Let me tell you about myself: my name is Daniele Guerra. I am an opera and theatre director, and I want to direct film.
"Der Freischütz", which I directed at Opéra de Metz and Rennes in France.
THE STORY SO FAR:
I am from Rome, and live in London. I trained as an opera singer at the Royal College of Music, and then moved into directing, which is my passion.
The UK premiére of the play "Purgatorio" by Ariel Dorfman, with Adjoa Andoh and Patrick Baladi, which I directed at the Arcola Theatre in London.
I have been lucky to work for several wonderful organisations over the last twenty years, in the UK and in Europe (Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Glyndebourne, London Handel Festival, Latitude Festival, Arcola Theatre, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Opéra de Metz, Opéra de Rennes, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Wexford Festival, Opera di Roma, Göttingen Handel Festival, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music amongst others). And with some talented artists and performers.
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I also teach at the Royal College of Music, and again I am lucky to work in a great institution, with gifted young singers.
"Il segreto di Susanna", which I directed at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Italy.
Directing film has been my dream for a long time. In fact, most of my opera directing is inspired by film.
Although it is a very closed world, over the past years I have tried to get into film as much as possible: I observed some film directors, and I am developing a feature film in collaboration with a film producer in London. I am also volunteer Fundraising Manager for Fringe! Fest, an independent LGBTQ film festival in East London.
"L'occasione fa il Ladro", which I directed at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Wexford Festival in Ireland.
THE GOOD NEWS:
A major opportunity to break into film is coming my way: I will take a Masters Degree in Film Directing at Goldsmiths, a university in London with an excellent reputation for the Arts. The course is one year, full-time, and starts in October 2017. It accepts only 8 directors per academic year: I am excited to have been offered a place. The MA is like a film school, and I will shoot a number of projects, culminating in a short film at the end of the year, realised with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and cameras. This end-of-year short film will be my calling card when looking for work, and I will also be able to send it to film festivals.
Expanding my range to film will be an invaluable professional asset, and an investment for my future. It will give me access to working on film, TV, music videos, filmed opera and more – a whole new world of possibilities. It will also complement my opera directing, as film is now used frequently in opera productions.
"Cautionary Tales" by Errollyn Wallen, which I directed at Latitude Festival in the UK.
THE BAD NEWS:
The course costs £11.000, plus living expenses for a year. So I need around £20.000 in total (that’s €23.000, or $25.000). This is a lot of money for me: I work and support myself in London, but next year I won’t be able to work, as the course is full-time and intensive. I won't be able to teach at the Royal College of Music at all - my hours of teaching cannot be moved to accommodate the schedule of my MA.
Goldsmiths have offered me a £1000 Masters Scholarship, which is fantastic. Apart from this, I looked for funding extensively and there was hardly any scholarship I could even apply for. This is due to a combination of facts: it is a post-graduate course, the subject is film, I am not British, and I am over 35.
I have also raised £2000, by organising a fundraising event: I sang in a concert, and asked my guests to make a donation. I am grateful for their support. Special thanks to Melinda Hughes, Charles Edwards, George Mosley, Paul Laikin, Jonathan Dove, Daniel Burbidge, Matthew Greenberg, Simon Tabak, Aude Thibaut de Maisières, Martin Deutz, Michael Frayn, and my dad.
An excerpt from my fundraising concert.
PLEASE SUPPORT ME!
If you can help me fund my course and make my dream come true, that would be fantastic. Your donation, big or small, will be gratefully received.
Also, please share this campaign with your friends - it will be very helpful, even if you are unable to donate.
I will send an email to thank everybody who makes a donation.
In return for your generosity, I can also offer the following:
I will thank you on my Facebook or Instagram page and include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits. You will also receive updates on the production of my first short film and a link to a digital version of the film when it’s finished.
£50+ Italian Film Aficionado
I will invite you to an Italian film afternoon in London. We will spend the afternoon watching classic Italian cinema and will end the day with an Italian dinner. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£100+ Music Aficionado
I will invite you and a friend to a concert and drinks at the Royal College of Music. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£100+ Gay Film Aficionado
I will invite you and a friend either 1) to the Fringe! Fest Party at ACE Hotel in Shoreditch on 10th September, when the 2017 Festival will be presented to the public, and also invite you for a drink there; or 2) to the opening film of Fringe! Fest at Rio Cinema, on 14th November, followed by drinks at the Dalston Superstore. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£100+ Singing Lesson and Tea
I will give you a one-hour singing crash course, followed by tea. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£120+ East London Experience
I will invite you and a friend for breakfast at E5 Bakehouse, and give you a tour of East London. I will make you discover some unusual and wonderful places in my neighbourhood. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£150+ Travel Planning and Dinner
I will invite you and one other person to an Italian dinner at my home, will find out what you are interested in, and will help you to plan a trip to Rome. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£200+ Opera Night
I will bring you and three friends to an Opera Up Close performance, followed by drinks and a discussion about the opera. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£300+ Italian Cooking Lesson and Dinner
I will come to your house and teach you and up to five other people how to cook Italian food and we will enjoy a dinner together. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£500+ Private Tour of London
I will arrange for you and your companion to stay in London for four days and will help you decide where to go. Each afternoon or evening, I will guide you around the city for a little while and check in to see what you’d like to do next. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits. Airfare not included.
£700+ Private Performance
I will sing for your private event (you can have a look at me singing in the video link above). We will discuss what you want me to perform. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.
£1,000+ Executive Producer
As a supporter of my first short film, you will be updated on development and production regularly. There will be a day on set when I will show you around and introduce you to the cast. You and a friend will be invited to the wrap party, the first screening of the film, and you will be acknowledged on all publicity materials and on the film website.
£2000+ Your own personal film
Once my course is finished, I will shoot a short film for you. It might be something that you want to use for your professional life, or something more personal – you choose. I will include you in a list of supporters on my film website and in the film credits.