From the Film Maker
Moroni’s tailor is a master of his art and, given his appearance, is obviously successful in his trade. I find myself wondering ‘Why is he not happy?’ and ‘Why is he cutting this black cloth?’ Is he in mourning? If so, who for? I formulated a story that aimed both to explore these questions in his past and, hopefully, to make the viewer feel the same way as I do when looking at this picture. I have attempted to retain the intensity of the painting by introducing only one additional character. I have also included themes of class and social commentary. I chose a muted colour palette with an ever-present pall of shadow and darkness. To bridge the gap of time between ourselves and this beautiful work I chose to move the time period forward to a point midway between then and now.
A piece inspired by Giovanni Battista Moroni, The Tailor ('Il Tagliapanni'), 1565-70