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BMW - Brand Film  (2016)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
BMW

Description:   Few matte painting realized for the 2016 BMW Brand Film.
The BMW TV Commercial made to celebrate the centenary of the brand combines the history and the future in one film, including historical milestones such as the BMW 507 as well as the BMW VISION NEXT 100.

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
       
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
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Milka - Lilaberg Launch Films (2016)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Milka

Description:   Some matte paintings for the Milka Lilaberg Campaign 2016.

The 2 spots of the campaign (
"The Strongman" and "The Biscuit Jar") are set in the idyllic and magical Alpine hamlet of "Lilaberg".
Shooted in New Zeland, the various shots required a huge work with the goal to recreate a fantasy Alpine look, especially the last sequence in "The Strongman" where I created a huge matte painting able to cover all the background angles in several shots, such as panoramic and close up.

>> Watch the 2 ads here
       
 
       
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
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Heineken - The Chase  (2014/2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Heineken

Description:   Several matte paintings realized for the Heineken global Spectre Campaign directed by Tom Kuntz through MJZ.

The TV ad, featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond, sees the world’s favourite spy in a high speed boat chase down
Lake Como in Italy.
The full 100 sec. spot, shooted in the sea of Croatia, required a huge background replacement work to recreate the Como Lake feeling.
It has been a great satisfaction to have worked on this project. I managed a plenty of shots realizing different matte paintings to replace the backgrounds from all the different angles.
Here a selection!

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
       
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
  Frames from final spot  - Rollover to see before>after
   
   
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Nescafe' Gold Blend - Dinosaur (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Nescafe'

Description:    Working closely with the supervisor and the directors Christian & Patrick from Park Pictures, I led the whole matte painting work, starting from the research to creating concepts and final matte paintings.

>> Watch the full ad here
>> Watch the making of by MPC
       
 
       
 
  Final matte painting
       
 
  Concept
       
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
  Concepts on the raw plates
   
   
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Samsung - The Dolphin Whisperer  (2016)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Samsung

Description:   Quick look development for "The Dolphin Whisperer" by Samsung.
The goal was to turn the plate (shooted in South Africa) into a tropical look.
       
 
   
   
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Arla - Arla Masterbrand  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Arla
       
 
       
 
   
   
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Ford Mustang  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Ford Mustang

Description:   A quick concept for the look of the Mustang Europe Ad to turn into early morning the time of the scenes shooted at mid-day.

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
   
   
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Voke - The Meeting  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Voke

Description:   Final shot matte painting for Voke in "The Meeting" ad set in Johannesburg.
       
 
   
   
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Cheap Flights - Stuntman  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Cheap Flights
       
 
   
   
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Emirates Airlines - Bringing rugby home  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Emrates Airlines

Description:   Few matte paintings realized for Emirates Airlines, official sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015
The most of the work was on the first part of the spot where the matte paintings have been used for several shots, whole and close ups.

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
  Matte painting for camera projection
       
 
   
 
  Matte painting for camera pan (the plate area in the image shows the first and the final frame of the shot)
   
   
 
   
 
   
  These 2 cloudscapes have been used for 2 full CG shots. The plane was 3d.
   
   
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Ernst & Young - Legacy  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Ernst & Young

Description:   Few matte paintings for Ernst & Young. "Legacy" would be a film to celebrate EY’s role in collaborating with the innovators and game-changers of tomorrow to co-create new legacies for the world. Helping to answer the question “is there a better way?”

>> Watch the full ad and the project page by EY
       
 
       
 
       
 
   
   
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Channel 4 - All 4 (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Channel 4

Description:    A matte painting realized for a huge cg shot for the 60'' spot. The matte painting is based on a concept by Ingo Putze. He designed the buildings added on the photographic plate. My work consisted in the finalization and harmonization of the whole composition, painting lights and textures and give depth to the elements.

