Carlo Cestra

Carlo Cestra was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. He joined the computer graphic world in the early '90s creating digital contents for some local TVs, meanwhile he was studying Physics at "La Sapienza" University. His hometown fueled his passion for ancient history and he was probably one of the first digital artists to apply computer graphics to archeology. In 1998, after a contest, he was employed in the Computer Graphic and Special Effects Department of the italian television "RAI" as 3D generalist and compositor for scientific broadcast, including "SuperQuark Speciale" and "Passaggio a Nord-Ovest", two of the most important TV programs of science popularization in Italy. During these years Carlo has gained a vast experience creating computer graphic reconstructions and animations for archeological and scientific topics.

In 2005 Carlo started his own business as a freelance. He has been involved in many important projects, including works for archeological museums and broadcast. In 2007 he created digital reconstructions for an historical documentary about the Italian WWII battleship "Roma" produced by Cinecittà Luce and broadcast on the History Channel. In 2007 he also was employed by Raibow-CGI as Senior Compositor first and as Compositing Department Chief after for the development of the animated movie "WINX Club - the secret of lost kingdom".

In 2009 Carlo received the award "Publio Virgilio Marone" for his collaboration to the development and to the prestige of the archeological museum "Lavinium" about the myth of Aeneas.

In 2010 Carlo founded his own company, Carlo Cestra Digital Productions, in Rome, to continue creating digital contents and to provide post production services. During their first year of activity they started an important collaboration with the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Rome and with the Ministry of Culture creating digital content for the Roman National Museum in Rome and the Museum of Roman Ships at Nemi. They also participated in the development of animated movies including "WINX Club 3D - magic adventure", "Gladiators of Rome" and "WINX Club - the mystery of the abyss". In 2014 their work about the roman ships of Caligula has been used in a documentary in the series "ANCIENT IMPOSSIBLE" broadcast on the History Channel H2.

In 2012 he moved himself, his family and his company to the Balearic Islands.
From December 2015, Carlo is member of the team that deals with the archaeological excavation of Pollentia, a roman town in Mallorca, on behalf of the University of Barcelona. He is in charge of the 3D digital reconstruction of the ancient town.

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