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):



Enjoy if you can 😉





LTAV Final Project

Our final project for the sound part of LTAV was to make a small audio file of 30 to 40 seconds. The audio had to contain a dialogue between at least 2 characters and there had to be a big noise interrupting the dialogue. We had to present a script along with the audio so the teacher could see what kind of noises we would use. We could get sounds anywhere, samples, youtube videos, television, radio…

I gathered a lot of sounds and it was quite fun to play around with them!

My initial script was good but when I was done editing the whole audio I noticed it was waayyy too long. As I worked in GarageBand, instead of seconds, the measure was in “beats”. Well, I had 40 beats but it turns out that that was in fact 1.20 minutes so I had to cut a lot on my script.

Here is my final script (it’s in Portuguese):

Projeto LTAV – Maria Giraldes

I’ve been through a lot of changes with this project since I never worked with audio like that before. For the voices of the characters, I used my friend’s Constança’s voice because she has a diverse amount of accents and voices. After recorded (on my computer) I almost didn’t change their pitch. I put the voices on opposite sides so it looked like they were far from each other, talking.

For the ocean sound, I used a lot of combined samples like ocean waves, seagulls, water fountains. It was a bit tricky but I played with the volumes of each sample and I think it worked!

Throughout the whole project, I was watching some tutorials on how to edit audio. I am aware that Garageband is not at all the best program to work with sound but I hope to learn better ones in the future. Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 19.39.43.png

Here are some screenshots of my editing:

This project really got me interested in editing sound. First time I actually played with stereo and I found that sound is an amazing tool with infinite outcomes!




Wacom Tablet

I just got a Wacom tablet!!!

I guess I should have gotten it a while ago since I long to be an animator but they’re quite expensive so it’s not that simple…

The tablet itself came with 2 software. One to animate in 2D and another one to paint frame by frame animations or to make illustrations. I’m still learning how to work with them but one step at a time.

Drawing looking only at the screen is challenging at first but I got it quickly. At first, I tried all the different brushes available and tried the difference of pressure on the pen.

My next step will be making small animations. 2D, frame by frame so I could learn the basics. I still didn’t find a program where I could do that easily but I won’t quit!

I’m really really excited about my new “toy” and the possibilities are infinite!

These are my first drawings using the tablet:


I feel like I’m back to pre school but I really liked the outcome of the second drawing, the hat character!


More to come 🙂



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!!!

Universities research

Unis Research

Once I figured that I would really like to take a digital animation course I started to look for universities. I found one in Portugal that seems quite interesting because I would have subjects like:

-Introduction to Computing

Applied Human Morphology
-Design Practices and Descriptive Geometry
-Theory and Models of Communication
-Model Drawing
-History and Theory of Animation
-Language and Narrative in Film and Video

I am also interested in Sheridan in Canada andSouthampton Solent University, Bournemouth University and University of the Arts London. I already booked opened days for the ones that are in the UK