John Mattiuzzi was raised in the extraterrestrial region of Pine Bush, New York. At age 26, he co-directed, La Americana, an award-winning feature documentary. In 2012, John received his MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts where he took the opportunity to bridge his documentary style with fantasy in a semi-autobiographical, paranormal parable called THE COMPOSITOR, a 2013 Student Academy Award winner. He's currently working on his second feature film, a story about his hometown and the struggles of growing up as an alien in a town unwelcoming of his kind.
Whether it is a short film, a still image, or whatever media he can get his hands on, Joshua Planz, a digital artist based in Brooklyn, loves to create immersive stories. While by day Josh is a 3D freelancer and college professor, by night, he let’s his imagination go wild while he fabricates worlds of imagination. Josh has a passion for encountering creative challenges with eagerness at the opportunity to learn and grow as an artist and story teller. While always looking for the next adventure to embark on, he is always researching new and exciting ways to get his thoughts out to the viewer.
2015 SLAMDANCE FILM FEST, PARK CITY
2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FEST
2015 Sci-Fi London, NYC
2015 NYIT Animation & Film Festival
2015 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival.
2015 IndieWorks 2nd annual awards ceremony, NYC
2015 Shortlisted Viewster Film Festival, Online
2015 VisionFest, NYC (Tribeca Cinemas)
2015 Athens Animfest, Greece
2015 Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, OR
2015 Bijou Art Cinemas, Eugene, OR
2015 Ozark Shorts in L.A.
2015 ASIFA-EAST Animation Festival
2015 Fort Myers Film Festival
2015 Bloomfield College
2015 Los Angeles short film festival
2015 Critical Edge Film fest
2015 VIEWSTER ONLINE FILM FEST
2015 MAUVAIS GENRE Film Festival, NYC
2015 INDIE WORKS, NYC
2014 ACM SIGGRAPH, NYC
2014 DIGITAL MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
2014 SVA ALUMNI ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL, NYC
CO-DIRECTOR - Josh PLanz (joshplanz.com)
CO-DIRECTOR - John Mattiuzzi (Ma2z.com)
DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY - Eric Branco (ericbranco.com)
STORY CONSULTANT - Anney Bonney (anneybonney.com)
CHARACTER ANIMATION - Ashley Gerst (ashleygerst.com)
CHARACTER ANIMATION - Adam Momsen (vimeo reel)
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR - Maria Stern (@maria_stern)
EDITOR - John Mattiuzzi
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING - John Mattiuzzi
VFX BY - Josh Planz & John Mattiuzzi
2D/3D Printing - Jasper Lin
“Do The Cobra” Written and performed by Juanitos
“EAST” &“Flatland” Written and Performed by Jarryd Lowder
"Divided By Oceans" by Amotz Plessner.
Jillian Guarco, Jasper Lin, Eddie Mattiuzzi, Tatiana McCabe, Donald Poynter,
Rodan Tekle, Marvin Woodyatt, Abi Iverson, Laurel Planz & Wen Huang.
THe Making of
Our pre production was a little unorthodox. We set out with a goal to make a 15 second VFX test, something to just challenge us. But with early style frames fueling further story ideas, we ended up with a 4 minute journey into a world with our ‘lonely creature’ at its center. John’s first experience with creating a Previz proved a powerful tool as he could “edit backwards” in his words. Check it out below!
Early Sketches & character Design
May 20th, 2014
The actual production took a single day, shot on greenscreen in John's apartment in Brooklyn. With a handful of talented folk (seriously, check out the crew if you haven't done so already) our day of shooting was flawless and down right fun! Our equipment ranged from a beautiful RED Dragon, to cheap LED light strips taped to pieces of cardboard for some really unique atmospheric lighting effects.
3D Production & Post
And into the depths of sleepless nights we went. This is really where the world of Zerogon was created. The two of us went back and forth from compositing to 3D, until we had something that we could comfortably agree on. Everyday was a new visual treat as we blissfully played through the long nights. And after 5 weeks of 17 hour days, Josh and I turned the corner into the final week of post.
And the WAR STORY...
Due to immense stress and exhaustion, I wound up losing 75% of my hearing. Nope, this isn't a lie. And this clockwork of irony came with a dash of dark humor, since we were scheduled to finish the sound that final week. Though thankfully, Josh came up with a peculiar plan. He would become my ears, while I “blindly” stitched together the sound, and finished the mix! I hope it worked? And yes, my hearing restored shortly after.