Category Archives: Film

MAKING OF “CRADE ET VIVANT” Workshop with Michel Gondry

“Crade” and “Vivant”, both refers to the fact that the city – and our world in general – can not exist without time and motion and that it is imperfect.

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On the 7th to 12th of September 2015 I had the pleasure to participate in a Workshop at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya with the known French film director, screenwriter, and producer, Michel Gondry.

It was a fantastic and challenging experience in an international environment and with people from different areas, where we had to translate the film into matter and form.
Video made by Sébastien Dubor showing behind the scenes of the “CRADE ET VIVANT” film.

On my next post, I will tell you more about my experience during that week.

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yök Casa + Cultura “…a new place that hasn’t lost its identity.”

Everything started on the year of 2012 when I was developing a project called Eco Mobile Tour, a video platform specialized in ecological and sustainable tourism in Barcelona. During that period, I was searching for collaborators, future partners and sponsors to launch myself as an entrepreneur. On my quest, I found a very interesting project called R3project by Petz Scholtus, an apartment renovation based on the 5Rs of eco design: Reuse | Reduce | Recycle | Restore | Respect.

When we met to talk about our projects, I asked her if I could make a video about R3project and add it to my video platform. Surprisingly, she was working with another partner called Mari on a new bigger project.  When I heard about the subject,  a Catalan Modernism building transformed in an eco tourist apartments, I agreed to make a video about it, with total creative freedom.

First time there with my camera, even knowing that I was not alone, it was a bit creepy. A grey place without a living thing, full of shadows, abandoned for a decade. Each step forward inside made me wonder who lived there before, what kind of people would they be.

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In the beginning it was definitely very spooky to be inside but as soon as I started to film it, I became a part of it.  On that day, I also met by chance the photographer who was going to be one of the protagonists of my film, Benjamin Bjulve. My first impression of him, was that he would fit much more on that place than me. Later Petz told me he loved abandoned places and it was not his first time there. Benjamin has a big passion for old things, his place looks like a museum. Everything she said made sense the first time I met him.

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I never wanted to show any people on my film and my intention was always to focus on the filmed space itself. Build it as a central character in order to viewers empathize with.

The initial idea was to make a documentary where I would capture all the moments of the transformation and with that, build a visual narrative contrasting with the ambient sounds. The silence of the empty place with the noise of the constructors putting down the walls, the old versus the new, the abandoned and the inhabited.

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When editing all the footage, I came up with a very experimental version of what the film would be. I was going in a direction where I felt a bit lost, every time I watched it, I wasn’t feeling anything and I realized that my previous ideas were not working at all. I needed to add something more to create an empathy with the viewer, something that would trigger a certain curiosity to visit or to know more about this place.

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I showed the experimental version to Petz and told her about all my thoughts which led me to do that piece. I asked her if she could advise someone I could interview to give me more insight and maybe even to make part of the film. After mentioning some names, we agreed Benjamin would be the right person for it. He was not directly involved with yök and he was one of the few who spent more time inside, exploring each centimeter and each corner of the building, capturing with his photo camera how the light defined the immensity of the space.

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After interviewing Benjamin for about one hour came the difficult part. To build my script, I had to exclude a lot of interesting and funny things he had mentioned. For example, when he started to develop his passion for photography, was during his honeymoon in Paris, he was more interested on making photos of other things than his wife and him. When he was photographing yök, he would spend hours there without noticing the time passing by, even falling asleep there once.

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Almost every time when making a film you have to sacrifice scenes you like, in order to be composed as an “all” and not just made by pretty shots which don’t bring anything more than what you are seeing or hearing.

When I finally finished the script, I had to go back to yök and film what was missing, Benjamin’s direct contact with his pictures and the last shot of hanging the photo on the wall. With that I knew I could end without loosing its mysterious side, where after seeing it, the viewer would have the urge to see more.

It was definitely a very good and challenging experience.

Thank you Petz and Mari for giving me this opportunity and to all the people who helped me to make this film.

Photos by Benjamin Bjulve
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Antarctica: a year on ice – Documentary

“Fascinating… dazzling arctic vistas and otherworldly sights…vividly depicts a way of life that most of us, fortunately or not, will never get to experience.”
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a documentary about the earth’s southernmost continent, “Antarctica: a year on ice” from the director Anthony Powell.
It took ten years to be filmed and what attracted me to see it, was the fact which Powell, an independent filmmaker from New Zealand, used machinery build by himself to make stunning time-lapses on the the coldest, driest, and windiest place in the world.
There are no permanent human residents, only from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Several are the factors which don´t make it a very inviting place to visit, work or live, but to witness the Aurora Borealis, diamond dust and sun dogs must be a very rewarding experience.
Antarctica: a year on ice, is definitely a great journey for the most curious minds about this harsh continent.

Antarctica: A Year On Ice International Trailer from Anthony Powell on Vimeo.

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Mr. Marty is Back – The Wolf of Wall Street

Check Out the Trailer That Was Just Named the Best of the Year Wolf of Wall Street spot wins at Key Art Awards

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This is it: the best trailer of the year. Or at least that’s the opinion of the top award show for advertising in the cinema, TV and video game industries.

2013′s Grand Key Art Award for audio/visual, the highest honor in The Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards, has been bestowed on the trailer below for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, The Wolf of Wall Street.

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