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Alessandro Carloni on Kung Fu Panda 3

Alessandro Carloni on Kung Fu Panda 3

38-year-old codirector has been with DreamWorks for 10 years

Alessandro Carloni held a masterclass at Rome's Auditorium on Wednesday, following a preview screening for students of the forthcoming animated film Kung Fu Panda 3, which he codirected with Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
The film from DreamWorks Studios, where Carloni has spent the last 10 years of his career, once again takes up the adventures of Po, the panda bear kung fu master, and will hit Italian theatres on March 17.
 Carloni, 38, hails from Bologna and already has a number of prize-winning short films and music videos under his belt, including the animated music video "Che t'aggia di" featuring Italian singers Adriano Celentano and Mina as ducks.
He told the students that his main objective as an animator is to create characters that the public feels are like their own friends, and that his dream is to direct a live-action film with Roberto Benigni.
"Even though I haven't yet thought of a story, he reminds me of a cartoon and I don't think his comic depth has fully emerged when he acts in English. He's even funnier when he acts in Italian," Carloni said.
The masterclass was organised by Rome's Cinema Foundation - Cityfest, Rome Music Foundation and Alice nella Città children's film festival, which screened the film at the Auditorium.
In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, Po faces a new enemy named Kai as well as a personal dilemma when he finds his true father, Li Chan, who becomes jealous of Po's adoptive father Mr. Ping, a duck who owns a noodle shop.
 Carloni said his father was an illustrator and a great source of inspiration for him, and he told any young aspiring animators present to "think first about the characters, then about the story".
 "It's easy to have a main character who's a little by cynical who makes people laugh and creates contrasts, but if the audience doesn't love him the film won't work," Carloni said.
 "The key for a film is teamwork. In my team sometimes I've turned down brilliant animators because they weren't able to work with others".
 Carloni arrived at DreamWorks Studios thanks to his work on the short film "The Shark and the Piano", which he co-directed with Gabriele Pennacchioli.
 He is currently working on four new projects, including directing a new film for DreamWorks titled "Me and My Shadow"

da Ansa.en 3 Marzo 2016

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