Monica Manganelli

VFX & Art Director

Biography:
Born in Parma (ltaly) in 1977, studied Architecture at the lnstitute of Art “Paolo Toschi”(Bachelor in
Architecture). In 2002 she graduated from the Parma University with an Academic Degree in
Conservation of Cultural Heritage (History of Art and Architecture’s Specialization) . She
followed an additional year specializing with a Postgraduate Academic Degree in “Theater’s Set Design”
and a Master in Cad Design e Computer Graphics “in Reggio Emilia (2002-2003).
In this period she began to work as Set/Stag e Designer Collaborator and Concept/Visual Artist for many
productions since 2001 to 2011 in the Theatre Opera House in ltaly and Europe:
Rigoletto, Theatre Marijnski, St. Petersburg, Billy Budd, Theatre Regio Turin, Director D. Livermore, L
‘Impresario delle Smirne, Theatre Stabile Turin, Director D. Livermore, The Consul, Theatre Regio
Turin, Samson et Dalila, Theatre Comunale Bologna, Operà Royal de Wallonie, Fahrenheit 451, Director
Luca Ronconi (Piccolo Theatre Milan); Antigone e The Changeling, A voi che mi ascoltate productions
by Theatre Stabile di Turin, Il Viaggio a Reims, Theatre Comunale Piacenza, Don Pasquale Theatre
Comunale Bologna, director Alfonso Antoniozzi, Ercole sul Termodonte, La virtù de strali d’amore,
Director Davide Livermore, by Theatre La Fenice.
She also collaborated with the Director Davide Livermore for the Scenic and visual/Set design of following
works productions by Theatre Regio Turin. : Aci Galatea e Polifemo (Season 2008-2009), Idomeneo
(Season 2010-2011), Vespri Siciliani (Season 2010-2011 ).
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Then Monica moved in the FILM PRODUCTION definetely (2009) and now she is also specialized as
VFX Art Director/Concept Artist and Creative EventDesigner.
She collaborated with different VFX-PostProduction Studios , Film Productions , Event Agency in Europe
working on many commercial spots, movie projects and fashion show/ events: EDI VFX(Milan),
MATHEMATIC (Paris), KOMPOST (Zurich), WARNER BROS (Chicago), DAW Design (Turin), TAX
FREE FILM (Parma),Leo Burnett UK and PARTIZAN LONDON asVFX ART DIRECTOR for many
commercial spot and movie, BALICH WORLDWIDE SHOW, VILLA EUGENIE. CREDITS Project:
CLOUD ATLAS (2012): CONCEPT ARTIST for the Movie Production by Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana
Wachowski (Berlin-Babelsberg Studios), Production Design: Hugh Bateup, Uli Hanisch (2011-12).
COMMERCIAL SPOT (2009-2016): Sammontana, Adidas, Armani, X_ Factor, SkyTV, Tim “Survivor’,
Q8, Lancia, Mediolanum, Neutro Roberts, Wind Mobile, Oro Saywa, Seaworld, Tim “Internet pack”, Tim
“Monalisa”, “BBC-Mass Construction”, Lancia Delta, Lancia Musa, Lamborghini, Tim-Marco Polo, Tim
Casanova, TrafficJam-Zain/TV, BMW, Wolswagen, Ansaldo Breda-Expo Milan 2015, Mirabilandia, Rado,
Ferrero , Richmond, Tic Tac etc….
VILLA EUGENIE (Bruxelles) by Scenographer and Director Etienne Russo: SCENOGRAPHERCONCEPT/
VISUAL ARTIST for fashion show and events (2012-2013); Credits: Dior Homme (Paris), Y3,
Farley (New York), FIE Event- Grand Palais (Paris).
MILAN FASHION WEEK (2013): Scenographer/Set Designer – Art Director for fashion show and events
by Vogue- Condenast and some fashion brands (Meissen, Borbonese, Etro) ecc..
In 2013 she signed at BMF- Bejiing Music Festival (China- 2013) as Scenographer- Set Designer-Art
Director the virtual multimedia scenography for the Verdi’s Anniversary Celebration project (Traviata,
Rigoletto, Trovatore, Wagner – Opening Ceremony).
