FOCUS ON: Alberto Guerra and Massimiliano Nicolè
Interview with the authors of the short web series 'Have you seen Tom Collins?,' winner at the Rome Web Awards
The perfect set for this interview would have been a bar with wooden interiors, half-light, three cocktails dripping condensation and even cigars. What a cliché of consumed artists. Unfortunately, cruel Fate imposed a great distance between me and the brains behind the web mini-series Hai visto Tom Collins? (literally, Have You Seen Tom Collins?). Nevertheless, this is what has emerged from my virtual meeting with the actor Alberto Guerra (right) and the DOP Massimiliano Nicolè (left). The series is developed as a mockumentary with comic tones, in which the protagonist, a thirsty and loyal customer of a bar, asks in each episode a different drink, telling some anecdotes about the creation of that drink.
A: Massimiliano had this idea more than a year and a half ago (January 2015). I remember that he came to me and asked me if I wanted to do something related to cocktails. I replied that we would have been able to drink a few and then… Here we are.
M: The most difficult phase was to understand what could have been the most effective way to tell the story of a drink. Therefore, attempt after attempt, we landed at the formula “customer/narrator and barman.”
M: That’s right. Rather than alcohol, the stories behind the cocktails are the true protagonists. The two of us are very keen on both: the curiosity and the world of drinking. Being able to link the two topics was the winning move to give life to the project.
A: We chose the name Tom Collins because the history of this drink is very curious…
M: Yes, because we believe that behind this drink lies one of the funniest anecdotes about the world of mixing. Since our project treats with this kind of stuff, it seemed perfect.
(Despite my strong pressure, the two didn’t want to confess me this remarkable story. Perhaps for fear of a spoiler. Wandering in the Internet, I confess, in spite of myself, I was not able to find a sufficiently captivating anecdote about the Tom Collins. Therefore, we will forced to wait for the next season, ed).
Which is your favorite alcoholic?
M: Never questionable, and the drink I would say for both of us is the Bourbon Sour.
A: Unfortunately, the enjoyment of movies on the web requires a reduced playing time. In the beginning, some sequences were much longer but we had to do a great work of editing. The viewer’s attention needs to be constantly urged both visually and narratively.
M: Being part and be included in the major festivals selections on the web world (after Rome and Melbourne, we will wait for the Sicily Web Fest and then Bilbao Web Fest in October), is for us a great response to the passion that we are putting on this project.
A: We should not spoil, but at least a dozen new episodes have already been written…