Trained in graphic design but obsessed with moving image, this director is worth watching.
Fernando Lazzari grew up in Buenos Aires watching tons of films from around the world. He didn’t set out to become a filmmaker but later on had the opportunity to use live action in some of the pieces he was creating, so jumped on it out of curiosity.
While studying graphic design, he started doing 3D animation and motion graphics, first working on TV idents and commercials. With a formal education in graphic design, he started with a strong foundation. He never took courses on animation or CGI, but learned by sitting down, watching tutorials and working hard on his craft.
He spent some time working at MTV Networks shooting a lot of live action in an environment that favoured experimentation, before he took several courses at film school as well.
Finishing the short piece Montserrat was quite big for Fernando’s career. It took him a while to fully develop a concept that married the live action, the type and the poetry, and articulate them on a two minute piece. But it was worth it. It ended up generating a lot of interest and was exhibited in many galleries and festivals. It was also the first project he did mixing 3D with live action, and since then he’s been exploring that path until recently finishing his music video for Reid Willis, The Slow Knife.
He plans to keep developing his style with a good balance between commercial and artistic projects. The constant advances in film, animation and VFX technology generate great tools to keep exploring new forms of narrative, whether for commercials, music videos, films or other exciting new formats. He’s interested in all of them.
Watch some of his work here: