|C.J Lazaretti (right) with US director James Christopher|
at the 2015 South Texas Underground Film Festival.
Photograph by Robert Perez, Jr.
“This is a personal project to me,” says Lazaretti, who started development of The Turtle Terminator in 2013, before shelving the project due to increasing demand for his film editing services. “I ended up with plenty of footage, and even a rough cut, but a lot left to be done and not enough time to produce it properly without additional backup. If I have to choose between directing and editing, I’ll always choose editing, and that’s what I did. Back then, it simply made no sense to carry on with the project on the little free time I had to accommodate it.”
That has changed now. Random Clock has picked up The Turtle Terminator for its 2016 slate, attracted by the film’s unusual style and powerful symbolism. Co-producing the film with Ryan Pasi of Glasgow Film Crew, Random Clock founder John Perivolaris sees great potential in the simple tale of love and loss: "There's something beautiful in the abstract way the story is told, and in the story itself. In just three minutes, you've walked through a person's whole love life, and experienced all its successes, but most importantly all its failures."
As envisioned by Lazaretti, The Turtle Terminator condenses years of a man's romantic ups and downs into a concrete, fragmented concoction of visual poetry, often misleading, never predictable. Its shifting kaleidoscope of locations and anecdotes pushes the limits of what a three-minute film can accomplish, presenting more than a few challenges for its producers.
“Make no mistake about it: the producer is the most important role in any film,” says Lazaretti. “Good producers can smell a compelling story, and have the passion and the discipline to make it happen. You don’t come across good producers that often, so when I saw the professional way Random Clock handled its last production, and how powerful and engaging the film came out, I felt confident to resume work on The Turtle Terminator.”
The Random Clock-Glasgow Film Crew co-production is currently scheduled for a summer shoot. Auditions for both male and female parts are under way, and crew positions are filling up quickly as the project gathers up speed.
“It’s happening. Now I can give The Turtle Terminator the cast and crew it deserves, and it could never have happened without Random Clock,” says Lazaretti. “Bold films demand ambition, commitment and professionalism. Random Clock has it in spades. I’ll certainly remain an editor for as long as I can, but when your production team is this good, directing does sound a lot more worthwhile.”
Check out www.cjlazaretti.com for trailers, films and Lazaretti’s showreel.