Italian-born Mattia Fiumani has always had an eye for the arts and has been developing it early on. After studying architecture abroad, Fiumani is quickly becoming a name to watch as a director.
Inspired by the sets in epic films, Fiumani began drawing and painting. His fascination grew with the architecture behind these elaborate sets and Fiumani decided to explore the field of architecture.
Fiumani has traveled the world pursuing his passions, first traveling to Australia to begin his education in the world of architecture. His studies took him to Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and the Fiji Islands where Fiumani worked as an architect. Throughout his travels, Fiumani stayed with only locals and received a genuine understanding of the cultures of the places he visited. Fiumani then moved to Switzerland and received his Master of Science in Architecture from École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
After arriving in New York City, Fiumani enrolled in a filmmaking intensive at New York University. He realized he could use his knowledge of architecture to transition into a career set designing in the entertainment industry.
While working for a local architecture firm in Cairo, Egypt, Fiumani directed and produced “The Sakakini Palace”, a documentary for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The unexpected job gave Fiumani an opportunity to explore architecture and qualities of the palace through the camera lens.
While living and working in Berlin, Fiumani used his skill in architecture to jumpstart a career in set design. His first projects were commercials and Fiumani received his opportunity as a director for a German real estate commercial.
At this point in his career, Fiumani became part of collective of filmmakers and began working as a director of photography as well. As Fiumani worked as an on-air director for commercial television, he made his directorial debut with “27 Down” in 2013. The film was selected by Raindance Institute in Berlin in July of 2013.
“I have been directing music videos for a while now and will continue to do so this year as well,” Fiumani said. “My biggest hope is to be able to direct feature length films.”
2014 promises to be another exciting year for Fiumani with several projects in the works. He also has plans to work with independent producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis.
Published on Feb 28, 2014