Cutting, grinding and mowing for Leroy Merlin.

I recently had the chance to direct a short viral video for Leroy Merlin, a french owned home improvement store chain. It has been an almost entirely new experience, that I was happy to share with good friends. Many thanks to the fundamental editing work of Edoardo Vojvoda and the precious assistant help of Maurizio Polese and Teo Zanin. These friends I also would like to particularly mention for following me whenever possible and being the best  comrades I could ask for.

It has been an interesting production, as we sort of worked backwards, re-staging Vivaldi’s Spring.

We had the chance to collaborate with Eccetera, an amazing sound-design studio based in Milan. They created a soundtrack we had to match with our visuals and brought a portable audio studio on set, so we were able to launch the sound effects live and made them immediately match with the actions – some of the other sound effects were added in post.

I would like to thank for the enormous amount of care they put into this project and for believing in my work: Anna Ambrosi (my light in the darkness) at LUZ. Also, of course, the team at MC Saatchi, Michela (big sister) Alessio, Francesco, Giulia and Antonia for their hard work.  I apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out.

Below a snapshot taken on set by Maurizio’s iPhone.


Director / Mattia Balsamini

Editor / Edoardo Vojvoda

Photography / Mattia Balsamini + Edoardo Vojvoda

Assistant & gaffer / Maurizio Polese + Teo Zanin

The Condition.

I repost a blog entry by good friend Edoardo Vojvoda. What happened? A short movie project I helped out as gaffer on has just been released and is now going through festivals. The poster is a shot I did of a custom designed bottle by Federico Manias while the soundtrack is completely original, produced, written and arranged by Edoardo Pedrotti & Stefano Salmaso and recorded by so many amazing friends of our city at Altracoustic Studios in Pordenone.

This is Edo’s original post:

“Two years ago, when I was living in California, Greg, René and I decided to shoot a short movie before the end of the University year. Reel Loud, a Silent Film Festival in Santa Barbara, was coming on, so we planned to shot a silent movie in 16mm to show at the festival.

Two years later, I find myself in Pordenone, with a short movie shot with the Canon 5D, dubbed in Italian, subtitled in English, with an amazing Original Score and Poster. How did we end up here? I don’t really know but I like it.

Half of my friends collaborated in this movie. I love you guys all.

So…where is the short movie? It’s going through Festivals, so it’s not public yet. No worries, it’ll be out soon. In the meantime. here’s our wonderful soundtrack.”