Fabio Resinaro (1980) and Fabio Guaglione (1981) met in 1995 at a liceo scientifico[science magnet high school] in San Donato Milanese, Milan, Italy. Both were passionate fans of comic books, writing, movies, music and anything related to communication, and they worked on many projects together. They also met the person who would later compose music for all of their works, Andrea Bonini (1981), in the classroom.
Without taking courses or going to film school, they began to “infiltrate” the film industry, preferring practice to theory. While collaborating with many companies in different sectors (story development and treatment for Harold, supervising the dubbing of animated series like “Slam Dunk” at D.e.a. for Yamato Video, fanzine creation for Edizioni Lo Vecchio and Panini, coordinated image management for several local companies, Direct English’s first commercial screened in film theaters), they created their first small project in 2001: “TI CHIAMO IO”, a short film shot with a simple miniDV camera, that would eventually win MediaFilm’s Film Race Contest and be distributed nationally on DVD by Medusa Home Entertainment, becoming a true cult classic among genre enthusiasts.
Ti chiamo io marked the beginning of their filmmaking career. At first, they managed every aspect of each project, from conception to the final audio mix. Ti chiamo io featured special effects sequences created on practically no budget. The spirit of the short film, created and produced at the dawn of the homemade digital era (the two were among the first in Italy to buy and use a Firewire digital acquisition system), is imbued with the pioneering qualities of the duo’s work. The short film caught the attention of industry insiders and provided “proof” of the quality of projects proposed by Fabio & Fabio to potential collaborators.
While shooting a few commercials, company and independent videos, they began working as art directors, vfx supervisors and screenwriters, and in 2004 assembled a team that started working on their next ambitious project: a science fiction short shot on 35 mm called “E:D:E:N”. Due to the atypical nature of this kind of initiative in Italy, where difficulties are often encountered in terms of organization, bureaucracy and technical aspects, it took more time than anticipated to produce the short: nearly two years from conception to final completion.
E:d:e:n created a lot of industry buzz and the name “Fabio & Fabio” became known among people interested in the new blood of Italian film, due in part to the awards the project received at several festivals (Nastri D’Argento 2004, Arcipelago Film Festival 2004, Sky Tv Award 2004, Future Film Festival 2005, etc.) particularly outside of Italy (Seattle Science Fiction Film Festival 2008, Emirates Film Festival 2008, Boston Science Fiction Festival 2008, Nèmo Festival 2005, Dragon Con 2004, Manchester Festival of Fantastic 2004, etc.). E:d:e:n was entered into many international festivals, winning several prizes and accumulating prestigious awards. The small “Science Fiction made in Italy” phenomenon attracted the attention of major companies, such as Sky TV Italia, interested in creating partnerships with the two young talents for future projects.
The result of this first joint venture was “THE SILVER ROPE”, an ambitious dramatic / science fiction medium length film. The film (planned as a potential trailer for a bigger project), created in collaboration with the private investors of Metaxa Productions, required a lot of production effort, many actors, several locations, three months of pre-production and five months of post-production for a considerable amount of special effects, making the 30-minute piece a full-scale international event in the world of short-film.
Starting in 2006, Fabio & Fabio took The Silver Rope from one international festival to another (Pifan International Film Festival 2007, Utopiales 2007, Court Metrange 2007, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2007, Venice Circuito Off 2007, Science Plus Fiction 2006, etc.), while creating commercials for De Agostini and new videos for Sony Music and Emi Publishing(Jetlag featuring Raf & Max Gazzè, Zeropositivo, etc.).
Meanwhile, the duo continued collaborating with MediaFilm. Guaglione and Resinaro produced extra content for DVDs in the Medusa catalogue; mockumentaries on bioterrorism, haunted houses and the current financial collapse. Fabio & Fabio also worked on other documentaries: the duo created “E:d:e:n – the making of”, a documentary on the production of the Italian science fiction short, and co-produced, with Davide Ghizzoni, “Creating The Silver Rope”, which was created in conjunction with a college thesis project focused on Fabio & Fabio’s medium length film.
While developing their first projects for film and TV, the two young directors were contacted by the Piedmont Order of Architects for an initiative related to a huge event taking place in 2008, when Turin was nominated the Worldwide Capital of Design. Thus they were hired to create a medium length film that would become one of the pivotal events of the Off Congress organized by the UIA (Unione Internazionale Architetti, International Union of Architects).
BB Productions, FastForward and Filmmaster Clip joined forces to produce the new, mini-blockbuster “AFTERVILLE”, with the support of the Turin Film Commission.
