Local Filmmakers Spotlight: Aaron Martini

Local Filmmakers Spotlight: Aaron Martini

As many of us know, northern Ontario is a hotspot for local film and production. We had the chance to interview Aaron Martini, a finalist (and winner!) in the Cinéfest Sudbury CTV Best in Shorts competition about his passion for filmmaking. Read his interview with Our Crater to find out about his latest short films Future Sick, This is Where We Disappear, and his advice for other young creators!

Can you tell us a little bit about your projects Future Sick and This is Where We Disappear? Where did the idea to create these videos come from?

This Is Where We Disappear is a music video for the audio/visual collaboration Versa. Their distinct live-performances are the inspiration for the video. Future Sick is drama/comedy about a guy standing in front of his closet trying to pick a shirt to wear. He starts overthinking every decision he makes and how that might affect the future. Both are second year films I made in the Digital Cinematography Program at Canadore College in North Bay.

How did your interest in film and production begin? What are some favourite projects you have worked on along with Future Sick and This is Where We Disappear?

I’ve had a strong interest in making films since I was pretty young, but I was never sure I could make a career out of it until recently. I’ve made a number of other shorts as well as freelance videography. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on several TV series, which have been great experiences.

Is there somewhere we can view Future Sick, This is Where We Disappear, or any of your other work?

Future Sick is still in festival considerations so it has to remain private for now. There is a trailer for it on my Vimeo page, which also has TIWWD in full. That’s where I’ll be uploading a lot of my work in the future.

Do you have any new film projects coming up this year?

I’m currently in the final year of my program, which involves our class coming together to make a handful of films as a group. I get to direct one of these major projects so I’m really looking forward to that.

The northern film industry has been booming lately; why do you think it’s important to continue celebrating and producing local films in northern Ontario?

It’s important for so many different reasons. I think one would be that there is a lot of untapped talent up here and the interest the local industry is creating is going to give those people opportunities that they might not have otherwise had.

Do you have any advice for young filmmakers in the north looking to make it in the industry?

Just know that the north has the resources and opportunities to make a career in the industry. That being said, it’s a global industry – you could put films online that you made on your phone in your parent’s basement using sock puppets and probably find an audience for it.

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Adriana Nicolucci is a Communications and Film Production graduate, fashion enthusiast, and patterned sock collector. She’s often spotted munching on the Eenie Meenie Grilled Zucchini Pizza at the Buddha. Danny Ocean is her spirit animal, except she’s planning a heist to steal your hearts (not a casino)

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