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  • Italian documentary filmmaker Roberto Lione in the nineties developed “Papermotion”, a new style of stop motion animation using paper puppets. Initially he used this tecnique for 10 short films and for the Taco & Paco children's TV series he coproduced with the state broadcaster RAITV.   In 2004 he used papermotion to make Italy's first stop motion feature, Kate – the Taming of the Shrew, a musical comedy version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.




Roberto Lione at his studio in Umbria







  • In  addition, this website is about ModArt, a painting style Roberto Lione developed during the making of his films in papermotion. Scroll down to ModArt Portraits to see a showcase of Lione's artworks and still life photography.





                                   STOP MOTION ANIMATION





Kate, the Taming of the Shrew.

Directed by Roberto Lione

Photography by Roberto Lione




  • "One of the more interesting films shown at this year's Cartoons on the Bay animation festival in Positano, Italy, was Roberto Lione's Kate  -  La Bisbetica Domata  (Kate  -  The Taming of the Shrew) which claims to be the first stop-motion feature made in Italy.  But what made it so appealing was the unusual form of stop motion it used, which utilized puppets and sets made out of brightly coloured construction paper  -  a sort of animated origami if you will  -  that Lione dubbed "Papermotion."


by Harvey Deneroff

Skwigly Magazine

20 July 2004




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  • My background as a director and writer of live action documentaries, and my involvement in a research project on distance learning in 1996 for the film studios in Terni, Umbria, led me to look at animation as a teaching tool for children. During this research project I developed a style of stop motion animation using paper puppets and sceneries. I registered the name “Papermotion” and created the characters first known in English as Obie & Bingie, later as Taco & Paco.


  • Taco & Paco which features Paco, a “pensive crocodile” and Taco, “a busybody toucan” takes full advantage of the bright tropical colors this tecnique allows. The show has a warm gentle nature, aswell as a sense of discovery and freshness.











  • In stop motion the animation consists in posing three dimensional characters one frame at the time in front of the film camera as twenty four photographs are taken in sequence. Each shot, slightly different from the previous one.Whe the entire sequence of twenty four shots is projected running at twenty four frames per second, it appears in motion. Yes, one second of finished motion picture after every twenty four frames.
  • This particular kind of stop motion used in Lione’s work has been called Paper Motion because everything in the picture is made of colored paper – sets, characters, props. The bodies of the characters sometimes are built wrapping colored paper around bronze armatures. The eye's expression is made possible by substituting different paper pupils printed on light small cardboard circles every three frames. The actual animation is entirely created by hand. A single animator requires eight hours of work every five seconds of finished film animation:






                                           THEATRICAL FILM



   





  • Although the tale nominally takes place in Renaissance Italy, the action is full of anachronisms, with  characters making free use of mobile phones and even skateboards.  Unlike Taco & Paco, the film is fast-paced  and the action is, at times, almost non-stop.



  • The film, Lione admits owes as much to Cole Porter's Kiss me Kate and American popular culture as to Shakespeare, is a brash, fast-paced musical comedy  which revels in its theatrical nature.  Lione's affinity for things American is really not so strange seeing as he spent 30 years in the US,  mostly in East Coast cities such as New York and Miami, where his children and grandchildren live.


By Harvey Deneroff




 

         






watch the preview...





Awards – Chicago International Children's Film Festival

Children's Jury Prizes – Animated Feature Film or Video, 1st Prize

Kid review Kate from CICFF org website. Txt


Reviewed by Dash S


  • The Taming of the Shrew is one of the greatest stories Shakespeare ever told. It was originally told in Early Modern English and performed on stage. Just like the play, this film accounts the story of a young playboy, Petruchio, who is looking for love. Kate, the Taming of the Shrew is a paper-animated feature. The characters looked like little paper statues that could move on their own. The animation was so fluid that I forgot I was watching a cartoon.



  • Gone is the iambic pentameter and Early Modern English of the Shakespeare Classic. Do not fret though; pieces of the Renaissance version are alive in the characters' garb and the ending monologue. There is a mixture of old and new elements that create such oddities as people carrying swords on motorcycles and other characters wearing plumed hats while speaking Italian slang. To make it even more interesting the characters are animals – the men are foxes and lizards, while all the women are ducks.











  • Overall, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew uses a healthy combination of swashbuckling, romance, and classic storytelling to achieve a balance that anyone will like. Just like any good kid's movie, there are cute characters and slapstick comedy for the young ones and intriguing plot lines and inside jokes for the more mature audiences. Be aware that because of subtitles people under 6 may not enjoy this film to its full extent, otherwise it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys . . . er, shrews.



