Film Reviews: Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I値l Be Watching You

A UTA student filmmaker puts little screens on the big screen.


The end of 2008 is proving to be a busy time for Anthony Vasiliadis. The 27-year-old痴 short film Technophiliac played at last month痴 Lone Star International Film Festival, and next week he will receive his M.F.A. in filmmaking from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also spent early November shooting another short called Nine to Five, a black comedy set in a hell envisioned as a clotted bureaucracy. That film is now in postproduction. 的知 looking forward to the new year, when I値l get to actually go and see a movie, he said.
A second-generation Greek-American originally from Amarillo, Vasiliadis (who insists on the name 鄭nthony and won稚 answer to 典ony) is a broad-shouldered guy with a shaven head and a goatee. He has an engineering background and finances his film projects via his job as an IT worker at the Arlington power-trading company Tenaska. The self-described Star Trek geek was originally set for a career in technology before he decided to turn to a more creative pursuit. 的 was in a class at DeVry, and the guy was telling me how a keyboard works, going into exact detail about how the circuitry inside works. All I could think was, 選 don稚 care!
He started taking film classes at Tarrant County College in 2004, then transferred his credits to UTA to continue his education, a process he described as 殿 battle. Many of his first filmmaking efforts were music videos for the band The Last Romantica, whose members are his friends. (His earlier efforts can be seen on YouTube or Technophiliac, a grainy black-and-white science-fiction film about a young woman who conducts 24-hour electronic surveillance on ordinary people痴 lives so that she can sell them stuff, was a class project in which his fellow students conceived the story and selected Vasiliadis to direct.
鏑ight is much more important when you池e filming in black-and-white, he said. 展e looked at everything for contrast between light and dark, and we designed the set to light the actors.
It was also his first experience working with actors. 的致e seen other directors not talk to their actors on the set, either before they shoot or between takes, he remembered. 的 didn稚 want to do that. I wanted to give my actors feedback. The film festival gave him a chance to see his work on the big screen for a paying audience, though at the late-night screening he attended, a technical glitch cut out the sound for the first minute or so, a 吐rustrating experience for him. (The film also screened later in the festival without a hitch.) 典he main thing I remember is butterflies, he said. 的t痴 the same feeling you get before you perform, but there痴 nothing to do except listen to the audience react.
He plans to keep on working at his IT job, having no desire to cut his teeth by serving as a grip or a personal assistant on other people痴 films. 的 have friends who do that, and they get so wrapped up that they stop making their own stuff, he said. While he痴 toying with the idea of a documentary about the open-source community, he痴 mainly looking to make movies that create new fictional worlds unto themselves. He痴 hoping that his situation will be good for him. 展hen you池e low-budget, you have to innovate, he said.

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