This is the result of a project in Audiovisual media for the bachelor’s degree in Communication with enphasis in Editorial Production at Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo, Brazil (2011).
‘Espelho D’Água’ ( in English: Water Mirror) is a short movie based on the poem ‘A Meditação sobre o Tietê’ by Mário de Andrade, a renowed figure that engaged the Modernism moviment in brazilian literature. This poem was written only 13 days before his heart suddenly stopped beating, but only posthumously published in ‘Lira Paulistana’ (1945).
A criterious analysis of the poem was made in order to allow us to identify the concepts behind the poet’s words and were essential to translate words into an audiovisual product. The elements we based ourselves on were: water, mirror (and also all the thoughts, metaphors and comparisons with the poet himself to Tietê’s river), night (hopelessness, soul and darkness) and the conflict of the poem’s main chacarcter.
Mário de Andrade loved São Paulo city very passionately, but also hated it in the end, mainly because of the course that politics was taking. These feelings were evoked to the short movie’s main character called Prestes, a systems analyst, who after an unexpected announcement, starts to think deeply about his choices, mistakes, all his ommissions and eventually the course that his life has taken.
The base scenes were recorded with a Nokia N95 cellphone. The techinique used was digital rotoscoping, in which frames were worked in Adobe Photoshop before being reunited in Adobe After Effects for the final scene with effects and color corrections.
Cristiano Siqueira, Katharina Cotrim, Nathália Alves.
Requiem-Kyrie, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791
Lacrimosa, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, 1791.
Prof. Dr. Paulo A. C. Vasconcelos
Prof. Ms Roberto F. da Silva
Profa. Dra. Sandra T. Valenzuela