This summer I produced an incredibly fun new series called “The Scoop,” which is a hybrid talk show where I interview people who work in the entertainment industry over ice cream from NY’s top local and independent ice cream shops. But not just anybody in the entertainment industry – I wanted to talk to people who work to CREATE entertainment, specifically Producers, Directors, Writers, Casting Directors, and anyone who works
It was important to me to make sure everyone came across as the real and accessible people they were, but I also wanted the production to look professional. I knew finding the right DP/videographer would be essential, which is why I was thrilled to find Alessia Gatti.
Alessia is an Italian actress,
Jeanette Bonner: Alessia, thank you for being on “The Scoop” with me!
Alessia Gatti: Thank you for having me.
JB: Well, technically you’re already on “The Scoop.” But now you’re one of the interviewees on “The Scoop.” Even though this is technically for ProductionHUB.
AG: I know. I get it.
JB: So I wanted to talk to you about your experience filming “The Scoop.” What were some of the biggest challenges about shooting in different shops for each episode?
JB: Yeah, that’s one of my favorite things about it as a producer, but I imagine it’s a bit of a nightmare for a camera and sound team. Some of the interviews don’t take place in the shops, so what factors did you consider when choosing the best spot to do the guest interviews?
AG: Light and sound. These were the main factors since most of the time we had just one hour allocated for the guest interviews, and we had to make sure to be ready to go very fast. Most of the times we were just lucky when we found the right spot at the shop or very close by.
JB: Did you prefer to shoot in the ice cream shops or on the sidewalk? In general, do you prefer to shoot indoors or outdoors?
AG: With our kind of equipment (basically camera + tripod and shoulder rig) I prefer outdoors because you can control more the angles and the light while in interiors you can't change the environment and the kitchen lights are
JB: That makes sense. And passersby on the sidewalk were all really polite! We didn’t encounter too many crazy people, which I kinda expected to.
AG: Yeah, nobody cared! New Yorkers are so used to shooting and film crew that you can get away with shooting a commercial in SoHo without worrying about people interrupting you or ruining the shots. I love shooting in New York because I think it's an easy city to shoot in, everything is available, you can find anything in New York.
JB: What are the different technical considerations when shooting in New York’s public places, both indoors and out?
AG: Ehh, there’s not much of a
Yes, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to keep our crew small. I didn’t know what to expect in the shops
but also I anticipated there being a lot of movement, especially the times when we shot two episodes in
JB: Do you prefer to have a bigger or smaller crew when shooting on the street? What's your preferred size team to work with?
AG: I would say it depends on the production and the project of
JB: What qualifications do you look for when hiring a crew?
AG: I usually look reels,
JB: So experience, talent, and recommendations – just like hiring an actor! You're also a producer. What are the similarities/differences in these two jobs? Is there one you prefer over the other?
AG: I love directing as much as I love producing, and I believe that both helped me to have a better understanding of filmmaking in general. I think they're two sides of the same coin, directing is more free and creative, but producing is more adrenaline-inducing and
JB: What did you like best about shooting The Scoop?
AG: The ice cream!!!! And the passion and stories behind each shop. Hearing people’s stories of dreams coming true and success.
JB: Okay, well since you said that I HAVE to ask you this
AG: Ahh, great question, I think I have a story that I haven't told yet, I think that's
JB: It sounds amazing!! I wish you all the luck. But don’t go too far cause there’s more of “The Scoop” to make next year! Thanks for being on “The Scoop” with me Alessia!
AG: Thanks for having me!
JEANETTE BONNER is a NYC-based actor, writer, and producer. Her original series "Ghost Light,” about a motley crew of theatrical stagehands, has been an Official Selection of the Miami, UK, and Austin Web Fests, and has earned nominations for Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing at the Indie Series Awards. It has now partnered with digital platform Seed & Spark for streaming and distribution. Her self-produced solo show, “Love. Guts. High School,” developed with playwright Matt Hoverman, premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival where it earned nominations for Best Actress and Best Solo Show, and then went on to the Chicago Fringe Festival (named a Time Out Chicago “Critic’s Pick”) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She holds a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College, CT, and when not doing any of the above, she's introducing tourists to her favorite city in the world as a licensed NYC tour guide, and, of course, eating ice cream.
To find out more about the Scoop visit watchthescoop.com.