Archive for the ‘Film and Video’ Category

O Homem Que Não Era Francês (The Man Who Wasn’t French, 2007)

January 26, 2010

Short Film (16 min), Digital

Positions: Writer, Director, Animator

Watch it here

My conclusion project for Film School. It’s a nonsense comedy as a practical application of the concepts I studied in a paper on farse and Monty Python.

This project was challenging from beginning to end. The screenplay was a nonsensical farse, and yet it had to make sense in itself. Directing comedy is, as I learned, something extremely difficult and full of subtleties. But the post-production process was especially difficult.

The initial idea was to do the entire film in live action, using some kind of puppet for the head of the main character. But constructing the moose head would be too expensive and I didn’t think I could achieve the acting I wanted from it. So I decided to go with CG, something I was already comfortable with, although I knew it would be a tough challenge.

I did all the texturing, rigging, animation and most of the FX composing. There was no motion capture system involved, it was all done by hand.

This project taught me a lot about writing, directing and special effects, and specially about facial animation.

I also designed the poster on the top.


Tori (2006)

January 26, 2010

Short Film (16 min), 35 mm

Positions: Co-Writer, Art Director

Tori tells the story of a Japanese immigrant family in Brazil through the eyes of an eight-year-old girl, based on a true story.

I participated in the screenwriting along with the directors Quelany Vicente and Andrea Simão.

This Screenplay was awarded Best Short Film Screenplay in the Vitória Cine e Vídeo 2007 Festival.

As the art director, I made sure the vision of the directors translated through the sets and objects.

The overall style for the art of Tori is heavily inspired by Japanese medieval art, using neutral earthy tones as a base (for walls indoors, for example) contrasting with a few very dark black details, as if imitating sumi-e strokes. All this dressed with subtle tones of pink an green and a few bright reds and blues.

Example of japanese medieval painting

Some images from Tori:

Tori won several awards in Brazil, including Best Short Film in Curta Cinema Short Films International Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, one of the most renowned short film festivals in the world.

I also designed the poster for the film: