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.

Erasmus!

I decided to go on Erasmus!!!

My university has a lot of partnerships with a lot of countries and usually, they always fund the Erasmus. I took this great opportunity to travel abroad and applied!

The university I chose is called University of Tecnology in Brno, Check Republic. Here is a small video of how it looks.

I still don’t have the answer but I can’t wait to study abroad and I am sure it will be another great experience. Personally and academically.

I’ll updated you as soon as I have more information!

 

 

DHL – Valentines Promotional Video

I got a small job as a camera man for a promotional video for DHL!!!

DHL is a transporting company and they recently created a partnership with a condom company. On the valentines day (today) they decided to have 2 cupids handing out condoms and wishing a happy valentine’s day in name of DHL.

The cupids:

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My brother and his girlfriend

First time I worked with the camera like that.. We even had a script!

There was another camera man who was more experienced than I am (not hard, honestly) so I followed his advice.

We spend about 3/4h in the streets of Porto filming the cupids giving out condoms to people, mainly couples. It was really fun! I didn’t get to review my footage since I had to give the camera right after the event. Since I am not the one doing the editing I’ll only see the video when it’s done, which is this Friday!

In generally it went well but I had some troubles with the focus on the camera. I don’t know why I can never work with the automatic focus. I hope the production people like most of my footage…. We’ll see!

I’ll post the video here once it’s ready!

 

Animating for a documentary

A few weeks back I was told that the father of a friend of mine was doing a documentary in which he needed an animator to do a couple of simple things. We’ve exchanged contact and I’m suddenly in his project!

His name is Luis Correia and the documentary is filmed in Bijagós and it records the life and traditions of the tribe living there. They take everything they can from nature, food, clothes, entertainment…

The documentary starts with an old myth from the land. A girl, who was an orphan, was being raised by her evil aunt. The poor girl was doing all the hard work, carrying things and living the life of a slave. One day, while feeling really depressed, she takes a walk by the sea and seats on the rocks. She asks god to take her and turn her into another living thing. The sea levels raised until she was fully covered by water and turned into a manatee that then swam across the ocean.

For the people in Bijagós believe that manatees come from people. The man in the beginning of the documentary is telling the story while illustrating on fabric with paint he just made.

My job is to animate those illustrations! It will probably be a 10 second animations but I’m sure it will take me a month at least…

I already started making some animation work but there’s always things to improve and change. Working with Luis has been great and I can’t believe I got this opportunity!

For now I’m Illustrating on Photoshop since I don’t know any other program but it working alright. I’m doing a frame by frame 2D animation.

Here are some screenshots of some of the editing:

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The girl on the screen is the main character. She was drawn by the man who told the story and all I did was “cut” her legs in order to be able to move them around. I cut them in half so there is an angle between the upper and the downer leg making a small joint, the knee.

I have quite a few scenes to animate and I’m a bit worried about the time and if I’ll be able to fulfill what Luis wants…

For now I’ll keep trying and we’ll hope for the best! stay tuned 😉

 

Ps: sorry for any misspellings… I am a bit tired..

Script Writing – Final Project

In the beginning, I thought the module was interesting but it got even better!! Especially when I started to write!

This module’s final project was to transform our creative writing story into a small movie, therefore, a script. We could change some parts of the story but the main idea had to be there.

The final project was to write:

  • Statement of intent
  • Synopsis
  • Character Description
  • Step-Outline
  • 2 to 4 pages of Script

Since I didn’t love the story I wrote in creative writing it was really hard for me to find the motivation to start. I spent last year in England so my writing got really really bad compared to what it used to be. Besides my lack of confidence, I didn’t find a way to turn around my story and I couldn’t think of it visually, as a movie…

The teacher Ana Sofia really helped and gave a lot of feedback on this project which made me want to do it little by little.

The script writing is really different from the “normal”. One cannot simply write about feelings and abstract things. Everything has to be highly visual so that the hypothetical producer, that reads the script, can already have an overall image of how the movie will work and how the characters will look like. Usually, the present is the only tense there is in the script. The text also has to be interesting and the writer has to find a balance between putting his style on the writing and keeping it visual!

It was a completely different writing exercise from creative writing. Although I feel like I learned a lot I am aware that I only know the basics.

Here is my final project (in Portuguese):

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Enjoy if you can 😉