Frank Gladstone shot me a note about a short animated cg film called Mila being made by former Disney, DreamWorks and Imageworks animator Cinzia Angelini. Hoping to push the boundaries of non-photorealistic rendering to create a painterly aesthetic and character design, Cinzia is also striving to tell a socially relevant story about war’s most tragic collateral damage – the youngest civilians. The film is inspired by true stories that Cinzia’s mother and grandmother told her of their own lives in Italy during World War II.
With a matching grant already secured from The Trento Film Commission in Italy, the filmmaker’s goal is to produce a great story reel and use that as a foundation for attracting additional investment. In addition, she has brought her project to kickstarter.com, a site that supports funding for various types of creative projects. Through kickstarter, Cinzia is looking to fund a film with a strong and timely message she feels should resonate with the animation community at large.
For more information about the film, visit www.milafilm.com, which includes a trailer and more details about the characters and story. The funding window on kickstarter.com ends November 18th so anyone interested should take a moment to check it out now.