showcase italy issue 344 May 2012Featuring 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 Photo and Film directories for Milan, Rome and other important production cities around Italy.
Don't miss Milan Men Fashion Week from 23rd to 26th June and Pitti Immagine Man/Woman fashion fair from 19th to 22nd June and children fashion from 28th to 30th June.
Also if you have a chance, don't miss the Venice Film Festival from 29th August to 8th September.
Our cover feature, shot by Stefano Guindani, is the result of many years of collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana.
As naming sponsor of the Italian boxing team 'Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder', D&G commissioned Stefano to develop this project and give his personal interpretation of the connection between fashion and sport photography.
- photo agents
Westartists Milan photo agents
West Artists is a leading artists management and creative content agency with offices in Milan and partnerships in Munich, Barcelona and Zurich.
In addition to artist management and representation, West Artists provides a full range of services to its artists and clients, including syndication and licensing, fine art print sales and the development and promotion of books and exhibitions.
The agency also offers complete production services for print, Internet and television clients.
Photographers include Eugenio Recuenco, Marino Parisotto, Emir Haveric, Patrick Wittman, Sabine Liewald and Vincent Alvarez.
Special projects from Helena Christensen and Iris Brosch.
- photo production
Amazed.by Milan photo production
"Collaborating internationally for many years alongside some of the most notorious production companies and the most talented photographers in New York, Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona, we ultimately made the decision to start a brand new creative production company. The goal: to provide an innovative, all encompassing service to our clients."
Amazed is a full service boutique production company specialised in still productions such as fashion advertising, fashion editorials, car shoots and classic advertising.
Operating throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Africa and the Far East, Amazed's extensive experience has created a unique network of local crews, vendors and talent spanning the four corners of the Earth.
The company provides full production, including art buying, casting, location scouting, talented stylists, make-up artists, hair stylists, prop masters, set designers, and more.
Clients include Gucci, Chloé, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Bulgari, D&G, Versace, Trussardi, Liu Jo, Golden Lady, Bluemarine, Evisu, Diesel, Pirelli, Mizuno, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf & Goodman, Saks 5th Ave, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Opel, Chevrolet and Skoda.
THE BIGMAMA Milan photo production
"Welcome to BigMama's multimedia kitchen! We are a production company and creative lab that takes inspiration from the culinary world, believing that creating excellent multimedia material is just like preparing a great meal: you need the best ingredients, aptly put together by a good chef.
"For this reason, our vocabulary changes: producing becomes “cooking”, projects become “dishes”, collaborators such as Directors, DoPs and Art Directors become "ingredients". Thanks to our worldwide “cooking” experience, we can satisfy any multimedia appetite without presenting the client with a hefty bill, while always baking top-of-the-range audiovisual material, the product of our great knowledge of new technology and production techniques.
"Our kitchen is in Milan but we can “cook” anywhere. Enough with the talking…have a seat and take a look at our menu!"
Sicily Productions Messina photo production
Sicily Productions is a full service production company with eleven years of experience. The company specialises in location scouting and all type of photo productions, including advertising, catalogue and editorial. Sicily Productions offers high quality and well organised shoots within requested budget and timeframe.
Spring 2012 has already been busy with productions including:
- H&M catalogue and online campaign, in and around the old UNESCO cities and famous old villas.
- British Marie Claire editorial shoot, with photographer Sarah Cresswell, shooting an "all white" story.
- Annabelle Magazine shoot for "Italian film look" story - using locals and very original locations.
- German Cosmopolitan flew in with photographer Eric Frideen, to shoot 4 Italian stories.
Other clients include: Otto group, Marks & Spencer, Next London, Chico´s New York, Fabulous Magazine, Sheego Germany, Brigitte Magazine, Halens Sweden, Ellos, Fornarina Italy, Breuninger Germany, Bonaparte, Sirup clothing, Texman DK, Josefsson, Føtex DK, JD.Williams and many more.
