The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog has posted an interview with Luca Cerlini, director of the Italian steampunk movie The Technician.
How did you come up with the idea for The Technician, is there a particular work or works that inspired you?
The idea for The Technician wasn’t mine, at least not the core idea, which came from Nicola Zurlo, the screenwriter. Nearly all the professional operators involved in the making of the short, like me, were students attending the last year of cinema school in Milan. The screenplay that started the project was the final exam paper for the screenwriting class.
Once the first draft was complete, it was submitted to me along with other scripts and, although it was very different from the one we shot in the end, I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere it suggested. It was deeply changed over time but its coldness, its air of nostalgia, its gloominess were in the first draft to stay (the original script was called Blue Overall and was about a society where feelings were forbidden and the Technician’s job was to mend people deemed to be too emotional!!).
Is The Technician intentionally steampunk?
When I started to work on the screenplay I immediately realized that, in order to bring some of the screenwriter’s intentions to the surface and to make some situations visually plausible, I would have to chose a well-defined aesthetic; at the same time I had to work it out on a very low budget (a little more than 3.000 (three thousand) euros). Steampunk was just right because it is based on the alteration of objects, clothes and technologies of the past, and with a little research and imagination it’s easy to recreate the right atmosphere.
How did you first hear of steampunk and why did you choose to make a movie about it?
I’ve been a steampunk fan for a long time now, but I had never tried to make something like this before, so we took a massive risk! – read the full interview.
And here’s the trailer!