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Sikat Subar
year 2019, duration: 09min. 26sec.

Futu Manu: Cockfight in East Timor Futu manu (it means Cockfight in Tetum) is a tradition in East Timor that started hundreds / thousands of years ago. Some archaeologists believe that cockfight started in western asia, due to archeological findings in East-Timor that date more than 3000 years ago.

Cockfights are organized to mark pagan rituals and ceremonies and are the backbone of the gaming industry in the country. In many cases, they are the only source of work and income for many families. There are several futu manu venues in Dili, where the fights take place every day in the afternoon, ending when the night falls. The fights are controlled by men and attract men and boys of all ages and backgrounds.

Even though Cockfighting is banned in many countries for its cruelty, it is rooted and thrives as the national hobby in East Timor. With more than 40% of the population living with less than $0.55 per day, many people turn to futu manu as a quick way to earn (or lose) money. "Foreigners do not realize that", one participant said. "But this actually helps us pay for our children's education. This keeps them in school."

This is a sample of the feature documentary film that I am working on at the moment. It's now in the post-production stage. This is not the final edit. Please do not share without acknowledging and with the permission from the film director.






STONES ON THE PATH
year 2017, duration: 01min.

A one minute documentary about how river stones changed the life of two men for the better.  Two men who live in a reception centre (residential home or homeless shelter) found a way to make a living through urban art and this changed their lives for the better.

CREDITS (in order of appearance) :
Aldomiro Manuel Rocha dos Santos
Pedro da Silva Baptista
Original song (improvisation) by: a man by the river




100 Jahre Fatima (100 years of Fatima) 
year 2017, duration: 26min. 16sec.

A documentary produced by ORF 2, an Austrian television channel owned by ORF.

An anticlerical republic, the First World War, bitter poverty in the country: the story of the three Portuguese shepherd children who saw the mother gods emerged in difficult times. Years later dictator António Salazar 'made the phenomenon' Fatima an essential part of his authoritarian regime. Above all, the heavenly message of a 'conversion' of Russia pleased the strict anti-Communist. When the dictatorship was overthrown with the revolution of 1974, the end of Fatima seemed to many. But its popularity is also unbroken in democracy. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to the place of grace and bring their worries and needs with them. Now a new climax is coming: the Pope is expected, Jacinta and Francisco will be sanctified.

editorial staff: Thomas Bogensberger
layout: Christian Rathner
voice over:  Angelica Lang, Thomas Eichhorn
camera: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
sound: Olimpio Alves, aka Nino
narrative / journalist:  Christian Rathner




ALMA
year 2014, duration: 6min 18sec.

Carolina Morais Fonseca, a portuguese dancer and choreographer. Born in 1981, she travels all around the world teaching and learning Gypsy dances.
In this short documentary, Carolina present us her project / show named ALMA (which means soul).

 ...this frame is inserted into the creative process of my next show called Alma ( that means soul). The creation has a structure unlike any other, giving birth to a choreographically solid and structured base, allowing the expression of the nature of the soul and it s unusual and spatial manifestation. This creation is transformed and adapted to each city or theater where it is performed , enriched and transformed by local artists with new shapes and compositions, never changing The essence of the soul, like a deep, bright and indestructible diamond…



Lock-in Vibration
year 2021, duration: 03min.

This video was made as a response to a proposed a challenge:

"A two to three-minute video on an individual of your choice, discussing the impact of the pandemic on their life."



Untold Stories from Lisbon
year 2015, duration: 06min. 41sec.

Synopsis:

"Two parallel stories of two unknown travelers who arrive in Lisbon for the 1st time. A girl and a boy who do not know each other will explore the city. By following them we are taken trough 2 different adventures in the city, driven by their personal thoughts, experiencing their emotions. Using a more cinematic 'City Portrait' visual style, the city will unfold to us through the eyes of the 2 strangers."

