Performer, sound designer, historian in Animation.
He has created soundtracks for short animated films by Blu, Saul Saguatti, Michele Bernardi, Pierre Hébert and others. He teaches history of animation in Fine Arts Palermo, and works closely with several international festivals with master classes, workshops, lectures on topics related to animation and soundtrack. He is often invited to international juries and selection committees throughout the world.
He has performed with Basmati, Pierre Hébert, Theodore Ushev, Compagnia d’Arte Drummatica in several international film and music festivals in Europe. Carries workshops together with Basmati B.C. and Ottomani Cultural Association and his active in promoting the Italian animated film internationally. He won the Golden Reiter for the best soundtrack to the 23 th edition of the International Short Film Festival FilmFest Dresden and the Asifa Award Italy in 2010. He curated with Paola Bristot, ANIMAZIONI, a DVD collection about Italian contemporary animation.
Working on an Italian short film collection for a second time is even more exciting than the first. Mainly because a second edition implies that you have staked your time and energies on this project. After a year and a half, it seems that the new Italian animated production has not come to a standstill, so that our task is not yet accomplished. If anything, we have just started our investigation.
Gianni Canova recently talked of a 'Nouvelle Vague' in Italian animation. Even without referring to this brilliant film movement, there are certainly many attention-grabbing situations taking place in different places at the same time. In fact, it was relatively easy to come across new artists, like Nicola Console, with his debut Dieci Cadute, after several theatre collaborations, or experienced Alvise Renzini, and his Ci sono gli Spiriti, experimental in technique and taste.
A further evidence of vitality is the ability, displayed by the artists included in the first collection, of constantly renewing their style and contents. Donato Sansone presents another tiny gem, Topo Glassato al Cioccolato, pictures animated in rhythm once again perfectly integrated with Enrico Ascoli excellent sound work; ' hardy' Saul Saguatti and Audrey Coianiz, the 'evergreen' Michele Bernardi, and Igor Imhoff , who's established himself as one of our finest artists, with his new Percorso# 0009-0410.
We are proud to host, as previously with Gianluigi Toccafondo's Piccola Russia, a masterwork of Italian animation in the last ten years: Roberto Catani's La Funambola. This film provides a vital link with the Urbino's ISA art scene. It's no accident that many artists are based in this area: the fascinating, and at the same time disturbing, debut of young Marco Cappellacci, Le Fobie del Guardrail, and the passionate work of Alessia Travaglini Silenziosa-mente.
Different technique, although similar passion, in Beatrice Pucci's Imago, a complex puppet animation with a strong impact, clearly connected to the aesthetic and techniques of the East European School, as well as The journey of the Birdboy creation by Chiara Ambrosio, a London-based multi-faceted artist who has collaborated with many musicians of contemporary British scene. A touch of inspired insanity is guaranteed with Aztrokitifk & Mario si danno al Crimine! by Ivan Manuppelli and Gianluca Lo Presti.
Italian animation seems to have finally found a fertile ground : a clear demonstration is the film originated in Turin's CSC, Dalila Rovazzani and Giovanni Munari's Arithmetique , a bold short film based on Maurice Ravel's musical score of the opera L’Enfant et le sortilège. Donato Sansone ,too,graduated at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, as well as the authors of Giallo a Milano, coproduced by the CSC.
In addition to this selection, the number of children and young people involved in the making of animated short films and successfully attending International festivals is constantly increasing. This is why we think that our Raccolte may still be relevant in the future.
Chiara Ambrosio - The Journey of the Birdboy - Italy, 2007 - 4: 23
The animation work of Chiara Ambrosio is an exploration into ideas of memory, loss and illusion through the use of animation, photography and video installation, deeply rooted in the surreal, absurdist world of Czech and Eastern European animation and literature. Chiara works with both live action and animation (using puppets and found objects), together with light and sound, to create short visual poems or prayers, often relying on music and sound to engage with the emotional, irrational and subliminal side of the mind. (http://www.acuriousroom.com)
Sergio Basso, Lorenzo Latrofa - Giallo a Milano - Italy, 2009 - 6:51
Giallo a Milano, a 3 episode animation, is part of a movie of the same name on Milanese Chinatown. The storyboard was based on pictures collected by Stefano Basso, a specialist in Chinese art, and Daniele Cologna’s photographs, a sinologist close to the Chinese community in Milan. Longxing, the film main character, cooperates with the police and describes his journey from China to Italy, via Russia. Animation conveys poetic and suggestive significance to a tragic series of events, with unique stylistic devices awarded at Annecy in 2010.
Michele Bernardi - Djuma - Italy, 2012 - 3:50
Djuma is a work of some power in its study of the more violent aspects of the Human psyche. With an almost sumptuous ease and design flair, something of which is captured in the screenshot, the rampage through the countryside and cities has a resonance when one considers the riots that periodically besmirch all our countries. Shades of William Golding with maybe just a touch of Joseph Conrad - sorry for the English references here - in the judgement on mankind, for Djuma is a metaphor for human nature, I think, and its assessment is grim. Particularly if one is brought up by wolves. But there's such artistry and glamour in the depiction. (Ian Lumsden, http://www.animationblog.org,)
Marco Capellacci - Le Fobie del Guardrail - Italy 2012 - 5:00
The story deals with the mimesis without filters of one child's mental escapes. The characters, cryptic and absorbed, lean out over the guardrail, metaphoric representation of the interior universe of the child. The images reveal his secret, his hidden kingdom of darkness made of screams and sounds.
Nicola Console - Dieci cadute - Italy, 2012 - 17:57
Loosely based on La caduta, by Martino Lo Cascio, this animated film develops from a chalk drawing on black plastic sheets, with photographs interacting with camera shooting. A remarkable combination to approach current affairs topics, and play power politics with famous dictators and their sad followers. Nicola Console rearranges his accusation from a rhetorical and contingent level to universal poetic language.
