showcase magazine May 2010italy issue 217
Welcome to Showcase Italy, brought to you by Production Paradise. This issue coincides with the launch of our brand new Rome directory for photography and film and brings you the latest news from the country's leading visual media professionals.
One of Rome's undoubted highlights for production professionals is the Cinecittà, or Cinema City.
All the great Italian directors shot at Cinecittà, including Fellini, Rossellini and Alessandrini. Opening its doors to Hollywood producers mesmerised by the beauty of Rome, Cinecittà continues to attract the world's finest film-makers and keeps Rome firmly on the international production map.
Our cover image was shot in Rome by Marco Tenaglia.
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Panorama Films Rome commercials production
Panorama Films is one of Italy's leading production and service companies for feature films, television, commercials and photographic shoots. Established in Rome in 1989, Panorama facilitates clients from around the world.
The company has successfully completed over 20 feature films and TV drama projects, including 'Angels & Demons' by Ron Howard, 'Miracle at S. Anna' by Spike Lee, the complete TV series 'Rome' produced by HBO and BBC, and the soon-to-be released 'Letters to Juliet' by Gary Winick and 'Eat Pray Love' by Ryan Murphy, starring Julia Roberts.
Over the past decade and a half, Panorama has been involved in over 125 commercials for clients ranging from American Express to Volvo. It has also organised photo shoots for clients including Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, In Style Magazine, Elle and Vogue.
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Done! Italy Milan commercials production
DONE! is a fully integrated production house with a unique business model that positions it as an efficient and effective worldwide partner, both for advertising agencies and direct clients.
The company offers top quality at the most attractive prices thanks to its worldwide production sites. From offices in Italy (Milan), UK (London), Germany (Munich), Lebanon (Beirut), India (Mumbai) and the Emirates (Abu Dhabi), DONE! provides TV commercials, corporate and product videos, new media videos and feature film productions
Clients include Adidas Group, Reebok, Geox, Ermenegildo Zegna, Epta Refrigeration, Maserati, Bellron Group and many other leading international agencies.
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2DM Milan photo agents
2DM Management and Production is an innovative international agency based in Milan, representing a range of highly talented artists.
The company was founded in 2006 by Esmeralda Wagner with the original goal of creating a boutique agency that is well adapted to working around the world for advertising and editorial clients.
The 2DM concept brings new talent and a fresh way of thinking to the Italian fashion business. It provides original ideas and complete solutions in collaboration with the agency's different departments, with all artists striving for professional excellence, technical proficiency and new levels of creativity.
Mandala Creative Productions Milan photo agents
Mandala Creative Productions was founded in 1998 and has quickly become a point of reference thanks to its range of high quality production services, photographic shoots and special events.
Over the years, Mandala has expanded to represent photographers from around the world specialised in every genre, from advertising to fashion, interiors to still life.
As a full service production company Mandala supports clients in creative, logistical and conceptual direction. It also offers set building and event coordination to the highest standards.
The company recently opened its new Asian branch.
Visit the website for further information.
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Sardegna Productions Olbia, Sardinia photo production
Sardegna Productions was founded in 2002 and is based on the wonderful Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The driving force of the company, Antje Mania, has a background in Germany as a successful fashion and art director. Her pursuit of transparency, flexibility and pragmatism has led to her company working with numerous repeat clients.
Antje's experienced team can fully organise productions in Sardinia, Rome and Corsica. The company manages a stress free process and guarantees to take care of the entire crew. Clients include Lufthansa, Instyle, Renault, Tommy Bahama and Otto, to name just a few. Such a variety of names is testament to the fact that Sardegna Productions remains not only reliable and professional, but also able to accommodate a diverse range of budgets.
Over the years, the company has developed an extensive location library that gives clients access to many location ideas prior to arrival. A consultation can be arranged free of charge.
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An Italian Location Rome location service and scouts
15 years of experience have given An Italian Location an impressive locations and contacts database as well as a deep knowledge of the production world.
"Our mission has always been to combine clients' fantastic requests with real possibilities, and often it really happens!"
Sicily, Sardinia, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Portofino, Tuscany, and many other Italian wonders can all be accessed in a few clicks from the company's website. Experience and flexibility combined with passion and dedication help clients to realise any size and type of project.
An Italian Location offers great deals on accommodation, logistics, production services, equipment, props and casting.
Visit the website for more information.
Sicily Productions Messina, Sicily location service and scouts
Sicily Productions is a full service production company with access to some of the best locations in Sicily, Sardinia and Tuscany. The company has nine years of experience and specialises in all types of photo production, including advertising, catalogue and editorial.
Recent projects include:
- Leading Swedish fashion photographer, Andreas Sjödin, joined Sicily Productions for an H&M fashion campaign with top model Coco Rocha.
- For the second year running, Otto returned to beautiful Sardinia for a beachwear catalogue shoot.
- Swiss fashion photographer Sven Bänziger flew in for two Breuninger campaigns with models Isabelle Rist and Andrew Bruton. The first campaign was shot in Sicily and the second in Florence.
- H&M brought three teams for a spring 2010 catalogue shoot with photographers Åsa Tällgård, Andreas Ôhlund and Andreas von Gegerfeldt.
- Leading Danish fashion photographer, Gunnar Merrild, shot for Bonaparte Lingerie on beautiful Panarea Island, Sicily.
