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Through this initiative, Giorgio Armani looks to support the next generation of screen talent entering the film industry.For the first edition of Armani/Laboratorio, held from November 27th to December 6th, 2017 at the Armani/Silos exhibition space in Milan, the short film "Una Giacca" (A Jacket) was created as a result of an intensive workshop dedicated to film students. Nine exceptional mentors selected the students and guided them throughout the process, from theoretical and practical lessons to the shooting and final editing of the short film.

“The jacket represents one of the fundamental elements of my aesthetic, and transforming it into a narrative theme was undoubtedly a challenge. I was fascinated to see how the participants of Armani/Laboratorio resolved this question, with the help of their excellent mentors. I'm pleased to have given these students a real opportunity to learn and to grow, and I'm glad I did so within the parameters of my professional territory. By supporting this initiative, I am encouraging young talent to explore all the specific areas of expertise necessary for a successful and authentic cinematic production, which relies on teamwork. I'm really proud of this project and of its outcome, and I hope it will be the first in a long series of works, because cinema has always been my true passion.”

Giorgio Armani

MEET THE MENTORS

A mentor of reference for each discipline supported student trainees in an effort to foster circularity and the transmission of knowledge between generations, promoting an extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage.

Directing

MICHELE PLACIDO

Director, actor and screenwriter.
He has also directed Romanzo Criminale – Crime Novel, Angel of Evil, Sette minuti and the first episodes of the television series Suburra: Blood on Rome. He won four David di Donatello Awards.

Screenwriting

FRANCESCA MARCIANO

Screenwriter and writer.
With Damned The Day I Met You, she won a David di Donatello for best screenplay. Among others, she has written the screenplays for Me and You, Don’t Tell, On Tour, I’m Not Scared, Viaggio sola and Miele.

Photography

LUCA BIGAZZI

Director of photography.
A David di Donatello Awards record holder, he has been the cinematographer for The Great Beauty, Youth, Il Divo and The Young Pope.

Editing

PATRIZIO MARONE

Film, fiction and commercial editor.
Among many others, he has collaborated on films such as The Ignorant Fairies, Loose Canons, the TV series Gomorrah and Suburra, both the film and the TV series.

Costumes

ALESSANDRO LAI

Costume designer.
Some of his biggest collaborations include Fasten Your Seatbelts, Saturn In Opposition, Red Istanbul and I Medici.

Set Design

PAKI MEDURI

Set designer.
Winner of the Nastro D’Argento Award for Alaska and Suburra: Blood on Rome. Three-time David di Donatello Awards nominee. He worked on the set design for the TV series Gomorrah.

Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist

ALDO SIGNORETTI

Make-up artist and hair stylist.
Oscar nominee for Moulin Rouge, Apocalypto and Il Divo. Four-time David di Donatello Awards winner. He worked on Gangs of New York and The Great Beauty.

Costumes

GABRIELLA PESCUCCI

Costume designer.
Oscar winner for The Age of Innocence and BAFTA Award winner for Once Upon A Time In America.

Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist

MAURIZIO SILVI

Make-up artist.
Oscar nominee for Moulin Rouge. Winner of the David di Donatello Awards for The Great Beauty. He worked on Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby and The Tourist.

THE MENTORS ON "UNA GIACCA"

At the press screening for the short film, mentors of the Armani/Laboratorio shared a few words on the inspiration behind “Una Giacca”, namely the iconic Giorgio Armani jacket.

INTRODUCING THE STUDENTS

Editing

ARTEMIDE ALFIERI

Directing

MARCO ARMANDO PICCININI

Screenwriting

ALESSANDRO PADOVANI

Make Up

CAMILLA SPALVIERI

Costumes design

SOFIA CASCIARDI

Hair Styling

SILVIA ACQUAPENDENTE

Cinematography

ANDREA CORDARO

Set Design

MIDORI HASUIKE

BEHIND THE SCENES

An exclusive look at the making of “Una Giacca”: see in greater detail how the short came to be and what went on behind-the-scenes prior to the release of the final version of the film.

THE WORKSHOP

Browse the lectures with the students of Armani/Laboratorio held by the mentors.

WORKSHOP DAY 1

SCREENWRITING

A lesson in screenwriting with Francesca Marciano

 

WORKSHOP DAY 2

DIRECTING

A lesson in directing with Michele Placido

 

WORKSHOP DAY 3

SET DESIGN

A lesson in production design with Paki Meduri

 

WORKSHOP DAY 4

HAIRSTYLING AND
MAKE-UP

A lesson in hair styling and makeup with Aldo Signoretti and Maurizio Silvi

 

WORKSHOP DAY 5

COSTUMES

A lesson in costume design with Gabriella Pescucci and Alessandro Lai

 

WORKSHOP DAY 6

PHOTOGRAPHY

A lesson in photography with Luca Bigazzi

 

WORKSHOP DAY 7

FILM EDITING

A lesson in editing with Patrizio Marone

 

THE BEGINNING OF ARMANI/LABORATORIO

On Saturday, November 11th, 2017 the eight participants of the Armani/Laboratorio project were officially unveiled. On that occasion, they met their respective mentors for the very first time.

The meeting was an important opportunity to spark discussion and debate, laying the groundwork for the short film to be shot at the conclusion of the theoretical and practical lessons taking place at the Armani/Silos in Milan.


SUPPORTERS OF ARMANI/LABORATORIO

The workshop was supported by a number of leading professionals in the industry close to Mr. Armani, eight of whom had a mentoring role as experts, combining theory and practice in their own areas of specialty.

GABRIELE MUCCINO

Director

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE

Director

MARIA SOLE TOGNAZZI

Director

LUCA BIGAZZI

Cinematographer

IVAN COTRONEO

Screenwriter and Director

SERGIO CASTELLITTO

Actor and Director

CRISTINA COMENCINI

Director and Writer

MICHELE PLACIDO

Actor and Director

MARGARET MAZZANTINI

Writer and Screenwriter

Full List

Luca Bigazzi - Milena Canonero - Paolo Carnera - Sergio Castellitto - Cristina Comencini - Ivan Cotroneo - Ludovica Ferrario - Enrico Iacoponi - Alessandro Lai - Francesca Marciano - Patrizio Marone - Margaret Mazzantini - Paki Meduri - Ferdinando Merolla - Gabriele Muccino - Ferzan Ozpetek - Gabriella Pescucci - Michele Placido - Carlo Poggioli - Sharim Sabbatini - Aldo Signoretti - Maurizio Silvi - Maria Sole Tognazzi - Giuseppe Tornatore

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