What a great return! The lovely Espiga once again hosted CreativeMornings/Porto this last Friday, May 20th 2016, with Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues. The young documentary filmmaking duo brought a very interesting look into their creative process and how reality is sometimes best served as... animated film.
As Joel Faria set about drafting the event's participants and Filipe Brandão snapped his first photographs, Espiga's Hugo and Inês were busy serving a great and nourishing breakfast for all atendees. Visitors arrived tired after navigating through unusual traffic in downtown Porto so early in the morning but were soon uplifted by Luís Silva's warm greeting at the reception table and by a cup of Espiga's espresso.
Being the month of CreativeMornings/Porto third anniversary, everyone also enjoyed these delicious and sweet cupcakes by Piquenique, further lifting everyone's spirits.
Catarina David and her friend Cláudia arrived and setup up their video gear, signaling it was time. New host Eduardo Morais to made a video call to Coimbra, so that CreativeMornings/Porto founder Gil Ribeiro made a surprise appearance wishing godspeed to a new stage in the chapter's history!
Without further ado, Eduardo introduced Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues to the audience.
Joana and Patrícia explained how their documentary Pronto, Era Assim, arose from the duo's previous experience working in local charities. For this documentary, they spent nine months collecting the life stories of a group of seniors at a local community centre.
The speakers then invited the audience to listen to audio clips of their interviews, video excerpts of the same interviews, and said excerpts in their final animated form.
The audience was asked to debate which form seemed to convey the 'fullest' representation of reality - whether the 'dry' studio interviews, or the detailed animation; which allowed the filmmakers to include many small details provided by the interviewees as part of the set décor, the animated figures' gestures, or as part of the animated figures themselves.
Joana and Patrícia described the painstaking animation process which took a further nine months after collecting the interviews, and thus presented some 'making of' clips, striking as demonstrations of the relationship between reality and memory.
After a brief Q&A with the audience we gave Joana and Patrícia a very warm thank you for their amazing talk. We extended them our invitation to the next CreativeMornings/Porto June 17th, again with Hugo and Inês’ delicious breakfast at Espiga!