>> Watch the full ad here
>> Watch the making of by MPC
       
 
  Matte painting
       
 
  Final shot
   
   
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Ford Mondeo  (2015)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Ford

Description:    Some matte paintings realized for the stormy version of the new Mondeo Campaign,
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
  Screenshots from the comped sequence
   
   
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Marks & Spencer - Christmas is better with Magic & Sparkle (2014)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Marks & Spencer

Description:    A big selection of matte paintings for the Marks & Spencer 2014 Christmas Campaign.
Almost two months of full-immersive work from the first phase of concept and development of the mood in line with the client's directives to the final matte painting and pre-comp.
The peculiarity of the spot required the creation of an invented entire city using a combination of full CG environments and projected matte paintings.
The goal of the matte painting was to make real and believable the 3d city adding elements and painting details on simple rendered geometries and creating from skratch the extension from the midground to the background.

>> Watch the full ad here
>> Watch the making of by MPC
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
   
   
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DHL - Planet Earth (2014)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
DHL

Description:    Some pieces I've worked on for the Planet Earth Campaign by DHL.
Working principally on the second phase of the production, my role was to finalize and refine the huge matte paintings started by Jama Jurabaev and Gerard Dunleavy working on the close-ups along the entire sequence.
The long flying above the desert shot required the creation af a huge matte painting of the land and lot of single close-ups along the whole animation.
Also collaborating with the motion graphic artist I realized a concept for the look of the Earth Globe in the end shot.

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
   
   
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Unreleased Project (2014)
 
Company:  MPC

Description:   A couple of concepts about moods in Paris for an unreleased AD.
       
 
   
 
   
   
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Bet 365 - Welcome (2014)
 
Company: MPC
Client:  
Bet 365

Description:    A selection of matte paintings realized for the Bet 365 global campaign.
The campaign is set in a fantastical "sports world". The matte painting work consisted principally in adding elements and painting new textures on the 3d renders, after re-projected.

>> Watch the full ad here
       
 
  Matte painting and pre-comp
   
 
  Final shot
       
 
   
 
       
 
   
   
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IWM First World War Galleries (2014)
 
Company:  Squint/Opera
Client: 
Imperial War Museum (London)

Description:   A series of images I've worked on at Squint/Opera for the new permanent "First World War" Galleries.
The huge contribution by Squint/Opera was to create a series of installations, including touchscreen controlled interactive tables, projections and films, focus on telling the stories of the war through the lives of those who experienced it on the front line and on the home front.

I worked principally on 2 installations.
The "Tipping Point", an interactive table top touchscreen which explores the turning point of the war from a German perspective, where I dealt with the look and composition of the big scrolling stripe for the touchscreen.
Before the assembly, I treated individually the black and white images provided by IWM, recoloring and give them a "new life".
the "Recruitment poster wall", an audio-visual piece projecting a scrolling streetscape onto a wall, then using a touchscreen, visitors can select historic posters which appear on the wall.
For this installation I created the whole big scrolling streetscape including all the animated elements as people and vehicles.

>>  More contents and explanatory video by Squint/Opera
       
 
   
 
  Example of the process on a single image
   
 
  A piece of the long animated banner from black and white to color
   
 
  The touchscreen installation at the IWM
   
   
 
  Click to see the whole matte painting
   
 
  A table with some references and elements collected for the streetscape processing
   
 
  The installation at the IWM
   
   
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Saudi Arabia from space  (2014)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:   A matte painting realized for the "King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture" in Saudi Arabia.
The project by Squint Opera and directed by Nick Taylor, illustrates through 2 films and several stills the past, the present and the future of the Cultural Center.
This is the matte that I realized for the final shot of the film that ends with a view of Saudi Arabia from space.
It has been my first work about space and I really liked to work on it.
The image is wide 5000 px and I've spent 5 days to make it.

At the end of the project I will make a breakdown of this scene showing the large amount of layers that built it. Also I will have the pleasure to show you more stuff of the project.
       
 
   
   
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Dubai Opera District - Atmosphere concepts (2013)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:   A selection of concepts that I realized for a film for the Opera District at Dubai.
My work was to create a quick draft of the atmosphere to show the final look of the various scenes.
Starting on a very basic render I worked selecting manually the elements and brushing on them the lights and the details.
The concepts were also used as reference to recreate the right lighting on the set for the shooting of the people to add to the video.
       
 
       
  
   
   
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London 2012 Olympic Games  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:   A still realized for the inauguration of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The iamge also has been used recently for a Champions League advertising.
       
