Luca Dipierro

Luca Dipierro is an animator and illustrator born in Italy and living in the USA. His cut-out animations, filmed in stop motion with marionettes made out of paper and old book cloth, have been called “a perfect balance between creepy and charming” (The Huffington Post) and “sad and beautiful” (L Magazine). His work has been shown in theaters, galleries, and film festivals in the USA and Europe, and appears regularly on book and record covers. In 2014, Dipierro has started touring with the show Paper Circus, a screening of his animations with a live soundtrack that he performs together with the band Father Murphy. Dipierro is the author of the art zine Das Ding, published by The Walk; the illustrated novel in cards A Wooden Leg (The Walk, 2014); and numerous art booklets. He is currently working on his first animated feature, The Cadence, scheduled to appear at the end of 2016. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife, writer Leni Zumas, and their son.

Featured image credit: Karlovy Vary Film Festival Website

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The Cadence (work in progress)

The Cadence is Luca Dipierro’s first animated feature. It’s a work in progress, an ever-growing container for stories, tableaux vivants and visual gags centered on the first year of a child’s life. Starting on Halloween, ending on Halloween, The Cadence is a film about the passing of time; about repetition and suddenness. The characters spend their time waiting, repeating the same gestures over and over, and then all of a sudden something happens, quickly, like in a movable book when you pull the tab.

Still from The Cadence (work-in-progress)

Still from The Cadence (work-in-progress)


Visioni di Adelio Pozza (2014)

Visioni di Adelio Pozza from Luca Dipierro on Vimeo.


Tre storie innaturali (2013)

Tre storie innaturali from Luca Dipierro on Vimeo.


Jede Bewegung, sagte er, hätte einen Schwerpunkt (2012)

Jede Bewegung, sagte er, hätte einen Schwerpunkt from Luca Dipierro on Vimeo.


The Beautiful Soul (2012)

The Beautiful Soul from Luca Dipierro on Vimeo.