I animated a 23" interactive animation directed by talented Christian Etter at unit9 for French fashion house Hermès. Here is a non interactive video which includes all the animation I have done.
I will post the link to the finished uber-minimal interactive as soon as it becomes avavailable. The music here is a collaboration by myself and my old friend Dafna Sudri and I am using it for playback purposes.
n_21/05/2012 - John Lewis - Character Design and Character Animation work
I designed and animated the characters and vector assets for a 2 minutes in-house promotional animation for British retailer John Lewis' iPhone App.The infomercial was delivered under the direction
of talented Anrick Bregman at unit9 together with fine motion graphics artist Laurence Mencé. Below, from left to right, the evolution of the partner's character design and in light green, the client.
n_04/04/2012 - New Animation Showreel - Color Coded!
A short montage of commissioned and personal work. Pencil on paper, Flash, Photoshop and After Effects are in the house.
The color-coded foxes in the top right corner of each clip are there to help
what I was responsible for in each project.
n_10/12/2011 - Health Tips - New Character Design and Character Animation work
Watch the two animated talking horses I designed, animated and lip-synced for the Health Tips campaign created by the late Canadian cancer specialist Dr. Robert Buckman in collaboration with
MontyPython legend Terry Jones - who unmistakably voices the male horse!
All delivered at Beakus, at break-neck speed, in less than a week. A huge thank you to Muybridge's horse studies!
n_01/11/2011 - On the Water's Edge is travelling throughout China and the world!
On the Water's Edge has been touring China in November 2011 as an example of contemporary artwork created by an Italian author
with Arcipelago @ China 2011. With 2 wins and 28 official selections, so far the festival season for my last short film has been an unforgettable ride.
Here are the latest festivals that have got the kids on board their international competition programmes - THANK YOU!
I was the storyboard artist for this commercial for Somewhereto_ produced at Somethin'Else and directed by exterme sports director pioneer Adam Kaleta. The extra-fast commission involved depicting
the stunts that various artists had to perform during the shoot in Number 10 - yes... THAT Number 10!
n_20/09/2011 - BBC History - New Development and Character Animation work
Just finished working on another episode of BBC History's A day in the life. The 2'30" animation set in Viking times is part of a series about Eric,
a primary school kid
who daydreams to live
in past historical periods.
Under the supervision of talented director Steve Smith at Beakus, I developed the animatic and animated all characters in Flash at speeds of around 10"/15" of daily character animation! Watch it on the BBC or here on TdS.com!
n_05/08/2011 - BBC History - New Development and Character Animation work
Just finished working on the latest episode of BBC History's A day in the life. The 2'30" animation - set this time in Victorian times - is part of a series about Eric,
a primary school kid
who daydreams to live
in past historical periods.
I developed the animatic and animated the characters in 10 days using Flash. Watch Victorians or Romans on the BBC or here on TdS.com!
I recently finished designing, animating and directing the animation for the title of 7Lives, director Paul Wilkins' first live action feature film. The 15 seconds hand drawn Photoshop animation sequence
trys to visually convey
the main character's emotional journey as he deals with the loss and retrivial of his identity and priorities.
I'll upload the sound version as soon after the films' release.
n_05/05/2011 - BBC History - New Character Animation work
Just finished working on the latest episode of BBC History's A day in the life. Directed by talented Steve Smith at Beakus, the 2'30" animation - set at the time of the Romans - is part of a series about Eric,
a primary school kid
who daydreams to live in past historical periods. I had the challenge and the pleasure of character animating all characters in 10 days using Flash. Watch it on the BBC or here in HD!
n_07/04/2011 - CBBC - New Character Animation work
Check out Mia, a pre-school 1'30" CBBC's short animation for the TV channel's spring season programming.
I have worked on it at London based production complany Beakus animating all the characters
designed by talented New York based director Sarah Orenstein. I think the result is pretty fun to watch, evenfor grown ups!
Just finished working on a Channel 4 storyboard at London's production company Somethin' Else. Great fun and a very quick turnaround for the 75 boards of the main live-action sequenceof a new
n_08/03/2011 - On the Water's Edge at Annecy 2011!
On the Water's Edge has been selected in the Graduation films competition programme at Annecy 2011! The kids are getting way, way too flattered for one week!! ;) Wooooooooo - hoooooooooo!! Thank you so much for the beautiful news, festivals are pure ACE and Annecy, well Annecy in the domain of animation festivals has got its own PHD in aceyness.
Here's a sneak preview of the freelance animation work I was involved in for the TV programme The Science of Art, a primetime, landmark Channel 4 arts project to be broadcast in June 2011.
I worked on the animated short film The Sledge by the Moth collective which will feature in the programme's section dedicated to storytelling. I animated the characters designed by the collective in 3 scenes
including a particularly gruesome and challenging one featuring a monster-mother attacking her own son! Very exciting and unusual work in yet a new style!
n_15/02/2011 - Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival2011
I was a guest director at this year's Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival where my latest short film On the Water's Edge has been selected in the International competition programme.
Experiencing first hand the world best short film festival and its selection of works has been a lot better than my wildest expectations. What amazing works, such high quality both in terms of production values
as well as in terms of content. I am so hugely flattered my work featured amongst them. I have had the great pleasure to meet many talented directors and artists who inspired me with their ambition,
their good spirits and their brilliant films. Last but not least Clermont-Ferrand is an hidden gem of hospitality and quality of life.
