Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Animated Greeting Card for Content Creatures

This small, cosy, Surrey-based studio asked for my help in creating a promotional greeting card. Their idea revolved around a brightly coloured sock that goes through many adventures from one Christmas to the next. I have proposed and developed the mixed-technique style we used, animated the sock in stop motion and AE, designed and animated the animal and human characters (rotoscope and traditional in Flash) as well as leading a junior animator.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Negramaro Stage Show (with Planet Jump)

Rock group Negramaro is quite popular in Italy.
I helped with the animations for the stage show they brought on tour in 2015, that were also adapted to a music video.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Detective Squad: from story to screen

This is my storyboards for a campaign that's been on air recently. You can enlarge the single drawings to take a look at the script or jump to the end for the final output. 

Producer-editor: Sam Byrne
Storyboards: Giulia Barbera
Tom & Jerry + Droopy animation: Giulia Barbera
Sylvester & Tweety + Scooby animation: Alex Potts
AfterEffects: Daniele Zacchi

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The BBC One Job... so far

My BBC One 2015 Ident Bumpers (Part 1) from giulia barbera on Vimeo.

Red Bee is a creative agency born from a splinter of BBC. I've been lucky enough to work with them for the most part of 2015, animating a huge number BBC One's channel idents with seasonal themes.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

NFTS On Line Course: planning a scene

This is an exercise I've made for an on line course I subscribed to, by the British National Film and Television School. It's fun to be "in education" again, lots of good memories from the Italian National Film School pop into my mind.

The task was set as follows:
(...)(Script and storyboard) a very simple scene of up to 30 seconds duration (...) using the following instructions:
  • Character 1 is already in a room.
  • Character 2 approaches the room, opens the door and comes in.
  • They have a very brief conversation in which Character 1 gives Character 2 an object and then Character 2 leaves the room.
  • Consider how you are setting up character, theme and story.

    Click on the pictures to enlarge


    Alright, what I've tried to do is writing a scene that is quick but self-contained, with a beginning and a proper end. I had some valuable advice while writing the script from my partner-in-crime Daniele Baiardini (also starring in the story as D!). 
    So it took the shape of a short-short film. I've put the script in another post if you want to take a look at how it differs ever so slightly from the text in the storyboard.
    My main concern here is that I've used a lot of simmetrical, central compositions, and that's usually ill-advised... unless you're Wes Anderson.
    But there's another exception to the rule, and that's my excuse: framing characters in the centre is often used in scenes where the character is highly dignifed, like a king or a high priest, and I felt that might help to set the solemn tone that will crumble as we approach the end of the scene.

    DISCLAIMER: Cristina, if you ever by chance end up reading this, I loved your chocolate fondue set... it was totally Daniele's idea to make fun of it. Please forgive us.