Work and works of a multimedia writer
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A Curriculum is a useful source of
information to those people who have a good reason to know about a biography
or a professional training. It should never be a source of pride. In fact
a writer will choose his own way to write it, i.e. he will try not to get
- I was a hardworking student. I took my classical
diploma, full marks (60/60), in Cagliari (Sardinia),1969. Ten years later
in Bologna, soon after my degree, I got another diploma (primary-school
teachers), because of a slight unemployment crises. I've never taught.
- In Cagliari I've studied Medicine and Surgery
for four years, from 1970 to 1974: then the Mistral wind, that sometimes
uproots Sardinian people from their land, took me away too, from Sardinia
and from hospitals. I'll never regret neither having undertaken, nor having
broken off those studies: a detailed story of the human body is quite an
impressive training gym to those who are going to face text's architectures.
- In Bologna, from 1974 to 1979, I attended the
famous University Course of DAMS
(Art, Music and Show subjects). It was an extraordinary experience.
I've been doing researches on Media and Communication with Umberto Eco
inside the classrooms, as well as with Giuliano Scabia and Gianni Celati
on the streets, and "in the space of clashes". What I
would be learning for years over the time, I dreamt it there.
- In 1979 I took my degree in Communication
and Show, full marks, after discussing my thesis on Dramaturgy with
Professor Scabia, and Pedagogy with Professor Canevaro. The essay, called
"The Space of Games", dealt with an accurate analysis
of children's games as texts in the context of an urban and domestic background,
but also as measure devices of the real and imaginary dimension of these
spaces. Quite a long time after those years, and in the plan of Cyberspace
for children's Cd-roms, the inheritance of that research would crop up
again with happy carelessness. As Eliot says: "What you love remains..."
lessons never end...
- In the following years I've been attending a
theatre that laid its foundations on the ground of a continuous professional
training. I took active part in several seminars, labs and stages: many
of them about Dramaturgy and Stage writing, some of them with excellent
trainers such as Eugenio Barba, Jerzy Grotowsky, Wim Wenders...
- After the University, from 1979, I worked in
Bologna in a Theatre cooperative society called "Centro Teatrale
Roselle". Main objects were to encourage and realize seminars,
meetings, projects, short seasons, street events: in other words, the heterogeneous
theatrical whirl of those years. Fortunately I was also requested to write
dramatic compositions inside and outside the group. On two of these occasions
I received a national award (though not of the first rate).
- Among the plenty of performances over the years,
I remember four remarkable works:
- in 1989: "TIRI
IN PORTA" ("Shots at the goal"), a one-actor
play written with Marco
Paolini, produced by the "Cooperativa Moby Dick" (Venezia),
directed by M.Paolini
- in 1989: "DURA MADRE
MEDITERANEA" , stage and performance within the Festival
Montalcino Teatro '89, Teatro Settimo (Torino), directed by Gabriele Vacis
- in 1990: "STABAT MATER", written with
Gabriele Vacis and Laura Curino, a "Teatro Settimo" production
(Torino), directed by Gabriele Vacis
- in '91 and '92: "ANTIGONE
DELLE CITTà", two theatrical commemorations for the railway
station massacre in Bologna, planned by Valerio Festi, directed by Marco
Baliani and produced by the City Council of Bologna (I wrote the scripts
for the spectacular events of the ceremony)
- from 1992 to 1995: a short season of six performances,
called "INCANTI E MEMORIE" ("Enchantments and Memoirs"),
planned by Valerio Festi, directed by Monica Maimone, produced by A.P.T.Trentino
(I wrote six scripts for the performances set by the Castles of Trentino).
- In 1979, for the TV-Radio Channel RAI
Sardegna, I wrote and made a series of microphone radio programmes on poetry,
called "VINO TAGLIATO" ("Blended wine"). In
1989 I wrote the script for a documentary, "CAGLIARI", 16 mm,
25min., directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu and produced by "Associazione
Industriali Provincia di Cagliari".
