Adapting to a new job takes a lot of free time away from you, especially when it means moving to a new town. It isn’t easy to get used to the new schedule and the slower rhythm of living on the mountainside, but I’m getting there.
The last few weeks have had a few ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. RTP fits in the second category. Last summer I was part of a project called 100 Seconds of Science. Since we were full on focused on Reação Espontânea’s and 1+1’s pre-production stages, this extra project ended up being more of nuisance than anything.
We had to go to Lisbon to interview a researcher in the field of molecular biochemistry about the blending of metal nanoparticles in graphene molecules. The first interview went ok but we had a little problem with the sound. They told us to go back and redo it.
I was busy scouting locations for 1+1 so they asked me to edit the interview since the previous editor had to take my place as cameraman. I did it in about two days and uploaded the rough cut and the rest of the material to their in-house server.
Months went by and we never got the official green light from the company that ordered this video. Last month, RTP decided to air the full range of 100 Seconds of Science videos as public service adds. I was surprised to see that the video that ended up on TV had nothing to do with the version I submitted. They used footage from the first interview and did a poor job editing the video. The graphics were appalling and the b-roll made no sense. Unfortunately, due to legal issues I am unable to publish my version of this video. I will try to find a way around it, but until then you can watch the aired version here and see for yourself.
Not all news from RTP are bad, they’ve just announced that they’ll be re-airing Magneto. Starting this Saturday at 19h30 on RTP 2 you can rewatch your favourite episodes of Reação Espontânea and 1+1. For those of you with short memory, don’t forget to check out these shows first episode overview.
A new month is ahead of us and Her Ideal’s latest edition is already out and making some noise. This May, Her Ideal is celebrating their first birthday and my article “Living Portugal” has the honour to showcase in the front cover of this month’s edition.
Be sure to read it! I will do my best to keep you up to date on my new life in Covilhã and with any new developments relevant to my current and previous positions. Until then, don’t forget to rewatch Magneto. This time it’s on a friendlier schedule.