Fruiting Bodies

Mia Milardo

See it On Campus: Level 1

Visitor Info

Materials from the making of this film are on view near the Media On Demand theatre (D1375) on the first floor.


Duration: 02m 49s

Medium: Mixed-media, stop-motion animation

Genre: Experimental, non-narrative


A vivid exploration of transformations and aesthetics in nature and the female body. 

Project Stills

Artist Statement

I’ve always been fascinated by recurring shapes, patterns and cycles in nature, and chose to explore these forms through a variety of materials and under-the-camera techniques. I was interested in experimenting with both the up-close aesthetics of real natural objects in stop-motion, as well as with illustrative representations of nature and the female body in collage-like methods. The film was heavily influenced and often led by the materials themselves: through an ongoing process of collection, found images and text as well as natural materials I picked up along the way continually inspired new ideas and informed the direction of scenes.


  • Director: Mia Milardo
  • Music Composer: Toshi Milardo

Special Thanks

  • Lorelei Pepi
  • Rubén Möller
  • Alla Gadassik
  • Martin Rose
  • Chris Strickler & Gil Goletski
  • Matt Stephanson



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Mia Milardo is a Vancouver-based Canadian animator. She studied 2D + Experimental Animation at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a special interest in stop-motion and experimental methods. She enjoys a mixed-media approach to animation, creating handmade and tactile aesthetics through experimenting with intriguing materials she finds. Mia has worked as a research-creation assistant for the Animate Materials Workshop founded by Dr. Alla Gadassik, and recently exhibited experimental animation work in a show titled Refractions.

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