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.

 

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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.

 

Roll-up for birthday party

My sister’s 18 birthday is tomorrow and she asked me to design a roll up for people to take pictures at the entrance. During this week I designed one 🙂

I feel that I’m getting more and more comfortable with photoshop, which is a really good thing.

I started with some really fast sketches

After I searched some backgrounds on Pinterest and saved the ones I thought my sister would like.

Pinterest backgrounds

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Next stage was photoshop. First I designed Inês with the pen and used fonts for the other letters. I had the idea of circles so I made a lot of experiences but unfortunately, I didn’t save them all..

I also had to research the standard size of roll-ups and the resolution that the image had to have.

Here are some of the results:

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I shared them with my family and they said that the word “Birthday” was not going to be well read. Since that there was someone else involved, she changed the lettering, with I personally don’t like at all and as it was not made in photoshop so I’m afraid the quality of the image will not be the best one.

This was the final outcome of the roll-up

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It ended up being square because the roll-up was 2mx2m

The final outcome is not really what I had in mind and the font really bothers me but I learned once again what it’s like to work with other people and accept their choices! Either way, I’m glad I designed this and I’ll be happy to see it on my sister’s birthday party!

Hopefully, I’ll post a picture of it live 🙂

Stay tuned!

 

Coloring the sound!

Sound and colour experiences

After the sound walk, I thought it would be an interesting idea to draw and colour the sound in both music and background noise but in a more abstract and less technical way!

The outcomes so far are not really what I hoped would be. I believe I’m being too superficial. I really have to focus on the sound and feel it, feel its temperature and texture and so on… I know it probably sounds crazy but I start to find it a really good exercise.

By closing my eyes I can focus on the sound but the problem is that I have to draw at the same time so my focus dispersed. I’ll try to work on that.

The experience will still go on and hopefully, I’ll become happier with the results. Even if all this doesn’t work out the way I want I still end up having a different experience with sound.

Some, let’s call them, sound drawings:

  1. Sound of Tame Impala – Elephant

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2. Blue in Green – Miles Davis

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3. Sunset – The XX

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I noticed that the white background really makes a difference. It disturbs me because that’s not what any of the songs says, I will also work on that!

I’m really enjoying the experience so far 🙂

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!!!