Finding one title to describe Italian-American beauty Nicola
Fiore is a tough job.
She’s been a model for Sears, and Tromette of the month for
Troma Pictures, been a bass guitarist for a hard core band,
a projectionist in a movie theater and now works as an
actress and filmmaker. Nicola is as comfortable behind the
camera as she is in front of it and prides herself on
helping bring order to the chaos found on most movie sets.
Her projects include working with
legendary Scream Queen
Rochon on the film For Christ's Sake as well
another dozen or so independent horror films including the
memorably titled: Terror At Blood Fart Lake. Now
Nicola Fiore is talking to B Movie Man Nic Brown about
filmmaking, why she’s happy to be back in
New York and why filmmakers Ivan Zuccon and Timo Rose need
to read this interview!
Nic - Nicola, how did you get your start in acting?
Nicola - Well, I have always been a loud girl who likes
attention. My parents were into the arts heavily, so they
got me involved with a lot of performance type classes when
I was a kid. Acting was not something my mother was willing
to help me with because she thought it was too competitive
and I wouldn't be able to handle the rejection. (So she got
me into modeling? Go figure!) As soon as I got to high
school I signed up for drama as an elective my freshman year
and got crazy involved.
Nic - Can you tell
us a little about your role in the film For Christ's
Nicola - Let me start off by saying that it is a role that I
originally didn't think I was right for. I just wanted to
help put it together because I was fired up at religious
extremists at the time. The role I thought I would be right
for was Dr. Serena Vance which Dustin had gotten Debbie
Rochon to play. Michael Kenneth Fahr was the one who
ultimately convinced me that I could pull off the pushy 18
year old girl. It took a while. I mean, fuck - I was 28 at
Nic - Was
For Christ's Sake your first film role?
Nicola - There were two
films I worked on before FCS. Ironically both were
horror which I didn't know a whole lot about at the time.
The first was called The 12th Victim which was
filmed at the movie theatre where I worked with a few people
that were also taking film classes at the same college. My
friend Chris Cline wrote the lead role for myself and we had
a blast filming the death scenes in the projection booth
where we all worked. A few years later Chris wrote another
script called The Shadow Over Bales Hill. This
script was really well written and controversial also. It
was about an evil reverend and his family and the strange
deaths that occurred in the small town. Needless to say I
was one of the deaths. At the time getting killed kind of
sucked but when we filmed it, it was so fun to die!! My
character was a church girl with a southern accent. The film
won 3rd place at the Sarasota, FL film forum in 2002. I felt I had my fill of
acting after that so I didn't work on anything until For
Christ's Sake which was five years later.
Nic - What do you find is the most challenging thing for you
as an actress?
Nicola - The most challenging thing so far has been getting
these productions going. Independent film can be a bitch
with budget and everything else involved. I have several
scripts that have been sent to me in the past year that may
never see the light of day. It's a damn shame.
Nic - Thinking about the difficulties of getting production
actually started on a film project, what advice would you
offer to aspiring independent filmmakers?
Nicola at Sirius
studios to do appear on Maxim radio for Hotties of
Nicola - Do NOT let a budget stop you!! Some people think
they need all this money to get a film going. You can make a
great film for little to no money. You may not get Nicole
Kidman to play the lead, but your film will still get seen.
One of my favorite directors I have worked with is Chris
Seaver at LBP and he has done some great films on the cheap.
Nic - Your credits
in For Christ's Sake go beyond just acting. Among
other things, you're listed a producer for the film. Do you
plan to do more work behind the camera as well as in front
Nicola - Absolutely. My background in business and the
education I paid for from it (I was a retail manager for 10
years and put myself through a year of film school) are
something I have finally gotten to utilize. I am helping
market a few projects that I shot this past year and am
signed on to produce 2 films next year that have about 6
times the budget of For Christ's Sake. Acting is
not something I ever thought I would do again. I am great
with managing a budget and shoot schedule. Organization is
also something that I can manage well from within the chaos
that comes up on sets. I look forward to that as much as my
acting career. Nic - Putting a bit
of a twist on my last question, how do you think your
experiences behind the camera and what you’ve learned in
film school affect your performance when you’re in front of
Nicola - I learned the basic fundamentals of acting from
classes at a theatre. Theatre acting feels over the top and
very unnatural for me. While taking film classes and working
on the first two films I did, I felt I could be much more
intimate with my delivery and expression. Knowing what was
going to happen in post-production helped me too. I am not
one of those "fix it in post" actors. Understanding camera
work, sound recording, and lighting (and where the light is
hitting you) is all stuff I think about before doing a
Nic - How do you
think the internet is affecting the world of independent
Nicola - This is being brought up a lot lately. It was
just discussed at
The B Movie
Celebration in Franklin, Indiana.
