La Buca” was one of the first projects I worked on when I was hired by Reset VFX after my internship with them. Being a high profile feature film and basically my first “real work” in the VFX field I have to admit I was bit tense, since I knew if I messed up, my mistake would have been shown at theatres throughout Italy for quite a while.

I put quite a lot of effort in the parts I worked on, particularly on the opening scene, a dynamic simulation of a street falling into nothing created mostly with Autodesk Maya, the PullDownIt plugin and finally adding some smoke and dust with FumeFX, before delivering the scene to the Compositing team. Working for the first time side by side with a director like Daniele Ciprì was amazing, and the teamwork behind the whole project made me fall in love with this work all over, though I have to admit, if I had to do this scene again, I would take it from a completely different angle!


I can say it is a real pleasure to see our hard work (of the all team at Reset VFX) pay off in such an amazing way with the nomination for the David di Donatello 2015 as Best Visual Effects, it goes to show a great team, with excellent skills can really go a long way.

Reset VFX created a nice breakdown of the VFX used in making the movie, so if you are interested, here it is!


La buca (2014)
La buca poster Rating: 5.9/10 (71 votes)
Director: Daniele Ciprì
Writer: Daniele Ciprì, Massimo Gaudioso, Alessandra Acciai, Miriam Rizzo
Stars: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Sergio Castellitto, Teco Celio, Ivan Franek
Runtime: 90 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 25 Sep 2014
Plot: N/A
La Buca
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