Making of – Documentary “Duo”

Moving Image Practice is one of the subjects I am taking this semester. The exercise I am going to write about is the second one. (I’ll write the first one later..)

The project consisted on shooting an observational documentary. Each student briefed their idea to the class and the teacher chose 4 out of 16. My idea was not chosen and I was put on a group with a really interesting theme!

It was the idea of Edgar, a colleague of mine, that decided he wanted to make a small documentary about the building Casa da Música, which is a concert house with a particular shape. The floor around this beautiful building is really irregular and mountain shaped in a way that skaters are the people who take the most of it!

Edgar wanted to capture the difference between the skaters, who make the most usage of the surroundings of the building during the day and the “fancy” people who come to see the concerts at night.

Although everyone participated on the documentary itself with the camera, I was the one in charge of the making of!

For now I am not going to give a lot of details about how the project went since I’ll do that in the next post regarding this documentary. For now I only going to tell you about the making of.

The making of is a forever lasting documentation of the shooting process. While taking all the pictures I had a lot of concerns in mind. I wanted to:

  • Capture the building’s reflections and peculiar shapes
  • Register all the steps of our days, from the moment we left uni to the scene
  • Capture my colleagues expressions, while they were not looking so I could get an honest and natural photo. Didn’t matter if they were happy or tired, I wanted to get their true emotions.

Here is the result… (it’s a lot of pictures!!!)

 

I would like to have had more time to explore the photography on the skaters but this was what I got. I must say I’m happy with the outcome!

Stay tuned for the launch of the documentary!!!

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“Um Milagre Todos Os Dias” – Documentary

“Um Milagre Todos Os Dias” – “A miracle everyday” is a documentary directed by a teacher of mine.

I got to participate in this project because my teacher asked if I was able to draw a series of watercolors illustrations on the theme “Childhood”! The documentary itself is about an old people’s home, how it works inside and why that home is so special and different from the other ones. In front of the building where all the kindness happens there is a pine tree that everyone knows. The first thing my teacher asked me was to draw this pine tree because he would like to use it as the movie’s billboard.

This is the real pine tree:

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And are mine:

This last one was chosen for the final billboard:

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After all the trees, the teacher, which by the way is Henrique Manuel Pereira, asked me to draw some illustration about childhood. He wanted me to draw some toys, dolls, children playing and of course he wanted old toys, the ones the people at this home played with so… I did a little research on pinterest and here it is, go check it out!

After getting some inspiration I started drawing and here are my favorite ones:

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The illustrations were used as the intro of the documentary. The theme childhood was to make a great contrast between the old people and the times that passed already.

Check the intro HERE!!!

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Vox Pop Project – Sound practice

This semester I am taking a Sound module in which we learn how to capture sound (with microphones and recorders) and how to edit it (with protools).

We had a project briefing that consisted on making a Vox Pop. A Vox Pop is a short audio exercise used by a lot of radios all over the world. There is an interviewer asking the same questions to a lot of different people and at the end he mounts them together!

First of all, we had to find a theme in order to come up with the question we wanted to ask. Then we learned how to work with professional recorders.

 

My main question was “what is your main goal in life? what is your role in the world?”. After I got my recorder from uni I spent the whole day asking people those questions and came up with about 30 or 40 answers. It wasn’t easy due to the windy weather but I tried to always put my back against the wind and the recorder in front of me. It was a good exercise because I had to deal with a lot of people and some are shy or don’t have the time or simply don’t want to answer. At home, after listening to all my answers. I chose the ones that were usable. I also thought about the soundFx that I wanted to include and got them at freesound.com

After this stage, the next step was to record my questions and my radio opening on a studio. At uni we have access to the studios and with Francisco Dias, a colleague of mine, we recorded our questions, radio opening and closing. I don’t really like how my voice sounds but I made an effort to do everything I could with this project so I would feel how it’s like to be in the different positions.

I drove my scooty to uni and started editing!! First I had to arrange and cut my voice recordings. I did the same for every other recording of the answers. There was a moment where I had to think which meaning or which type of vox pop I wanted. My questions were rather serious but the answers I got weren’t as deep as one would expect so I decided to go with a comic vox pop.

Some sound FX were added and I managed to make an effect with a recorded voice with the help of this video!

At the end I was happy with the outcome and learned a lot more about sound editing and capture!

Here is my Vox Pop so you can listen 🙂

Sardinhas!

