Hi! I’m Liz Rizzo, short-form filmmaker and aspiring television director. My goal is to direct eight episodes of television in a year! I’ve had this goal ever since I shadowed on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the director told me that’s the max number of episodes a television director could manage in one year. Bring it on!
I’ve also begun to think a lot about cinematic storytelling, and learning about how image can illicit feeling, and what does that mean for what comes next? Really looking forward to my next film short shoot in January 2015. “The Birthday Gift” is about a former Vietnam medic who’s lost interest in life since his wife died, and Vietnam seems so long ago. Still he gets to the park every day to game with his war buddy Ozzie, and his day is brightened by his granddaughter Lila. But it’s his wife, Abby, recently passed away, who ultimately helps him to embrace life again.
As a director, I love working with other people’s pieces. Coming into a project and putting together the perfect combination of elements to match and further a vision – whether that’s set by a television creator or a screenwriter. No “film by” credits for me, please; it’s the collaborative nature of the medium and the creative energy on set that feed my soul.
My last film short was a blast! Check it out:
A regular female assassin when she plays Halo, gamer girl Veronica gets real power in her hands when she steals a mysterious woman’s phone during a one-night stand gone south. Now a single anonymous text message can kill anyone she wants. And she’ll have to use all her first-person shooter skills when one bad call has her scouting a real professional assassin across suburban rooftops. Welcome to the world of “Zero Sight,” where hapless assassins work for a femme fatale with an eye for opportunities.