Chad Bonanno Interview

Chad Bonanno, 30, is a Videographer, Editor and Animator, born in Louisiana and now living in Hollywood California with his girlfriend and previous iLivExtreme interviewee Luci Romberg. He’s a hard hitter on the Hollywood Animation scene (his portfolio is at the bottom of the page). He recently filmed the new Tempest video and this is what happened when I shot him some questions.

Where are you whilst answering these questions and what are you doing there?
The 11th Floor of the Wiltern Building at Radley Studios in Los Angeles, California.

How did you get into making freerunning videos?
Inspired by Tempest Freerunnings videos. Went out and met the team at Hollywood High, filmed the first day. Enjoyed it so much, decided to collaborate with Victor Lopez and the rest of Tempest and the rest is history.

What has been your biggest lesson learned in life so far?
The things that don’t seem important in early life really come back to become the most important things in your life.

Sum up your outlook on life in 10 words or less…
Careful what you wish for, it just might come true!

What are you most looking forward to professionally during the remainder of 2012?
Working a a few new studios to animate and design, working with Tempest on more film and live action projects, and working on a few professional relationships to strengthen my resources.

Do you have a party-trick? If so, what is it?
Leaving WAY too early =)

You’ve just released a rad new Tempest video, how did you come up with the idea for that?
I was the DP on the job, I also found the location and scouted it with Luci. It was Luci’s original idea, I just found the setting and the style in which it was to be shot.

How long did it take you to film and how did you get permission to use the site!?
It took 3 days plus 1 day of scouting in the beginning. Our FIRST day was a long 13 hour day, then we had a second day of 6 hours, then we did pick up shots at 7AM on a third day for 4 hours. No permission , they would not grant it to us.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Collaborating with so many great people and helping so many people in my industry.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?
My relationships with family and friends.

What makes you sad?
The end of a Weekend

What makes you happy?
Inspiration and anything Fresh!

What is your favourite smell?
Cotton Candy

Who do you most admire and why?
My college buddy , Nathaniel Howe. Just an incredible designer and director and he just launched his new company in Los Angeles called Nathaniel James. Nathaniel has been a tremendous help to me and an great friend as well.

What project are you going to be working on next?
On the Design/Animation side, funnily enough I don’t think I can mention them just yet due to agreements with clients!

On the Tempest Freerunning side, Stay tuned to find out =)
…I guess the short answer is again… I CANT SAY!

If someone said ‘I’m giving you unlimited money, what film would you make and what would it be called!’?
Weekend Heroes

With regards to this video, what kind of style were you going for in the edit?
Frenetic and jump-cuts were essential to keep this video to a decent timing, otherwise, it would of ran close to 8 minutes long!

What has been your single most memorable sports experience?
Breaking my ankle trying to flip ( OUCH )

What 1 thing would make your life better?
A House.

When you’re not filming and editing what might we find you getting up to?
Typically, in a motion graphics studios working… in my free time I love to cook although I have been so busy, I haven’t had tome for that either.

What are you listening to over and over on your iPod at the moment?
Jurassic 5 , Ultramagnetic MCs , Def Jef , Dilated Peoples, Eric B and Rakim and Donald Bryd

If a genie gave you 1 wish to use to improve the production/film-making industry, what would it be?

Tell us a secret…
You wouldn’t be impressed..

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
I would say breaking my ankle trying to keep up with my friends. That was a pointless was to spend 4 months sitting in bed just because I wanted to try and do flips!

Tell us the first thing that comes to mind when you see the following:

My Favourite Album is: Daft Punk – ALIVE
My pet peeve is: Flakiness
My Automatic Cringe is: Dirty Sticky Floors
The Swear Word I use the most is: Shiiiiiiit!!
Finish this sentence: “Nobody knows this but sometimes I…..” PRETEND I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING WHEN REALLY HAVE NO CLUE



More from iLivExtreme