There is a contest in Portugal in which everyone can participate and all you have to do is fill their model of a Sardinha (a fish) and fill it and paint it as you like.

The whole concept is to help saving the fishes and the winner has a prize money! I read the rules, checked the dates and decided to give it a try.

This is the model:

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I made some small studies on my sketchbook and then began drawing them on my computer:

 

The more or less final ones:

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The first one is a collage of pictures of old potato bags. I chose this theme simply because it reminded me a lot of my childhood and the games and races we used to do at school with potato bags.

The second one is a surf board drawn my be. I don’t think it’s finished because it could still have more detail but what you see is the general idea. Surf is one thing I think defines Portugal for me. Not so much about the sport but the ocean, the sun, the beach and the summer weather.

 

Unfortunately, as I did not finish these on time I didn’t send them to the contest on time. I was an opportunity lost. Hopefully I’ll be more organize next time to have my proposals ready on time.

By the way… After I drew my surfboard I found out that someone had had the same idea a year before and this is his Sardinha:

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Yeah…..

 

 

Analog Photography

Lately, I’ve been searching about analog photography. I fell in love with it.

After seeing thousands of photos, cameras and rolls I talked with my mom and turns out she had an old analog camera!

This one:

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I was so so so happy!

Next step was to actually learn how to use one of these… I’ve looked for the manual online and found the original one! There are a lot of things I still don’t know and honestly, right now, I am just experimenting with the camera. Although I understand that the technical aspects are very important I believe that experimenting has the same value.

After all the (not really) study I bought myself batteries for the camera, which were a lot more expensive than I thought, and a couple of rolls:

I am still on my first roll and don’t take as many pictures as I would with a digital camera because of the photo limit. I try to capture only the really special things through my eyes.

There’s this magic about analog.. You don’t really know what the outcome will look like (unless you’re a really experienced analog photographer) so there is always that surprise and happiness when you develop your roll!

I hope I finish my roll soon and I will surely share it here!

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Water Project

In my module Multimedia Technologies we were assigned a project in which we had to mix 2 different media. The options were:

  • Stop motion animation
  • Illustration on photography
  • Illustration on video
  • 2D animation on video
  • Double exposure

I chose to do illustration on photography.

Initial idea:

I wanted to take pictures of old and abandoned buildings in Porto and restore them in my own way with illustration. I always wanted to do a photography series about the old buildings here and I thought this was my chance.

After talking and getting feedback from my teacher I decided to go on a slightly different way. I thought about street art. How I could still take pictures of abandoned places in the city and illustrate things on the wall so it would like like street art. I’ve looked into a lot of things and searched for the street art in Berlin.

HERE is the link of all my image research on Pinterest.

With the research I made, I realized all the paintings and drawings on the wall, in street art have a really powerful meaning. They point out a problem, they criticize it. They talk about politics, social problems, environmental problems… That’s when I thought that I could make my own critic of a current problem.

After a lot of thought I came to the idea of representing the lack of water and global warming. I researched again about this matter. I was really surprised with a lot of things I found…. Lack of water is already a huge problem in some parts of the world and people refuse to see it…

I started making sketches on the subject. I made a few and then thought about a skeleton – which would represent the awaiting catastrophe and the planet earth – ( where the water would melt away) would represent the lack of time we have to act on this problem.

Unfortunately we did not have a lot of time to develop this project, otherwise there were lot of things I would have done differently.

Photos:

I took my pictures for this project in Lisbon and since I didn’t have much time they were not so great nor related to the theme.

Illustration:

I think the illustrations came out quite well in terms of graphics…

 

So here it is:

Some studies, sketches and making of:

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And here are my final pieces:

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The third one is my personal favorite!

Enjoy 😉

 

Learning Maya

A few weeks ago I started learning Maya in my class of Multimedia Technologies. We were taught the basics: how to create solids ( cubes, spheres, pyramids ) and how to color them. Maya has few examples of models. It has human and animal models as well as some objects.

I played a bit with it and found a lizard! I tried to create a home for him buuut…… Didn’t come out as I thought it would.

It was a one hour class so the teacher couldn’t cover much of the program. However, he told us there is a free version of Maya that we can download. I didn’t do it yet but I long to install it and start learning. It can become a really useful tool.

And here’s my lizard:

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Note: He is a giant lizard. He is actually really friendly but humans are scared. They are scared of what they can’t understand so the president sends war planes to kill the lizard but they fail. The end.