The Italian Dubbers Project — Behind the Scenes

January 18, 2014 7:10 am

A few years ago I was approached by my friend Patrick Waterhouse who had an idea to photograph the people who dub Hollywood films into Italian. Italian dubbing is an interesting, complex and very controversial topic here in Italy — but more on that later. I’ve been in Rome for almost 2 weeks and only finished 2 of the 14 shoots. But we’re almost completely finished with pre production and now have 5 shoots a week until I leave in early February. Below I’ve included some behind the scenes pictures taken over the last 10 days.

Special thanks to my assistant and partner in crime Martina Maffini, and also the incredible Flavia Figà Talamanca for all her help with styling and pre production. And you too Chiara Barzini & Ernesto Tedeschi!

First day of shooting loading the taxi with equipment and props.

Ernesto adjusting a light on the Tevere river.

Quick crew shot taken by Ernesto.

Angelo Maggi is the Italian dubber for Clancy Wiggum on the Simpsons, Robert Downey Jr., and Tom Hanks to name a few.

Narrowest elevator ever?

I think this restaurant was unintentionally inspired by David Lynch.

The car we're using for Pulp Fiction. It's Fiat 500 from 1972.

Equipment rental Roman style. This city works a lot more with film, so finding affordable photography equipment has been a challenge.

Martina and Flavia picking out a dress for Melancholia.

Fitting with Domitilla D'Amico, the Italian dubber for Kirsten Dunst and Mila Kunis.

Searching the map of Appia Antica for Brokeback Mountain.

Paula posing during a location scout for Silence of the Lambs

After a shoot near Rome's smaller airport Ciampino.

Casting Pecore!

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