Thank you to the festival and the city, great reasons to keep indulging this love for filmmaking.
n_13/12/2010 - On the Water's Edge is in competition in the 23rd International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand!
Goodness Gracious! On the Water's Edge has been selected in the competition programme of arguably the world's leading festival devoted to short films with an average 100.000 people attending!
How amazing is that!
This is quite an extraordinary news not only because it's an animated film but also because we are talking about a selection of 78 shorts
picked out of 6700 films from all over the planet!
I mean five thousands three hundreds and sixtytwo films!! A huge thank you to the selection committee for considering my work and see you there!
Recent animation freelance work I was involved in for E.ON's Evergy-Saving campaign at London's MPC for DLKW Lowe.
I was the lead 2D animator for the people characters' turn-arounds and I have been the technical director and lead 2D animator of the animations involving the E.ON's mice. Very exciting experience!
I was a guest director in Tallinn's Animated Dreams film festival last week. I had a chance to catch up with some old friends and to make some special new ones too as well as falling in love
with Estonia's hospitality. Very, very cold but highly raccommended! My warmest congratulations go to my friend Margaux who won the Award for best film handed out by Estonian Academy of Arts' animation
students for her moving and suggestive shortMy Mother's Coat. I feel I should list many extraordinary films that where both inspirational and entertaining but I'll mention one for all that I particularly liked:
the winner of the award for the best Story, Pritt and Olga Parn's last animated short film Divers in the Rain.
Amazing stuff from a visionary filmmaker.
A screengrab from the trailer of Pritt and Olga Parn's Divers in the Rain
Had a brilliant time and met many great people whilst working as technical animation director and keyframe animator on another bunch of animations for E.ON's Energy Saving campaign. We had an extra tight
deadline but managed to deliver all the animations on time including an installation for London Underground's escalators' panels. The other screens included giant animated outdoor screens across the UK
It was produced at London's Moving Picture Company and has been directed by DLKW Lowe Limited. You can have a look at the animated mice here!
24/06 - 04/07/2010 - On the Water's Edge - PREMIERE
After 4 unreal months of around the clock production following the 4 months of development my last and bestest short film ever has been delivered safe and sound and it's gorgeously unsettling.
Soon you will be able to watch a clip from the short here.
On the Water's Edge will be premiering at 6pm on the night of the 24th of June at the Royal College of Art's Show private view.
The RCA Show will then be open to the public from the 25th of JUNE until the 4th of JULY 2010, the best occasion to come over, watch the film, have a look at the show and meet with me for a drink.
The very best wishes for an amazing 2010 to you all!
After more than four months spent developing the story and screenplay of my latest short animated film On the Water's Edge has just entered production.
Completely hand-drawn directly in the computer it's the most challenging creative adventure
I have embarked on so far
and the closing chapter of an highly rewarding experience at the Royal College of Art.
On the Water's Edge will be screened first at a private viewing to be held on the 24th of June at the RCA
and will then be available for public viewing
from the 25th of June
until the 4th of July 2010 as part of the Royal College of Art's Summer Show.
Please cross fingers for it and I will see you soon!
92) Production stills from Devastation Red Code, a short film about christmas shopping, meat and mayhem which was developed until its final animatic stage and is currently in standby.
I will soon upload a page dedicated to this project withthe animatic and all its epic hand drawn camera movements - see below for some screenshots
The main characters in the final shot of the short film
One of the special backgrounds created for camera movements. This one follows the central character into the supermarket aisles opposite the deli counter, a shot made up by a total of 10 A4 key backgrounds.
The website is back in action.
Since the last upgrade you will find a brand new News section, new work from the Royal College and a new Photography Gallery with some of my best snaps from my trip in Asia.
Those of you who know me better will get a good picture of the situation as I say that even the highest expectations so far have been met
by this amazing place!
I am already working in 6th gear within an environment that constantly promotes growth, surrounded by very interesting, super talented people who love what they do and are amazing at it.
If this wasn't enough both the College kitchen and bar are way
above average and the toilets so far shine.
It must also be a case of long lasting over excitement as I am cheating you over the date of this post by writing it in late November and
still I can't
get my head around how nice is studying.
As I'm writing, the first juicy challenge has started unfolding. The development and production of the first year's film.
I wont go into detail, as for now I only know it will be between 1 and 3 minutes long and I'll use this project to experiment with the action genre.
It's so good to be back filmmaking.
I am still gladly taking on board freelance work but I will be able to deal with a reduced workload in order to invest most of my time in this course.
Please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss your project and my availability.
The 7th of May I left the UK and went traveling in China and South East Asia
equipped with a light camera
a sound recorder and a bunch of black Pilots.
Unprocessed resource library is a research/documentary project running for 5 months.
It is all about having a great time collecting new ideas, feelings, atmospheres and sounds building a library of raw resources for new work to come.
After a challenging selection process I managed to get a place in one of the most amazing animation Master Degree in the world.
I will start the animation direction course at the end of September 2008.
Both the application and interview stages represented
an invaluable opportunity to recatalogue my work
and get a clearer picture
about where I 'm coming from and where I'd like to go.
tommasodesanctis.com is born!
My portfolio and showreel is now online for you to have a look at and hopefully enjoy it!
Please don't hesitate to get in touch and let me know your thoughts about your experience here.