Contact Ruggero Catanoso direct on +39 347 688 1606 for any questions - or visit the website for more information. Quotes can be handled within 24 hours.
SARDINIA PRODUCTION SERVICE Olbia, Sardinia location service and scouts
Sardinia Production Service is based in northern Sardinia from where it provides a full range of solutions for companies looking to shoot on the island, including location scouting, casting and permits.
The company is made up of a team of experienced and professional locals whose depth of knowledge and direct contact with authorities guarantees rapid permits and overall production success.
Working in both the north and south, Sardinia Production Service can offer unique, exclusive locations including modern villas, amazing landscapes, old mining areas, hidden roads, dunes, beaches, and lots more.
Recent work includes advertising campaigns for Audi, Twin Set and The Discovery Channel, among others.
Lorenzo Pesce Rome people & lifestyle photographers
Lorenzo Pesce has lived in some of the West's greatest cities. After completing his education in Rome in 1992, he spent the following decade between Los Angeles, New York and London. This international exposure allows him to feel at ease in every situation.
Lorenzo is an outstanding communicator, easy to work with and 100% reliable. His long experience and diverse history of assignments has made him into a well-rounded photographer, always ready to please and surprise his clients. His personal and versatile style can be used both editorially and commercially.
He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.
STEFANO GUINDANI Milan advertising photographers
Stefano Guindani is a celebrity photographer and international fashion photo-journalist with an enormous passion for urban and social reportage.
In 1998, he founded his own agency, SGP Stefano Guindani Photo, a young collaboration ranging from editorial services to covering events for internationally renowned fashion houses.
Among his most important clients are Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Bulgari, Valentino, Diesel, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Mini, BMW, Salvatore Ferragamo and Max Mara.
In 2009, after a couple of trips to Haiti for Mondadori Electa, he published his book Haiti Through the Eye of Stefano Guindani with the aim of supporting the Haitian people in their efforts to bring about positive social change.
Settimio Benedusi Milan advertising photographers
Born in Imperia under the Gemini star sign, viscerally curious and armed with unbreakable determination, Settimio Benedusi's work has appeared in numerous magazines and commercial projects.
Over the years he has completed cover shoots with celebrities along with editorials and advertising work for some of the leading brands in beachwear, fashion and kid's wear, including Versace, Northsail, Fusco, Cantine Ferrari, Miss Blumarine, Iceberg, Winston, Seventy, Take Two, Fisico, and many others. For seven consecutive years he has been the only Italian photographer to feature in renowned swimsuit magazine Sports Illustrated.
Settimio has also shot portraits of the créme de la créme of Italian society, from Silvio Berlusconi to Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, the Missoni spouses and Alberta Ferretti, to name only a few.
His frenetic positivity allows him to extend his activity way beyond photography to teaching, exhibitions, conferences, and participating in television programmes. Settimio travels throughout the world putting together photo shoots in the most diverse and incredible locations.
Beppe Buttinoni Milan lingerie & swimwear photographers
Beppe Buttinoni is an established photographer specialised in swimwear and lingerie images. From his studio in Italy, Beppe’s knowledge, ability and passion for lighting in studio or on location enables him to work with both daylight and artificial light to create the exact image demanded by a brief. His relaxed and easy-going nature endears him to all clients.
Beppe remains available for exciting new projects. Visit his website to see more of his work.
Lorenzo Scaccini Milan children photographers
Milan-based photographer Lorenzo Scaccini specialises in kids images and is currently working with advertising agencies and fashion magazines.
Although based out of his Milan studio, he often travels abroad to shoot for clients including Datch, Dolce & Gabbana,Gucci, Ray-Ban, Versace, Vogue Bambini, Collezioni Bambini, and many others.
Visit his website for more information.
