When NANG was born
It was when Davide lived in London that he was ‘bitten by the publishing bug’ as he calls it. His interest for publications, editing and paper grew and the dream about one day having his own publishing house started to take shape. 2014, a job offer at a film festival in South Korea came up, a festival which Davide had visited during many years as both a guest and a critic. He couldn’t resist the offer, and moved to the other side of the globe, taking his dream with him.
– It was a privilege working for a cultural organization in Korea, but I long wanted to try and start an independent project and particularly a magazine on Asian cinema, something which quite often is treated as a “curiosity” in mainstream cinema magazines. Since the early 2000s, there wasn’t an existing non-Academic magazine entirely dedicated to Asian cinema and I thought it was time to develop and launch a new one, says Davide Cazzaro.
The idea of NANG is to be a high-quality magazine, printed on fine paper with content produced together with guest editors who dives deep into a specific topic. The first pilot issue of NANG was an introduction to the overall project, whereas the ‘offical’ inaugural issue, No.1, focuses entirely on screenwriting, a topic that is way under-discussed.
– Screenwriting is one of the back bones and main pillars of most film projects, but unfortunately, this is often forgotten. For this issue we have invited the film critic and screen writer Ben Slater, as guest editor. As one of the special features of this Issue, we reproduced extracts from a number of screenplays – documents and ‘graphic objects’ which are rarely seen and made public, says Davide Cazzaro.
Printed in Sweden
Davide has always loved and been fascinated by paper as a working material, and wished for a long time that he could work with it one day. The paper choice for NANG was therefor very important, along with where it should be printed. During his time in London, Davide came across Munken paper and the Swedish printing company Göteborgstryckeriet.
– I was extremely impressed by their focus on sustainable paper production and responsible printing methods. And for the paper itself, the feel, the surface, the whole experience chimed in. Luckily, I have the good fortune of working with two designers - Shin Haeok and Shin Donghyeok - who share a profound love for paper, so during our early discussions on the project there was no doubt on how NANG should be printed, says Davide Cazzaro.
Besides the love for fine paper, Davide is also passionate about non-western printing and paper production, from China and Korea for example.
– It is often forgotten that movable metal printing type were actually first invented in Korea, before Gutenberg and his bible. There is something unique with traditional paper production, for instance about the Korean ‘Hanji’ paper, handmade from the bark of the mulberry tree, says Davide Cazzaro.