Carlo Cestra Digital Productions has been founded in 2010 in Rome and, since 2012, it is based in Mahon, Balearic Islands. We are specialized in 3D reconstruction and animation, creating effective historical, archeological and scientific digital contents for documentaries, museums, didactical purposes, publications and VR applications. During our first year of activity we started an important collaboration with the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Rome and with the Ministry of Culture creating digital contents for the Roman National Museum in Rome and the Museum of Roman Ships at Nemi. Since the beginning we also collaborate, as compositing service, with Rainbow-CGI Animation Studio. We 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 our work about the roman ships of Caligula has been broadcast in a History Channel documentary in the series "ANCIENT IMPOSSIBLE". In recent years we have specialized in the production of panoramic digital content for virtual reality applications and for use via video on demand. In 2017 we created digital contents for the first itinerant virtual tour in the ancient Rome. We also create and sell digital assets, such as 3D models and digital artworks, on the most important internet marketplaces.
CEO and Creative Director
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. So he managed to merge his passion with his job.
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 Cinecitta' 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. In 2012 he moved to the Balearic Islands to live in a peaceful and inspiring place. He is always working to create high-quality products, relying, when needed, on a team of valid external partners.