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Animation Artist & Filmmaker

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Céu D´Ellia

Animation Artist & Filmmaker

Céu D’Ellia is an Italian Brazilian, fluent in English, Portuguese and French, with experience in all areas of animation production: as an animator, designer, director, writer and producer. He began his professional career animating commercials for Brazil´s largest agencies, for which he earned prestigious awards.

The PLOC MONSTERS, 128 characters Céu created for a bubble gum campaign in 1988, won the Top Award in Marketing for its success. In the same year he released his first experimental short film, FAREWELL, which received many awards. It was chosen by the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, in 2004, as one of the most outstanding Brazilian short films, ever.

He began his international career in 1989, working in London on the animated feature, FIEVEL GOES WEST, produced by Steven Spielberg.

Céu is passionately involved in environmentalism, portrayed throughout his work. Financed by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Vitae Art Grants, he started researching environmental issues in the 1990’s. Céu D’Ellia won the “Hopes for the Future for a Sustainable World”, from IUAPPA/IAS, for a set of proposed ethical principles on the relationships between mass media, culture, and the environment.

From 2009 to 2012, with the support of São Paulo´s Municipal Department of Culture, Céu created and directed NUPA, a center that fostered Brazilian animation cinema, with film content based on this urban area’s social-environmental issues.

Céu’s most recent comic book, ZU KINKAJÚ (2013), resumes works initially published

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2014

work

Anima Mundi

honored artist

In 2014, the International Animation Festival in Rio, Anima Mundi, chose Céu D’Ellia to be one of the 2014 Honored Artists. The others were Bob Balser (Yellow Submarine), Eric Goldberg (Aladdin) and the Guillaume Brothers (Max & Co).

2009-2012

work

NUPA

creator & director

NUPA, a Brazilian animation cinema fostering center and free school-studio, was created and directed by Céu for almost four years. The center was at CCJ Youth Cultural Center, in the suburbs of São Paulo. It provided an opportunity for students without money to become animation professionals. Its production was quite successful, with all film content discussing and developing awareness of social-environmental issues in São Paulo.

1996

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Hopes

paper received award

Motivated by concern for children and environment issues, as well as his experience of how consumer habits are influenced by advertising and film entertainment, Céu wrote a paper with a proposal for ethical principles for mass media communication. In 1996 it won the Hopes for the Future for a Sustainable World award, from IUAPPA/IAS. Initially with ten principles, after tests were conducted, Céu summarized it to only three: Eco Efficiency, Biophilia & Key Question.

1993-2012

education

Cinema

teacher

At the time Céu started to work, there were no animation schools in Brazil. Even the English Bibliography was quite short. He is a self-taught artist who learned mainly from frame-by-frame observation of old super-8 films. In 2008, Céu received a Bachelor’s degree from Braz Cubas Brazilian University, with recognized merits for knowledge. But even before that he was working as a Guest University Instructor in Santa Maria (design,1993), the University of São Paulo (cinema, 2002) and PUC, the Catholic University in São Paulo (for post graduates in 2007, 2011 and 2012)

1992-2013

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VITAE

artist

Céu’s interest in ecological subjects, children and cultural patterns motivated him, starting in 1992, to create stories with ethical ideas and characters for young audiences. In 1994 Céu obtained his first research funds, the Rockefeller Foundation’s VITAE Grant. Over the years, inspired by his travels in the wild regions of South America and experiences with Indigenous Peoples, Céu created characters such as MãmMãmbuge Yandu, Bu Banana and Zu Kinkaju, presented in animation film pilots, comic books and documentaries.

1989-2014

work

Worldwide

moviemaker

Céu moved to London from 1989 to 1991, where he worked as designer and animator in commercials for UK TV and music videos for MTV Japan. He joined Spielberg´s animation studio as animation supervisor working for Amblimation, a company that would be renamed Dreamworks a couple of features later. Since then, Céu has worked with other studios and artists in international productions: Disney, Uli Meyer, and Oscar awarded Joanna Quinn, among others.

1988

work

Farewell

experimental moviemaker

In 1988 Céu finished his first experimental short film, Adeus (Farewell). Aimed at adult audiences, the film generated some controversy, but also received national and international awards. Sixteen years post production, it was chosen by the acclaimed Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival as one of the best 25 short films ever produced in Brazil. As in other hand drawn films Céu would produce, the experiments in Farewell were about content, edition and graphic style.

1985-2014

work

NGO

volunteer

Since 1985 Céu has dedicated part of his time to volunteer in social causes. Besides personal aspects involved, Céu believes that such activities contribute to his experience improving the application of human values and emotions in his work. Céu started working with health care activities for poor families in rural areas of Brazil. From 1994 to 2003, he participated in an ecological NGO, and from 2001 to 2014, in an NGO that develops activities to stimulate self-esteem and the positive potential of children at social risk.

1979-2014

work

Brazil

advertising artist

Céu’s professional career began in Brazil in 1979, directing and animating films for the Brazilian advertising industry. He also created characters and illustrations for different publicity campaigns. Since then he has produced awarded materials for clients like Carrefour, General Motors, Gessy Lever, Kraft Foods, Nestlé, Fuji-Film, Coca Cola, Cinemark, among many others.

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