Short documentary about collector and entrepreneur Enzo Pertoldi who sold his legendary 35-year robot collection, one of the greatest assemblages of robots and space toys ever amassed, counting over 2000 pieces. Enzo, defined by Mark Bergin as a “very thorough collector”, is now collecting space guns. “Anyone who knows and follows robots is aware of the importance of Enzo’s collection” said auctioneer Dan Morphy. “He built his collection like a curator acquiring fine art. He went for the rarest and best-quality pieces, and placed a top priority on obtaining toys that had their original boxes.”
As the owner of FriulPrint, a textiles-printing factory that serves the interior décor and fashion industries, Pertoldi already had a discriminating eye for design and color which he used when choosing not only the toys but also their beautiful original boxes.
Directed, edited and produced by Stefano Giacomuzzi
Shot by Emanuele Fornasier, Luca Pupil and Stefano Giacomuzzi
Photography by Luca Laureati
A huge thanks to Enzo, for his patience and for being willing to tell us his story, to Emanuele and Luca, for helping me out with the shoot as always, to Gian Luca - who put up with me editing the video for over a week - for making the video accessible to everyone, to Joshua Anderson-Rose - the Englishman who knocked on our door at the right time - for correcting the subtitles and last but not least to Camilla Rigoni for lending us her camera.
Thank you all!
Radio Design toasts 10 years of animation with a robot reboot.
In May 2014, Radio Design celebrated its 10th birthday. From our early years creating TV titles for BBC and Channel 4 to more recent work on the 007 Skyfall movie, it’s been quite a journey. To commemorate 10 years in the industry we revisited a favourite early animation and gave it the full 2014 reboot treatment. Ladies and Gentlemen, may we present the all new Electro Boogie.
“I created the original Electro Boogie animation back in 2002 to help me get my first job in the industry,” explains director Ben Cook. “It felt appropriate to reboot the robot for the Radio Design 10 year anniversary. But it wasn’t a straightforward process, since the original was designed to be a small Flash web animation and wouldn’t upscale well. I needed to figure out the best way to upgrade the robot for the 2014 HD version.
“I tracked down the character animation project files on my vintage iMac G3, created in Poser 3.0. My plan was to import the animation sequence into Cinema 4D to work on the new treatment, but my old iMac software wasn’t letting me get a good 3D sequence exported at all. There was a moment where I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to achieve the results I wanted. In the end the workaround I used was to render multiple video passes of the robot – working with video forced my hand to build everything in After Effects, but it was a happy accident as I’m really pleased with the final aesthetic the process generated.
“Several months later, after some heavy compositing, sound design and a final colour grade – voila! Electro Boogie Mk.2.”
Here’s where it all began. The original Electro Boogie Mk.1 made in 2002 which was used for the upgrade. Not too shabby, even though he’s getting on a bit: vimeo.com/96101950
This video was filmed in Barcelona in August 2011. It shows the first public testing of the Ant Ballet Machine. Using synthesised pheromones (Z9:16Ald Hexadecanol) and highly invasive Linepthinema humile Argentine ants, a robotic arm lays pheromone powder trails that cause the ants to behave in a different way to their usual foraging. Performances in late 2012 will feature mass colony movement testing, and the first intercontinental ant ballet.
The machine is part of a larger study of paranoia, control systems, insects and architecture.
Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.