IT'S been two years in the making - but a Huddersfield man has finally completed his second film.
And Marco Zaffino, 30, is hoping his latest work as a director will match his award-winning debut.
His new film, The Vendetta, is a feature- length story based on a century-long feud between two families.
It has already won praise from Miramax, one of the top US studios.
"To even get beyond the receptionist is good going," said proud Marco.
His new film was made on a shoestring with the help of friends.
Shooting took place inbetween Marco's job as play leader at Almondbury out-of-school club, where he works with wife Becki.
Marco also boosts his income by working as a complementary therapist from his home in Birkby.
His first film, The Verandah, picked up a coveted award for best foreign feature at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2002.
Marco is hoping to win screenings in independent cinemas for his newest feature after having it rated as a 15.
He said: "I am all for film-makers having a chance to show their films, so that there are choices other than the big Hollywood blockbusters.
"There are some interesting films out there, but people do not get the chance to show them."
Marco went to All Saints High School, Bradley Bar, before going to Hull University, where he studied fine art.
The Vendetta stars Laura Manni, a former teacher at St Patrick's RC Primary School, Birkby, where Marco worked as a cleaner.
It also features Sara Festagallo, a former Huddersfield University student.
Marco has now begun his third film, Spoken by Crowds. It will be produced by Nik Taylor, a lecturer at Huddersfield University, and directed by Marco.
"It is delicate, poetic and subtly magical," he said.