Best Vfx studios in Italy

Thanks to their digital visual effects, big cinemas studios not only turn to Hollywood but also to our country

 

Who said film industry is based only in Hollywood?

Even if in Italy the marketplace is not widespread at all, comparing to the one on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, actually there is a rich offer of digital visual effects studios for tv series, advertising and also cinema that have reached such a high professionalism’s level to be chosen to cooperate to the main important film productions not only in the national but also in the international dimension.

We have selected and analyzed for the most important, most known and most rewarded, adding the names of the artists they work with and the main titles they worked to.

Makinarium

Makinarium was born from Matteo Garrone’s fantasy experience “Il racconto dei racconti”, in which some of the best Sfx/Vfx artists and technicians cooperated creating an innovative work team able to realize even in our country high quality visual effects with low prices.

The founders, Angelo Poggi (Business Development Manager), Leonardo Cruciano (Supervision of Integrated Sfx system) and Nicola Sganga (Vfx Supervisor), have collaborated to important productions such “Zoolander 2” and the remake of “Ben Hur” kolossal after having worked to Garrone’s movie.

 

Edi

Edi (aka Effetti Digitali Italiani) is one of the first visual effects studios born in Italy, founded in Milan in 2001.

In almost seventeen years of work, it has cooperated with more than a hundred movies productions with national and international directors (Gabriele Muccino, Paolo Virzì, Barry Sonnenfeld, Stephen Gaghan), and most of all in the american marketplace (movies like “Gold”, “Nine Lives” and Fathers&Daughters” or tv series as “American Gods”).

In the advertising movies’s branch Edi did projects for italian and foreign customers (Sky, Alitalia, Disney, Fiat, Ferrari, Mediaset, Volkswagen, Fca, Tim-Telecom, Renault and many more).

It is also one of the first italian companies in experimenting with Virtul Reality’s application nowadays.

 

Wonderlab

Roman Wonderlab is the creature of director and producer Enrico Coletti and Vfx supervisor Bruno Albi Marini.

It worked with Matteo Garrone to “Reality” and “Il racconto dei racconti”, but also to a long list of movies, short films and tv series, from “Assolo” to “Fuga da Reuma Park”.

 

Chromatica

Chromatica was born from the meeting between the two artists and Vfx supervisors Rodolfo Migliari (winner of two David di Donatello awards) and Luca Della Grotta (autor of the effects of many music videos for Litfiba, Verdena, Subsonica, Gianna Nannini, Negramaro and many more).

This lab is grown with an artisanal mentality and a work method that provides to monitor the movies from the script’s analysis to the realization of the effects, in order to find in every case the most functional and cheapest approaches for the storytelling.

In its portfolio there are such a prestigious works like the Oscar-winning “La grande bellezza”, “This Must Be The Place”, “Il divo” and “Magnifica presenza”.

 

Visualogie

Visualogie was born in 2004, but it is the twenty-year Digitalia Graphics experience’s creature, founded in 1991, at the dawn of visual effects.

Infact, the creators are the same, Paola Trisoglio and Stefano Marinoni, which boast more of 220 movies and hundreds of commercials, and which decided to come back to the professional studio’s dimension (more based on personal relationships and individual experiences) after experimenting with an industrial approach.

They worked for “Suburra” and won four David di Donatello Awards for “Il ragazzo invisibile”, “Romanzo di una strage”, “Vincere” and “La ragazza del lago”.

 

Palantir Digital

Roman studio Palantir Digital was born in 2009 from the meeting between Simone Silvestri and Vito Picchinenna, with the aim of realizing state-of-the-art vfx in Italy.

In the team, professionals with important foreign experiences cooperate with young talents.

Tv series like “L’ispettore Coliandro”, “Rex” and “Rocco Schiavone” or movies like “L’arrivo di Wang”, “Song’e Napule” and “Ammore e Malavita” from Manetti bros. are all their creations, for which the studio has been nominated to three David di Donatello Awards in 2012, 2014 and 2018.

 

Rebel Alliance Empowering

Rebel Alliance has been first of all a project developed at the end of a ten years academical path of study, research and experimenting with production processes into industrial branch of digital contents.

This studio has defined a new business’ organizational model so effective that in spite of its low financial resources, in a few years has won a David di Donatello Award in 2011 for “20 sigarette” and another nomination on 2013.

 

Proxima Milano

Proxima Milano is a company based in Milan founded by Marco Guarnieri, Claudio Falconi, Andrea Masera and Alberto Fusco.

Historically specialized in VFX, Motion Design and advertising post-proction, in the last years it has developed its cinematographic soul inaugurating the first color-correction room with Cinema 4K headlamp counting on famous VFX Supervisors like Nicola

Danese, member of VES and who worked for international productions like “Prometeus”, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” or “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

High technological and quality standards were worth to Proxima Milano an important award, being from 2012 the MPC londoner studios’ exclusive italian representative for color-correction.

 

Frame by Frame

The eclectic creative reality founded by Davide Luchetti and Lorenzo Foschi extends its work into a various series of productive branches.

About Vfx branch, Andrea Vincenti supervises a team of young but prepared artists.

The studio has cooperated with many commercials for customers like Tim and Smart, but it’s in 2018 that it has received a bigger cinematographic satisfaction with the movie “Monolith”, that has been worth a David di Donatello Award’s nomination.

 

Canecane

Roman Canecane, nominated to David di Donatello Awards in 2011 for “Amici miei – Come tutto ebbe inizio”, is owned by Giuseppe Squillaci, a 2D and 3D animation professional, and supervisor of visual effects, with more than a hundred movies in his portfolio.

Squillaci also teaches “3D Animations and Graphic” and “Digital cinematographic production and post-production technics” at Communications Studies’ faculty of Sapienza University in Rome.

 

Rainbow

Rainbow Cgi, born in 2006 from a his creator Iginio Straffi’s idea, is one of the biggest european television and movies animation’s studios, and the only one that completely realized four feature films in 3D animation for the silver screen in Italy.

At CEO Francesco Mastrofini’s dependances it works a technical and creative team composed by great professionals, from the art director Vincenzo Nisco to the production managers Gianni Travaglione and Barbara Nicolai.

The group also founded the Rainbow Academy, a school basically dedicated to the teaching of 3D animation.

 

Direct2Brain

Direct2Brain worked with digital visual effects since 1997, demostrating such a high professionalism that allowed it to produce commercials and music videos for national and international famous artists like Planet Funk, Ligabue, Jovanotti, Coolio, Snoop Dogg, Tiromancino, Subsonica and for big italian and foreign companies like Bulgari, Fiat, Vodafone, Coca Cola, Lete.

Nowadays the studio has two production seats in Rome and in Latina with a large staff of creatives and qualified technicals. It has worked to “Gomorra” tv series and to successful movies like the remake of “Ben Hur”, “Benedetta follia” of Carlo Verdone and Christmas’ movies like “Natale col Boss” and “Un Natale stupefacente”.