Fundamentals of sound – Experimental class

A sound experience


On the second class of Fundamentals of Sound, professor Pedro prepared a different activity. His main goal was making us understand that sound is in fact everywhere and by being aware of it we can feel space and hear things we thought we weren’t able to.

1st exercise: We were gathered in pairs and while one was guiding with small touches in the shoulder the other was with his eyes closed (while EVERYONE had to be silent)

  • First time I did that. It was a great experience to be able to estimate the size of a room by the sound of a clap or a voice.

2nd exercise: professor Pedro gave us a sheet to complete. It had numbers of things like the loudest sound, the highest sound, a sound you never heard, a relaxing sound, etc… and along the walk we took, a SOUND WALK, we had to be silence and fill the sheets with sounds we were hearing.

  • It was an unbelievable experience although there was a lot of car noise what made our task harder, and maybe that was the purpose. Being focused on the sounds around us should be a daily exercise and I’ll try to make it a regular thing

3rd exercise: Drawing sounds (exactly what it is)

  • This was the activity that interested me the most since I love to draw… I guess most people did similar drawings, looking like sounds waves in different ways… But I want to explore that and draw with watercolour the sounds I hear, and see the difference between drawings made while listening to music and while listening to.. let’s say the world!

(the teacher collected the sheets, otherwise I would post the drawing I did)

I look forward to learning much more from this class!



Universidade CatĂłlica Porto: Som e Imagem


Studying at Catholic University of Portugal (Porto)

After a being accepted in several universities in the UK, such as Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent University and University for the Creative Arts, all for Animation courses I decided to research about some other courses in Portugal, my home country.

I found the Catholic university of Portugal. The course is called “Som e Imagem” (sound and image) and I’ll be starting in a few days. I am quite excited since this course includes two of my favourite subjects: Sound, music and Image, animation and so on…


I applied to the course with my portfolio and grades which got me a 100% shcolarship!

Although I decided to come back to Portugal after a year in England I still dream big, I want to travel and discover the world and learn as much as I can. I’d say my ambition would be to take my masters at Gobelins in Paris and work in the US, but that’s for later 🙂

For now, I am truly happy for starting my course in CatĂłlica. I want to learn, work and take the most of it that I’m able to



FMP reflection

With this project I learned way more than I was expecting. Through making and reading, through theory and practice I acquired skills and knowledge I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for this foundation year. This project taught me a lot about animation, stop animation particularly and I recomend to anyone who’s thinking about doing art to make a foundation year.

Maybe next time I would have done things slightly differently but that’s what experience gives you, the knowledge of what not to do again

Editing (where everything went kind of wrong)

When I started editing I noticed that no matter the speed, the animation didn’t really look smooth. The motion of the puppet doesn’t feel “real” and there’s too much movement between frames. I was seriously disappointed but I guess it happens… The project went really well but sometimes the outcome is not great. I focused on finish it. The part I liked the most was syncing the voice with the Bird’s beak. It felt amazing when I played from the beginning and I had the feeling that the bird was really talking. I learned a lot of things:

  • How to change an audio tune on garage band
  • How to export audio on garage band
  • How to work with audio on iMovie
  • How to cut audio and sync it with the video on after effects
  • How to export an iMovie file.


Animating ( Adrien’s help)

I spent the whole day making the animation. Moving the puppet over and over again. It was really exhausting but I was curious the final animation and that kept me motivated. I found it really hard to move the puppet and not leave marks but I did my best and some say that that even keeps the animation alive. (who knows).  I am hoping for the best, I still have to edit but since I have some experience it should be relatively fast.

I am really excited!

Note: on my journal I have all the technical notes that Adrien told me about camera settings and lighting. For the editing phase, I will also use a sheet given by Adrien on a previous project on after effects. Big shoutout to Adrien whose the most helpful Technician for me!



“Making of” making!

I am curently working on the “making of” video where I’ll have a compilation of photos and tmie-lapse videos of me making the puppet, the set and the animation itself. It is going prey well since I am using iMovie to make it simple. I have it almost complete and now I can focus only on the animation.

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Quick Reflection: I believe this video will add a lot to my project. It will have a greater impact if I show how everything was done. For now I am slightly worried about time but I will figure it out. If I would repeat this project I’d say I’d probably start it earlier ( but I guess that’s what everyone says ) and I would make a bigger set because my current one feels small for my puppet proportions.