- For four years, from 1991 to 1995, I've been
working as coauthor for a TV children's programme called "L'ALBERO
AZZURRO", produced by RAI, broadcasted
on national territory. In the course of those years I've been writing stories,
scenes, nursery rhymes, whole scripts for more than 200 programmes, together
with Bianca Pitzorno, Roberto Piumini, Mela Cecchi and other excellent
writers for children. No use saying that the so-called 'professional leap'
was taken there, but the run-up had been a good and long one.
- In 1993/94, I had the chance to be the
texts coauthor for two series of twenty homevideos associated with the
same TV programme ("L'ALBERO AZZURRO", a VideoRai and San Paolo
- RAISat 2 for Kids
- In october '97 starts RAI Sat TV, with its three tematic channels. In RaiSat2, the channel for kids, the afternoon program for 6-12 kids is MULTICLUB, where I write a central survey named "Rubrica Internet". It's a kind of sitcom where forms and contents of digital culture - and specifically web resorces - are proposed with a calm and daily accent, underlining the armonical stream of continuity with all the other experiences of the children. The work will develop into 190 daily programs along all the '97.
- I had five books for children published, and
the sixth shall come out on Christmas '97:
I don't know what I will do with my many, and
maybe too many arts and crafts. I
can't figure it out how long good luck and patience
-- that now seem to be taking the
multimedia author by the hand -- will last. But
I know for sure that I will stubbornly
keep writing books; or, as the ancient knights
used to say, I'll dye in the effort.
- The storybook "Angeli,
lucertole, bambini dappertutto" ("Angels, Lizards, Children
everywhere"), Fatatrac, Firenze,1992;
- The Novel "Salto nell'ultramondo" (in English it sounds like "A jump into the ultraworld"),
Giunti Ragazzi Universale, Firenze, 1994;
- The nursery-rhyme book "Mal
di pancia calabrone" (something like "Stomachache hornet"),
Adriano Salani Editore, Firenze, 1995;
- The storybook "Sentieri
di conchiglie" ("Shells' paths"), Fatatrac, Firenze,
- The short poem in octaves "La
sera che la sera non venne" ("On the evening when the
evening didn't come"), Fatatrac, Firenze, 1995;
- Another short poem in octaves "L'altalena che dondola sola" ("The swing that swings alone"),
Fatatrac, Firenze, 1997.
- The nursery-rhyme book "Rimelandia" (togheter with R.Piumini), Mondadori, Milano novembre 1997
- One of the four tales of "A volo radente" (togheter with G.Cao, C.Lolli, C.Borghi), Verba Volant, Cagliari, settembre 1997
- In 1993 I already had some years of computer
experience behind me, even though the use of computer at that time somehow
went beyond the writer's digital needs. I was just one of many 'Windows
home brewers', and to tell the truth I even felt a little bit uneasy about
that: as if I was split, not in my personality, but so to say, in my ability.
Cd-i L'ALBERO AZZURRO
- Then the RAI
proposal, according to which I was asked to make a new CD-i version of
the TV programme for children "L'Albero Azzurro", came out as
a beneficial connection between the two parts. So, together with some enthusiastic
Philips developers (Mario Fumagalli and Massimo Bertolucci, now CD
Italy) I put down the main idea, the interactive design, and the texts
of my first multimedia title: "L'ALBERO AZZURRO CD-I", a VIDEORAI
and Philips Media
Systems (Philips Interactine Media Italy) production.
- It turned out to be a very good investment: in
1994, a year later, I was called again by Philips Interactive Media Italy.
They gave me the opportunity to write the text for a CD-I called "IL
TESORO DELL'ISOLA DEI GIOCHI" ("The Games' Island treasure"),
produced by Clementoni and Philips
Media Systems (Philips Interactine Media Italy). The cooperation with
the other authors was good, and the contribution on my part has been soon
ranging from the mere script writing to the planning of games and interactive
architecture. In 1996 the CD-i has been reissued into a CD-ROM.
