Private Project

Shadow Puppet Sketch

Shadow Puppet Sketch is an experimental audiovisual study, where animation, acousmatic and sound design are on the same level.
The animation - made with the rotoscope technique on a 1.218 frames fragment - was drawn frame by frame, in negative, to further dramatize the sequence through the use of black and white, and then composed, segmented and re-composed in a extremely rhythmic editing.
A sleeping woman, is reached by the shadow of a hand, the disturbing presence of the shadow reveals a growing fragility that lends itself to multiple readings: it could be the metaphor of a morbid story, or a son who is tormenting his own mother, or the representation of a certain female condition: the puppet-woman, as the personification of the object and subject, the machine and the body, a slave icon of a still strongly male culture, and the shadow, as an alter ego of man, an almost persecutory projection, which trains its power only with armless persons.

  • Cesare Saldicco
    music and animation
  • Francesco Mori
    editing and visual effect
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 7, 2017
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Cesare Saldicco

The italian composer Cesare Saldicco (b. 1976) starts to playing the piano during his childhood and receives the superior diploma at Perugia’s Conservatorio in 1999. He achieves the Electronic Music diploma with Luigi Ceccarelli in 2004. Under the expertise of Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, he graduates in Composition, Counterpoint and Fugue in 2007. For his artistic development have been very important his encounters between 2005 and 2006 with Anders Hultqvist and Ole Lützow-Holm during the Erasmus scholarship in Sweden. Soon afterwards he attends lessons and master classes with Philippe Hurel, Unsuk Chin, Oscar Strasnoy, Helmut Lachenmann, Gavin Bryars, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ivan Fedele, with whom he obtains the alto perfezionamento diploma in Composition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Between 2000 and 2003 he also attended several master classes as a pianist with the jazz musician Stefano Bollani, which, in 2002, writes the liner notes for his first CD “Atlantide”. In 2002 the Italian National RadioRAI invites him as a pianist to the most important radiophonic jazz broadcast: Invenzioni a 2 voci. Winner of several scholarships (Erasmus, Acanthes, EdisonStudio etc.), he has been awarded in 2001, at the International Composition Competition "Città di Casarza Ligure". In 2003 he is a finalist at the 2nd International Competition for Composers in Lamia (Greece). In 2006 Centro Tempo Reale, founded by Luciano Berio, selects him to form the Soundex project in Florence. In this project he realizes the sound design for the exhibition “Radio FM 1976-2006” in the following cities Bologna, Modena, Padova, Bari, Livorno, Milano, Udine and Roma. In the same year he obtains the 2nd prize at the International Composition Competition “Sassi vivaci”. In 2007 he wins the 2nd prize at the International Composition Competition “Musici Mojanesi” and, always in the same year, he has been selected from CECh – Comunidad Electroacùstica de Chile during the VII International Festival of Electroacoustic Music.
In 2009, the multimedia work "Cut up & Grain, Chapter 1: Life" conceived and created together with Antonino Chiaramonte, won a mention in the "36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art / Bourges 2009". EmuFest in Rome, selects his electroacoustic works in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016. CEMAT Federation includes his work "Naissances Latentes" scored for amplified cello, prerecorded sounds and live electronics in a CD series named "Punti di Ascolto", while, in 2012, the work "Digressione Ipertestuali N.10" has been selected by Musica Viva Portugal for the installation “Sound Walk 2012” at the Goethe Institut in Lisbon.
In the same year “La Biennale di Venezia” invites him to produce a new electroacoustic work - “Still Life”- staged during the 56th edition of the festival.
Recently his audiovisual work “I Camminatori. Resconto audiovisivo per isole erranti” (The Walkers. A report) based on the Italo Testa’s sequences (Premio Ciampi 2013) won the Best of audience at Los Angeles Film Festival and it have “officially selected” in many important film festival such as Phoenix Film Festival in Melbourne and Toronto Film Week.
His music is edited and published by ArsPublica, Philology, Da Vinci Publishing and Sconfinarte. His works have been performed in Italy, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A. and broadcasted by Italian National RadioRAI.
In the field of musicology he had two series of lectures by titles "Contaminazioni sonore" and "Music and Architecture”, while in the field of teaching he developed an ear training software with Max/MSP. He published a book entitled “Mappe Sonore” about music education for primary schools.
Between 2009 and 2013 he has been the headmaster and artistic director of the Cultural Association G.E.R.M.I. (European Independent Music Research) and promoter of the homonym festival and composition competition. In 2012 he is part of MoA, a group of composers who develops site-specific musical projects.
Currently he is an electroacoustic music composition teacher at Conservatorio Statale di Musica “T. Schipa” in Lecce.

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