DCP 190: Mila Film Writer and Director Cinzia Angelini and Producer Andrea Emmes



250 artists from 25 countries around the world come together to work on a moving CG animated film about a little girl caught in the horrors of world war II in the town of Trento, Italy. The film is called Mila.

Mila is the story of a girl and two women during Trento’s bombing in 1943. Writer and Director Cinzia Angelini says: "I wanted to tell a war story not centered on armies, soldiers, generals, battle plans. I wanted to talk about civilians, and especially the children. The girl who inspired me to create this movie was a child during WWII. That girl is my mother."

Cinzia Angelini - Writer and Director of Mila

Cinzia Angelini - Writer and Director of Mila

I wanted to tell a war story not centered on armies, soldiers, generals, battle plans. I wanted to talk about civilians, and especially the children. The girl who inspired me to create this movie was a child during WWII. That girl is my mother.
— Cinzia Angelini - Writer and Director of Mila

Cinzia Angelini has worked as an animator and story artist in feature productions for more than twenty years. Her resume includes work at Dreamworks, and later followed a path leading to collaborations with all of the major studios in Hollywood. Cinzia is now a story artist at Illumination Entertainment. Her work includes Prince of Egypt, Eldorado, Spirit, Sinbad, Spider-man 2, Open Season, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt, the How to train your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda DVD specials, as well the Universal Theme Park ride for Despicable Me, Minions Mayhem. Her most recent work includes Minions, and several other feature productions coming soon.

Andrea Emmes - Producer of Mila

Andrea Emmes - Producer of Mila

Also joining in the conversation is Mila producer Andrea Emmes. Andrea been in the entertainment industry for over twenty years as both a performer and in production. Starting in theater, she began her career as a singer/dancer at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood, Trinity Arts Center, as a choreographer for Little Kids Dance Party, casting/production assistant for Making the Band: O-Town and then finally made her way to Los Angeles, CA. After a couple of years working in the video game industry as a production coordinator for Bento Box and game designer for Disney Interactive, Andrea now spends her time as producer for Mila and working as an Audiobook Narrator.




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