Anglia Ruskin University expert wins innovation award for new film, ‘Italia Terremotata’
Dr Fabrizio Galeazzi, of ARU’s StoryLab research institute, and his colleague Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, of the University of Essex, received the 2021 Practice Research Innovation Award, presented by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).
Their film, Italia Terremotata, was released on November 23, 2020, 40 years to the day that a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Italian town of Senerchia.
Using a 3D laser scanner and 360-degree panoramas, the researchers were able to create a digital replica of Senerchia’s old town, with accurate interpretations of the surfaces and colours.
In the documentary, they combined this footage with interviews with those affected, songs, poems, and archive material - including photos and newspaper reports.
An online workshop, organised in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the earthquake, has been instrumental in laying the foundations of what is hoped will be a long-lasting relationship with Senerchia.
The town is in the process of creating a Museum of Resilience and the film and the immersive virtual reality application created for Italia Terremotata will become an integral part of the museum.
Dr Galeazzi said: “Our film has already been well received by the public, including some of those who were personally affected by the earthquake in 1980, but it is such an honour to receive this award from fellow filmmakers and academics at the BAFTSS.”
The documentary was funded by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Eastern Arc.