Hi! I’m Liz Rizzo, short-form filmmaker, post production manager, and aspiring television director. My goal as a director 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 short shoots in 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. Also shooting in 2015: “Titus and Dronicus,” a hilarious web series with a clever theatrical spin.
Plus, I’ll be posting the first two webisodes of “Tradecraft,” a spy thriller web series and pulling together everything I’ve got for that series as well as the full-length web series “Zero Sight” for pitching purposes. Two fantastic web series projects looking for a home and funding in 2015!
As a director, I love working with other people’s pieces. Joining a project and pulling 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:
Zero Sight: Bad Call is here! Released in 2013 on Stage 5 TV’s YouTube show, The Continuum. We’re honored by our screenings at The Orlando Film Festival in October 2014, and The Valley Film Festival in December 2014! Up next: Iron Mule Short Comedy Series in New York City on March 1st in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space.
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.
Coming up next:
Two episodes of a new web series: Tradecraft by Michael Patrick Sullivan
A new film short: The Birthday Gift by Ralph Sanchez and Rogue Pilot Films
Titus and Dronicus – More info to come on this hilariously clever web series