The panel included some of the best B movie directors in the
business. There is a little animosity it seems from long
time filmmakers about Youtube and different web series out
there. They feel that maybe the market is too saturated or
that the quality has gone down. Lloyd said it best I think.
Everything he said is what I feel about this also. The more
young filmmakers out there, the more fans of the indie genre
we have and the easier it is to find the freshest talent.
Also, the way we used to have to wait to get info about
films coming out is over. There is no more waiting to read
the next issue of whatever magazine or watching a
documentary to see what is going on behind the scenes.
Trailers are more readily available, people are finding it
easier to network, and sites like this one are out there to
give us great info almost instantly.
Nic - If you had the opportunity to work with anyone on a
film whom would it be and why?
Nicola looks ready to face the
Terror At Blood Fart Lake.
Nicola - I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of
great people already. When we were filming For Christ's Sake
last year, Debbie kept talking about what a great experience
she had filming Colour from the Dark in
Italy. My favorite horror films are Italian Horror so this
was intriguing to see where the genre was going. After I got
on MySpace in January, I friend requested the page for
Colour from the Dark. I got a message back from
filmmaker Ivan Zuccon saying he would like to see my film
reel. Just getting back in to filmmaking, I didn't feel I
had enough to send. I watched all of the films of his I
could get my hands on and was taken with his talent.
I also met
Joe Davison at
a film screening in Florida which Debbie
attended for the premiere of her film Savaged. Joe
told me he worked on Fearmakers with her and
filmmaker Timo Rose. Me and Melody (my girl) really loved
this film and Debbie and Joe were really great in it. It is
obvious that I am very inspired by Ms. Rochon and I give her
a lot of credit for my career continuing on after FCS for
she was very encouraging. Working with Timo Rose and Ivan
Zuccon I feel would be a great fit and a great experience
for me as well. (They should both expect film reels soon,
for my reel is finally looking the way I want it to.)
Nic - Sowhat would your
dream project be?
Nicola - As an actor, I
guess working with Ivan or Timo! Serious! There is a great
concept I am working on that has a Thelma and Louise meets
Bonnie and Clyde tone. It is a lesbian love story.
One day I hope to bring that to life as a producer.
Nic - Nicola, we’ve talked about your
work in film, but what do you like to do when you’re not
Nicola definitely looks good in...
or at least in front of red!
Nicola - Spending
time with my fiancée Melody. I love
New York City and finally live here again so walking around
exploring the city with her is always a great day. Also, we
tend to do a lot to support gay rights in this country that
seems to be easing its way towards equality little by
little. In the past few years it seems we have made great
Nic - So what’s next for Nicola Fiore?
Nicola - There are several
projects lined up for 2009. There is Hellstorm
which is a great project about a hurricane hitting Galveston, TX (which did happen but it is still fictional)
which I am also producing. Into the Basement which is based
on Norm Applegate's novel. I will be working with
Films and Chainsaw Sally which I am a fan of. There is
another film that I am doing with Michael Kenneth Fahr
called Victimized which is a very cool script with
intense situations and characters. I just landed a lead role
in a martial arts film that is being shot here is
New York with filmmaker Jim Haggarty. Chris Seaver at Low
Budget Pictures invited me back to work with him on his
largest film yet called They're Here and I really
love working with him. And there is a project called
Grace of Midnight that is a very well written comedy
that was sent to me by a great writer named Matthew Jason
Walsh. Matthew and his partner/friend James L. Edwards are
putting it together and asked me to come on board as a
producer. There is also a fun supporting part that I get to
play. These guys have some great films they have done and I
am thrilled to be working with them on this. There are a lot
of other things that are in the works so we will see,
anything is possible :)