Krakow Visit

Series of pictures

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About a month ago I went to Krakow, Poland, with my family. I had the chance to try a really good camera so I spent the trip experimenting it.

I decided that my theme was going to te “lights” and the colour “red”. I took several pictures and hopefully I will mount them on an A1 sheet. Some of them are really abstract but what I like about it is that they are spontaneous. If I was in the same place at the same time that I took the pictures I wouldn’t be able to even have a similar result.

Rita Magalhães was one of the artist/ photographers that inspired this “series”. She usually plays a lot with filters or glass and abstraction. I used the same method since my pictures are taken through a window but the outcome has nothing to do with her work. It’s my individual view!

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Like the typical touristic family that we are, we took a Tuc-Tuc around the center. That’s when I took the first pictures above. I really like the results and I’m still finding out why… In my opinion, for a first experience, it went okay 🙂

From the colour red, I also have some pictures. I found a really cool bathroom in a restaurant we stopped to eat. I went inside with the camera and, as the bathroom was shared, I had some awkward moments with strangers… Obviously, you don’t see a girl taking pictures to a bathroom every day…

Well, here they are!

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Some of them were also taken of the Salt Mines and in bars, I’ve been in Poland. In the Salt mines specifically, I played with the exposure time. All the pictures above presented have no editing whatsoever that’s why some might me too dark or too light.

Though it seems that way, I didn’t spend the trip taking pictures of weird stuff… I have a couple of portrait pictures I really like.

Hopefully, I won’t be too lazy to post them 😉

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Ars Electronica Festival – Talk

A few days ago I attended a lecture given by Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of the Ars Electronica Festival. It was the first time I heard about the festival. The lecturer defined it as the festival of art, technology and society.

They are working on several projects but their main concern is a connected technology with the human body. The scientists do the technical things and the artists think how the human body responds to certain things, how humans can actually talk and communicate with machines. It is also a psychological study on machine usage.

The lecture was really interesting and though we didn’t look into any of their projects in depth, it got my attention. I’ve already looked and the next festival will be on the 6th sept.

At the end, we had the questions part. A lot of people mentioned and wondered about the ethical question about AI (artificial intelligence) and since I read a lot about that it was really really interesting.

After the talk I asked him a question directly which was:

” In a hypothetical world where all our brains are virtually connected and we can talk and exchange information with several people at the same time, where physical relationships no longer exist, where we don’t waste time cooking, going shopping, changing our babies diapers because there is someone or something that does that for us, where there is no traffic because all cars are connected, where mortality has been proven as a disease and has a cure… Is that the ideal world we are looking for? Is that the highest we could evolve? And if so, is humanity ready for all that?”

He answered me and we were still talking for a while but the most important things I got from his answer was that humans beings as we know them will change, definitely, which I completely agree. He also mentioned this thought that humans have that there is always something bigger, either it’s a god or a major force. And by that thought, the evolution moves towards a human who’s no longer human but a god itself.

Note: During the lecture, Gerfired also mentioned that scientists will become the new presidents and artists will become the new scientists. I just loved that statement!

Ars Electronica Festival ( Their official website )

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Working on a Masters Animation project

A colleague of mine, Francisco Dias, talked with our drawing teacher, Sahra Kunz, who suggested that he offered to help on a masters animation project. Franciso told me about it and I obviously wanted to come along.

We first met with the people of the project while they were working so it was a bit strange because they were not expecting us. Later on, they contacted us and called us for a portfolio review.

On the review day we’ve met them and surprisingly it was more like a selection interview and not a review! Francisco went first and then me. To be honest I was quite scared when I entered the room. There were the 4 people of the project sitting looking at me, just looking, not saying a word. I eventually broke the silence and asked them if they wanted to see my work. That was the easy part, showing my work. After that they asked me how I would like to help and what kind of things I’m interested in, the programs I master and the commitment I was willing to give.

In the end of the interview, they said they would discuss “my case” and that they would find a way to test me… I’m not quite sure if I should be scared!!!

