Massimo Fenati

Massimo Fenati

Illustrator, cartoonist, animatorLondon, United Kingdom
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Massimo Fenati

Massimo Fenati

Illustrator, cartoonist, animatorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Give me pencil and paper, or a digital pen and a Wacom tablet, and I’m a happy man. So whatever job involves drawing, I will throw myself into it with a lot of passion. I was born and raised in Italy. After an MA in Architecture, I moved to London where I worked for years on 3D stuff, like furniture and products. But my childhood love for comic books led me to a new career as illustrator when I started my first series of Gus & Waldo books. The natural step after that was animation. So here is a few things I do nowadays: - comic books and cartoons - creation of graphic art for books, editorials, advertising, album covers etc - production of animation and graphic packages for TV and web, from title sequences to adverts and short films
  • Quentin Blake's CLOWN
    Quentin Blake's CLOWNA 22-minute animation based on the book by the great Quentin Blake and narrated by the wonderful Helena Bonham Carter. This was broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas day 2020 to 2.1million viewers. As the executive producer I was in charge of the whole production, which involved animators from across the globe, all working remotely due to the Covid pandemic. This made the production more complicated but ultimately allowed us to find talented animators without geographical constraints.
    DISPATCHES: THE COST OF CHEAP ALCOHOLDispatches: The Cost Of Cheap Alcohol Infographics for a Channel 4 Dispatches programme on cheap booze culture. The colour palette was based on beer yellow/orange hues in different shades and with touches of browns and blacks. This specific clip refers to a statistic model elaborated by the University of Sheffield about the possible effects of a law on Minimum Unit Pricing, which was proposed but then rejected by Parliament.
  • Sushi take-away box
    Sushi take-away boxI've been asked by the sushi restaurant chain Hagakure in Bari (Italy) to design a limited-edition box of rhteir take -away service. The mine theme was an obvious, but fun choice for one of my "foodles".
  • I've beaten Covid19
    I've beaten Covid19A self-initiated project: a badge to declare victory in my battle against the horrid coronavirus. It's my way of saying that we can win this war and to convey a positive message of hope. I decided to give free permission to use and/or share this image to anybody in order to spread the message as much as possible.
  • Digital Fiction Festival
    Digital Fiction FestivalThis new Italian festival showcasing a curated selection of the best TV drama (the word 'fiction' is used in Italy for serial drama) from around the world, asked me to create their branding: design their logo and image, including posters and programmes, and produce a whole animated trailer. As the specific angle of the festival is for TV drama viewed digitally (streaming or downloading), I turned the letters DFF into the symbols for PLAY and FAST-FORWARD, to signify the viewer's control over the
  • Foodles
    FoodlesMy ongoing Instagram project: a series of humourous cartoons that mix photos of food and freehand illustrations. The name is a word play: food + doodles = foodles This self-initiated project has led me to do collaborations with international food brands such as Kellogg's, Walls and Bauli, producing sponsored posts on my IG feed.
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Work history
    Executive Producer - AnimationEagle Eye Drama
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Animation Executive Producer for current productions and projects in development
    DirectorMassimo Fenati
    London, United KingdomFull Time
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  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Motion Graphics
  • Product Design
  • Concept Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Comics
  • Cartoons
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Food Design
  • Food Knowledge
  • Graphic Novels
  • Food Illustration
    Architectureuniversità degli studi di Genova
     - Italy
    Audience AwardIRIS Animation Festival
    Winner at IRIS Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro with the animated short "The Gus & Waldo Show".
    Audience AwardQueersicht Film Festival
    winner of Audience award at Queerischt Film festival, Bern, with the animated short "The Gus & Waldo Show".
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