into it in the most effective way.