Gianluca Giannone Milan advertising photographers
Gianluca Giannone is a Milan-based photographer who developed his expertise while assisting renowned European and American photographers. He has worked around the world on editorials and advertising campaigns for clients including Police (Bruce Willis, George Clooney and David Beckham), Marlboro (Max Biaggi), Killer Loop (Valentino Rossi), Lotto, Sergio Tacchini, Diadora, Murphy and Nye. Gianluca is specialised in advertising, on-location and studio portraits, architecture, landscapes and sports photography.
He has shot editorials for magazines including GQ Italy, Saveur USA, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveller, Psychologies Italy, Style-Corriere della Sera and Riders Italian Magazine. He has also completed advertising campaigns for Credem Bank, Campagnolo, Vodafone, Bayer, Novartis, Fiat, Peroni and Gillette with some of the world's leading advertising agencies, including Leo Burnett, Republic-Publicis, DLV-DDBO, JWT-RMG Connect, United 1861 and Sudler & Hennessey.
Gianluca combines different techniques and styles to unveil new points of view and interpretations of the reality that surrounds us. He has created a close-knit professional team and pays acute attention to forming relationships that produce the very best results.
Alessandro Rizzi Milan interiors & exteriors photographers
Milan-based photographer Alessandro Rizzi is known for his dream-like visions of Tokyo and culture across Asia.
He photographs cities, architecture and people on assignment for many international magazines and clients, and his work has been selected in various portfolios and festivals.
Alessandro is represented by agencies including Most Artist, Getty Images and Gallery Stock.
From the beginning of June Alessandro will also be licensing images through his own web archive.
Emma Innocenti Florence advertising photographers
Curious about the direction of the photographic industry, Emma Innocenti is always looking for new opportunities to expand her portfolio of collaborations, clients and skills. She is easy to work with and brings enthusiasm, creativity and a wealth of knowledge and practical resources to every production.
Emma is specialised in people-based campaigns and editorials, shooting in studio as well on location and cross-media. One of the first to provide photographs and videos simultaneously, she has learnt effective strategies to deliver multi-media content from the same shoot, efficiently and within budget.
After 10 years in London, Emma has moved her production office to Florence and continues to shoot internationally.
Clients include Gattinoni, B&A, Knorr, Getty Images, Unilever, Image Source, DIVA, Yoga Mag and Total Politics.
Ilva Beretta Florence food & drink photographers
Ilva Beretta is a Swedish freelance photographer based in Tuscany. She specialises in food and still life photography with a predilection for shooting in daylight.
Ilva shoots both commercial and editorial photography and has worked with clients including Esselunga, Four Seasons Hotels, Domain Wines, QA International Sale & Pepe, Alice Cucuina, Myself/Condè Nast and D-La Repubblica delle Donne. She works on location and in her own studio.
Visit her website for more information.
III MILLENIUM Venice advertising photographers
III MILLENNIUM is a creative laboratory where ideas take shape and turn into integrated communication and advertising strategies.
III MILLENNIUM supports clients, production companies and media in any request for films, commercials, photo and advertising shoots, videos, documentaries, events, advertising plans and press work. The company puts together a highly qualified crew of communication, shooting and post production experts specialised in every kind of image, led by renowned photographer Maurizio Marcato.
Clients include Lago, Enel, Montorsi, Ariston, Sicis, Citco, Levante, Studioart, Staff international, Technogym, Interni Magazine, Zoom Magazine, Laufen, and many more.
Visit the website for more information.
- rental studios
P12 Studios Milan rental studios photo
P12 studios is an elegant and functional location with two independent open space studios measuring 600m² and 400m² respectively, both with private parking lots that allow for stylish, comfortable and easy production sets in total privacy.
Located near Milan city centre and offering the most up-to-date and modern analogue and digital equipment, P12 also provides professional experts, tutors and assistants available 24 hours a day.
The architectural environment and renowned designer furniture makes P12 the ideal spot for events, exhibitions, meetings, fashion shows and open days.