This week on “Get to know the MiM team”, we chatted with Constanza Rigazio. Constanza is MiM’s Animation Curator and Film Editor and is the genius behind our animations and videos! She has 10+ years of experience in video production, editing, and animation – but we wanted to find out what makes her tick!
If you could be anyone who would you be?
Me, but with superpowers. When I was a kid, I used to dream of flying. Unassisted flying, just me jumping from a building and gliding down to Earth. Or walking down the street and suddenly taking off the ground. I think mind-reading would be the best power to have, but only if I can choose when to use it, otherwise it would be too intrusive. Teleportation would be great too, I love travelling.
You can live anywhere in the world, in any type of accommodation – where would you like to live?
I would like to live in EPCOT. No, not the theme park at Walt Disney World, although that would be fun too. What I mean is Walt’s original concept for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow – described as a “real city that would ‘never cease to be a living blueprint of the future'”. Growing up, I always liked cartoons that depicted intelligent houses with all kinds of automated devices, like in Tex Avery’s ‘The House of Tomorrow’ (1949).
I also love retro-futuristic aesthetics, so my dream house would definitely be a smart house. And the decoration would be inspired by cyberpunk derivatives such as dieselpunk and atompunk. I would like to live in a futuristic city where all energy is clean energy, and technology and nature could coexist. All that being said, I’ve seen enough Sci-Fi to know that these utopic paradises can turn into dystopic scenarios – especially when all the power is in the hands of one person – so my ideal community wouldn’t be an autocracy like Walt originally planned.
If you could have any profession (other than working with MiM!) what would it be and why?
Making videos, animations and other audiovisual content is what I like the most in life. I grew up with films, cartoons, TV shows – it’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was 8 or 9. During my uni years, I was part of a clown troupe, and I attended a musical comedy school. So if I weren’t behind the scenes, I would like to be in front of the camera.
What is your favourite TV show just now?
I just finished watching WandaVision and I’m hoping there’s another season. I’ve always wanted to make a short film or series that would ‘age’ as it progressed, so it was a concept I was eager to see depicted on screen. I’m also re-watching Lost, which leads us into our next question …
You’re stuck on a Desert Island! What three books would you want with you?
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. It’s a Sci-Fi book about surviving on an island, so it would be very relatable in this situation. It’s also the book the Steven Spielberg film of the same name is based on, and it was this movie that inspired me to go to Film School.
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. I read this when I was 11 so I could definitely use a re-read. I loved it back then and I still love Verne and works inspired by him, they always gave me a sense of adventure.
- Finally, I’d pick a Harry Potter book, because I grew up with them and they’re my comfort books; if you’re stuck on a desert island, you’re going to need some comforting. Probably Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because it’s the longest and one of the best.
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