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.



Movie “Mommy”

After professor Jaime showed us the trailer for this movie and suggested that we watched it I followed his advice! I’m just starting now to be critic about movies because I guess that’s something I should start thinking about. How things are made the way they are, what they want to express… Techniques and that sort of thing.

Generally, I absolutely loved the movie “Mommy”. I had no expectations whatsoever but the movie is really well made and the plot is really really unexpected. (although not relatable) I especially like the main character’s performance and I think that all 3 main characters are so incredibly complex but in some way, they fit together. The film is realistic and makes the viewer wonder about things and choose sides.

My favourite scenes are the last one and the one where the main characters dance. In the last one, the music chosen fits just perfect and I couldn’t think of a better ending, though I didn’t predict it at all. And the one with the dance just has a great impact on the viewer, at least on me.

The movie is quite special and it’s on 4:3, a square, instead of taking the whole tv screen, and it has a reason..

I’m not going to say more because I recommend everyone to watch it.

Here Is the last scene

Here Is the dance scene

Giving voice to my calligraphy

Professor Pedro gave us a homework that consists of recording your own voice saying “If my calligraphy was my voice, I would sound like this”. We have to look at our notebooks and all and think of the characteristics our letters and give a voice to it.

First I tried to list my letter characteristics:

  • round
  • Regular
  • Readable
  • Precise
  • slightly fat
  • Monotonous
  • slightly slow
  • Big
  • Feminine
  • Organized
  • Letters are really close from one another

After that, I actually imagined my calligraphy like a person…

That person would sound slow, and a bit annoying, smart and like it has always something in her mouth – because she’s fat.

I then went to record the voice…

I had several takes. On the first one, I talked at a normal speed with a “fat lady voice”, which I think it’s appropriate for my calligraphy. After that, I talked slower, which makes sense but then I was sounding like a guy so I slightly changed the pitch. The final record was actually funny and totally according to my letters.

Some screenshots:

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Unfortunately, I can’t upload the audio on this post.

I really had fun with this homework and I can’t wait for next class. Hopefully, the teacher will explain that there’s actually a technical reason why some voices sound aggressive or sweet or irregular.


LTA – Portuguese Cinema

Since the beginning of the course, teachers talk about the importance of knowing our own directors, movies and writers. By that, I mean Portuguese ones. And that’s when it hit me that I don’t know anything about Portuguese cinema. Only Manuel de Oliveira, and to be honest I never watched any of his movies and two old movies named “Canção de Lisboa” and “Leão de Estrela”. Besides that I know few Portuguese comedy movies, so yes, it is slightly sad.

Of course, I have to put an end to the ignorance of mine towards a subject I should be more than familiarized with. For now, I’ll just try to watch as much as I can because I know I’ll learn a lot with my classes about different styles and methods and only when I have those things learned I’ll be able to recognize them in different movies and evaluate them.

I researched very little so far. But I found a good website that will at least help me know a bit more about what’s out there!

I am also looking for some articles about the subject, which are not easy to find… Can’t wait to see and know more 🙂


Important note: Always remember the name of the producer of the movie

LTA – Search search search!!!

Researching about cinema

After the presentation class of today, with teacher Jaime Neves, I was reminded again how important it was to be curious, which I am but usually, I get lazy…

Everyone presented themselves and talked about movies, directors and videos they liked. After realizing I don’t know one-third of the ones said by other people I decided I seriously have to research and inform myself about what’s there! Cinema and picture are a very very vast world. So I decided I should focus on the “classics” first and then I’ll start to open gradually the type of cinema.

For now the teacher recommended: Nebraska and Mommy

I did some research:

I’ll start with the ones that are more my style and after I’ll really have to be open-minded for the world of cinema!!!

FMP – Set design, gesture and lip movement studies

I finally finished my volleyball net. The project is going as planned though I am leaving a lot of work for the last week. I am loving the experience of this project and I keep learning everyday. I feel like I am pushing myself every day, in a good way.

Now I am looking at some videos before starting the animation… As I researched, it really helps if we have a video of a person making the same gestures we want the bird to make so I asked my dad to make some video with different gestures and expressions for the different lines of the Bird. And so he did!Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 10.55.51.png

(just a screenshot of the video)

With this I intend to study the movement so the bird looks more natural! I also asked Lucy Barlett (my voice), to film herself talking so I could study her lip movement so it would be easier to sync with the Bird’s beak.

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I am getting closer to animate and it has been a long long journey. I think that technically, the project is working but my problems will appear while making the animation and I won’t have a lot of time to fix them. Perhaps the plasticine moulding could have gone better but I still have time to fix it. I am truly excited to start “shooting”


To do list (next):

  • improve bird, soften the plasticine
  • paint clay volleyballs
  • paste backdrop onto the set
  • Animate!!

FMP – Set design

I started my set design. First of all, I did some research on weaving in order to make my volleyball net. It was the only way I thought I could make it. I actually came up with the idea really fast and it worked pretty well, I must say I am proud.

I painted the set (the card box) black on the outside so it doesnt look so ugly and I changed my mind about the wooden floor. I want lighter tone of wood.

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Through all this process I am making time lapse videos. I am also doing some sketchbook work on the set design, trying out some bacgrounds, colours and mechanisms. When it comes to the net I decided to use balsa for the pols and paint them yellow.


And this is what I’ve done so far for the set..

Extra news of the day : I finally found the voice to my character!! Lucy Barlett from our course! She agreed on being  Rita’s voice and as I asked she even filmed herself talking so I could see the movement of her mouth. THANK YOU LUCY!!!