Fade to Blue by Aaron Rose

FADE TO BLUE consists as a series of episodic short films centered on the classic themes of love, loss and redemption. The films are inspired to play visually on the archetypes of classic Italian 1960’s melodramatic cinema, but like Sutor Mantellassi, they were updated to reflect a modern contemporary twist. Our story puts the focus on a single male character that exists as a metaphor. We see him, but we don’t see him. However we always notice his Sutor Mantellassi shoes. His exquisite footwear becomes integral to his persona as he interacts romantically with numerous female characters. At first, he comes off as a bit of a Casanova, playing with hearts like a poker dealer, however in the third act he finally comes to his senses and returns to the woman he truly loves.

Alexander Patino: We’re all well acquainted with your work. We saw your three-part film for Sutor Mantellassi and loved it. It was a really cool perspective and a great way to reintroduce the brand to a whole new audience. So how did you first become involved with the brand?

Aaron Rose: It was kind of a circuitous route. Anton Magnani, the creative director of Sutor Mantellassi, is a very avid art collector, so I actually met him through the art scene. One night over dinner, we got to talking about Sutor Mantellassi and what the brand represents and we started talking about possible film ideas. That’s sort of how that whole thing came about. It was one of those organic partnerships that just came together through one very inspiring conversation.

Alexander Patino: What was the initial spark for this three-part film? Why did you create it in this triptych format?

Aaron Rose: We both liked the idea of doing something episodic. Especially when it comes to short films on the web, it’s nice to create something that rolls out over a period of time. I like the idea of leaving people hanging a little bit, so they look forward to what’s going to happen next. Kind of the way television does it, but applying that to web films.

Alexander Patino: This three-parter reminded us a lot of some of our favorite movies. There was a bit of “Virgin Suicides” a little “Far From Heaven.” Where was it you guys shot this? What’s the background on your setting?

Aaron Rose: It’s a really funny story, actually. Originally, Anton wanted it to be in a ‘50s modernist home. I live in Los Angeles, so we were looking around here. But it’s really hard to find a unique modernist home in Los Angeles that you haven’t seen in a million films. It happened around this time I was taking an annual family trip to New Zealand, where my wife is from, and on a hunch we decided to look at locations there. We found that amazing house that was more original than any modernist home I’ve ever seen in Los Angeles. When I saw it, I was like, “This place is really fantastic.” It’s so unique and so different than anything that I’ve seen in other films.

Alexander Patino: That’s awesome scouting! So about Sutor Mantellassi shoes themselves, the sole is one of the resounding traits. Did that help with the photography of the film? Did that help you tell your story?

Aaron Rose: Yes. It’s so interesting that you asked that. It’s one of the things I noticed most about the shoes. The soles are amazing, they’re all dyed and colored by hand. Originally we wanted to hand-paint all the frames of the film as a direct homage to that process, but because of time and budget constraints, we had to shoot digitally. Though we were able to mimic the Technicolor process intended for film in order to obtain that highly saturated, really crazy color. It’s funny that you mentioned Far From Heaven, because that’s the look Anton was inspired by as well. The idea was to create a film that feels like that time, but is also distinctly modern.

Alexander Patino: Was this the first time that you’ve lent your talents to anything fashion-related?

Aaron Rose: No, I do it from time to time. I dabble in it. It’s a chance to flex some cinematic muscle and try some things that haven’t been done before, which fashion is really good for. I find that people in fashion are very open to new ideas.

Alexander Patino: It’s great to use your talents in a different capacity, and we’re big fans of the result!

Aaron Rose: Thank you! It’s really a fantastic brand. It’s very rare in this day and age to find something so special, so I’m glad you like it.

Interview by Saks Fifth Avenue