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IKAROS RISING

Marcel "Marluco" Izidoro's move to film By Carolyn Stampeen
Marcel "Marluco" Izidoro has jumped into life with both feet. At the age of 21, he's done more than many people twice his age and he's just getting started. Hailing from Santana de Parnaiba, a little town outside of São Paulo, Brazil, he grew up moving around a lot due to the nature of his parent's work. They always ended up, however, back in their home town. He speaks 4 languages well, is learning others, works in his family's marketing business, is attending film school, is making his own films, and travels around the globe attending film festivals showing his work. He does this with tremendous support from family as well as a boundless amount of innate energy.

CS: Your name is Marcel Izidoro, but you used to sign your name on the forums as "Marluco." Is it still ok to call you by this?

Marcel: Yes, it is. Marluco is a nickname I have had for almost all my life. From a young age, I wasn't as normal as the other kids, and once in a BBS Chat (I know... that was so long ago), a girl wanted to tell me I was crazy (maluco in portuguese) and instead she added an R in there, calling me Marluco. I liked it and have been using it ever since then.

CS: What sort of work do you do?

Marcel: Filmmaking is finally paying some of the bills, but I have a kind of day job with my family's business, a marketing agency [a 25 year old business called Izidoro Communications]. You can say I'm an art director of sorts there, but I'm slowly shifting to only film work.

CS: What's your educational background?

Marcel: I've studied in a kind of modern educational program all through school. Then I went to university and wanted to do something more serious, more "square" but my parents (thank the gods) decided that I needed to do some art major. So I ended up in film school, where I'll be graduating at the end of the year.

CS: It sounds like your parents have been very supportive.

Marcel: They are a pivotal part of my situation right now!! They were the ones that made me go to film school, were always the first ones to acknowledge when I did something good or bad, and are the ones that make me go to all these [film] festivals!! Without the support I have had from them and my sisters, I'm sure I wouldn't have done 1/10th of what I've done.

Marluco with his parents and sisters.

CS: How many film festivals have you been involved in? Do you enjoy all the travel involved?

Marcel: Well it's hard to tell. Of my shorts, each one has gotten into at least 5 festivals. There are some that have been to over 30, all over the globe. As I type this, I'm in Setubal, Portugal, in a festival and in a couple of days I'm going to Germany and then to the Czech Republic for some festivals there. I really enjoy meeting other people and seeing what drives them. But at the same time I'm choosing really carefully which festival I go to as it's a very tiresome process that involves seeing hundreds of films, meeting hundreds of people and hundreds of hours of sleep deprivation. I'm getting too old for this.

Marluco presenting his film at the Hamburg Film Festival.


CS: How does film school work with so much travelling?

Marcel: Well, it's quite hard. I've been trying to finish it for around 3 semesters and just can't find the time. The only reason I didn't fail or get expelled is because I've worked with almost all of my teachers (produced, directed, was the DP)!!! So this helped me a lot!!!

CS: When did you first become interested in filmmaking? When did you make your first film, how many have you made, and in what capacities have you worked on them?

Marcel: As my mom would say, my first recollection of being in love with film was when I was 5 and saw "Dreams" by Akira Kurosawa. I was so blown away that I couldn't sleep for a couple of weeks. Then she took me to an exhibition of the film's "storyboards"; this was insane as Kurosawa painted all the boards himself with watercolor and in the real screen size. I was sold.

I worked as an actor for my first run in the industry. From 8yo to 13yo. Then I moved to direct theatre for about 2 years and, when I was confident enough, I made my first film at the age of 15. Right now my count is at 23 short films and 2 feature films.

I think that as Director/Producer you have to understand all the steps of all the processes involved in the craft, so I've tried to do all the positions possible, from the Sound Department to the Art Direction, from Director of Photography to Editor. You can say I've done it all.

CS: What do you enjoy about the process?

Marcel: What I most enjoy is the group aspect of film. Whether it's in the making of it or the viewing, it's always better to do it with as many people you like as possible. Also the whole idea of creating worlds and telling a story and bringing people along for the ride, taking them from their regular lives and putting them in this place for 90 minutes is an idea that really fascinates me.

CS: How has your background influenced your work?

Marcel: It has influenced me a lot. With all my travels and all the friends I have all around the world, I've always tried to do something universal. I didn't try to find a Brazilian identity as much as I tried to find my own identity, one which would be understood by all those friends of mine. As someone really smart once said "You talk about your village, you talk about the world".

CS: What would you like people to take away from your films?

Marcel: Fun. I try to make films so people can have a good time together. Life is too hard by itself and that time you spend in front of the screen should take you out of it. Another quote that I love is "if you wanna send a message, write a letter not a movie."