Many big names participated in the project, including Livio Magnini from Italian cult rockband Bluvertigo on the soundtrack (as always, with his partner Andrea Bonini), Subsonica – another hit band – for the title track and the famous Cyberpunk writer Bruce Sterling (who also had a cameo in the film).
The initiative was presented to the press through a screening of a long teaser and the documentary “Afterville: Tomorrow comes today”, yet another collaboration with Ghizzoni, who narrated the production phases of the ambitious medium length film. Afterville developed into an anomaly: a highly anticipated medium length film with a release date, just like a feature length film.
1500 people came out for the premiere at the Cinema Massimo theater in Turin, an all-time record in the field of short length fiction. The next screenings in Milan and Naples were also sold out, and the encore screening at the Turin OGR sold 2500 tickets.
Due in part to the constant promotions conducted by their collaborator Angelo D’Agostino, the short won prestigious prizes: Best Science Fiction Short at the Rhode Island Film Festival 2008, Best European Short at the Sitges – Festival de Cinema de Catalunya 2008, Nominee at the Meliès D’Or 2009, Nominee for best photography at the European Oscars at the Independent Cinema Grand Off 2008, Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2009, Best Short Film at Icon 2008, etc. and was entered into many prestigious international festivals: special event at the Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival 2009, Seattle International Film Festival 2009, Florida Film Festival 2009, Utopiales 2008, Pifan-Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2008, Warsaw ON/OFF 2008, Venice Off2008, Lund Fantastik Film Festival 2008, Leuven Short Film Festival 2008, and many others.
Meanwhile, the creative duo produced new music videos: “L’Ultima Risposta” for Subsonica (Emi), “Il Giorno Migliore” for Le Mani (Universal).
In autumn 2008, Fabio & Fabio focused on directing promo videos and TV idents: together with the FastForward design studio they created the fall campaign for Italian TV network La7 and a complete re-branding for the Swiss national television network RSI, writing and directing twenty 10-second promotional commercials.
Fabio & Fabio’s short films began to be officially released on different platforms: in Italy Afterville was programmed on the Steel – Sci fi Channel (Mediaset Premium) for DTTV, while E:d:e:n and The Silver Rope, after two years of satellite on Sky, were put into rotation and aired on MTV and streamed over the web on Qoob.tv.
However, they reached a crucial turning point at the Sitges Festival, where they won the “Best European Short Movie Award”. A member of the jury, an American producer for Fox Atomic, a former division of 20th Century Fox, contacted them immediately.
In late 2008, Afterville became the number one short on the International Watch List 2008, a list created by the most important executives and producers in the American industry to highlight the year’s most important films, shorts and directors from outside of America.
A unique event took place at the Nantes Utopiales Festival 2008: although the directors had not yet produced a feature length project, they were included in a film retrospective. A huge audience of French viewers attended the back-to-back screenings of E:d:e:n, The Silver Rope and, for the first time in France, Afterville. The success of The Silver Rope two years earlier impelled the festival producers to put a band on stage to play original compositions live during the screening, creating a very unique multimedia event that received much acclaim.
From January 2009 onwards, Fabio & Fabio have been represented in the USA by CAA, the largest talent agency in Hollywood. The Safran Company manages the team in the USA; one of their project is immediately acquired and put in development by 20th Century Fox.
In early 2009 they shot “Aprila” , a music video for Italian hit singer Biagio Antonacci, a song from the soundtrack of the Italian blockbuster “Ex”, directed by Fausto Brizzi. They collaborated with the famous singer again to create the music video for “Tra te e il Mare”.
They continued working on creating TV formats, including the cult hit “I MIEI GENITORI SPIEGANO LOST” (“My parents explain Lost”), for the multi-platform network Bonsai-Tv.
While developing several projects with major American Studios, they directed commercials for brands such as BioNike and Danone, a music video for the international group TheFilmakers, “Taken”, corporate for Gucci, a new promotional campaign for RSI consisting of 8 idents as well as post-production and special effects for several productions, including the music video “Voglio molto di più” for Negramaro and “In una selva oscura” for Tricarico.
