Il Velo di Gila

Narrative Short Film (Italy / 2018)

Follow a little girl on her journey facing the traumata only she knows about!
The project IL VELO DI GILA that includes this short film (together with a graphic novel, several educational workshops and a possible theatrical adaptation) was initiated by three Italian authors: Savino Napoleone, Raffaele Ferrante and Nicolò Santovito.
 
The project addresses and explores the difficulties and psychological obstacles faced by children and adolescents growing up. It shows the loneliness and anxiety that are familiar to many young people, yet also demonstrates how in times of distress feelings of dejection can be overcome by connecting with one's inner psychic resources. The authors joined up to create a project not only for children, but also for parents and educational institutions. 
When I was first approached by Savino and Raffaele about creating a short film on this delicate topic in June 2018 they had already produced a rough draft for what should be the driving story of the book and the short film. My initial skepticism towards their plans (I had been part of several passionate and ambitious projects before which had then fallen apart for lack of proper management) quickly dissipated during a long conversation about the larger vision and goals of the project, the efforts that had already gone into its preparation and organization, and the widespread support by different social institutions.
When I was first approached by Savino and Raffaele about creating a short film on this delicate topic in June 2018 they had already produced a rough draft for what should be the driving story of the book and the short film. My initial skepticism towards their plans (I had been part of several passionate and ambitious projects before which had then fallen apart for lack of proper management) quickly dissipated during a long conversation about the larger vision and goals of the project, the efforts that had already gone into its preparation and organization, and the widespread support by different social institutions. By the end of our first meeting, I was completely enthralled about the idea of making a short film together with them.

Raffaele Ferrante and Savino Napoleone organized the key cast and the locations for the short film. But a big problem remained in that the story outline they presented me was way too broad and extensive for being summarized in a nine-minute film. The authors had the idea of a gender non-specific child who wanders through his or her subconscious and encounters the angel-like figure “Gila” who shows the child a way to deal with their traumata. But how could we keep the look of the child neutral and gender non-specific in the film? How would we be able to create a mystic atmosphere around Gila without making her look ridiculous? And in which way would a space have to be created to be recognizable as the subconscious? 

A concept illustration for "Il Velo di Gila" by Italian artist Savino Napoleone

A concept illustration by Savino Napoleone

A young girl lying awake at night with the eyes wide open. A frame taken from the short film "Il Velo di Gila"

A frame taken from the short film

During the production process, I increasingly realized that this was not so much a film we made for ourselves but a film we made for others: for the children who suffer from the circumstances we explored, for parents and even for teachers. We had to empathize with their experiences, and it was Raffaele’s life experience, in particular, combined with the passion and determination of the project’s authors (Savino Napoleone and Nicolò Santovito) that helped us maintain the integrity of the project. Working on the project thus changed us, too, and I am grateful for the chance to be part of it that allowed me to grow personally and professionally.
 
I hope that our short film IL VELO DI GILA will help others to gain a new perspective on young people’s everyday life. I especially hope that it will help open the eyes of those who are not aware how much children and adolescents are affected by assaults on their self-esteem. And I finally hope that it will give back some self-confidence to those who feel hurt and struggle.

Behind the scenes

  • Filming the shadows for the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 1.
  • Filming the shadows for the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 2.
  • Filming the shadows for the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 3.
  • Filming the shadows for the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 4.
  • Applying the make up for the main actress of the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 5.
  • Applying the make up for the main actress of the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 6.
  • Applying the make up for the main actress of the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 8.
  • Filming of the short film "Il Velo di Gila". Behind the scenes 9.
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    Recognition

    "Il velo di Gila" was featured as Short Pick on Filmshortage.com

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    Credits

    DIRECTED, FILMED and EDITED by Tiemo Weidemann

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Savino Napoleone
    CREATIVE COORDINATOR: Raffaele Ferrante
     
    Produced by ConCreation

    Original text by Savino Napoleone, Nicolò Santovito and Raffaele Ferrante

    Screenplay by Tiemo Weidemann, Savino Napoleone
    and Raffaele Ferrante
     
    ACTORS: 
    Vittoria, Giulia and Eleonora
    Chiara Stradiotto
    Eduardo Motta
     
    MUSIC (licensed through premiumbeat.com):
    Falling Leaves - RimskyMusic
    Truth to Tell - Big Score Audio

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