Podcast Ep. 1: A Conversation with Director Frank LaLoggia (Lady in White, Fear No Evil)

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Quadruple-threat director/actor/writer/composer Frank LaLoggia speaks to us from his home in the Italian countryside.

Frank is currently most known for his classic ghost story Lady in White (1988). He also wrote and directed the cult favorite Fear No Evil (1981) and Mother (1996), starring Diane Ladd and Olympia Dukakis. In his varied career he has crossed paths with the Coen brothers, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster, Sean Penn, and even Spider-Man.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Financing and producing Lady in White.
  • His early super-8 and 16 millimeter short films.
  • His television acting work, including a major role in the American remake of Fawlty Towers.
  • The production and aftermath of Fear No Evil.
  • The production and aftermath of Mother.
  • His work on the earliest drafts of the Spider-Man movie.
  • His passion project The Giant, about the creation of Michelangelo’s David.
  • His newest project Miro/Miranda.

Here’s the trailer for Frank’s 10-minute Miro/Miranda promo:

MIRO/MIRANDA! 30 sec TRAILER from Frank LaLoggia on Vimeo.

And here is the link to his Frankie Goes to Tuscany album, which was the genesis for the Miro/Miranda feature project.

For more information, or for access to the full 10-minute version of the Miro/Miranda promo, please visit www.MiroMiranda.com.

Update: Frank LaLoggia has kindly shared this (very!) early short film. He was 16 years old when he directed, scored, and starred in “The Clown and the Light” to get out of a high school writing assignment (listen to the podcast for the whole story).

Check it out here:

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  • #6394

    James Cole

    FANTASTIC interview. So happy to know that Frank is still following his dreams. Thanks! (My only wish is to have heard more about the production of “Lady in White” – e.g. working with the actors.)

    #6395

    Adam

    Glad you liked it, Jim! Tell you what… throw a couple of questions in this chat here and I’ll see if I can get him to answer them! Ask away, seriously!

    #6396

    James Cole

    Thanks, Adam! Here are my ‘couple questions’:

    Frank: I was very impressed with the performances you got from the cast of “Lady in White”. They felt like a real close-knit family. Did you actually have time to rehearse with the cast before production, and did you have any particular technique in terms of directing – especially the younger actors like Lukas Haas?

    #6397

    Adam

    Thanks, Jim – I’ll make sure Frank sees your questions.

    #6398

    Frank LaLoggia

    Hey, Jim! Yes, we did rehearse…prior to beginning the shoot and on set, of course. My “technique”, if I have any, is always to help them connect from the heart in everything they do.

    #6399

    James Cole

    Thanks for answering, Frank! As I writer I’ve always believed that a movie only works if we care about the characters, and your “technique” made me care deeply. That’s why “Lady in White” is one of the scariest ghost stories I’ve ever seen. Congrats!

    #6400

    Brian Holcomb

    Excellent interview! I am a huge fan of LaLoggia’s work going way back to my high school days toiling at the local video store. I always needed good films to recommend and LADY IN WHITE was always a GO TO movie. Here was a film that worked as a classical ghost story full of suspense and chills but also with a real sense of time, place and human emotion. The recommendation never failed-everyone loved the movie and the more film savvy customers would always inquire as to what else the director made. We all wanted to see more. I had already seen FEAR NO EVIL and even though Frank clearly does not see it as his work, it’s a very good film as well. The dreamy visuals always reminded me of an Italian horror film, something along the lines of Argento at his best. This interview cleared up a lot of my questions as to why he did not make more films but I still have one tiny question-with the development of much more affordable and excellent HD equipment ( and I know the promo film for MIRO/MIRANDA was shot on the RED) why not try to make some smaller scale projects with less crew and shooting days while seeking funding for the bigger picture. Something more intimate, set in the Tuscany countryside-that would just be fun creatively. At around the cost of the promo piece itself, it would seem possible to make a small picture that could be owned outright and sold to territories around the world. Just a thought from someone who just would like to see more Frank LaLoggia films!

    Brian Holcomb « Online Film Critics Society
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    #6401

    Adam

    Brian- Re: Smaller films… I asked Frank exactly the same question. I guess it just comes down to doing what one is passionate about. Frank?

    #6402

    James Cole

    Brian: Nice summary of Frank’s film! And this is directed at both you and Frank: have either of you seen my featured article/interview “Getting Personal: Writing ‘The Night Before'” here on the site? It’s about the writing, production, and impact of my first professional short film (story based on my real-life experience). I’d be honored if you would check out the film and accompanying interview. Here’s the link to Part 1:
    http://anywherebuthollywood.com/08/getting-personal-writing-the-night-before-part-1/

    #6403

    Brian Holcomb

    Thanks, James-will definitely read your article and check out the film!

    #6404

    James Cole

    Thanks Brian! I look forward to your comments.

    #6405

    Frank LaLoggia

    Hey Brian…you too, Jim!

    Ok…we’ll do this in alphabetical order…Brian first:
    Brian, It’s thanks to guys like you that, back in the days of mom and pop video stores, LADY found a large and appreciative audience. You may not be surprised to find out that you were among a strong contingent of video store rental staff that recommended the film wholeheartedly to their customers. You may, however, be surprised to know that I’m still paying these guys off! At the rate of inflation, no less!
    (JUST kidding!)

    Jim, I’ve just finished watching THE NIGHT BEFORE and you should be pleased to know that I rate it THREE (***) KLEENEX. (I would have rated it FOUR but I ran out.) The production served everyone well and the kids did a fine job. It’s clear that our hero’s journey, suffering an ailment much more serious than his roommates, will be an extended one and that his faith in surviving that journey will at least partly be derived from the strength he inadvertently bestows upon others.

    Why don’t you guys FACEBOOK me?

    Frank

    #6406

    James Cole

    Dear Frank:

    Thank you SO much for watching “The Night Before”, and for your thoughtful review. I’m SO glad you liked it (and sorry you ran out of Kleenex!). The accompanying article here on the site gives a lot of detail on how the project came about – still my greatest film production experience (so far). I really appreciate the kind comments. (And I just sent you a Facebook friend request.)

    As for “Lady in White” – I was/am a HUGE fan (as if you didn’t know already) and remember reviewing it for my college paper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst – that’s where Adam & I met). I still have the N.Y. Times interview with you published at the time of release!

    I look forward to being in touch!
    Jim

    #6393

    Quadruple-threat director/actor/writer/composer Frank LaLoggia speaks to us from his home in the Italian countryside.

    Frank is currently most known for his classic ghost story Lady in White (1988). He also wrote and directed the cult favorite Fear No Evil (1981) and Mother (1996), starring Diane Ladd and Olympia Dukakis. In his varied career he has crossed paths with the Coen brothers, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster, Sean Penn, and even Spider-Man.

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