The highlight of the Entertainment Beat course: director, Martin Rosete and his path to cinema

Martin Rosete, originally from Madrid, Spain, hosted Montclair State University students from Professor Alejandra Musi Arcelus’ The Entertainment Beat course virtually to ask questions. Rosete is the director of the short film “Voice Over” and the films “Money” and “Remember Me”.

One of the films Rosete has directed is “Remember Me”.
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“[Arcelus] don’t know that. But when I was 15, I wanted to study journalism,” Rosete said. “Then one day I saw a movie and I fell in love with it. The movie was called ‘Tesis’ by a Spanish filmmaker [Alejandro Amenabar] … and when I saw this film I thought, ‘Wow, if you can make these kinds of films here in Spain, I want to be a filmmaker.’ »

Much like the students present during the interview, Rosete forged her way into the film world out of passion, meaning there were no traditional film connections or parents immersed in the film industry. . He recalled the time when he worked in construction with his father during his university holidays, but there was no point in making a career out of it.

“I feel like it helped me a lot making movies because in a way it’s like building a house,” Rosete said. “I have to say that my father, in particular, hoped that I would study to be an architect or something like that because that’s what he knew. Or at least he could have helped me in some way, but I didn’t feel like doing something like that.

Soon after, he decided to follow his dreams. Rosete’s film teachers were quick to let him know he was going to learn a lot in school, but how to make a film wasn’t one of them.

At 19, Rosete made her first short film, and at the time, the steps to obtain the rights to the short story from a Polish writer took time to convince. But in the end, it was possible. Eventually, Rosete arrived in New York on a two-year scholarship and made students realize that where there is will, there is will.

“When you don’t have the money or the content, it takes longer,” Rosete said. “But you have to stay focused.”

Rosete (far left) on the set of "Money," a film that delivers the message behind the wonders and curses that money brings.  Photo courtesy of Martin Rosete

Rosete (far left) on the set of “Money,” a film that delivers the message behind the wonders and curses that money brings.
Photo courtesy of Martin Rosete

Rosete’s short “Voice Over” is one of the projects he is most proud of and where the focus is redefined. The film takes the audience on each of the characters’ journeys, which feels like inevitable chaos in a dreamlike, sequential storyline. There is no direct dialogue between the characters, but there is a French voice-over that narrates the feelings that occur throughout the film.

“I met my friend and he said, ‘I just wrote a masterpiece and I want to give it to you,’ so I read it,” Rosete said. “And I was like, ‘[Expletive]! It’s incredible!'”

While the excitement of directing the story to the big screen for all to see was there, Rosete was also conflicted over how he would deliver all the details as there was no way he would. leash aside. At that time, he had film colleagues in Spain who were invested in making the story a live action film.

“I really fell in love with the script,” Rosete said. “Because otherwise I wouldn’t have spent a year and a half of my life pushing and pushing every minute. Those 18 months to get there, I felt and still feel that it’s the best case scenario I’ve ever had. saw for a short. When we finally got the opportunity to direct and produce that moment, I love that my name is attached to it. I feel like it’s something I’m going to be proud of for the rest of my life. .

Rosete then directed the movie “Money” with “Twilight” idol Kellan Lutz and “Grey’s Anatomy” Jesse Williams. The film’s budget was limited and presented a few challenges along the way, but that didn’t stop Rosete from delivering the message behind the wonders and curses that money brings. All the actors play contrasting characters who match each other’s interests in a deceptive way by showing what they are willing to do for money.

"Money" features "Dusk" idol Kellan Lutz (middle, left) and Jessie Williams of "Grey's Anatomy" (middle, right).  Photo courtesy of Everett Collection

“Money” features “Twilight” idol Kellan Lutz (middle, left) and “Grey’s Anatomy” Jesse Williams (middle, right).
Photo courtesy of Everett Collection

One thing is for sure, Rosete does not see herself expanding “Voice Over” or “Money” in future sequel films.

“With ‘Voice Over’ we won over 100 awards and were nominated for the Science Academy Award,” Rosete said. “What works really well about ‘Voice Over’ is that it’s like a climax for the duration of the movie. I think for theaters it would be crazy, and people would leave after the first 10 minutes .

Although the opportunity to make sequels has been presented to him in the past, it’s not something he feels the need to pursue. In the meantime, Rosete is working on various projects that could potentially be seen on a streaming platform soon.

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