Mini-Biography I was born in Arecibo Puerto Rico, my nom d'artiste is Antonio Arecibo. I am a New York City / New Jersey based filmmaker who has collaborated with several filmmakers on various projects. This includes Director/Producer Josh Taub on the feature documentary Bernadette (2013) as an assistant editor. Bernadette was released and distributed by Cinema Libre. I have been involved in most aspects of filmmaking with the exception of acting. These skills include writing, directing, editing, compositing visual effects, cinematography and producing. IMDb profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3060629/
1 - First of all, it's a pleasure talking to you!
Let's talk about your most recent work “Somnambular Tremors”. How did the idea for this project come about?
Somnambular Tremors, is a psychological horror feature film anthology that I had been developing for about a year prior to the pandemic. I had suffered in the past from the phenomena of false awakenings and one day I thought it would be quite an interesting project to do a work of fiction that included these strange events. So, the basis of the film anthology is people waking up from these night terrors into living nightmares.
2 - How was the relationship with your team?
Well I was in the process of crewing up for the film, utilizing resources from both New York City and New Jersey, but then the pandemic hit, and the pre-production process came to a halt. So I used my 25 years of filmmaking experience to make the film all by myself. Writing, producing, directing, cinematography, visual effects, and sound.
3 - Your film has already received several awards at different film festivals around the world, has it met your expectations? What goals do you have for the future?
After well over two decades as a filmmaker, I went from critical acclaim from previous projects to being an international award-winning filmmaker, so yes, I am very happy with the critical acclaim and reception. As for the near future, I want to make a feature-length film of Somnambular Tremors. It will have 4-night tremors (bad dream sequences) each one followed by an accompanying short psychological horror film.
4 - Tell us about the preparation processes of the film. What were the most complex or difficult things you had to solve during filming (technically and/or emotionally)?
I am huge on preparation, I believe in the 6 ”P” rule (Proper Planning, Prevents, Piss Poor, Performance) so I troubleshoot all potential problems beforehand. I’m also prepped with over twenty years of experience so I could correct or find solutions for problems as they arise. In this film the only challenge was lighting. The film was shot in the daytime, so controlling light from the outside was the only challenge.
5 - What makes this project especially different from your previous works? (Whether from aesthetics, direction, narrative)
For one is the fact that I suffer from false awakening. Oddly enough, since I produced this short version to garner interest in my film project and have been writing the rest of the accompanying short films to it, I have not suffered any night spells. It’s been kind of therapeutic for me. Also, it’s my first foray into the Horror genre, so it’s very much darker and spooky content.
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Madrid Film Awards I Press Team