- In the meantime, together with Renzo Salvi from
RAI in Milan, I was venturing on some
interactive experiments, those games and freaks which always go side by
side with every new cultural form.
One for all: Rimini, March '95, within the exhibition of Show Technologies
"MAGIS 95", a Theatre and Interactive Television Experimental
Event (I made the project and the script), called "SPACCATRAPPOLE
5°- Re dei Rifiuti" ("Traps-breaker 5°, King of Rubbish"),
produced by A.I.T.C. (Italian Association of VideoCameramen).
- The next achievement was planned by myself. In
October '95 I walked around in Milan for a month, proposing to the main
Multimedia publishers in Italy an edutainment CD-rom, built on original
nursery rhymes. I collected quite a good team of authors: ROBERTO PIUMINI,
the most highly considered Italian writer for children, GIULIA ORECCHIA,
one of the best illustrators; and FRANK NEMOLA, trumpet player and good
composer. As for my part, I had to build up the concept and interactive
design of the disk, write part of the nursery rhymes, and take care of
art direction. "RIMELANDIA" was born: a CD-rom fulfilled with
wharp games to play with the words, the sounds and the images of 64 original
After one year, lost because of the winding up of the first publisher we
met, we had a very good chance for a double edition with the biggest publishers
in Italy: Mondadori Newmedia
for the CD-rom, and Mondadori Libri
per Ragazzi for a book, with rhymes and illustrations from disk. Both
book and CD are published on december '97.
CD-rom NIRVANA X-ROM
- After years of works for children, here comes
the first one for "adults". I've been sent for by Cecchi
Gori Newmedia and Colorado Film to build up a project for a CD-rom
based upon Gabriele Salvatores' movie "NIRVANA".
It's a mystical and wild cyber-punk story, a genre I've been loving and
reading for a long time: my treatment is accepted with enthusiasm by Salvatores,
the Director, and by both the producers. I started working in june '96
with Massimo Bertolucci, my soft partner from CD
Italy, the software house wich developed the product, and I delivered
my ultimate screenplay in october '96. In january '97 both CD-Rom and movie
CD-rom STORIA DI UNA GABBIANELLA
- Evidently Nirvana X-rom succeded, because in
may '97 the same producer - Roberto Liscia for Cecchi
Gori Newmedia - proposes to the same team - CD
Italy and me - to project and develop a CD-rom wich shall come along
with the movie
"STORIA DI UNA GABBIANELLA", directed by Enzo D'Alò upon the
book "Story of a sea-gull and of the cat that teached
her to fly", by Luis Sepùlveda, best seller in Italy. I will also write the italian words for the six original songs of the movie, written in english by David Rhodes of Real World. The movie will be on the screens on Christmas '98: the CD a little before.
- The beginning of '97 sees my involvement with
the tumultuous stream that's generating projects for the Worl Wide Web.
I've been asked to partecipate to the design of two sites on the Web: the
site for MOVIEMENT (more forward);
the site for the TV program MULTICLUB, a RaiSat2 production.
At the end of '96, with the support of Colorado
Film Production, Maurizio Totti starts the MOVIEMENT, an association of
show artists with the intent to promote the meeting, the collaboration
and the excange of projects. Totti proposes me to join the group and to
take advantage of the agency services for my work, througth Valentina Conti
and himself. I accept.
Approach to CORTO MALTESE
- Not long after, in March '97, Maurizio Totti proposes me to collaborate to gather and develop materials for the one wich seemed to be the next movie directed by Gabriele Salvatores, a movie about Hugo Pratt's comic's character CORTO MALTESE. I picked up my old copies of Corto, that I used to read in '79, and I worked to produce schemes, tables, concepts and synopsis, that should be used for the draft of the screenplay. Unfortunately, for reasons that I partially ignore, the "yawl" of Corto Maltese and the movie's venture with it were wrecked in the storm in autumn '97. There will be other chances.