Tuesday, March 30, 2021

|Podcast| The Fourth Wall - Ludovica Isidori

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A vibrant, Italian, cinematographer, Ludovica Isidori holds an MA in Cinema and Television studies from IULM, Milano and a MFA in Cinematography from AFI, Los Angeles; there she received the Olivadotti Scholarship for craftsmanship excellence.

While studying, she filmed a documentary on autism, Meraviglia, that screened at several Italian Film Festivals. Since then, her path has been validated by a combination of artistic experiences, improving her technical skills and training her photographic sight. While living in Milan, she worked for the esteemed fashion photographer, Gianguido Rossi and she assisted Francesco Zanot, a highly valued photography curator. Their collaboration expanded Ludovica’s knowledge of Art History and Photography, as well as her understanding of the aesthetic rules and social relevance of visual art.

In 2013, Ludovica's graduated from the American Film Institute with a thesis shot on 35mm, Bamidbar. The short won the Best Short at the LAJFF and screened at numerous film festivals (Shanghai International Film Festival, Hof International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Champs-Elysees Film Festival.)

In 2015, Ludovica was selected as a Cinematography Fellow for Project Involve, the diversity program of Film independent. Since then, her projects have premiered at SXSW, Slamdance, HBO, Outfest, Diversity in Cannes and many other.

In 2017, Ludovica shot her first feature, The Blackout, for the Argentinian director Daniela De Carlo. In October 2017, Ludovica Won Best Cinematography at the Gary International Black Film Festival for her short, Intercept, directed by Jackie Stone.

The year 2018 started with another prize for cinematography, il Premio Daniele Cipri per la fotografia at the Movie Valley Film Festival, in Italy, for Ludovica's work on the short movie Peggie.

In 2018 she shot her third feature, Test Pattern, for director Shatara Michelle Ford; the piece, an independent piece about love and consent, has now started its festival run.

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‘The Fourth Wall’ bloomed out of tragedy. Although it wasn’t intended to be a beacon of hope for myself and for my EP Victoria Lacoste, it turned into the light at a very long tunnel. 3 days before my flight to scout in Paris in June 2019, I was run over by a car. 30 of my bones were broken. I lacerated my spleen, liver and punctured both my lungs. During my month-long stay in the hospital, and a brief stint fighting for my life and ability to walk - my heart was equally breaking - I thought along with losing myself, I had lost the opportunity to film ‘The Fourth Wall.’ Little did I know that I was working with people, both in the hospital and in my cast and crew, who would not let that happen.

It took me 3 months to become well enough to fly to Paris, cane in hand. After a successful location scout, taking a giant leap of faith with crew members we knew nothing about, we were ready to film the damn thing. And thus began the journey of writing/directing a film in a language I don’t speak in a city I don’t live in with a cast and crew I would grow to call family.

Chloé is a serious actress who's spent her life on the stages of Paris. The result? She has been chipped down into a product of the scrutiny and unfair politics that infest the entertainment industry. Doomed to star in one last performance of Shakespeare's 'A Mid-Summer Night's Dream,' Chloé fights for her moment in the spotlight amongst the self-serving newcomers she is forced to share the stage with. How far will she go to be the star of the show?

Written/Directed by Kelsey Bollig 
DOP : Ludovica Isidori 
EP : Brook Productions 
Cast: Lizzie Brocheré as Chloé, Roby Schinasi as Louise, Victoria Lacoste as Alice and Jacqueline Bell as Jennifer
Production Company: Edelweiss Productions

Edelweiss Productions is a US and Switzerland-based, multi-faceted and multi-genred film production company that seeks to push boundaries and elevate within the film sphere.

Productions focus on storytelling over distribution and range from small to large budget films told from every perspective.
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