“The Onara Marshes Park”

Indifare Award Winner

Crew Member’s Name

Gianluca Doremi

Film Overview

The documentary “The Onara Marshes Park” takes us on a journey inside the Park and highlights its naturalistic aspects, recounting what can be encountered in these habitats, from the small world of invertebrates to mammals, passing through the plant world, recounting, as far as possible, moments of life and peculiarities that are not always visible. The documentary also seeks to highlight some little-known historical aspects of this place, home of the Ezzelini, a well-known Venetian family, who managed to conquer a large part of north-eastern Italy in the 13th century. The uniqueness of this documentary lies in the fact that it was made with the work of only four people (music aside) from 2017 to 2022, even if you have to subtract the two years of Covid. These people are: the director, Gianluca Doremi, the director of photography, Eva Carraro, 3D manager and interpreter of Ezzelino III, Lorenzo Doremi and the narrator and audio consultant, Davide Glerean. A work made with passion, totally self-produced, which led this work to win or be awarded at over thirty international festivals, and which far exceeded the expectations of the makers.

About Director

Gianluca Doremi was born on 13 December 1969 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, where he still lives. During his childhood he developed and manifested a passion for the “small world” that led him to discover nature with the enthusiasm that only a child can have. In 2010 he began photographing and filming the world of insects and other arthropods, and since 2015 he has expanded his passion by making short documentaries not only about the world of insects but also about the environment and history that characterise the plains of north-eastern Italy. In 2022 he finished his first “long” documentary after about three years of filming entitled “Il Parco della Palude di Onara” (The Onara Marshes Park).


How do you choose your star cast?

The cast was chosen from people who were well known, competent in their work and at the same time passionate about the work they were being asked to do. It was fortunate that these skills were to be found in a circle of friends and family members who, through their hobbies or careers, possessed the necessary skills for the development of the documentary, and it made it possible to work with people whose work skills were known as well as the emotional dynamics that are indispensable in the making of a documentary.

How tough it is for a producer to keep the budget unaffected?

The documentary was totally self-produced and the funds were really few, all coming out of our pockets, for this documentary we have been ingenious in recreating some situations, both in the historical and naturalistic parts with some tricks , which I would like to keep hidden, that allowed us with a few euros to shoot very effective footage and thus keep the budget in standards accessible to us. We gained a lot of experience from this and discovered how to further improve the effectiveness and emotionality of filming for our upcoming works, two of which have already started filming.

Who are your filmmaking influencers?

Nature documentaries have influenced me since childhood, two Italian documentary filmmakers who have influenced my work are Enrico Stella, especially for the world of lepidoptera, and Enzo Moretto also related to lepidoptera but to the whole world entomological world. In recent years I am admiring the work of BBC documentary filmmakers who are making, in my humble opinion, true masterpieces.

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