Welcome Fabio, please tell us a little about yourself including where you are from?
Hi, I’m Fabio Soares, from Paris, France. I grew up in a modest workers’ family, my father is Portuguese and my mother Spanish. I was poor but happy! My parents always helped me the way they can and today I understand how precious it is to have such a great family.
After my childhood, I had many casual jobs to pay my art studies. I always knew I wanted to make pictures, that’s the passion of my life! I can’t live without creating images, on a movie or just everyday as visual artist.
Can you tell us about the films you make?
I worked 10 years in advertising as Art Director, for several big communication companies. It was really great! I met fantastic people, worked for international brands as Johnnie Walker, Orange or Absolut Vodka, and even won awards… Everything was perfect, but something was missing: I needed to create my own stories and pictures! One day, dunno why, I decided to make my first movie: a very low budget western in Paris, called Woman With No Name.
The experience was amazing. Even if it was full of mistakes, the movie received some good reviews and feedbacks from the audience. So I quit my job and decided to be author/director as full time job. Everything went fast then. My second movie, “Bitch, Popcorn & Blood” was filmed the year after, starring one of my childhood idol: Jane Badler (Diana, from “V” TV show). The movie actually won 12 awards around the world and have been screened in 50 festivals! That’s really insane cos I do not consider myself as a real «writer» or «director».
How do you create your characters?
My characters are a mix between my imagination and the actors’ personalities, like a meeting between both. Most of the time I come up with an idea and rewrite it regarding the actor/actress’ background. That’s a very special way to write script’s characters, but I love that and feel comfortable with that way! I think it’s also a good experience for the actors, I usually have very good relationships with my cast.
Which filmmakers influence you the most?
Not Tarantino! Many reviews compare my work to his movies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an honor to be compare to a legend like him, but I didn’t watch a Tarantino’s film since a while! David Lynch is one of my favorite artist, such as Kubrick, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmush or Russ Mayer. In fact, I love mysterious or feminine deep characters.
Where do you write your script? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?
I’m not a professional «writer». I didn’t make school for this or read some technical blog stuff… I love to write and try to make myself comfortable to have a good moment: in a coffee, a public garden, on holidays or just with a drink. I usually write with music too, it’s very inspiriting, pictures come naturally in my mind. On my last movie, with my team mate, we even wrote while cooking some incredible good cookies (and drank good wines as usual)!
What do you like to watch to help you relax?
The Big Lebowski! Moreover, I’m open minded and can have a good time with any kind of movies, old or new, as far as it’s creative! I especially enjoy Chambara’s movies (Samouraï Japanese films from the 60’), westerns and Asian cinema (Japanese and Korean).
What plans have you got for future films?
I’m actually working on the Post-Production of my third movie: I will Crush You And Go To Hell. A road movie written and directed with my team mate Célia Paysan. It’s a feature, starring Mike Dopud and Petra Silander. We filmed a 20 minute teaser in Spain and now we’re working to develop the full project.
Can you describe the feeling when you saw your film on the big screen for the first time?
It’s so much work and issues to make an independent movie… Some moments are great, but some are painful and sometimes you just want to go back to bed and forget everything! And one day, after a year, you’re sitting here, in this big movie theatre, full of people, with you movie poster in front of the venue next to an American blockbuster! At this moment, you understand how it was worth to make it and never give up! It’s a magic moment, impossible to describe except that it’s too short.
Lastly is there anything else you would like to add?
Something cheesy but very important to me: Believe in your dreams, never give up.
I WILL CRUSH YOU AND GO TO HELL
Road Movie, on Post Production
Starring: Petra Silander, Lise Gardo, Mike Dopud & Elisabeth Duda
Lengh: unknown′ / Format : 2:39 / Sound : english
BITCH, POPCORN & BLOOD
Starring: Jane Badler, Cristina Gogo Blackwater, Jochen Hägele & Lise Gardo
Lengh: 18′ / Format : 2:39 / Sound : 5.1 (english, french subtitles)
12 awards including “Best Film” at the Indie Festival and “Best Short Film” at Mac Horror Festival
WOMAN WITH NO NAME
Starring: Bernie Bonvoisin, Laura Satana, Arben Bajraktaraj & Brigitte Lo Cicero
Lengh: 26′ / Format : 2:39 / Sound : 2.0 (french)