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Carlo Cestra, CGI Independent Filmmaker and Documentary Author. Pag.5

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CGI Compositing, final frame. The Battleship Rome, rebuilt in Computer Graphics 3D by Carlo Cestra is posing in the real studio of the author.

CGI Compositing, final frame. The Battleship Rome, rebuilt in Computer Graphics 3D by Carlo Cestra is posing in the real studio of the author.

2004-2005 – “Terme di Caracalla” for Passaggio a Nord Ovest.
In 2004 Carlo visits the Terme di Caracalla in Rome and decides to reproduce the original shape in 3D. Before the modeling phases he collects and studies a lot of books, papers and resources. In 2005 encouraged by the early results he produces a 10 minutes animated sequence and he sells it to a small publishing house which will sell it to RAI TV for an episode of “Passaggio a Nord Ovest”. This is the project which allows Carlo to understand his potential skills in digital archaeological and architectural reconstructions.

2005-2007 – “Paestum”, Passaggio a Nord Ovest.
Thanks to the collaboration with the Province of Salerno (Italy) he creates an interactive DVD to promote the archaeological area of Paestum. He presents a demonstration during an Archaeological Tourism Fair and gets a lot of interest from the public. Several international publishers show interest in editing the product. But, as many other things in Italy, nothing will be done out of it. Some materials from this project have been re-published in the educational programme “Passaggio A Nord Ovest” for RAI TV.

The 8th of May 2006, during the projection of “Roma” in Genoa, some of the survivor’s relatives cries tears of genuine emotions. Carlo feels he actually created something powerful. Galvanized by the reaction of this selected public, he decide to work harder on the model and the animation, in August 2006 he starts to do some experiments in 3-D stereoscopic projection using special glasses: his aim is to create a total immersive experience.

September 2006. Strong of this long sequence of successful events he decides to produce independently a full DVD video with 15 minutes of 3D film and he sells it directly to the public. Thanks to the good name he gained for the quality of his work, Cestra is contacted by Istituto Luce to acquire the rights of this product. They will include it in documentary on “Battle ship Roma” (“REGIA NAVE ROMA – Le Ultime Ore”) which will be distributed in bookshops and on TV through the thematic programmes of History Channel.

2006-2008. “Lavinium” Museo Archeologico Lavinium
Carlo, being always curious and inquisitive about anything related to cultural heritage and archeology builds an opportunity with his hands when decides to follow a presentation in the Lavinium Musem, near Rome, Italy, where he proposes the reconstruction of the archaeological area of Lavinium to the various personalities invited. Maybe for the first time in Italy he is able to present a project only written on paper. He gets the interest of Museum’s experts and curators and during 2007, after many months of waiting for the official commitment he builds an installation with 3D animated videos of archaeological reconstructions and presentations. It’s only in 2008 that the project will see the completeness.

2008. Carlo gets completely into the independent filmmaking business for documentaries and educational products and he begins the productions of different projects. During last September he organized an event for the Corazzata Roma drowning yearly recurrence where a new version of the self-financed documentary film has been revealed. Carlo thinks that there are still many aspect of the story to bee investigated further.

Currently Carlo is developing several projects, let’s see briefly some of them.

Scirè: A Submarine and his Crew
“Scirè”: a documentary telling the story of a submarine, considered one of the most important for its victories, and its crew: 50 minutes of 3D computer graphics. It’s one of the most relevant stories of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) during the Big War.

Matapan
Another independent produced documentary. 50 minutes of 3D animated images about the story of the Italian Navy in the waters of Matapan, Greece, where the English Army attacked and destroyed five Italian ships against the only plane they lost.

Preliminary wireframe screenshot of Submarine Scirè for the upcoming documentary film of Carlo Cestra

Preliminary wireframe screenshot of Submarine Scirè for the upcoming documentary film of Carlo Cestra

Preliminary rendering of Submarine Scirè for the upcoming documentary film of Carlo Cestra

Preliminary rendering of Submarine Scirè for the upcoming documentary film of Carlo Cestra

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