In 2014 she collaborated with Event Creative Director Marco Balich and his creative team for event show
OPERA ONICE at the ARENA OF VERONA and other events projects.
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NOW and UPCOMING – FUTURE PROJECTS:
Now she is focusing on projects regarding CREATIVE and ARTISTIC&FILM DIRECTION in cinema,
lyric opera house and fashion & events show, experimenting set design and videoscenography and
multimedia design:
She signed as director her first short animated film: The BALLAD of the HOMELESS (La
Ballata dei SenzaTetto – 2015) with the co-production of Emilia Romagna Film Commission, a film about
the Earthquake in Emilia Romagan (2012).
Short selected in about 50 important international film festival and WINNER for :
-BEST ANIMATION-Los Angeles SHORTS FEST for qualifying Academy Award shortlist 2016,
-BEST FILM EUROPE and BEST FILM WORLD – Anim’Arte Animation Film Festival Brazil, (2015)
-BEST MUSIC and AUDIENCE AWARD -ATHENS Animation Film festival (2016),
-SPECIAL PRIZE for ANIMATION – ITALIAN SILVER RIBBON 2016, Nastri d’ argento – (SNGCI)
-BEST ANIMATED ECO FILM, Golden Kuker Animation Film Festival (2016),
-2°AUDIENCE AWARD – Festival “Registi a Confronto” (2016),
-AUDIENCE AWARD, Festival Palagiano in corto (2016)
-BEST ANIMATION -Voghera Film festival (2016)
-Candidate for the “DAVID DI DONATELLO” awards in Italy (italian oscar): category BEST SHORT (2016).
Short scheduled on NBC TV in 2017.
Along with DARING HOUSE, Berlin-based company, since 2013 she is creative director and she has
developed videoscenography for entertainment and video installations on different projects, including for
example the work realized for:
– Virtual set design for permanent exhibition to Cinecittà studios (2017),
– Immersive video installation for exhibition “Umbria and cinema” , client: CariPerugiaArte Foundation
at Baldeschi Palace in Perugia (2016).
– Immersive video installation at Rocca Paolina (into medieval fortress) in Perugia – Italy, client: Culture
Department – City of Perugia. (2017).
She is now developing whit her creative studio, INDEPENDENT REVOLUTION, and her collaborators 2
new production film: Turandot-P rincess of China (animated feature film) and Butterflies in Berlin (short
animated film) about Homocaust and the story of a man who has been gendered female, set up during the
30’s and 40’s in Berlin and the rise of Hitler.
Now she is preparing and will sign the stage design/videoscenography for some Opera Productions for the
next seasons (2017-18-19)
– ANNA BOLENA , ROBERTO DEVEREUX , MARIA STUARDA: co-production THEATRE CARLO
FELICE GENOVA/THEATRE LA FENICE VENICE/THEATRE REGIO PARMA,
-AIDA : OPERA PRODUCTION by THEATRE MORLACCHI PERUGIA with a full video scenographyvirtual
set design for creating an immersive Opera (2018-19),
-IL TURCO IN ITALIA , Aslico, co-production THEATRE FRASCHINI PAVIA-OPERA HOUSE,
THEATRE PONCHIELLI CREMONA.
She signed as director her decond animated film A SYMPHONY FOR ROSSINI (2017), an experimental
animated short in which animation meets the great tradition of italian music opera.
She performs regularly teaching at master classes and workshops including Cinecitta’ Studios, the Italian
Opera School at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Toschi Institute of Art, IED Milan. She has been
professor at the University of Parma, regarding “Scenography and new technologies whitin creative
industries “ (course 2016-17).
She was awarded in 2015 the Prize San Martino for artistic-cultural merit by the city of Noceto (PR)
with the following motivation: “For a versatile and highly innovative artist who has achieved prestigious
international awards, proving to be able to combine the talented professional skills developed with
passionate determination, a sensitivity able to translate reality into stories and striking images of
authentic poetry, open to messages of courage, solidarity and hope “.