Una Giornata a Taormina

A day in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Last week, I said I’d be showing you more of our work that doesn’t have any words. Turns out, we have a lot of that, and so this email series will be a few emails longer.

This week, I want to show you an aerial piece we shot in Taormina, Sicily. It has already been shared more than 500 times on Facebook.

  • Director: Mauro Giuffrida | 2 minutes

Aerials and timelapses from one of the most beautiful cities on earth, where our post-production supervisor and creative director Mauro Giuffrida comes from.

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Introducing Mauro Giuffrida

Mauro Giuffrida

chef/creative director
  • Hitting deadlines
  • Being a dad
  • Shooting more
  • Fixing it in post
  • Italian cooking

The Taormina piece was shot by Mauro Giuffrida. He's been with us for a few years now. It’s time he was formally introduced. He originally hails from Taormina, and moved to Delaware to be with his lovely wife Alex who teaches at Wilmington Friends School. They have a little daughter named Claudia (which we all like to pronounce in the Italian manner: CLOW-dee-uh). Claudia made her critically-acclaimed acting debut in this piece we did for AAA:

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Previously, Mauro worked as an editor in the Comcast Building in Philly. He’s been a filmmaker his whole life.

Taormina, by the way, is absolutely beautiful, like, no exaggeration, it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Mauro goes back for an extended break each summer. We all wish we could go with him (I got to go once).

In addition to being our post-production supervisor, Mauro is an incredibly talented shooter and director. He's obsessed with quality image and color (as evidenced by how much better our color has gotten since he joined the team), and he's always the person to say: “Guys, if we just had this one more shot, it would be perfect.”

Us: “Mauro, we don't have time to—”

Mauro: “No, but like, really easy, just this one more shot.”

Us: "Mauro—“

Mauro: “I’ll just go get it myself.” *grabs camera, walks out the door*

You'll be hearing more from Mauro soon, when we show you a piece he directed that was shot on 16mm film. Yes, film.

Stay tuned,


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