Creative Writing – Final work

For my final project of creative writing I was assigned to write a 5 to 7 pages long story. The requirements were:

  • At least one or two characters
  • It had to have a narrator and the dialogue was up to us
  • It had to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. (The end could be “opened”, wihtou a specific closure)
  • The theme was completely free

I came up with several ideas right away but I notice I gained some difficulty writing in portuguese, which made me really sad because I loved to write. Since my last year in england, my portuguese got a lot worse…

After 2 drafts of 2 completely different stories I spoke with the teacher that told me they were too complex andconfusing. He told me that I had to come up with something simple, that didn’t have to tave a deep message.

Since I had really few classes of this subject it was impossible to sit again with the teacher and talk about my story.

I ended up writing about a family trip of a girl that’s on a wheelchair. I describe all the situations and points of view of someone who’s on a wheelchair on a rather funny way. At the end, I make a small note to the reader that basically say that though I am describing it with humor, there’s a lot of people who aren’t lucky enough to live and move without a wheelchair.

REFLECTION:

I am not especifically proud of the story I wrote. I think I could have done something much much better and due to lack of time and organization I didn’t. Being better organized is something I have to get better at and if I write a little something everyday (in portuguese) it will gradually help my writing… I guess.

WORK PRESENTATION

For the work presentation, the teacher said that we had to tell our story in a creative way, not just tell it. I decided to make some illustrations of my story!

My story’s space is in Rome and since the main character is on a wheelchair, I illustrated some turistic landscapes of Rome. For the same turistic place I have 2 illustrations, one in colour, that represents what people that are sanding see and the other one, in black and white to show what the main character was seeing at that time.

Here they are:

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I’ve had fun making these and I think it was a pretty funny idea, so for that I am proud!

This half of the module is over and we’ll now learn how to write a script for our story 🙂

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Book Interview!

The interview I made a couple of weeks is out! You can find it here !!!

There is also a book trailer on youtube here!

It’s been an amazing experience going through all the process of the launcing of the book. It is still unbelievable how everything happened… I am just writting this post to have a proof of how I am feeling right now.

I am aware that my work is far away form being perfect but right now I’m focused on how this project made me grow artistically and as a person!

Note: The book’s official launching was on the 18th of November and I was out of Portugal and therefore couldn’t make it.

🙂

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!!!

Fundamentals of Sound classes

An overall of the course and Sound

For someone who had some expectations about this course, I still get surprised every day. In general, the course is even better than I thought would be. I realize it opens me so many doors… I just have to be careful not to get lost between them!

My classmates are the nicest people. Always ready to help, share and discuss and that’s crucial because I’ll probably stay in touch with these people and work with them. It’s funny because it looks like I’m just getting used to how nice and welcoming people are in Porto.

About the Sound classes, in particular, I am just loving to learn the science part of music. How octaves work and tones. I already know most of the things but just because I studied piano and it happened already twice that my brain clicks when there’s some explanation about notes or something because it’s a different explanation for the same things but it helps me understand it through another perspective.

I also like the rhythm we’re taking things. The sound is not an easy thing to understand 100% so the classes don’t flow as fast as others, which is good.

I am really happy with these classes and the course in general.

Stay tuned!

Movie “The Danish Girl”

I have absolutely no words about this movie. On this particular movie, I was very much impressed by the main actor’s performance. It was just unbelievable. shortly, it’s about transgender. A “normal” man who later finds out he is trapped in a woman’s body.

His transformation throughout the movie is amazing. And the way he moves and feels like women, it just had a great impact.

When it comes to shot techniques and things like that, I’m afraid I didn’t pay much attention. Maybe because the story and the characters speak for themselves.

My favourite scene is when Einar/Lili (the main character) is watching a prostitute and copying her moves and the scene on the mirror. They’re both really shocking and sad, yet critical.

Here is the one in the mirror

And the other one I couldn’t find it.

 

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.

 

“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.