THE BLOOD WALTZ
Back in 2013, I watched The Maltese Falcon for the first time and thus fell in love with the cynical coolness, the high-contrast black and white photography and the complex storylines of Film Noir.
When I got the chance to work on a project for one year as part of my high school thesis (Maturaarbeit), I developed the idea for The Blood Waltz, an ambitious Noir short film set in 1950s Zurich.
I saw this project not only as an opportunity to create something on a larger scale, but also a sort of small ‘film school’, where I would dip me feet into all aspects of a film production.
The Blood Waltz was shot over the course of three days with a professional crew in and around Zurich. Being a period film set in the 1950s, the locations, wardrobe and props had to be as authentic as possible: We shot in two Art Nouveau houses with antique props and used an original Citroën Traction Avant.
I was lucky to gain two extremely talented, professional actors, Nikolaus Schmid and Sandra Zellweger for the two main roles. They were able to breathe a outstanding authenticity into their characters.
Jugendfilmtage – Official Selection
Upcoming Filmmakers Festival – Official Selection
Indiewise Festival – Official Selection
Kantonsschule Ausserschwyz – Thesis of the Year (Grade 6 out of 6)
John Morris – Nikolaus Schmid
Isabella Brooks – Sandra Zellweger
Guard – Gianni Zerbato
Writer / Director / Producer / Editor – Samuel Zerbato
Director of Photography – Maciek Ryter / Julian Grünthal / Samuel Zerbato
Sound Recordist – René Blaser
Grip – Fabio Rothlin
Make-Up / Wardrobe: Celine Gattiker / Claudio Gattiker
Catering / Runner – Gianni Zerbato / Saphira Zerbato