In late 2009 they created their own company, MERCURIO DOMINA, whose first official production was the short “MYSHOES”, with Fabio & Fabio as creative producers. The young Elisa Resinaro wrote the script and directed the short movie, with the full support of Guaglione and Resinaro, who directed the music video for the homonymous track by TheFilmakers. Elisa Resinaro’s first work, promoted by Metaxa Productions, was immediately selected at several prestigious genre festivals including Fantasia 2011 (Montreal, Canada), Rhode Island Film Festival 2011 (Rhode Island, USA), Grossman 7th Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2011 (Ljutomer, Slovenia), Imaginaria Film Festival 2011 (Conversano, Italy), Espoo Cine International Film Festival 2011 (Espoo, Finland), Film Forum Zadar Festival (Uglijan, Croatia), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, UK), Fancine – Fantastic Film Festival of Malaga 2011 (Malaga, Spain), Deboshir Pure Dreams Film Festival 2011 (Saint Petersburg Russia), Milan International Film Festival 2012 (Milan, Italy), Cinema City International Film Festival (Serbia) and won its first official award at the I’ve Seen Film Festival 2011 (Milan, Italy), headed by Rutger Hauer, where it was awarded the “Best creativity Award” by a jury that included Robert Rodriguez, Ridley Scott and Paul Verehoven, among others. MyShoes is currently available on Mubi.com and Indieflix.com.
While waiting for their first major studio movie, they worked on pitches and spec scripts and designed a graphic novel that may lead to a film adaptation, “DREAMWALKER” and “HEAVEN ON EARTH”, and created a complete miniseries seeking a future publisher, “THE NEW WORLD”.
In 2010 and 2011 Mercurio Domina produced the feature film “TRUE LOVE”, an Italy/USA co-production shot in Milan and Los Angeles. The project, a psychological thriller with streaks of science fiction, was a joint venture between Fabio & Fabio, Wildside (whose founders include Fausto Brizzi, Marco Martani, Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani) and The Safran Company (who produced “Buried” with Ryan Reynolds). Guaglione and Resinaro wrote the screenplay and worked as the creative producers and producers. Mercurio Domina worked on all of the post-production and visual effects. Based on its script alone, the still incomplete project was included in the TF1 International library, which manages international sales starting at the American Film Market 2011. At the 2011 Cannes Festival market, Rai Cinema announced “TRUE LOVE” was the first on a slate of titles directed by emerging directors and pre-purchased the project for television. The slate is destined to be released in streaming online platforms at first, and then digital downoloading and home video editions for Italy.
In 2011, they directed and created the visual effects for the SkyGo promotional campaign for SKY Broadcasting. The collaboration with Sky goes on and in the first months of the 2012 they direct and realize the postproduction for the promo SKY SPORT I-RACE, which included prestigious sport testimonials like football player Alessandro Del Piero, and Olympic champions Yuri Chechi and Fiona May. In the first quarter of 2012 Mercurio Domina also realizes the Visual Effects of the new TELECOM campaign.“la sorprendente storia d’Italia” and then for the following commercials of DUREX, PIRELLI, ALLIANZ.
In the meantime True Love, after the screenings to buyers at the American Film Market in Los Angeles and at the European Film Market in Berlin, approaches its world premiere in London, at the prestigious NFT1 theatre of the British Film Institute, during the Sci Fi London festival and it is then selected for the Shangai International Film Festival 2012, Los Angeles Scream Fest 2012, FantaFestival 2012, Razor Reel Film Festival 2012, Grossman Film Festival 2012, Sopot Film Festival 2012, Abertoir – National Horror Film Festival of Wales.
The movie gets a lot of interest from international buyers and it sells to more than 70 countries, which is an extraordinary result for a microbudget movie. The first official releases have been so far: Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland, Thailand and Japan, where the movie has been released theatrically.
After the experience with True Love, the protagonists are gaining more and more reputation: John Brotherton co-starred in The Conjuring, Dexter and Fast and Furious 7; Ellen Hollman starred in the tv show Spartacus.
In 2013 they are hired from Italian tv company Mediaset to create and write a web series that it’s still top secret, and Mercurio Domina starts to work on a mini-slate of 3 microbudget movies on the line of True Love: “GLITCH”, “MAKE ME ETERNAL” and “RIDE”, on which Fabio&Fabio will work as writers and creative producers. The three projects are currently going through the deveIopment / fund raising process.
But the big new arrives at the beginning of 2014. Variety annunces a new project, “MINE”: a movie written and directed by Fabio&Fabio, produced by Peter Safran (right after the 500 million dollars smash hit “The conjuring) and his Safran Company, co-produced by Joan Mao. The protagonst attached is Armie Hammer (“The Lone Ranger”, “The Social Network”, “J.Edgar”, “The man from U.N.C.L.E.”), also executive producer on the film. The international sales agency is K5, which will present the film at the Market of Cannes Film Festival 2014.
The duo is continuously working on many projects for film and TV at international level, aiming at the building a multimedia content factory.
Updated January 2013