Second week shooting up to the screening night
Another week started, the last footages would be captured and, in the middle, the S. João party.
All “cousins” running, up to the day of the screening, at “Maus Hábitos” café.
The challenge started with the selection of what could be the last footages and with the thoughts about the planed script – this it will fit, or not, with the material prepared?
The S. João party it was great but not friendly for the tight schedule.
So, all the “cousins” decided to work during the afternoon of S. João holiday.
Thursday, the day before, of the last, and the documentary planed started to take a different rood.
We have shoot nine interviews, hours of film in the city, designed a huge script (or, what we thought that could be one), and running several brainstorms to plain what could be a documentary for more then 30 minutes, in spite the 4 minutes requested for that.
Friday arrives and the nerves too.
I and Virgílio were challenged for that – another one.
Virgílio it’s a professional photographer, with many works done in several countries – he is someone accustomed to work with them self.
My self, I’m running my won company, a Internet start-up, and I’m accustomed to manage multitask teams – accustomed to follow a idea, a plan, something for more then one person, and to discuss my ideas up to the end.
So, as result we find the need to focus all our energy to manage our way to be (from our working behaviour and way to do) to redefine the final project and agree what should be the final film – since we would need to cut a lot on the script and on the film (footages selection), because the time to edit the best material wouldn’t be enough.
And it was like that, that we arrived to the last frame of our documentary.
All done, thanks to Virgílio and the help of the “cousins” – colleagues of workshop – thanks again to Maria (viva la spaña and their beautiful existing, located on the top of Portugal: Galiza), thanks to Constança, which advise help us to find the last road, at last moment, thanks to Karen, our teacher, that drove us rather well in this last, and stressfully, stage of the workshop, and thanks again to the teacher of the Faculty, that give a hand with the last editing sound stuff.
After the running, we where all very happy with the result – the possible one in such short time.
The experience, the new knowledge and the all fun it surpassed my expectation.
Fun, from the discussions about several topics related documentaries and so on.
Fun, for the days of shooting and talks with the crazy, but very professional Virgílio, my partner on documentary.
Fun, for my comeback to Porto – one year after to leave the city, where I leaved for 6 years.
Fun, to be together and meet, new “cousins”.
And that’s it, the history of the documentary “cousin of my cousin”.
From that I and Virgílio we tried to reveal a bit of the beauty of the soul of Porto – their huge pot of culture, life, joy and forward movement of their people and the city.