Ciao, I am Céu D’Ellia

Moviemaker & Environmentalist

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Céu D´Ellia

Moviemaker & Environmentalist

I am Italian Brazilian, experimented in all areas of animation production, as animator, designer, director, writer and producer. I began my professional career animating commercials for Brazilian biggest agencies, many of each earned me awards. The PLOC MONSTERS, 128 characters created for a bubble gum campaign in 1988, won the Top Award in Marketing for its success. In the same year I released my first experimental short film, FAREWELL, which received many awards and it was chosen by the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, in 2004, as one of the most outstanding Brazilian short films, ever. In 1989, I began my international career, working in London, in the movie FIEVEL GOES WEST, produced by Steven Spielberg. In the 90´s, financed by the Vitae Art Grants by Rockefeller Foundation, I started to research in environmental issues, and 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 environment. Since then, I divided my time between participating in initiatives aimed at promoting those principles through documentaries, comics, and animations, and in different commissioned film productions. From 2009 to 2012, with the support of São Paulo´s Municipal Department of Culture, I created and directed NUPA, a center for the fostering of Brazilian animation cinema, with film content based in the city social-environmental subjects. My most recent comic book, ZU KINKAJÚ (2013), resumes a work initially published in Super Eco magazine, through 1998 to 2000.

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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 was a Brazilian animation cinema fostering, a free school-studio center; created and directed by Céu for almost 4 years. The center was at CCJ Youth Cultural Center, in the suburbs of São Paulo city, and an opportunity to students without money to become animation professionals. Its production was quite successful, with all film content discussing and developing awareness of social-environmental questions of São Paulo.

1996

work

Hopes

awarded paper

Because of his children and environment issues concerns, as well his experience with how consumers habits are influenced by advertising and film entertainment, Céu did wrote a paper with a proposition of ethical principles to 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 realized, 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 and even the English Bibliography was quite short. So he is a self-taught person and mainly learned from the frame by frame observation of old super-8 films. In 2008 Céu received the University Graduation from Braz Cubas Brazilian University, by recognized knowledge merits. But even before that he was already Guest University Teacher in Santa Maria (design, 1993), USP (cinema, 2002) and PUC (semiotic pos graduation, 2007/2011/2012)

1992-2013

work

VITAE

artist

The interest of Céu in ecological subjects, children and cultural patterns, motivates him, in 1992, to start to create stories and characters for young audiences, with some ethical ideas. In 1994 he got his first research funds, the Rockefeller Foundation VITAE Grant. Through the years, inspired by his travels in the wild areas of South America and experiences with its Indigenous People, Céu did create characters 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 from1989 to 1991, where he worked as designer and animator in commercials to UK TV and music videos to MTV Japan. As animation supervisor he joined Spielberg´s animation studio Amblimation, a company that would be renamed Dreamworks, a couple of features later. Since then, Céu also worked with other studios and artists in international productions, as Disney, Uli Meyer, Oscar awarded Joanna Quinn, among others.

1988

work

Farewell

experimental moviemaker

In 1988 Céu finished his first experimental short film, Adeus (Farewell). Aimed to grown up audiences, the film, then, generated some controversy, but also received national and international awards and, 16 years later, 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 dedicates part of his time to volunteer in social causes. He believes that such activities, besides the personal aspects involved, also add experience to improve the application of human values and emotions in his work. Céu did start working with health care actions to poor families in Brazil rural areas, then participated from 1994 to 2003 in an ecological NGO, and from 2001 to 2014 in a NGO that develops activities to stimulate the self-esteem and positive potential of children under social risk.

1979-2014

work

Brazil

artist

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

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