Aniboom 4 Sesame Street Awards Winner Florence Animation

RITA BOZZO:
Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
My name is Rita Bozzo, I'm from Firenze (Italy) and work as freelance animator for several Italian studios

When did you first become interested in animation? How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
As a child I have always been very much interested to play with materials and colors. At the age of 20 I took an animation course aimed to train for a television series for R.A.I.(Italian National Television)

What do you like about animation?
Animate characters as if I was acting myself

What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
I have many inspirations, but above all Francesco Misseri's work, Jan ?vankmajer's and Tim Burton

What techniques did you like using in your animation?
I like to experiment different techniques, but my favourite is stop-motion.

What attracted you to the Aniboom 4 Sesame Street Awards?
To be able to create something appealing to children and to confront myself with the wonderful original pinball 12 of Jeffrey Hale

What’s your favorite holiday?
I like to improvise, grab the suitcase a to leave when the sun shines!

What is your ultimate dream?
Keep working in this field and improve my skills, hopefully working on an animated feature!



STEFANIA DEMICHELI:
Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
I come from Trento, in the north of Italy, today I work in Florence as a freelance animator, storyboarder, character designer.

When did you first become interested in animation?
I always liked drawing and modeling, I have always done it ever since I can remember. I think my love for animation derives from this and another of my old passion, acting.

What do you like about animation?
What I like of the animation is the possibility it offers to reread and recreate reality in an unlimited variety of ways, styles and genres.

How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
I always wanted to do this work, completed art studies I attended a course in animation for four years, specializing in traditional and 3d animation. Then working for a major animation studio in Florence I discovered a love for stop-motion, and met my fellow workers in this context

What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
Many things ... I grew up with Disney cartoons, and I imagine they have much influence on my creative path. But even the Warner Bros cartoons or anything else can make me laugh! over time I discovered lots of other animations that impressed me and inspired, from feature films to niche productions.

What techniques did you like using in your animation?
The stop-motion technique is my favorite, allows you to animate three-dimensional object and characters, using any materials, the effect that can be obtained is unique, you can create any kind of fantasy world without losing the (beautiful) imperfection's found typical of reality.

What attracted you to the Aniboom 4 Sesame Street Awards?
I thought that was a big opportunity for me to take part in a such important international contest and compare me with other animators

What’s your favorite holiday?
Very large cities, and sea, or better the ocean!

What is your ultimate dream?
Continue working in the field of animation! might participate in the making of a movie! sure what I want most is to continue to work for an audience of children.
I do this job because I remember how the cartoons amused me when I was a child.



MARTINA PREST:

Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
I come from Florence and I work in my city as freelance for projects of some studios.

What do you like about animation?
I like the idea that I can give life to something inanimate.

How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
I studied to become an illustrator. Then three years ago, by accident I came across stop-motion animation, or perhaps it was luck: it became my line of work.

What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
Everything I see and that struck me is an inspiration source. I adore the films and TV series of studio Aardman. Moreover I think that the products of some filmaker, as Jan Svankmajer or Barry Purves, are very particular and interesting.

What techniques did you like using in your animation?
Usually I work with claymation but I consider exciting the possibility to work with other material like paper, sand, fabric etc.

What attracted you to the Aniboom 4 Sesame Street Awards?
I thought that was a big opportunity for me to take part in a such important international contest and compare me with other animators

What’s your favorite holiday?
I love summer holiday, in which I can visit new cities in the world.

What is your ultimate dream?
My dream is to take part in an important project like a stop-motion feature film, or develop and realize a personal idea.



DARIO TROVATO: Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
I'm from Cagliari (Sardinia) and I work in Florence, I'm a freelancer.

When did you first become interested in animation?
I always been interested in animations, since i was a child.
Like every child i watched cartoons and i was very fascinated.
Then i grow up, I'm still fascinated.

What do you like about animation?
I like the technical side of the animation production.

How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
I started as a sound designer for an animated series, later i became a video post-producer for stop-motion animation, then i Bought a camera. Now I'm a videomaker.
I'm not focused on animation but i continue to work on it.

What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
I like directors like Chris Cunningham, David Cronenberg, Jan Svankmajer, Shinya Tsukamoto but I forgot about them before I started the post-production for our stop-motion pinball because I didn't t wanted to scare children :)

What techniques did you like using in your animation?
I really like all sorts of particles generators. I'm attracted to chaos, I like to control it.

What attracted you to the Aniboom 4 Sesame Street Awards??
The prize, of course and the possibility to remake a classical animation.

What’s your favorite holiday?
I always wanted to visit Japan

What is your ultimate dream?
I dreamed about an interview on aniboom.com.
Now i know I'm a seer.


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