We had the good fortune of connecting with Cinzia Angelini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cinzia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see risks as opportunities, as challenges that life sends our way to strengthen us both on a personal, and a professional level. I’ve always embraced risk throughout my career. It’s an approach that has worked well for me. Risk takers are usually those who challenge the norm, and push the boundaries of their professions. Without risk, we wouldn’t have much innovation, or discovery, or progress. I keep taking risks because I’ve learned that, even if things might not work out the way you envisioned them, you do end up somewhere new, and probably will have learned a lot along the way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Creating an animated film is all about teamwork, and takes much longer than anyone ever imagines. I worked for major international studios in the animation industry for more than twenty-five years before finally becoming a director and creator of animated films. While I started out as both a 2D and 3D animator, then later became a story artist for Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Duncan Studio, Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment, my dream was always been to direct. Thanks to the experience I gained in working on films like Balto, Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Spider-man 2, Bolt, The Minions Movie and Despicable Me 3, I’ve ended up with an unusually well-rounded, deeply ingrained skillset. Those years of experience as animator and story artist allow me a unique perspective on what it takes to put a scene together, to put a movie together, and what will or won’t work. Writing and directing “Mila,” a high-quality CG short film about a little girl from Trento, whose life takes an unexpected turn in WWII, brought it all together. The short film, produced by Andrea Emmes, led me to realize that we could bridge cultural diversity through the magic of animation. This in turn inspired me to develop the idea for an invitation to speak at TEDx Trento, and at TEDx Vail-Colorado, Mila is currently part of the Film Festival Circuit. It has been a fantastic, if sometimes difficult journey, which has culminated in the opportunity to direct HITPIG, an upcoming animated feature for Aniventure produced at Cinesite Studios.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
No visit to LA is complete without a stop at one of our favorite live music bars and restaurants, Perch, in downtown LA. Fabulous views from an Art Deco building right out of the films of Harold Lloyd. An added bonus is that the food is excellent, and the drink quite pure. Just be prepared to wait for a table. We usually are lucky enough to grab the couch right in front of the band playing whatever night we swing by.
To give our guest a taste of real Hollywood (at least what the often most want to see), we’ll book them on the exclusive tour at Warner Bros Studios. Unlike Universal, this doesn’t include a tram ride past a massive gorilla, or earthshaking subway stations. On this tour, you get to see real sets, real stars, and the professionals who make it all happen.
And finally, to tie it all together, a nice drive up through Malibu to Point Dume and Zuma Beach. Snacking at Paradise Cove before wandering along the beach in Zuma at sunset. That’s the Southern California many long for, but few know how to find.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Bruce Block, best-selling author and producer, who offered me encouragement and support for my animated short film Mila, from the very beginning. His book, “The Visual Story”, has always had a prominent place on my desk, and served me well as I undertook directing my first film.
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Mila Film Team, Pixel Cartoon & Cinesite Studios