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Shooting Your Own Shadow: An Interview with Joseph J Parisi

Tell us about yourself. How did you become an artist?

My name is Joe Parisi and I’m a filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. I've been obsessed with movies and tv since I was a kid.

What was your first job in the art field?

I've been in the film/tv industry since 2006, I started out making sound effects, and foley.

What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work?

The thing I incorporate in my work along with my creative partner and co-writer/ director is the “everyday mans” struggle. We all go through life with its ups and downs, and the best medium to showcase this is through film or Tv, in my opinion.

Please tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project?

My method is what works best for the scene taking place. Camera, lenses, and lights, they all have characteristics that help tell the story at hand and different combinations of those can enhance the storytelling.

Who are your filmmaking influencers? What are the films that were influential for you?

Influential filmmakers for me would be Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, and of course my hero, Steven Spielberg. Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, and Guardians of the galaxy vol 1.

How do you think the industry is changing? How has COVID affected independent filmmaking/creation? I think AI and technology becoming so quick, we're going to start seeing a lot of automation in tasks on set. Camera robots are the future!!! Hahaha

What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid? My advice to aspiring artists is to follow what’s in your heart, not your mind. You can easily change your mind, but what is in your heart is your calling.

Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world? Yes, I think a good film, telling a powerful story can touch the heart and soul. A good movie changes the way you look at the world.

What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste?

I think taste and style go hand in hand with the times. Bad times make people yearn for funny, happy stories. And I think the opposite also applies.

Please tell us about your upcoming projects.

We're currently creating a very big world filled with lots of characters, (like our delusional assassin), and are about to film CH1 of our story, that takes place 350 million hears before shooting your own shadow!!

Thank you!!!!


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