Meanwhile, they asked for my CV and I had to make one in 5 minutes because it was urgent.. This is an opportunity to make a real CV that I can use in the future.

I am still not sure what to expect from this project but I’m excited because it’s animation 🙂

Stay tuned!

 

LTAV Final Work

This year, for the first semester I have a module called “LTAV” which means Linguagens e Tecnologias Audiovisuais. It’s where I learn about camera angles and settings and video formats in the first part and the second part of the module it’s about audio.

For the practical work on the first of the module, the project was to make a small film of our own street. We had to capture at least 15 different angles and have 2 tilts and 2 panoramic movements with the camera. The sound had to be the one recorded by the camera.

First time I went with my camera it went terribly wrong. I wanted to film at night and as my camera is not at all good enough for that, the image was really grainy and the ISO was definitely too high.

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After the first try, I decided that maybe I would film during the day. That worked out fine but it was not really what I wanted. I went to get a camera from the university and tried again in the night. This time it worked really well! When I got home I was really happy with my footage. Of course that this camera was 10x better so that helped.

 

Of course, the outcome got much much darker but the quality increased.

There were a couple of interesting things that happened during the shooting. When I was filming the elevator, the light turned off and I was actually annoyed by that but still kept filming and then I see how the light of the elevator appeared and the effect was great!!! Also with the noises of the movie, there was a cat screaming or crying and it was really creepy and scary. I filmed it and put it in the movie but most people that have seen it ask me if it’s real… It is real, people!!! The police and ambulance noises were also there, I guess I just got pretty lucky with those because actually, my film was kind of a thriller. I took a friend with that really helped me. He was the “man in the shadow”. Throughout the whole movie, you almost don’t see his face, just his silhouette.

Later it came the editing. I used iMovie because I still don’t have premiere. For this project it worked but I know I have to install premiere and start working on it. I tried to place the different footage in order to make a small narrative. It doesn’t really have a great meaning but the goal of the project was only to film the street. First I put them in the order I thought it worked the best, then, of course, I made some changes. I worked with the sound to make it work as a whole. In some parts I lowered the volume, in others I put it up according to the feeling I wanted people to have while watching the movie.

In the end and beginning added some text and thank you notes.

I was very pleased with the final movie. It was another project that helped me learn a lot about cameras and movies since it was my first film, the first time I was actually shooting something with a camera. Editing was fun and made me realize the number of possibilities that a producer has when making a movie. Of course, this was the first experience and I know that it’s far from being professional but I am looking forward to learning more and get better!

Meanwhile, I will find a way to share my movie.

Stay tuned!!!

Book “Contos das 4 estações” / Presentation

The editor of the book arranged a presentation on a primary school. When I got the email I was really excited but also nervous.

It was a group of 40 kids, ages from 6-8yo more or less. First, the author read a part of the book, the autumn part (because we’re in that season) and then called a couple of kids to read other parts. Me, in the meantime, I was passing the slides that had the illustration of the part that was being read.

After that was question time, where kids made some to the author and me. I was not expecting being asked anything but it went well 🙂

At the end there were 3 different activities, there were facial paintings with a girl, I was going around the room drawing on the kid’s sheet something they wanted from the story, either a character or a bird or something and the author was also going around showing the books to everyone.

 

It was amazing! I was so nervous but having all those kids acting like I was their idol made it easier hehe!

Illustrating the book was really hard work but this kind of experiences are really paying off!!!!

Here is the link to the book!

Book “Contos das 4 estações” / Interview

I illustrated a children book! Never thought I would illustrate a book so soon but it happened and I am really glad I had this experience!

Working directly with the author, with photoshop, illustrator, I learned a lot with this job and it was really fun!

The other day I got called to make a small promotional video on the city park, here in Porto with the author. Ironically it was te first time I saw her since we only talked by email before. They handed us the printed book!!!!! It was a great feeling having my name and drawings on that children book! Almost unbelievable…

After that the interview came. To be honest I’m not very good with cameras but the camera man was really nice and made me feel comfortable. The interview felt great and I hope to see the video soon!

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