Mi chiamo Giovanni (My name is Giovanni)

Stills from ‘Mi chiamo Giovanni’

I have just completed a five minute ‘Video Letter’ animation for the Festival Delle Lettre 2012. It’s the longest film I have designed and animated so far. I completed the work in under a month, including drawing the backgrounds, filming and rotoscoping another Giovanni (my good friend Giovanni Ferrari for the central character). And I even get to go to Milan in October and enjoy the screening first hand.

The brief was to complete a short film from a letter supplied by the Festival. The author, Giovanni, expresses his anguish, his powerlessness and desperation in the face of the economic crisis in Italy. I have Philip Ilson from London Short Film Festival to thank for securing me the commission (‘Girls and Boys’ was screened at LSFF 2012).

I recorded the beautiful piano accompaniment by Peter Mayall, in the Great Hall at the Abbey at Sutton Courtenay on a rare, scorching hot day earlier in the Summer. The voice over will be completed in Milan, I will post the completed film following the festival.

The first screening starts at 6.30 pm on October 11th, at Auditorium Gruppo 24 ore. The second screening is at the closing event at 4 pm on October 14th, at Dal Verme Theatre. See the website for full details http://www.festivaldellelettere.it/

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