This video was produced for Streemfire GmbH, a cloud based broadcasting platform that lets you create, manage and maintain a form of video playout which resembles the linear content programming structure of a traditional TV station. In order to promote this new platform, they created a channel made for citizens of the world who enjoy to travel and brings local stories to global audiences.
Filmmakers from all over the world were challenged to create alternative portraits about their cities and its urban residents - off the beaten track.
The call was the following:

As globetrotters, we know that the best suggestions often come from locals. So we’re asking you to give us the local point of view. What’s amazing about your city, town or neighborhood?
When friends visit, where do you take them? What are the “must sees” or the current 'hot spots'?
Videos should be able to stand on their own and adequately present their topic. All material presented in the videos (including soundtrack) should be original, from the authors, or the authors should have proper permission to use it. They must be between 2 and 5 minutes long and be narrated in English.
You will be expected to handle all aspects of production and deliver a fully edited final cut.
The videos can be formatted like travel logs, where you act as a host, taking us around the city, or they can be formatted as beautiful portraits that are cinematic and more experiential.

And here is the final result :



Madeira Island - Portugal year 2017, duration: 08min. 04min.

This short short documentary was created for Grand Circle Travel and produced by Compass Light Productions. I was invited by Compass Light Productions to travel in Madeira Island - Portugal and shoot this film in 2 days.

"With Grand Circle Cruise Lines, traveling is about more than sightseeing. It’s about immersing yourself in other cultures, sharing the warm camaraderie of like-minded American travelers, and feeling comfortable, safe, and well-cared for every step of the way. Beyond included sightseeing tours of each locale and port-of-call, our exclusive Discovery Series events will transport you to the heart of local life and culture."

"Grand Circle Corporation is a global enterprise—comprised of a family of travel companies—committed to changing people’s lives by offering high-impact experiences to our travelers and building local communities through philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. Grand Circle Travel offers distinctive international vacations for older Americans."




PAROVEL
year 2016, duration: 29min 52sec.

PAROVEL is a documentary produced by The Council of Europe and the European Commission as part of the ROMED2 programme (Mediation for Roma), a project focused in building up the capacity of Roma communities to participate in democratic governance through mediation.
Parovel‬ was launched on 8 April 2016, International Roma Day, during an official ceremony in the Council of Europe.
“Parovel” in Romani language means “Change”.
Parovel is a documentary about the changes in four Roma communities in Romania and Portugal.

Synopsis:
Four communities in Europe with four very different contexts and a myriad of individual stories. 'Parovel' follows the changes – little or big - achieved at local level through community participation among Roma.

I worked as co-director and I was responsible for filming in Portugal. I also shot segments of the documentary in Budapest - Hungary and in Brussels - Belgium.
Mihai Bodea, was the co-director responsible for filming in Romania and Milutin Jovanovic was the the director responsible for the script, supervising and joining the 4 stories (two from Portugal and two from Romania). Nenad Mladenović was the main editor working side by side with Milutin Jovanovic.

Later, I was responsible for finalizing the editing (final cut), adjust and embed the subtitles, create the documentary teaser, create the official website and for the distribution of the film (in film festivals and broadcast companies).

PAROVEL teaser:



Um gesto de amor
year 2011, duration: 1min.

This film was created for the One Minute Movie Film Festival - Portugal 2011.
The genre / category was free to choose and we took feature minute / fiction among the available choices (fiction, documentary, advertising movie, video-art and animation).
The theme for all this categories was: "Ainda, o Natal" that translated to English is something like "There's still Christmas".

Movie Synopsis:
Christmas time seemed to be sad, but Joe (Zé) discovers in a simple stone pavement the most valuable of all gifts. - True love lasts forever.

Credits:
Script: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Photography: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade & Susana Jorge
Music by: FNors (Sergio Durán Toledano)
Director: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Editing, Post-Production & Compositing: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Actors:
Diogo Ricardo Dias – Zé
Maria João Falcão – girl in the house
Pedro Mendes – man in the street
Suzana Branco - women in the street



winner triplic'ARTE short film fest Official Selection  Cologne One Minute Film Festival Official Selection One Minute Film & Video Festival Aarau 2012


Bom, muito bom, supréme...
year 2011, duration: 2min.

