December 3, 2019
In this week's edition:
• Creator Enrico De Palo on
Crafting Ancestral World
• Distributor Spotlights:
Dynamic Television & Lionsgate Entertainment
Creator Enrico De Palo on
Crafting Ancestral World
By Kristin Brzoznowski
Set in a time of demons and Gods battling for domination, the fantasy feature Ancestral World follows a prince on a mission to rescue his brother and recover magical armor stolen by the God of Destruction. The project, represented by Wonderphil Entertainment, comes from Enrico De Palo, who serves as writer, producer and director.
“Everything was born by chance,” De Palo says of the genesis of the movie. “At Lucca Comics & Games I fell in love with the wonderful armor created by Manolo Deiana for cosplayers. I met him, and we decided to create a story around his world, the ‘Ancestral World.’”
De Palo decided to undertake the project as his first directing endeavor. “I knew that I had to manage all aspects of production (having a very limited budget), so I decided in advance to shoot a teaser trailer, to understand where we could have arrived with the visual of the film and with visual effects.”
He enlisted Alessandro Rota as director of photography and tapped the students at the Event Horizon School to make a three-minute promo in just a few weeks’ time.
“With the trailer in hand, I went to Phil Gorn of Wonderphil Entertainment, who I had worked with on previous projects, and asked him if he was interested in co-producing it with me,” De Palo recalls. “He had a happy ‘Yes,’ and the adventure that brought us here began.”
The story is “simple and straightforward,” he says, but the backdrop is a lush one, set in an imaginary world that includes wizards, witches, monsters and Gods.
“The look is the feature of the film—above all, thanks to the armor and costumes of Manolo Deiana,” De Palo says. “Given the limited budget, we have achieved a good visual result. It’s a mixture of products: a film with a video game look and anime-style fights. Or at least that was my initial goal—I’m very happy with the final result.”
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