Thursday, 13 December 2012

Cute Catholic Saints: Santa Lucia

SANTA LUCIA, Saint Lucy, is a virgin martyr from Syracuse, Sicily. In Italy she's often represented holding her eyes on a plate, as to offer them; the palm leaf represents martyrdom.

The name of the saint, Lucia/Lux, means Light, therefore is considered a protector against eye-related trouble. 

 The feast related to Lucia is celebrated on the 13th of December (first of the 12 days of Christmas) and is related to pre-christian solstice rites; in Scandinavia there are a lot of candles involved (Light) while in her native Sicily it's forbidden to eat flour products for the day: you have to stick to rice (like the amazing fried rice-ball called ARANCINA) and other whole grains.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Comedy Festival

A peek at how my work looks like before going on-air.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Return of Auntie Lorraine

Probably the best thing I did this year was working with animation director Christian De Vita for one of 5 short films commissioned by his majesty WES ANDERSON for the launch of his latest feature film, Moonrise Kingdom. The task we were assigned was animating little sequences inspired by the illustrated books the girl in the film brings with her in her suitcase. I was paired with illustator Kevin Hooyman, who provided beautiful BGs and atmosphere. The character, Lorraine, had to be tweaked a little bit to be more apt for animation. Here's a compared view of the inspiration drawing and the character as she appears in the film:
Here's the last frame of my animation, showing Lorraine in a Frankenstein's bride hairdo, that apparently Wes Anderson liked a lot and has been used as a representative still in many articles about the film.
You can watch "The Return of Auntie Lorraine" here or the full promotional film through this link.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

"Dump the Big Six" Medley

A few months ago I was hired by advertising agency Man+Hatchet to do some animations for the facebook page of Ecotricity, an energy company committed to sustainable sourcing.
The concept was: handling the break-up between clients and the 6 bigger energy providers in the UK as a romantic relationship break-up.
I've put together a few pics and a short "medley" video as a sort of behind-the-scenes showing the development and progress of the layout and scripts.

Here's a few snapshots of different layouts we tried (artwork and character designs are from swedish designer and director Fredrick Aven).
First option

Client wants baloons

My proposal

Final layout

And here's an edit mixing together all the different characters and animation production steps:

Monday, 23 April 2012

The Lea River Crocodile

 First of all, a bit of background info:

The River Lea (or Lee) in England originates in Marsh Farm 51.910338°N 0.461233°W, Leagrave, Luton in the Chiltern Hills and flows generally southeast, east, and then south to London where it meets the River Thames 51.507113°N 0.009184°E, the last section being known as Bow Creek.

The River Lea was first recorded in the 9th century, although its name is believed to be much older. Spellings from the Anglo-Saxon period include Lig(e)an in 880 and Lygan in 895, and in the early medieval period it is usually Luye or Leye. It seems to be derived from a Celtic root lug-meaning 'bright or light' which is also the derivation of a name for a deity, so the meaning may be 'bright river' or 'river dedicated to the god Lugus'.

 In the Roman era (...) the Lea was a wide, fast flowing river, and the tidal estuary stretched as far as Hackney Wick.

Now, for the URBAN LEGEND!

On 5 August 2005, a Canada Goose was pulled underwater very quickly, as observed by some boat trippers. Several cygnets have also mysteriously disappeared and it was suggested that the creature responsible was a large fish or Caiman. The goose's attacker was speculated to have been a crocodile as a pike would probably not have been able to take such large prey; authorities however strenuously denied that there might be a crocodile in the river.[8]
On 13 December 2011, a similar attack occurred when another Canada Goose went "vertically down". Observed by two boat trippers on a section of the Old River Lea close to the 2012 Olympic Stadium, the 7 kilograms (15 lb) goose vanished "in the space of half a second". The observers did not see any sign of the creature. Again a pike or mink was suggested, in view of their predation upon ducks, although it was still argued that a goose would be much too large for such a fish. Yet again, British Waterways stressed the absence of a crocodile. It was presumed that the creature was still at large, if it existed at all.

(Thanks wikipedia !)

Anyway if you happen to stroll by the upper part of the Lea River... stop here for a pint! You don't want to miss the company of the Pirates of the Canal. Just follow the treasure map through the link below.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Pot Holder

You know, those rainy afternoons when you feel all about DIY... those beloved striped socks you dont' dare to throw away even if they're more hole than fabric on the heel...
Welcome to creative recycling (attempt) central!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Harder Better(?) Faster Stronger

So, this is Tracy & Ken's wedding invitation.
Design, storyboards, animatics and then, time got tight and I had to do all the animations as fast as I could. I made it in 50 hours. The vid being about 2:30 minutes long, that's 3 seconds per hour!!!
I couldn't have made it without Daniele's help with audio, compositing and visual FX.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Nini Calzini

Just found this one in an old sketchbook.
She's a former schoolmate and a friend of mine, and an amazing animation artist too! (
Obviously you're not supposed to know what she looks like, but I'm proud 'cause I'm usually bad at portraits :P