A rock band currently “lent” to the film industry.

A rock band now “lent” to the film industry that set up a business in order to ensure that their ideas did not remain only on paper. Interview with Terzo Segreto di Satira.

Andrea, Davide, Pietro, Davide and Andrea met at the Civic Schools “Cinema, Television and New Media” in Milan between 2008 and 2009. During those years they drank lots of coffee, tried to hang out with girls with little success and they learnt, most of times unsuccessfully, the rudiments of trade. Once out of school, however, they immediately clashed with all difficulties of the job market. They started to do some practical tasks like editing or filming, keeping their spare time to write and realize their own projects. A couple of years later, in 2011, all five met one evening at “Gianni’s” where, after a strong drunkenness, they decided to found a collective of authors and video makers, or as they defined themselves, a group of scoundrels. Thus the “Il Terzo Segreto di Satira” was born, and in a few years, it would have taken them from the small screen of YouTube to the big screen of cinemas.

Interview 

Would you tell me your story and why did you decide to create your own profession?

We met at the Civic School of Cinema, Television and New Media in Milan between 2008 and 2009. Thorughout those years we did many things together. We drank way too many coffes, unsuccessfully attempted to approach girls whilst learning, again, unsuccessfully, the fundamentals of our professional practice. A few years later, in 2011, all us five gathered at Gianni’s where, after we got drunk, we decided to set up a collective of authors and video makers which later turned into “Il Terzo Segreto di Satira”. At the beginning, it was mainly a project instead of a concrete and real job. However, as soon as we entered into the job market we realised how hard, and even impossible, it was to live mainly thanks to our writing, comedian and authorial skills. Hence, we invented something new. Creating a job has been more a necessity for all of us, and especially the only way to let our ideas grow without leaving them stuck on paper.

If I think about something similar to your collective within the film industry, the Monty Python immediately comes to my mind. When you’re inventing a job, to what extent does it matter to have critical icons to start with? Which are yours?

Monty Python are the only icons all of us five do agree on at one hundread per cent. In particular, one more landmark for us was Boris, the series: throughout our high school years we all watched it, it was a particular kind of irony we all loved. Besides, we liked the italian satire such as Maccio Capotonda and many stand up comedy playwrights and comedians. Yet, we did not follow a particular model.. We got something from all of them and made it ours, without asking ourselves too many questions.

Creating a job has been more a necessity for all of us, and especially the only way to let our ideas grow without leaving them stuck on paper.

— Il Terzo Segreto di Satira

You were born on the internet and now you made a movie, and, considering all positive reviews received, your movies do work successfully on both big screens and YouTube. Hence, to what extent does it matter the channel through which you choose to diffuse your contents? Additionally, which are the main differences among the Internet and the Film industry?

Well, it actually really changes everything, as: the story telling, the structure, the acting, the video-making, the medium of transmission.. We do not regret anything of our past and we do think that in this movie our style has always been highly recognizable. However, this product is specifically adapted for a ninety minutes movie for theatres and not for a five minutes video to watch on your smartphone. I am not saying the latter is more difficult than the former or the other way around, they are simply two different worlds apparently similar but deeply, very much diverse to each other.

When you decide to turn a passion (in your case Cinema and writing) into your profession (in your case authors and directors), compromises are highly needed. Your movie (“Si muore tutti democristiani”) talks about this. In your career, have you ever compromised? Which are the main tips would you give to people wanting to turn their passions into professions?

We have never had to hugely compromise, luckily. There have always been many tiny compromises in our daily lives we have never even realised and cared of. Generally speaking, being a collective of five, the final decision has always been a mediation among diverse opinions. Thus, we are pretty trained in this. In our experience, the one and only tip we feel to give, which might be trivial, but it is to share your passion within a group. Finding the right team makes everything easier.

There have always been many tiny compromises in our daily lives we have never even realised and cared of. Generally speaking, being a collective of five, the final decision has always been a mediation among diverse opinions.

— Il Terzo Segreto di Satira

A few quick questions

What drives you to work more? Making profit and be successful (making money) or whether your job gives meaning to your life and might positively impacts the world (making meaning)?

Well, it is usually the latter (making meaning).

Regarding Meaning Of Life, if you were able to remake a Monty Python’s movie, which one would you choose?

They are untouchable movies, we would never do it.

If you found a working time machine, and you could have one trip only, where would you like to live? In past or future times?

In the past.

If you could write an only word on top of a big billboard in the Cathedral square in the city of Milan, which word would you choose?

SIMUORETUTTIDEMOCRISTIANI.

In the “Decimo Uomo” you tell the story about a guy who dreamed of being a football player but, after failing this dream, he invented the 10th player job for football games. Besides you job of directors and authors, which is the job you would love to invent?

We really do believe in the 10th player story. We keep for ourselves all other ideas since, among our readers, there are many smart people who would abruptly turn them into registered brands and apps.

You are five people. If you were a Rock Band, who would be the leading singer and who would play the drums, the guitar, the piano and the bass?

Andrea Fadenti has a bass (he can’t play it but at least he got one..), Davide Bonacina would play the guitar, Davide Rossi and Pietro Belfiore the piano (they can’t play but they studied piano at 11th grade) and Andrea Mazzarella would play the drums (it’s the only one he can really play, although he might do all other roles..). Regarding the singing we might sing a song each, since we are all very bad. Anyway, this dream of being a band is our biggest failure, but we will try again one day.

If you could interview an italian politician who would he/she be?

It is very hard to say.. Maybe D’Alema.