This short movie was created for the "Fá-las Curtas!" competition. Fá-las Curtas (Make it short)! is a TV show in RTP2 (national portuguese broadcast company - channel 2).
As a competition, each week two teams of young designers (18 to 35 years old), a screenwriter and a director , must be carried out under the eye of the camera, a short film lasting 2 minutes . They have to deal with the same place, same actors, same costumes and accessories. In three days, participants must write their script, make the cut, meet the cast and crew, turn and make the final cut of their film. At the end of each episode, viewers are invited to vote for the best short film.

Director: Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Script: Tiago Carvalho & Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Stars: Sofia Aparício and João Didelet



Estou para aqui assim...
year 2010, duration: 3min.

This is a short clip created for the "micro films for macro causes" film competition on the theme of "Poverty and Social Exclusion", included on the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion campaign.

Shoot less than 8 hours, in documentary style, this film aims to be demonstrate that some things that for us might look simple and easy to achieve, might be almost impossible to others. Simple things like to participate in this contest, requires that the participants know a bit on how to film, have access to a video camera, have access to a computer, know how to read and how to write, have friends to work with, etc..

In order to submit the film to the competition, participants need to have access to the Internet, introduce their names, address, telephone number, email address, etc..
Things that for many still not possible to have.
So we decided to ask those people questions like:
  • Do you know how to make a film?
  • Have you ever been to school?
  • What do you need to make a film?
  • What is that you own? What is actually yours? What is the most valuable thing that you have?
  • Do you know how to read and how to write?
  • Do you have friends?
  • Where do you live?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your birth date?
  • Can you give me your telephone number?
  • Have you ever worked with a computer?
  • Do you know what the Internet is?
  • What would you do if you win 3000€ ?

The responses were strong and deep, and it was quite hard to cut and select from the footage to get only 3 minutes.
Sometimes we forget that some of the most simple things in our life, are impossible to reach to many.
We won the competition and received 3000 € prize, which we decided to share with the persons in this video.

Original version:



winnerofficial selection documentary film showcase


To watch the extended version / director's cut (with scenes that were edited out for the competition release added back), click here.


Olho de Boi...
year: 2010, duration: 6min 35 sec.

This short movie was created for the the 48 Hour Film Project, Lisbon 2010.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.
On Friday night, the teams get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.

For this film we had:
  • Character: Sr./Sra. Paulo ou Paula da Fonseca, Porteiro (Concierge)
  • Prop: um espelho (a mirror)
  • Line of Dialogue: "Quem disse isso?" ("Who said that?")
  • Genre: Mockumentary (also known as a mock documentary or fictional documentary).

In about a week I joined all the team and did some pre-castings so we had enough actors to cover all the possible genres. The crew had never worked together and it was a challenge to all involved to be working for the first time in the same team. At the end we got the Audience Award (group A) for the Lisbon 48HFP.



film festival audience award


CINEMA WORKSHOPS
year 2017, duration: 01min.

CINENA WORKSHOP is an intensive training course (16h in 2 days) that I created years ago and where the participants learn about video and photography and put it practice by participating in a real production. During the Workshop, the trainees participate in the shooting of a film with invited artists and professionals, putting into practice the acquired knowledge. I teach multimedia and cinema since 2006.
Bellow you can watch a Youtube Playlist with all the videos produced during the several editions.
For more information about the Cinema Workshop please click here.




Frita, mas con ganas de vivir
year: 2006, duration: 4 min 31 sec.
Synopsis:

A french fried potato, that can represent any of us, fights and escapes the fatal destiny creating a whole new life from that moment forward.


Stop motion animation. This film results from a film school exercise (how can a external sound effect a character). This video was shot in 16:9 but, due to wrong encoding settings while converting it to web playable format, it was converted to 4:3. At the end, I liked the deformation it caused to the image and I decided to keep it.





Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Professional Film Production Services
Filmmaker | Director & Cinematographer
Videographer: Cameraman, Camera Operator. Aerial video cinematography. Locations: Lisbon, Lisboa Porto and Algarve - Portugal
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