Keeping Traditions While Embracing Leading-Edge Technology
The Animation Department of Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia was founded in Piedmont, Italy in 2001 with the support of the Regional Government, as a branch of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia—one of the oldest film schools in the world. The objective of the department is to train creators and professionals who possess a comprehensive knowledge of the animation production phases, as well as artistic and technical basic skills necessary to deal with the animation film production cycle.
In January 2014, students completed the production of their four diploma short films, of which one is full 2D animation while another is a mix of 2D-CGI—all using Toon Boom Harmony. The first one, a full 2D animation short, is Oblò (amazing laundrette), created by Martina Carosso, Eura Pancaldi, Ilaria Giacometti, and Mathieu Narduzzi, where design and animation convey the suggestion of a childhood memory: an adventure in a laundromat in which children'simaginations turn it into a spaceship. The second one is Office Kingdom by Salvatore Centoducati, Eleonora Bertolucci, Giulio De Toma, and Ruben Pirito. It combines a 3D animation and environment with hand-drawn 2D resulting in a cartoon look. The 2D animation was created in Harmony. One of the main achievements for the students was the consistency between CGI 3D complex light effects and the 2D.
The teaching and production methods, as well as the variety of ideas, themes, styles and techniques of the final projects reflect the main philosophies of the school. These include achieving a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the whole development and production process, approaching technology as a tool and not as a purpose, developing each student’s individual talent as well as their ability to work within a team, considering animation as a medium for artistic expression and communication and as a way to interweave different styles and techniques. Classes, workshops, and lectures are all given by artists and professionals from the industry of film and animation in Italy and abroad. Admissions are by interviews with portfolio discussions, tests, and a preliminary seminar. The school offers 16–18 places per year and is the only public school in Italy offering a three-year program specifically designed for animation. The learning is based on hands-on activities with projects both personal and commissioned, either individually or in teams. The third year is devoted to making short films projects, where research and experimentation is encouraged. Since 2012, the school has used Harmony both in teaching and in production. "The students approach and experiment with it starting in the first year within the Animation Principles program. The learning curve was fast and the students don't find it hard to appreciate the agility of its tools and like to explore its possibilities," stated Chiara Magri, Head of the School.
About Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
The Animation Department of Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia was founded in Piedmont, Italy in 2001 with the support of the Regional Government, as a branch of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia—one of the oldest film schools in the world.