 
   
   
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Martha Shiller's Vineyard  (2013)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:   One of a series of stills realized for the new Martha Schiller's Vineyard residence.
       
 
   
   
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Cidade Da Copa - Film I  (2012 - 2013)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera  >  Odebrecht / Arena Pernambuco

Description:   Film and interactive media presenting Brazil's newest World cup stadium in Pernambuco.
The multi-use Arena Pernambuco, located in the western suburbs of Recife, is one of the official host venues for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup  and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

I've worked mainly in the first part of the film, where the kids are playing in a wild football field in Brazil.
I built a 22.000 px skyline matte painting used in all the shots to create the forest extension.

>>  Click to enlarge and see more

       
 
   
  22.000 px wide
   
 
   
 
   
   
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Croydon - London  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:  A still for a project in Croydon, a district of London.
The main work was to create the night from the day, making the color grading and painting lights and particulars on the original photo.
The matte painting is 10.000 px wide and has been used for an animation as well.
       
 
   
   
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Dargroup Khaleej Salam  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:  
It's one of the first masterplan project that I worked on at Squint/Opera.
The massive project is about the creation of an artificial bay with a series of islands populated by different buildings and activities.
       
 
   
   
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Feminism London  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:  
It's an internal project I really liked working on for its original and unconventional mood.
the theme is about the exaltation of the most famous figures of feminism in the world and through the history by the construction of massive architectural works related to the features of the woman concerned.
       
 
   
   
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Beirut Waterfront City  (2012)
 

Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:  
Two stills that I worked on.
The matte paintng extensions I created for the stills has been used also for the related scenes of the film.
       
 
   
 
   
   
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Jakarta  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera  

Description:   It's one of my favourite stills I worked on for the project.
I enjoyed particularly the work on the extension using a panoramic photo of the location and the creation of the sunset atmmosphere.
       
 
   
   
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Ciociaria: A Medieval Tour - Short Movie  (2012)
 
Client:  Civita

Description:   The film narrates the Medieval sites in the province of Frosinone in Lazio by using quotes by famous historical characters of past centuries.
Ferdinand Gregorovius, Marianna Candidi Dionigi, Dante, Bernardo di Chiaravalle and Tommaso d'Aquino are the different voices that write for us a Grand Tour which crosses those places where the earthly and the spiritual power met.
Landscapes, castles and abbeys are the main characters of a narration told on the pages of an imagery book; here reality, literature and history are mixed in a narration that guides us in the discovery of the Middle Ages in Southern Lazio.

I had the pleasure to work on three shots of the film where I rebuilt the look related to the Medieval age of the locations, after a careful consultation of historical documents and the analysis of the original places.
The shot of the Aquino's House especially requested a large work of cleaning and rebuilding the elements covered by dense foliage.

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Meka Blade - Short Movie  (2012)
 
Client:  Rice Hat Films

Description:  
Atmosphere and materials concept of an oriental Temple environment.
The goal was to create a misty, cold and aged space, with an intense and peaceful mood and a dim light coming from the outside.
Starting on a grey render, I painted the materials on the single objects, then I worked on the color and the atmosphere.

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Grants sentosa - Singapore  (2012)
 

Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:  
The project is the presentation of a new big amusement park in the Sentosa Island and the near coast, in Singapore.
It was one of my favourite project I worked on at Squint/Opera. I really like the style that the art director has chosen for the stills and the video, in between realistic and cartoon, very colorful and glowing. The scenes have a pastel and fantasy taste, in my opinion perfect for the features of the place and the nature of the project.
       
 
   
 
   
   
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Doha International Airport  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera  >  ACP Doha

Description:   A series of photorealistic renderings for interior design reviews.
Below two stills that I worked on.
       
 
   
 
   
   
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Vinyl old factory  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera

Description:   The project is about an old complex of vinyl factories in England, renovated and transformed
into a magnificent theater for concerts.
       
 
   
   
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King Khalid Medical City  (2012)
 
Client:  Squint/Opera > Aecom

A series of 10.000 px wide stills used to present the massive project in the desert.
       
 
   
   
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