Posted on Oct 14, 2019
In the short time he's been at Haute Hijab, Video Editor Frankie Turiano has made a sizeable impact with the videos he's already produced, including several Instagram videos for Melanie, taking over the HH vlogs and a new series about team members called "Haute Hi-Jobs." (The first installment featured our graphic designer, Salwa, and it's HILARIOUS!) Frankie has a ton of experience that he brings to this new role at HH, and already his impact on the brand is being felt in more ways than one!
Frankie lives and breathes video and movies, spending pretty much all his free time watching films, learning about filmmaking and diving deep into story-telling techniques. He keeps us all rolling at the office with his dope (to use Frankie terminology) burns and sarcastic comments! Frankie also has some unique winter-time rituals with his friends and a slogan for life you have to read to believe! Get to know Frankie as he answers 15 fun (and a few deep) questions in our ongoing summer (now fall) team-focused series – "15 Things You May Not Know About ... "
Video Editor Frankie Turiano on a set.
1. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I spend nearly all my time watching movies or making them, so even though that is “work,” it’s what I focus on in a lot of my free time as well.
2. What are your hobbies? What are your dream hobbies?
This might be redundant, but still – movies. Filmmaking isn’t something that can be learned in its entirety. It’s infinite, so there’s always more to learn, more stories to tell, more people to work with. My work/hobbies/free time/down time are more or less the same thing.
3. What is something you hate doing?
Yo, the heaters in my crib are WILD and hiss and bang super loud. And, I try and turn that little knob on them, but I always feel like it’s going to explode in my face. Though I’m pretty sure that can’t happen.
4. If you could eat something on an endless loop, what would it be?
I really bang with mint ice cream and lemon pasta, but probably not together. However, I shouldn’t rule it out.
5. What feeds your soul/when are you at your happiest/best?
There’s nothing better than working with a crew and feeling everything snap together – the work is good, the crew is happy, you’re ahead of schedule. It’s not the most common thing to happen in production, but it’s what you strive for everyday. So when it does happen, it’s like Tetris.
6. Who do you look up to the most and why? (living or dead)
Reed Morano is a filmmaker and person I really admire – as a filmmaker she’s worked her way into having a confident control over her craft and her style. It is something I know I could never achieve, but I look up to her. And, as she’s become more and more popular as a filmmaker, she’s continued to be an outspoken advocate for women's rights, gay rights and standing her ground as an proponent for progressive political ideals. All of which is potentially dangerous when you’re a woman in the film business, but she’s stuck to her guns and is successful nonetheless. Even better, she continues to make really challenging work and doesn’t feel like she’s dropped her own point of view for a paycheck.
7. What is something, if you could go back and change in your life, that you would?
There’s plenty of work I’ve done that I’m immensely embarrassed by, but I think I would like to correct some mistakes I’ve made with people in those circumstances rather than correct the work. In some cases, that would mean being more patient and changing my own behavior, and in others it would mean dropping people and not letting myself get stressed because of someone else’s bull.
8. What is your biggest challenge in life?
I’m shooting a lot on 16mm now, which is very expensive (about $450 for 11 minutes of footage) and unsustainable. But, I’m absolutely addicted to the color and texture of film, so it’s literally a battle to decide whether to pay my rent on time or buy some more rolls of film.
9. What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
For some reason, people always say I’m cynical, which I guess is a result of how much I swear (not represented here). But I don’t feel like I have a cynical point of view. Maybe I’m jaded in some regards to the creative process and some “creative types,” but I don’t feel myself thinking cynically about anything – except maybe capitalism.
10. What is that big dream thing you want to accomplish in life? Or if not one thing, a few things?
I feel like a broken record – obviously I want to film more and make my own work. I’ve been doing that for awhile, but at some point I’d love to look at my own work and not cringe, or at least feel like what I’ve done represents more than the sum of its parts.
11. To the non-Muslims at Haute Hijab is your favorite OR not-so-favorite thing about working at a Muslim-owned company? Or, what is one thing you’ve learned that surprised you about Muslims?
The more Muslims I meet and work with, the more idiosyncrasies I learn about everyone and their culture, their interpretation of the Islam and the experience of being Muslim in America. More specifically, I’ve only ever been around Muslim women who were very motivated and did not suffer fools, so coming into Haute Hijab and then understanding those traits are actually part of the identity of Muslim women, not just the people I knew – it’s a lot to live up to.
Frankie shooting in a field.
12. What does a typical Friday night look like for you?
I’m still friends with everyone I grew up with, so we all continue to make bad decisions together. Alternatively, I may just try to chill with my dog so I can go to an early, cheap Saturday matinee.
13. What’s the strangest or most fun family tradition you have?
Me and that same group of friends have taken to walking at least one of the bridges in New York City during the first blizzard of every winter. I don’t know why we started it. But it’s something no one else does (because who the hell would want to?), and it’s definitely an experience of the city that very few people get.
14. Cat person or dog person (or some other kind of animal)?
Dog. I feel absolutely no emotions towards cats, as I’m aware they feel none towards humans anyway.
15. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be and why?
Gatorade used to be “The Thirst Quencher,” which is not to say I am quenching any thirst, but to remind myself to stay hydrated, moisturized, get more electrolytes. I also have a horrible lightning bolt tattoo not dissimilar to the Gatorade logo.