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The Italian Key Interview with Ville Tanttu

Updated: Oct 27, 2019

Post by Ville Tantuu with Onna Carr

This week, I have the privilege of posting my first interview. Ville Tanttu, the talented cinematographer from The Italian Key, graciously agreed to the following interview. Ville was a delightful conversationalist, an informative communicator, and a true pleasure to talk with. Onna: What led you to The Italian Key as a project? Ville: I have known Rosa since we studied in the same film school, and we have done a documentary projects together. Rosa asked me to do this project, which originally was supposed to be a spontaneous summer fun film with young adults involved. The Italian Key grew into something much more than that—a full movie production with an Italian crew. The landscape where we filmed in Italy is really stunning, and I liked being there as it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Onna: What were a few of your favorite memories from The Italian Key? Ville: The positive, dedicated energy. The friendships gained while filming The Italian Key are still alive and strong. For example, the three sisters in the film and my daughters, who were assisting with the wardrobe, became great friends. We got to know great people through this project, and we have evolved lifelong friendships from this experience. Also the beautiful places where we filmed and atmosphere overall were favorite memories. Onna: What were a few of the challenges experienced during the filming process? Ville: Starting from the scratch to do a big film—to run the whole circus of a bigger production. Onna: Can you tell me a bit about the filming locations, and which location was your favorite? Ville: The scene where the four girls are all on the mountain and the oldest of the sisters is reading Gibran. This was the first scene shot for the film, and the outcome was the best I shot. The atmosphere was real, good, and with a strong feeling of camaraderie. The hill was very steep, and we didn’t have enough support from the grip for the camera track. All helped to build a natural support for the track: meaning stones, logs, and any items found nearby, so a very unique and handmade camera track support was created, which gave us a unified joy in working together. Onna: With regards to location, I noticed that in the film, during Nicki Well's song, "Sigh," the cottages shown looked as though they were from Larkrise to Candleford, British, period drama, and I was curious to find out if they were. Ville: No. This sequence was shot in Italy, in the Valborbera Valley.

Onna: Can you tell me a bit about the "friendly deer" in the forest? Ville: The deer was tame. A villager has this deer in his garden. The deer was not so kind, and the animal started to bite the actresses and me. Onna: What are your current/upcoming projects/interests? Ville: I am shooting and directing a documentary on teens seeking balance in their lives. I am also doing two projects on nature. One of the projects, The Messenger, is a documentary on nightingales and features David Rothenburg. This documentary discusses the meeting of the nightingales in May in Berlin in June in Finland and how musicians are accompanying these creatures, making music and appreciating the beauty of nature and of animals. The photographs and stills for this post were graciously provided by Ville Tanttu and they are used with his and White Bear PR's permission.

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