Currently working on a second, more complex, version of the performance "Lisboa em Voo de Peixe".
This time I wanted to make a better animation, less illustrated, more animated. Therefore, and with some of the budget for the project, I invited four colleagues to help me animate it.
My mother is responsible for the music, I'm for the animation and a scene director, Caroline Bergeron, also engaged in the project.
While in charge of the making of the animation, I'm a Director, Producer, Designer and Illustrator/Animator. It's been a great experience, learning how to communicate and manage a team. My colleagues are amazing, and helping me as much as possible, making it not my animation project, but our project.
I've also asked a photographer, Pedro Tavares, to help by taking the photos when there are photographed backgrounds. I usually take initial photographs and send him these, which he uses as reference.
It's going well so far, we hope everything can be finished by November!
After its premiere in Lisbon, October 2015, the performance "Lisboa em Voo de Peixe" was selected to be presented again in 2016, for the Big Bang Festivals at Stavanger, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels and Lille.
As a performer (briefly at the beginning of the performance) and encharged for the animation/decoration of the space, I accompanied my mother (the harpsichordist) on this tour.
It was very interesting, being able to interact with such different audiences, and understand what children from different countries appreciated the most in the animation and the performance.
Fábrica das Artes, the department responsible for youth entertainment within Centro Cultural de Belém, invited my mother and me to develop a performance for the Music Rooms at the Big Bang Festival in Lisbon.
My mother, Joana Bagulho, highly regarded portuguese harpsichordist, was to be in charge of the music, while I was to illustrate something. That was the brief for the 15 minutes performance.
In May we started working on it, conceptualizing a story about Lisbon, our city, its changes, and how our mother-daughter relationship was to accommodate with my departure for England.
Soon enough came the story of a young girl (me) travelling through Lisbon, exploring cultural aspects of our city that usually pass unnoticed for the mass tourism media.
During that summer I created a very rudimentary animation, my first experience with it, more of a film made out of sequential illustrations.
My mother decided to play contemporary music, composed by Daniel Schvetz, since there's rarely opportunity to expose young audiences to contemporary music (besides, played on harpsichord!).
It was an amazing first experience as an "animator/director", and the performance was a success!
After its premiere in Lisbon, it was selected to go on tour with the BigBang Festival in 2016.
REPORTAGE OF THE FESTIVAL (portuguese):
Portuguese illustrator, studying Animation in Bristol, England.