Two musicians turn a duet into a duel.
Duel was an official selection of NFFTY 2013 and was screened in the category of Just for Laughs.
Film of the Week is presented by Volvo Cars of North America.
About the director:
Anna Papitto, 17, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and studies at University of California, Berkeley
NFFTY speaks to Anna to find out more about her motivations behind this film.
Q: What made you decide to do a piece without dialogues? Was it difficult conceptualizing and choreographing the actions?
My idea was silent in most of its earliest stages. Whenever I tried to add dialogue, it would only subtract from the feeling of the piece.
Without that distraction, the actions of the characters came naturally. Everything had to be communicated through some action, some of which were central to the original idea, and were kept in some form or another. Others were written in because they seemed to fit, or were even added in on the spot.
Q: Could you walk us through your thought process as you pen this film as we know that writing silent films require certain skills and a different set of thought process.
The story was based on my own experiences in an orchestra, so I was able to visualize everything without relying on dialogue. For a musician, tension is something abstract that doesn’t fit into words. The writing process was more a process of thinking through how the two characters, stuck in this situation, would react to each other. More important was selecting the ideas that showed clearly their personality and feelings. Lastly, each idea was put the right order. Drawing the shots helped tremendously in figuring out what worked and what didn’t.
Q: Has participation in NFFTY helped to pave a way for your entrance into the filmmaking industry?
The honor of being included in NFFTY has helped me get accepted into my college of choice, UC Berkeley. Since then I have continued to study a wide range of topics, from Music to Anthropology to Computer Science. As always, I am constantly formulating ideas of movies I would like to make in the future.