It was a calm evening of an ordinary spring day when Zed told me he was searching for a scriptwriter for an idea he had in mind. It took us two minutes talking to decide to meet again next morning and start a journey weíre still on. This was, more or less, the birth of the ìThe Cideî project. An unplanned talk followed by three months of hard work only to write a screenplay that was as original as possible, months during which our creativity was often punched by the practical feasibility of ideas. Still satisfied of the results, we spent an entire summer puzzling on the performers to find and select (all but one, the most important one, Kevin Grace, already perfectly fitting our friend, and now precious co-worker, Daniele Capaccetti) and to arrange the shooting days and the land surveys.
September came and took away the summer but not the heat that kept haunting the shooting sessions, finally ended in the freezing December. During those sessions Zed and I totally relied on our fantasy and on the experience of our partner and photographer Fabrizio Bottacchiari. We also pled the Divine Providence for helping us with the actorsí and placesí availability, but she was possibly busy and gave us a lot of tough nuts to crack..we soldiered on and finally we managed to crack every single fucking nut of those!
Anyway, weíre still talking about 2007, a very special year that ended with a new beginning: the post-production phase.
And then Lorenzo, already performing the gloomy Jan Boris Magenia, made his entrance starting his real work of designing, programming and managing the website and all that is Videns Pictures- (and The Cide-) branded. He also worked on the creation of those flash-animation systems we still use in the production of every single episode.
After nine months of what seemed a real pregnancy, the first episode of The Cide came to life. It was the 15th of September, a day none of the five of us will easily forget.
Personally, regardless of the economic context and the public agreement, always growing and enthusiastic so far, the biggest glory for us who worked and still are working on The Cide project is the awareness we created something new and innovative, whose strength is the emotional impulse of five open minds, held together by, besides the enthusiasm, a very deep friendship and that pinch of recklessness that is never trivial.