Igor Imhoff - Percorso#0009-0410 - Italy, 2010 - 4:28
In Percorso Imhoff creates a fairy-tale ambience, exploring the crossing paths of concentric worlds, where a thin thread conveys the vision from micro to macro, thus developing an evocative metaphor, in which different levels of existence become dependent on one another. In addition, the “pop/pulp” aesthetic of this video provides an intriguing up-to-date atmosphere to Imhoff’ usual timeless setting. The graphic elegance and sophisticated technical ability take the audience to a stratified universe where you can easily get lost. (http://www.artevideoromafestival.org/ Bruno Di Marino)
Ivan Manuppelli, Gianluca Lo Presti - Aztrokitifk & Mario Show, si danno al Crimine - Italy, 2008 - 5:00
This is the first episode of an animated series, Aztrokitifk & Mario Show, based on a comic with the same name. The protagonists of the series are Aztrokitifk & Mario, a caramel cat and a voodoo doll, eager to conquer the planet. In each episode a tragicomic sketch create veritable micro-stories twisting every narrative genre. The Show is a distorted version of burlesque, of the medicine shows of black America and vaudeville. The stage is set inside an old, shabby, tacky and old-fashioned theatre. Aztrokitifk & Mario are a side-effect of the economic crisis and their Show a decadent will of redemption. www.mammafotogramma.it
Giovanni Munari, Dalila Rovazzani - Arithmétique - Italy, 2010 - 4:00
Arithmétique is Giovanni Munari e Dalila Rovazzani’s graduation at CSC-Animation Department in Chieri. An excellent test on a fragment from Maurice Ravel’s opera L'enfant et les sortileges, ‘A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts’ with a libretto by Colette (1925). Dalila Rovazzani e Giovanni Munari used to the full potential the musical and narrative “coup de scène’ , following the rhythm of this eccentric opera.
Beatrice Pucci - Imago - Italy, 2008 - 5:50
Imago is a complex fascinating work whose title refers to the last metamorphic state of butterflies and moths. It describes a ritual marking a life change, and solicits a sacrifice in order to achieve it. The switch in the first frame shows (indicates) the polarities the main character will have to pass through, the cruel beauty of a robotic doll caged in her crinoline. With a conjuring trick, the mutant creature materializes a fish, and mimics its death throes. She moves her arms as wings and finally swallows it . Then she starts dancing, and she becomes covered with white fluff a cocoon dress designed by deconstructionist professionals. The final frame gets back to the case with five Death's-head Hawk moths flapping their wings, only the Acherontia Atropos are now six. (Luiza Samanda Turrini, http://www.braintwisting.com,)
Alvise Renzini - Ci sono gli spiriti - Italy, 2009 - 6:20
There are spirits is a free visual interpretation of a Carl Gustav Jung’s dream. The dream starts off with a quite common archetype: one's own home, the most familiar place for each of us, as an unexplored entity. Jung finds himself entering a series of "secret" rooms: the first room is an zoological laboratory where his father carries out several experiments. The second is a bedroom where his mother attempts to capture spirits. The third is a big hotel's Hall, prelude of thousands of other rooms, where an orchestra is playing. The technique with which the piece is realized consists in drawings on acetate carried out with either watercolours or tempera colours, or drawings made with cotton filaments, dust, hair, stamped in stop-motion in a darkroom on photographic paper in black and white. Some parts are instead realized with drawings in tempera colours on cardboard paper and candle soot.The obtained photographs were subsequently scanned and sequenced. (Alvise Renzini, http://www.opificiociclope.com/).
Saul Saguatti, Audrey Coïaniz - Corpus No Body - Italy, 2010 - 6:00
Corpus No Body is a study on the human machine, exploring different solutions, skills, attitudes or physical specificity in human framework. Human body depicted in different typologies, linked to psychic diversity and genetic complexity, ageing, malformations, each man machine with its own characteristics, performing in motion and moving in space, as different rhythms and skills. Human microcosm pinpoint its movement skills in space… Corpus No Body show that it is possible to overcome this diversity that influences the way we perceive others, altering the normal motor abilities linked to common sense. (Basmati, 2010, http://www.basmati.it)
Donato Sansone aka Milkyeyes - Topo glassato al cioccolato - Italy, 2011 - 2:40
Topo glassato al cioccolato it's a dreamlike, dark and surreal vision in wich the elements swirl around, running after themselves in an endless scene. Topo glassato al cioccolato is a project for a film, it was developed spontaneously during the act, when I was working at it. I had a guess, but it gets evolved by instinct. Then I had the general vision about how it had to finish. This way of work allows my mind and my feelings to come out without restraint, playing with different ideas and letting the unconscious out. Usually, when I expand a project I do it around a single idea born in a specific moment, but ideas aren’t firm, the thought evolves and it drags me to new perspectives, without conceiving them before. The research on sounds by Enrico Ascoli created a powerful and lysergic audio-morphing from a material to another, and designed a deep, still and dark atmosphere. (Donato Sansone, 2012).
Alessia Travaglini - Silenziosa-Mente - Italy, 2011 - 5:00Silenziosa-Mente was built on the rotoscope technique. The female main character deals with complex relationships and external communications , symbolically represented by a row of hanging telephones, a free interpretation of the less technologic visions of Dalì’s soft watches. Animation highlights the central events of the story: a quarrel between dog headed and cat headed politicians, a zombie, the mental obnubilation by a word whirl. An amazing performance by a young artist mostly devoted to video-clips, displaying her original narrative verve