showcase italy issue 279 May 2011Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest edition of Showcase Italy, brought to you by Production Paradise. We highlight the very best of the Italian visual media industry and, as usual, more information can be found in our dedicated Film and Photo directories for Milan, Rome and other cities around Italy.
We recommend you to check out the La Biennale di Venezia that opens on 4th June in Venice.
In this Showcase we present the leading companies and top professionals currently working out of Italy: Arteproduction, Bluewater Productions, Colin Dutton, Glow Management, Italy Productions, Lupolux, Officine Fotografiche, Pewter Di El Sabeh Abdul Karim, PH Crew, Shoot In The Alps, Sicily Productions, Sime Photo, Sofie Delauw, The Bigmama and Valeria Orlando.
- photo production
Italy Productions Milan photo production
Under the guidance of owner and producer Cristina Rauter, Italy Productions offers complete location and production services for shoots in Italy.
Latest productions include clients such as Hugo Boss, Orange, Nivea, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, Yamaha, Ducati, Ferrari, Toyota, Roberto Cavalli, Triumph, Adidas and Umbro, and editorials for magazines including Vogue Italy, Wired, Amica Germany, L’Officiel China, Vanity Fair, Anna Italy and Die Zeit.
Recent photographers include Terry Richardson, Mark Seliger, Serge Guerand, Rick Guest, Ivo von Renner, Frank Kayser, Dingo Sambain, Phil Poynter and Giampaolo Sgura.
Visit the website for more information.
Sicily Productions Messina photo production
Sicily Productions is a full service photo production company, based on the east side of Sicily. Offering all necessary production resources for a successful, well organised shoot, the company also ensures that each production is a fun journey for everyone concerned.
With 10 years of international experience in photo production and location scouting, the company garantees a smooth and professinal production to the highest standards. Sicily offers unrevealed, breathtaking and truly authentic scenery. Varying from old Baroc to the modern, the island fascinates clients with its stunning locations.
Sicily Productions has produced for magazines and brands including The Newspaper Magazine, H&M, Next London, Brigitte Magazine, Halens Sweden, Otto Group, Ellos Sweden, Breuninger Germany and Fornarina italy.
Services include production managemant and coordination, location scouting and permits, budget management and estimates, production vehicles, props, accommodation and travel arrangements and in-house equipment rental.
Contact Ruggero Catanoso direct on +39 347 688 1606 or +45 2061 8444. Visit the website for more information. Quotes can be handled within 24 hours.
- photo agents
ArteProduction Milan photo agents
Founded in 2005 by Paolo Sella, Milan-based Arte Production is a production company and photography agency.
After many years in the fashion industry, beginning as a model then moving into model management, Paolo has found his natural home in this new adventure.
The Arte Production team covers a wide range of specialities, from art department to management and consulting.
"To choose the right solution for the right project is our mission, working worldwide for fashion, design, advertising, editorial clients, and more."
PH CREW Venice photo agents
"Imagine working side-by-side with a team of image professionals capable of offering state-of-the-art communication. Imagine being able to positively devise a synergy that fits your budget, your requirements and your expectations with the flexibility of a project shaped to your every need."
Reversing and revolutionising the traditional relationship between creative and client, PH CREW offers an integrated production package customised to every clients' individual needs. Guaranteeing the quality of its work, the company provides the optimum conditions for obtaining amazing results.
Visit the website for more information.
Shoot in the Alps Milan Film and Photo Production Service
Shoot in The Alps is a film and photo facilitating company operating in the European Alps. With the region straddling five national borders the company works between France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia as if they were a single geographic entity.
The company's database includes year-round snow locations, mountain chalets, modern architecture, extreme sports locations, magical forests and breathless scenery that it can make accessible to any crew.
Providing solutions to every possible logistical need for film and photo productions, Shoot in the Alps handles everything from location scouting, specialised crews, stunt people, mountain safety experts and helicopters, to warm cups of espresso at the top of a glacier. Its strength lies in detailed knowledge of the alpine territory provided by a network of professionals who live and work in the region throughout the year.
The company's connections and expert knowledge allow clients to make the right decisions when planning, choosing locations and the equipment required.
- film production companies
THE BIGMAMA Milan commercial production
The Bigmama is a production and production service company specialised in obtaining excellent quality audiovisual materials with cost optimisation. Its young and slim-line company structure, which also relies on a network of individuals throughout the country, allows for speedy feedback and location proposals.
The company’s philosophy lies in the belief that production, much like cooking, relies on the quality of the ingredients involved: locations, people and technical equipment are therefore carefully selected according to each client's individual requirements.
The Bigmama is based in Milan, but operates throughout Italy.
Bluewater Productions Cagliari, Sardinia location service and scouts
Bluewater Productions is a full service production company located in the south of Sardinia. Established in 2006 by experienced photo producer Ruggero Catanoso, the company is equipped to organise and coordinate complete productions - regardless of size or budget.
With a large team of location scouts, Bluewater has access to some of the best locations on the island. With expert local knowledge, great intuition and attention to detail, the company can find the perfect location for every type of shoot. Services include location scouting, budget management, production vehicles, catering, props, accommodation and in-house equipment rental.
