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Vatican Project: Bernini and Michelangelo are come back alive.

Some years ago i was looking at the 3D Market industry online demand and I discover the quantity and the quality of the 3D architectural models on sell online was often poor in details and they are not always similar to the original and real ones. So I started creating the model of Saint Peter Basilica. It was not so difficult to obtain the reference photos i needed to create the "blueprint" and to observe shapes, dimensions, proportions, materials and colors, else i live in Rome and in 10 minutes I can stay on the place. Thanks to new technology of Google Earth I checked the real dimensions and proportion of the Basilica from the top. After I had all what i needed to start I created the model in polygons and It took 1 month and half, else I was not working only on that project. Actually San Peter Basilica was bought by some advertising companies and other private clients and everybody was satisfied of my artwork. You can see and buy Saint Peter Basilica visiting this link.

 

Vatican Project: The Sistine Chapel

Approximately 2 years later, I thought to give continuity to my previous artwork creating other 3D elements about the same theme so I started to work on The Sistine Chapel. As like for the Basilica, i found many reference photos on web and they helped me very much in modeling the Chapel and to find the right textures and materials to its surfaces. This work took 3 weeks. This model is not in sell but you can appreciate the Conclave Stove (the stove Cardinals use to burn the voting papers after the vote) visiting this link.

 
 

"Rocca Doppio Malto" Video Mapping in Montefiascone (Italy)

All what you have to know about Projection Mapping

Projection Mapping technology.

The Projection Mapping (or Camera Mapping, Video Mapping) is a new way to advertise, to focus the attention on a event (cultural event, fashion event etc.) or to "restyle" a building, monument, statue using the light to project 2D or 3D videos on them. It could seem a old technology but Projection Mapping is not just a projection on buildings and monument: Projection Mapping aim at produce an interactive effects between the projected subjects and the shapes of the building the video is shown on. For example, if we want to advertise a company of golf balls we could mind to create a 3D video reapresenting hundreds golf balls falling down from the top and colliding with the windows of the building we want to project on. It is a very cool and innovative technology and it leads to great results about the power to catch the attention of people so the advertised, shown, explained product reachs its target easily. Else, Projection Mapping is considered better than other media (as tv advertising, internet adv) because even if it catch the attention only of a limited number of people in the same time, it produces effects on the other media becoming viral because people today doesn't watch a show if they can't share it with their friends in other parts of the world. So some of them post a video of that moment, other ones speak about that show posting the name of the Event, so of the Brand, and in a little time the Brand owning the Event becomes synonymous of originality for everybody. Projection Mapping is a very good and intelligent strategy today to let people advertise your company on your behalf.

 
"ROCCA DOPPIO MALTO" : WHAT WE NEED TO CREATE AN ELEGANT AND AWESOME PROJECTION.

According with the kind of projection I can work alone or in team. The work approach is divided in three steps. The first step is to ask the client what he/she wants precisely to show, what pushes him/her to ask for a projection mapping and what he/she wants obtain with that in terms of visibility and earning. After these points are clarified, the second step is to study the face (or faces) of the building/castle or house the client wants to map the projection on. So we have to measure height and width of the building, the distance between windows and doors etc. and taking some front photos from the same place where the video-projector will be placed.

What we have to do is to recreate the same face of the building in 3D or in 2D (this choice depends on the kind of projection) absolutely identical to the original one. When this process is completed, we can focus in the creation of the contents that have to interact with the shapes of the fake 3D structure. After all the contents will be inserted and animated, sometimes using the Physic of collisions with the 3D building and sometimes not, we produce the final video destined to the projection.

The picture you can see up it is about the event called "Rocca Doppio Malto" (2014) in Montefiascone (Italy). It is a italian exhibition about beer so we had to create 3D beer using a fluid dynamics software to generate rivers of 3D beer. You can watch the video here.

Working with Visual Effects

In the last 13 years i worked much in visual effects for self-produced movies as like for advertising videos. The possibilities in this field are many as the possibilities to imagine things and places that doesn't exist. We own bluescreen and greenscreen and the technic to match 3D elements inside a real scene according with the need of the screenplay. In the 2009, i directed "The Hidden Evidence", my last short-movie (even if the first released had a duration of 100 minutes), a modern fantasy short movie having as main theme the human sensitivity. Shooting took 1 month and half, while post-production, between 3D Modelling, animation and rendering took almost 6 months. For this production i did a intensive use of bluescreen, cause i had to put my real characters inside a mixed 3D/real environment in many scenes, and Rotoscoping. In the cast: Marco Blanchi (one of the most important theatre italian actor), Luca Caresta, Melissa Ferrandino, Chiara Trabolotti, Ilaria Marcelli, Giovanni Bonacci and Giulia Mastropietro. Music by Eleonora D'Angelo and Gabriele Giglio.

 

You can watch the short movie clicking here and the backstage video (visual effects starts at minute 8:20 approximately) clicking here. I am sorry this video actually is only in italian language, while the short movie has subtitles in English.