Q & A with Giacomo Cimini, Director of “The Nostalgist”

Q & A with Giacomo Cimini, Director of “The Nostalgist”

If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in?

Definitely not.


Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?

It’s funny, I cannot think of a single Sci-Fi world in which I could possibly live without being killed in a few minutes. Maybe I would say Star Wars, considering how bad Stromtroopers aim is.  Or a boring day at Jurassic Park.


Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level?

Sarah Connor.


Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?

Probably a facehugger.


Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence?

It probably depends on their primary directive.


 What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films?



Will you support them in their endeavors?

See above


In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?

Luke Skywalker riding the JP’s T-Rex


You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas.

I cannot. I would be exterminated.


How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

You never really get past the bad ones, you just refined them with a lot of pressure. Every diamond is a polished piece of coal.


Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community?

Of course. “We accept her, we accept her. One of us, one of us. Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble”


Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating? 

Nope, I’m always in the future.


Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person?

Totally digital.


What kind of balance do strike between the two?

My little family is the only analog system I like.


 Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?

Yes, the technology I make films with doesn’t want to exterminate you.


When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration?

I’m not a prop-maker. Kudos goes to the them, the unsung heroes behind the scenes.  Re the inspiration question: always look to nature.


 How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

Strip down an object to its basic functions.


Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Considering the ongoing quantity of merging and acquisitions in the Studio world… I wouldn’t be very surprised if we will end up with a Star-Trek-Wars.


Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs?



Practical or CGI?

It’s a misconception. They are not in opposition. CGI is inherently practical. It always starts from an idea, a drawing, a model.


Dystopia or Utopia?

I guess, They are the same thing.


Post-Apocalypse or Pre-Apocalypse?

I would like to explore some pre-apocalypse themes now. Or think of how to prevent one…