No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.
To make a great film you need three things: the script, the script and the script.
If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.
There's something magical and mysterious, a secret alchemy that's established between the director and the actors on the set. A subtle and evanescent but tangible link, along which powerful energies flow. It's a moment of sincerity and fragility, of exchange and communion between the director and his interpreters, during which anything can happen. "The king is naked" and it's in that moment that what has been thought and imagined on the written page takes shape in front of the camera becoming reality and dream, pain and joy, stasis and action, death and life. In that moment the movie becomes flesh in the actors' body through the director's eye and his vision, shaping itself in voices and silences. It's a growin' path, made of experimentation, fine-tuned work after work, in search of his own voice.
It's from a spark, even simple and few lines long, that everything starts. News briefly heard on TV, a whispered phrase in a crowded bus or read on a book. Or, simply, an intuition germinated in an indefinite place accessed through a secret little door, from which the characters now timidly now overwhelmingly look out. So the plot takes shape, develops by images and dialogues, through real or fantastic places. It's the kingdom where everything is possible, inhabited by serious businessmen, lost lovers, broken hearts, scary monsters hidden in the darkest depths of our soul, dancing unicorns, spotless heroes or just ordinary men who live their lives like the rest of us.
The heart of Cinema and of any other audiovisual product is handcrafted: no matter how you may have previously planned the shooting in every aspect, it's a work that takes shape on the set, being molded from clay like a statue and then generated during the editing. It's a real artistic forge in which each crew's member, providing his professional skills, become a vital cog in a magnificent wonderland machine. The light, the camera, the crew, the director, the actors and a story to tell: this is all we need to create the magic. Centuries later Cinema is still that "magic lantern" which can make the fiction coming true.
From the pre-production to the production and the post-production, in any audiovisual product the director is a conductor whose greatest gift is the ability to listen.
Turning an idea, be it for a feature film, a documentary, a music video or a commercial, is an exciting adventure that draws fully from creativity's melting pot.
The directing, the cinematography, the shooting, the camera movements, the sound, the editing are the skills that a filmmaker must have to manage all the steps of an audiovisual product up to its post-production.
Raised in an artistically inspiring environment within a familiy of directors, writers and actors, after the master’s degree in Prehistoric Archaeology Luca Caserta decided to pursue the artistic career, working in theater first, then obtaining the Filmmaking Degree at Movie Academy of Cinecittà (Rome - Italy), majoring in movie direction and screenwriting with Carlo Lizzani, Giacomo Scarpelli, Cristiano Bortone, Franco Brogi Taviani and Mario Brenta. Here he also studied cinematography, shooting and cinema with Giuseppe Pinori, Daniele Nannuzzi and Giuseppe Berardini and attended the workshops held by Pupi Avati, Carlo Verdone and Luis Bacalov.
At Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome he attended the intensive laboratory in direction of photography with Giuseppe Lanci. He besides took part in the workshop "Working with the light" with the director of photography Alessandro Pesci, the Masterclass "Approach to Cinematography" with the director of photography Marco Bassano and attended the Masterclass in Film Production held by Gianluca Arcopinto.
He's author of short films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, promos and art videos. His movies have been presented at many Festivals (Cannes Film Festival, David di Donatello Awards - Rome, European Short Film Festival - Berlin, Roma Cinema DOC, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Hollywood Screenings Film Festival, Canada's World International Film Festival where he won the Honorable Mention for The Other Side of the Moon and Top Indie Film Awards, where he gained the Best Editing Award for Tell Me Who I Am and Europe Asia Festival of Cinema as Best European Short Film for Dimmi chi sono...). His short film Out of the Depths, reviewed also on the italian movie magazine CIAK, is distributed on demand in the U.S. and worldwide by IndiePix Films. Along with Inside the Mirror and The Other Side of the Moon, the movie is part of the "trilogy on the double", focused on the investigation of what is hidden in the deepest part of the human soul. The editing supervision of Inside the Mirror is by Ugo De Rossi, editor, among others, of Fellini, Pasolini, Bertolucci, Petri and Rosi. Tell Me Who I Am includes the song "Piccola stella senza cielo" by Luciano Ligabue, courtesy of the artist, of Warner Music Italia and of Warner Chappell Music Italiana.
He has gained professional experiences both in Film Industry and Theatre, where he was engaged since he was a child, taking part to several plays (among which Thomas Moore by W. Shakespeare, starring Raf Vallone). Since 2004 he wrote and directed his own plays, achieving important recognitions, including the “Premio Calcante” by SIAD - Società Italiana Autori Drammatici, Biblioteca del Burcardo, Rome - Italy. Some plays have been published on specialized magazines and were discussed in a thesis.
His works are characterized by touching different genres, styles and themes, from comedy to social and civil commitment, to the investigation of the most obscure aspects of the human psyche, highlighting a certain artistic versatility.
He is one of the jurors of the Sunset Film Festival (Los Angeles - U.S.A.) and he was one of the selectors of the Corti a Palazzo Film Festival (Italy) and curator of the Short Film Section of Schermi d’Amore Film Festival (Italy). He is currently working on his first feature film. He talks about his work in an interview also on CIAK. He's now working on his first feature film.
