Theme and synopsis: This short film centers on the theme of morality, on the concept of right and wrong, and above all on the contradiction between our idea of ourselves and of what we actually are, or become in time. The Formichiere (Anteater) is a serial killer, who earns his nickname through his practice of leaving the symbol of an ant at the scenes of his crimes. Will is a policeman with a shameful secret in his past. Only a mad judge of souls like the Formichiere would know how to reveal, in a tension-filled finale, Will's true nature.
This was the most violent film I had yet worked on, Riccardo had written a rape and numerous other killing scenes. Shooting a rape scene can easily go sideways in many ways: it may end up looking unrealistic, maybe too graphic, unappropriated and over all somehow wrong, but as always we decided to take the risk, and shoot it the best way we could.
Riccardo isn't the type of director with very well thought out storyboard, he does enjoy discovering the shot on the go, yet I insisted on having a really specific idea for how this particular scene was going to be shot. Once we were on stet, everybody in position, ready to jump into cold water, we did our first take, the girl screaming, the male actor doing what he had to do and...
“Cut! Thank you guys, I think we have it, that should be fine!” Said the director, and everyone seemed happy with the idea of not having to do it again...
I on the other hand wasn't satisfied at all. I then realized that I happened to be the oldest and the only professional actor/artist on set, everyone else was still studying or had yet to begin with their artistic studies, some even joined the team for hobby, so no surprise everyone was slightly intimidated by such a scene. Maybe we had bitten on more the we could cue.
I then asked the director permission to take the lead for a moment until the scene was actually done. We did many more takes, searched for better camera angels, and finally were all happy with the result.