- Swedish client Ellos returned to Sicily for a 2009/2010 catalogue shoot.
Contact Ruggero direct on +39 347 688 1606 or +45 2061 8444. Visit the website for more info.
Southside Productions Florence location service and scouts
Southside Productions is a full service image production company located in the UK, with an operative base in Florence.
With more than 10 years experience the company serves both local and international markets, offering a wide range of services.
Visit the website for more information.
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Ilva Beretta Milan food & drink photographers
Ilva Beretta is a freelance photographer specialising in food and still life. Living in Tuscany, she particularly focuses on Italian gastronomy and all its connotations.
Ilva's passion for food has led her not only to shoot it; she also works as a recipe developer and styles most of her photos herself.
She has a vast library of food photos but also works on commission. Visit her website for more information.
Francesco Ridolfi Milan still life photographers
Francesco Ridolfi is a professional freelance photographer based in Bologna. He is available to work worldwide.
Specialising in portraiture and still life photography, Francesco has developed a very distinctive and clean style that gives his images a highly recognisable touch. He works in his studio and on location for both editorial and advertising projects.
Recent clients include Alfa Wassermann, Ludovico, CAMST and HKUST.
Francesco is currently looking for an agent. Visit his website for more information.
Alvaro Beamud Cortes Milan fashion photographers
Alvaro Beamud Cortés, originally from Valencia, is currently the creative director of one of the sleekest fashion magazines in Spain, 5 Magazine. Alvaro's eye for detail has enabled the magazine to lead the pack and constantly deliver fashion editorials that convey beauty, style and a fresh point of view - with the hottest new models in every issue.
Forever the multitasker, Alvaro has managed to juggle parallel lives as a creative director and a well-travelled photographer. His journeys in Italy and Morocco are a major influence on his work, and it is this creative balance that has allowed him to publish in international magazines including Flair, L'Officiel, Biba and Ponytail, to name but a few.
Marco Tenaglia Rome fashion photographers
Marco Tenaglia's bold and intriguing photographic vision is the result of a mixture of both contemporary and classic styles.
Renowned for being easy to work with, Marco ensures a comfortable, friendly but professional atmosphere for every production. His deep knowledge of photographic techniques together with his vast experience make him the right choice for a hassle-free shoot that is guaranteed to exceed clients' needs and expectations.
Visit the website for more information.
Daniele Fiore Rome car & transportation photographers
Daniele Fiore was born in Rome in 1963, where he still lives today. For over 20 years he has been working for major advertising agencies in Italy, Europe and around the world.
Daniele has photographed for many major brands across a range of market sectors, including automotive, still life, people, corporate image and portraiture. His work stands out thanks to his ability to interpret and mediate the latest trends within advertising photography.
He keeps up to date with cutting-edge digital technology and often handles his own post production.
Daniele's Rome-based studio, OUTSIDE, is a point of reference for anyone working in the capital.
Visit his website for more information.
Andrea Sabatello Rome advertising photographers
Andrea Sabatello is based principally in Rome where he owns one of the largest photographic studios in the city, inStudio. From here he shoots most of his work, but he feels equally at home our on location.
Over the past 20 years Andrea has been involved in many high-profile advertising and commercial campaigns, from still life and people to architecture and design, industrial reportage and portraiture.
He also loves to travel around the world and report back with his photographic stories.
Thomas Toti Rome advertising photographers
Thomas Toti has been shooting since he was 15 years old. Born in Liverpool but raised in Italy, his fascination for different cultures has led him to travel extensively.
Thomas became a professional photographer in 2003. Working closely with clients to ensure their goals are met on every job, his desire to collaborate on unusual projects has produced a fine selection of world-class photography.
Offering creative services for fashion, advertising, commercial and portrait photography, Thomas recently began collaborating with Rome-based Italian photographer, Mirko Notarnicola. Together, they shoot both nationally and internationally under the name mirtho.com.
Thomas and Mirko are currently looking for representation. Visit the website to view their portfolio.
Riccardo Improta Rome landscape photographers
Riccardo Improta is a Rome-based travel and landscape photographer who shoots on location around the world. He has been working in the international editorial market for many years and is particularly skilled in producing large format panoramic images.
Riccardo is currently engaged in producing a series of limited edition XL fine art scenic landscape prints. A certified teacher, he has worked in some of the leading Italian and American photography institutes and organises workshops around the world to share his landscape photography techniques.
Marco Cauz Milan fashion photographers
Marco Cauz began his professional photography career in 1999 after graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Moving to New York to work as an assistant for freelance photographers, he shot for Fortune Small Business and Pencil Time Inc. before returning to Italy in 2001.
Full of tales of extraordinary experiences, Marco started working as a professional back in his native country. "From the beginning, I quoted myself as a 'homeless photographer', meaning that, no matter where I shot, the quality of my work and the service I gave to my clients was more important than a studio or a steady and permanent residence for my business."
Offering such versatile mobility has led to some highly successful and diverse projects. In 2003, a major multimedia installation of his pictures made it to the 50th Venice Biennale. Following considerable work in advertising and portraits of some of the most famous names from the art and music scenes, Marco used the same approach to take portraits of prominent business managers.
His fashion and editorial work is regularly featured in national magazines. Marco is predominantly based in Milan, from where he does now indeed maintain a studio.