Festivals (Music by Giovanni Bacalov)



Kate slideshow




                            







King of Kings

Print on canvas

Size:  100 cm x 80 cm









A Chorus Line 1  

Print on canvas

Size: 100 cm x 80 cm











Red Passion

Print on canvas

Size: 100 cm x 80 cm






Morning Light  

Print on canvas

Size: 80 cm x 100 cm






Mountain Beauties

Print on canvas

Size: 80 cm x 100 cm








Season's Greetings

Print on canvas

Size: 92 cm x 140 cm







Season's Greetings

Print on canvas

Size: 140 cm x 92








Chorus Line 2

Print on canvas

Size: cm 80 x 100








Three Suns in the Sky

Print on canvas

Size: 100 cm x 80 cm







Red Passion 2

Print on canvas

Size: 80 cm x 100 cm







Picnic in the Fields

Print on canvas

Size: 70 cm x 50 cm






MOD ART





       



       


Photography by Roberto Lione © 2010 ArtModart Inc.




  • Welcome to my Gallery of PhotoArt, a collection of floral life.These photographs were taken in the natural light of the Umbrian countryside in Italy. They reveal my roots as a filmaker and cinematographer. The collection is intended to be a source of Art Design for interior decorators and for people who want to put a bright touch in their homes.




  • Each photo art is printed in heavy canvas as a digital reproduction. Each work is numbered as a limited edition of up to 100 and is individually signed by me.


Sizes:

20”x30” (75cm x 50cm)

60”x40” (150cm x 100cm)

A red dot beside the title will indicate the larger size.
















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                                             MODART PORTRAITS





Roberto Lione in his studio in Collesecco,

Umbria Summer 2010



no. 3002 Morning Light

cm 60x80






no . 3541 Arianna

cm 100x70




no 2567 "Roman Girl"

cm 60x80



no. 2108  “The Three Graces”

cm 80x60






no. 2383 “Young Beauty in the Pinewood”

cm 100x70




no.2356  “Al Hickman Lione”

cm 70x100




no.  1478 View from the Terrace

cm 60x40




no.  0970 “In Plain Elegance”

cm 60x80



   

no.  3901 Looking Back

cm 100x70



no.  0791

cm  60x80



no. 1380  “Hallo Gran dad”

cm  80x60



 


 no.  2200 Following the Sun

 cm  60x80




no.  1232 “Bouquet of Daisies”

cm  50x70








no.  1036 Sunflower with Bee cm  100x80












                                        MODART PAINTINGS & PHOTOART





n.2303

View from the studio ...



no.  4048 View at Dawn




no 1462 “Roberta Camille”

cm 100x70





no.  1903 Magnifica

cm  70x100





no.  2211 “Femme Fatale”

cm 80x60




no.  2152 Chiaroscuro

cm 70x100








no.  1322 Portrait

cm 80x60



no.  2375 “Plano, Texas”

cm 50x70




no.  1492 Portrait

cm 60x80



no. 1732  “Young Beauty from Padua”

cm 80x60







no.  1122 Ginestre

cm 100x70






no. 1721 “Umbria’s country side”

cm 70x50




no.  3726 Donna Lisa

cm 100x70



no.  1047 Zucchini Flower

cm 60x40



no.  0468 Pasta with Gusto

cm 50x50



“Classical Beauty”~“Classical Beauty”~








                                MODART CALENDARS






Photography by Roberto Lione © 2010 ArtModart Inc.




2011 Calendar for Gourmands


  • This calendar is the second of a series of six,  representing a selection of pasta dishes prepared by three young chefs in Umbria as the ultimate expression of the art of cooking pasta.


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12 months

10.0”x10.0”  (25 cm x 25 cm)

20.0”x10.0”  (50 cm x 25 cm

RC81

ArtModArt, Inc.

$16.99                            Printed in Italy








Photography by Roberto Lione © 2010 ArtModart Inc.




Wild flowers of Umbria 2011 Calendar


  • This calendar is one of four showing some of the wild flowers of Umbria.  I took these photographs outside my studio near the medieval hamlet of Collesecco.  There are bushes of broom and lavender growing along the edge of the many dirt roads cutting through the fields and meadows.  Their delicate scent fills the air around them.  The fields are  a colorful palette of blue chicory flowers, white chamomile, pink and white bell flowers and more.


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CF1

ArtModArt, Inc.

$16.99                             Printed in Italy









Photography by Roberto Lione © 2010 ArtModart Inc.




Taco & Paco 2010 Calendar


  • This is a nice Taco & Paco calendar...


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10.0”x10.0”  (25 cm x 25 cm)

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CF1

ArtModArt, Inc.

$16.99                             Printed in Italy



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