Recent and ongoing projects include:
- Leading Italian fashion brand Fornarina shot its spring campaign in the sand dunes of south Sardinia with photographers Franceco Musati and Valentina Aimone.
- Veto Jeans spring catalogue with photographer Karna Maffait in the old mining area.
- Top London brand Next flew in for a catalogue shoot with photographer James Martin.
- For the third year running, Otto Group Germany returned for their spring catalogue production, shooting lingerie, nightwear, beachwear and swimwear on the island's beautiful beaches.
- Sirup clothing shot a spring catalogue at an old bamboo beach hut.
- Texman Denmark for its new menswear catalogue.
Quotes can be handled within 24 hours. For more information visit the website or call +39 347 688 1606 (IT) +45 2061 8444 (DK).
OFFICINE FOTOGRAFICHE Milan advertising photographers
Italian photographers Leonardo Pasquinelli and Paolo Nesi have been working together since 1995 when they first established their studio Officine Fotografiche.
Leonardo is a fashion, advertising and portrait photographer based in Italy. He works for clients including Crust, Del Siena and Carrel, as well as national and international magazines. He published the portrait book 'Ventifacce' and is currently working on a personal project entitled 'www.lokolook.com - Faces Make Places'.
Paolo specialises in food and still life photography for advertising, packaging and editorial clients. He recently worked for Ferragamo and Marchese Antinori, as well as national and international magazines.
Visit the website to see more of their portfolios.
Colin Dutton Milan interiors & exteriors photographers
British-born photographer Colin Dutton moved to Italy in 2002 working extensively with high-end travel magazines. Nowadays, he is increasingly commissioned for commercial and interior assignments for companies, magazines and design studios.
Colin draws on his documentary background to apply an original, sometimes conceptual approach to his image making. As such he often extends his work to art-based projects for books and exhibitions.
Clients include Technogym, Amplifon, Progeo, BBC Television, Somec, Fèlsina, The Independent, The Observer, Condè Nast, Virtuoso Life, Saveur, Neon, Maxim Fashion and AARP.
Sofie Delauw Florence food & drink photographers
A few years ago, Sofie Delauw left the corporate world to dedicate herself to photography and has never looked back. She has since partnered with restaurateurs, architects and designers, and photographed for publications in the US, Italy and Belgium.
Sofie is currently working on a packaging assignment for a Tuscan food company specialising in gourmet local products. Her work can also be found on Sucré Salé.
Her images capture the natural beauty and light of everyday life. Sofie splits her time between Florence, Italy, and Gent, Belgium.
Visit her website for more information.
- post production
PEWTER di El Sabeh Abdul Karim Milan retouching
Abed Sabeh has over 20 years of experience in photo retouching, 3D animation, design and graphics, mostly concentrated in the advertising domain. During this time, he has worked with numerous companies on many large-scale projects and has collaborated with all the major advertising agencies in the Middle East.
Abed is renowned for his ability to consistently deliver high-quality work above and beyond industry standards. Having recently relocated to Italy from Dubai, he hopes to expand his work to include collaborations with more European companies.
Visit his website for more information.
- photo library stock
SIME Photo Milan photo library stock
With high production values, SIME Photo's creative rights-managed (RM) images are produced by professional photographers. They can be licensed for a defined usage and are available with exclusive rights by arrangement.
From landscape photography to contemporary travel, SIME's archive consists of more than 70,000 images - all of them selected by the company's photo editors. Clients can find what they’re looking for, very quickly. The company's assignments service also provides clients with professional photographers all around the world.
SIME Photo is based in Italy but is represented worldwide by the best stock photo agencies. Contact SIME to discover where to find the company's images in your country.
- styling, hair, makeup
Valeria Orlando Rome hair and make up artists
Valeria Orlando has been working for 20 years, collaborating with leading photographers including Mario Testino, Eolo Perfido, Andrea Massari, Nikolay Biryukov, Daniela Federici and Andeer Brogard.
She has lived in Milan, Rio, and London while maintaining Rome as her home, and her work has been published in a range of notable fashion magazines. Valeria's work ranges from make-up and hair for fashion shows, editorials, advertising, beauty and catwalk events, and make-up styling for celebrities including Donatella Versace and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Valeria is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and approaches her work with honesty and passion. She is continually updating and learning new techniques to further her knowledge in the industry.
Valeria is internationally represented by Spectacular Studios (Sweden), by Beleza (Rio), and is looking for a new agency to represent her in Milan.
- equipment dealer
Lupolux Milan camera/ accessories photography
Lupolux spotlighting reaches a wide diffusion thanks to the special daylight 5400K and artificial-light 3200K lamps. These innovative Fresnel lights are equipped with a discharge lamp and an integrated high frequency electronic power supply. It guarantees very low consumption (150-250W) with high light efficiency (800-1400W).
All models have an extremely bright beam that can be used in spot or flood positioning. The Lupolux spotlight with an extremely stable light flow is specially created to meet the needs of the professional photography industry, and with perfectly balanced light can be used alongside any daylight lamps.