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Tre corti da brivido sul web: la trilogia gotica di Luca Caserta (CIAK); Tre corti d’autore tra sogno, surreale e brividi horror – Dal Profondo (CIAK); Piccolo miracolo italiano: il film a basso costo che vince 100 premi (Libero); Corto sulla violenza sulle donne: premiato il regista Luca Caserta (Corriere della Sera); Would-be archeologist Caserta now explores the human soul (Fra Noi - Chicago); Applausi a Luca Caserta: il regista che porta Verona a vincere nel mondo (L'Arena); Arriva dagli States il centesimo premio per “Dimmi chi sono” (L’Arena); Intervista a Luca Caserta: "Dimmi chi sono" (Wall Street International Magazine); Intervista a Luca Caserta: "Dimmi chi sono" (Wall Street International Magazine); Interview mit Luca Caserta - "Sage mir, wer ich bin" (Wall Street International Magazine); Interview Luca Caserta (New York Indie Shorts Awards); Interview with Director Luca Caserta for the Rochester Independent Global Film Series (Italian Cinema Today); Il regista dai cento premi: Luca Caserta, Verona e la cinepresa (Pantheon Network TV); Il regista dai cento premi: Luca Caserta, Verona e la cinepresa (Pantheon Magazine); A conversation with director Luca Caserta (Italian Cinema Today); L’Arte Dentro di Te – Mara Isolani intervista il regista Luca Caserta (L’Altro Giornale); L’Arte Dentro di Te – Interviste d’arte: Luca Caserta (L’Altro Giornale); L’Arte Dentro di Te – Prossimamente l’intervista al regista Luca Caserta (L’Altro Giornale); Luca Caserta ed Elisa Bertato, la talentuosa coppia del cinema veronese (VeronaIN); Interview with filmmaker Luca Caserta, director of "Tell Me Who I Am" (Point of View Indie Film Awards); Luca Caserta, che non voleva fare l'attore (Heraldo); "Dimmi chi sono" - Premi al Point of View Indie Film Awards, Jersey Shore Film Festival e Phoenix International Short Film Festival (Cinemaitaliano); Con "Dimmi chi sono" premi e riconoscimenti per il veronese Caserta (Corriere della Sera); "Dimmi chi sono" di Luca Caserta vince il Tagore International Film Festival e il Virgin Spring Cinefest (e-Cinema); Il film di Caserta "Dimmi chi sono" fa il pieno di premi (L'Arena); "Dimmi chi sono" - Miglior cortometraggio europeo all'Europe Asia Festival of Cinema (Cinemaitaliano); "Dimmi chi sono" di Luca Caserta miglior cortometraggio europeo (L'Arena); This Halloween, “Out of the Depths”: a conversation with Luca Caserta (IndiePix Films – U.S.A.); Caserta, "Dimmi chi sono" vince al Top Indie Awards (L'Arena); Schermi d'Amore: quando gli amori sono in "corto" (Il Nazionale); Luca Caserta. Nella mente di un regista (Artavanguardia XXI); Videomakers.net incontra Luca Caserta (Videomakers.net); Caserta, il regista-produttore: “L’Horror? Metafora di vita” (Corriere della Sera); Luca Caserta: il Cinema dei professionisti (Bobos); 2 Chiacchiere in cucina – Luca Caserta (Italia 7 Gold); Il "corto" di Caserta premiato in Quebec (L'Arena); Un corto per esplorare le pulsioni dell'uomo e la sua realtà apparente (Cefalù Film Festival)
"Nuove Officine Cinematografiche - Film a disposizione su YouTube" (Corriere della Sera); "Dal profondo", un film di Luca Caserta al Teatro Lo Spazio - Roma (Il Terzo News); Veneto Factory presenta: Luca Caserta (Radio Belluno); PopCorn: Speciale intervista Luca Caserta (Fuori Aula Network); Radio CL1 incontra Luca Caserta (Radio CL1); L’officina del Cinema – Lezioni di regia: Luca Caserta e le sue opere (Filmese); Caserta filma l’arte di Butturini. L’incontro di due linguaggi (L’Arena); La fabbrica della tela (Fabrique du Cinéma); Approda a Vienna il film di Caserta e Butturini (L'Arena); "L'altra faccia della luna" di Luca Caserta a Berlino (Cinemaitaliano)
Caserta, un "corto" in viaggio negli USA pensando ai David (L'Arena); Distribuzione internazionale per il corto "Dal profondo" (Fabrique du Cinéma); Acclaimed horror short “Out of the Depths” out now (Metal Life – U.S.A.); “Dal profondo” – L’horror gotico di Luca Caserta (Non Solo Gore); “Dal profondo” a Cannes. Il ritorno di Luca Caserta (L’Arena); Night out @ the museum: Trento Screening of “Out of the Depths” (IndiePix Films – U.S.A.); Dentro lo specchio dell’inconscio (L’ideale)