Private: Screenwriting in Rome
/ Faculty

May 26 - June 6
3 undergraduate studio credit
Course number: IPD-3603-A

Faculty: Armando Fumagalli, Mara Perbellini

Armando Fumagalli is professor of Semiotics and History of Cinema, and Director of the Master Program in Screenwriting and Production for Tv and Cinema at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.  He is also, since 1999,  a script consultant for the production company Lux vide. In this job he has been a consultant for many international tv miniseries such as John Paul II (with Cbs, starring Jon Voight) or the European 4 episodes miniseries War and Peace and the feature film Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, one of the most successful Italian films of 2013. He is also teacher and member of the board of the Master Program in Screenwriting of the Universidad de los Andes in Chile and of a post-graduate program in audiovisual management and marketing of the LUISS University in Rome.

He has published and edited many books. Among them, Quel che resta dei media (with Gianfranco Bettetini, published also in Spain and Argentina). I vestiti nuovi del narratore is about the adaptation from literature to cinema, and Scegliere un film is an annual collection of cinema reviews that appears every year since 2004, co-edited with Luisa Cotta Ramosino. His most recent book is Creatività al potere. Da Hollywood alla Pixar passando per l’Italia, Lindau, Torino 2013. He has been lecturing in Universities and screenwriting schools in Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Mexico, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, Pamplona, Seville, etc.

Mara Perbellini is a scriptwriter and story analyst for major film and TV production Companies.  After her B.A. in Italian Literature and her Master’s Degree in Screenwriting at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, she began to write screenplays and work as a story analyst for Rai Fiction and Eagle Pictures. She also worked as assistant director on the TV-movie “Una famiglia per caso” for RAI 1.

She has had over twelve feature film stories and screenplays purchased or optioned, including the treatment of “Bugie e miracoli”, written with Francesco Arlanch for Academy Award Winner Producer Marina Cicogna. In addition to her screenplays, Mara has had a number of scripts produced for animated series, such as “The Lord of Shadows” and “Uffa che Pazienza!” (Rai 2, season 1 and 2, which earned the Pulcinella Award at Cartoons on the Bay 2008 as best TV series for children).

She also attended the Film School at the New York Film Academy, both in NYC and in L.A. (at Universal Studios) and the London Academy of Radio, Film & TV: while there, she directed, wrote and edited 4 short films.

In 2006 Mara joined the Faculty of IES Abroad Milan, where she teaches History of Italian Cinema and filmmaking. In 2012 she joined the Faculty of Università Cattolica where she teaches creative storytelling with Prof. Provenzi and a course on Fellini and contemporary Italian cinema.

In 2009 she got an Award for best screenplay at the Fiuggi International Family Film Festival with the film “Il sirenetto”, written with her partners of Studio Metaphora. After that she wrote several prime-time mini-series and series, such as “Distretto di polizia 8” (Canale 5), “Ci vediamo a Portofino” (Rai 1), “La vita che corre” (Rai 1), “Eleonora Duse” (Publispei) and “Ombre sulla neve” (Casanova Multimedia).

In 2012 she wrote 5 plays with Andrea Valagussa for “Decalogo parte prima” that premiered  at the Spoleto “Festival dei due mondi”. She’s currently writing other 5 plays for “Decalogo parte seconda” as well as some cinematic projects.