CS: Do you dream of one day winning an Oscar?

Marcel: Actually, no. I have gotten a couple of awards with my films and they are really good pieces of decoration; apart from that, I don't like to rate "art" and I don't like awards in general. So yeah, the after party would be cool to be in, as would having a drink with some of my icons, but apart from that I don't see myself with the little golden man.

CS: Are you interested in being famous?

Marcel: Not at all! I'm interested in being able to do the projects that I want, with the people that I want and with the proper money for it. If with that comes fame, so be it. But if I could choose, it I would skip that part of the job.

CS: Does the American film industry influence you at all?

Marcel: Yes. The "industry" side of things really fascinates me. How it works as a factory, a really well-oiled machine. I've worked in countries like Brazil, Spain, China and Australia; it didn't matter how big the film was, it was all done with love and a desire to make the best film possible. In all the American blockbusters I've been to, it was in only a couple that I felt the same, but watching all those people just work and make those behemoth pictures come to life amazes me to this day.

CS: What would you say sets the film industry in Brazil apart from the US? Are there similarities?

Marcel: Like I said before, the two industries are like comparing a baby to a runner. The baby is still learning to walk, so he falls a lot, but never gives up. The runner can run a marathon at a steady and fast pace and keeps training for that, but it's already an old and formed being. It can't change, or adapt, as the baby can. That's why I like to work there and not in the US. I like the rhythm of change and knowing that you may have a plan today and in a couple of hours you loose your backer and you have to create something out of thin air.

CS: What projects are you currently involved in?

Marcel: After the release of my second film in September, I'll focus on tv and IPTV. I'm currently writing the scripts for the first episodes of a tv series that just got picked up for development, and I'm starting to develop a new children's show with some colleagues. Besides this, I'm dying to go back to theatre, so you can expect to hear more about that at the end of the year!

Greenscreen shoot for the Ikaros project.


CS: Are you still working on the Ikaros project? If so, would you like to tell us about it? What's the idea behind it, where is it now, when do you see it being finished?

Marcel: Yes. Ikaros is an attempt to do what the PXC was created for. A group of individuals all around the world working on a CGI short together as one FX house.

The script was the first script I wrote with the idea of making a film out of it and took me almost 7 years to feel the confidence to direct and produce it. That's why I chose it to be our first test of this process, because it's a very important story for me and one that I really want to see projected on the screen (or your browser window). It's taking some time because we really need to think about the pipeline involved to connect all the artists together. It's been an adventure so far and I hope to see it finished before the turn of the year.

Compositing test for Ikaros project.


CS: Regarding the Ikaros project, are you still looking for participants? If so, what sorts of skills are you looking for? How do people get involved?

Marcel: We are. Al Curatolo is our lead man on that part. To get involved you only need to drop him a line in the forums and we'll get it sorted out. We need all skills possible, from compositing to 3D, from animation to roto work! It's an experiment and the more people involved, the better!

CS: What has been your proudest moment?

Marcel: Seeing my friend Guillermo Del Toro receiving a 20 minute standing ovation in the Cannes Film Festival last year. I saw the whole process of how he took "Pan's Labyrinth" out of the ground and how he and the whole crew put their hearts into it. I had a river of tears by the end of the clapping. It felt good and right to see your friend up there receiving the recognition that he so dearly deserved.

CS: What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far?

Marcel: I really don't think about that very much. I usually think my latest achievement is my biggest one. It's so cliché, but the details are all that counts!

CS: What's your biggest passion?

Marcel: I like to think that my biggest passion is to make people laugh and have fun. That's why I do my job and that's why I wear colorful clothing. "To Serve And Protect" that's my motto!

CS: How do you have so much drive at such a young age?

Marcel: I want to retire really early!!!

CS: Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years? 20 years?

Marcel: Resting, in cabin by the sea!!! Just joking! I really share Alex's vision on Africa and I think it can apply to both there and my own continent. My plan now is not only creating content, but to create providers of that content. So I hope that in 20 years from now I'm gonna be able to look back and say: "hey, good job you've done with those guys there!"

CS: What would you like people to know about you?

Marcel: I like to wear really loud clothes and listen to very weird music while thinking of very weird ideas to very weird films in very weird places. Give me a smile and I'll be a very happy man!


Ikaros 2007 team.

Ikaros General Discussion.

Marluco's Website.

2006 SÃo Paulo International Film Festival.

Marluco in Africa.


The views expressed herein are solely that of the interviewee and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Pixel Corps.
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A Canadian artist, Carolyn Stampeen currently works with the Pixel Corps, looking after matters relating to the Hub, Training and Challenges. She is also the Director of the Forum Happenings Newsletter at the PXC member pages.
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