200 Meter Dash
With just five days left to wrap-up post-production on 1+1 and Reação Espontânea, there’s nothing like a quiet weekend to just sit back and smell the roses. Last Friday both shows had to go through our last executive meeting, and I’m glad to say they’ve both passed with flying colors.
Five down, one to go
Last week I’ve managed to finish editing on five episodes of Reação Espontânea. The last one just sat there, eager to be completed, however our production scheduled forced us to reshoot some of the footage from our pilot (yes, funny as it may be, our last episode is actually our pilot), and the only day we could do it was today. Like in the pilot, this episode tells us all about the natural aging process and what Miguel Godinho’s team at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência are trying to do to help slow it down. With the last set of footage being filmed today I’ll be able to wrap it up in the next few days, leaving everything else in the trustworthy hands of our 3D modeling and design team.
As for 1+1, there are still a few issues to be overturned, especially for animation design and audio post-production. Overall the executive meeting was quite positive, the reshoot did wonders for some of the episodes but we still need that little extra step to go from good to great. The confidence boost from having the executive team lay their faith on our hands is the right amount of fuel that we need to start up this engine and take it to the finish line. As a director I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s efforts.
200 going on 20
I’ve unlocked a personal achievement this past week. No Sense of Reason, my oldest published blog, has finally reached its 200th post. Created on January 17th 2006, No Sense of Reason is my longest ongoing project. Although I don’t always have the time to keep its articles up to date, there hasn’t been a month without at least one new post. In January 2010, celebrating its 4th anniversary I decided to branch out my reach in the blogosphere and created a few themed blogs for some of my creative and professional writing, leaving No Sense of Reason with the hard task of being my beacon for opinion, commentary and heartfelt chronicles. A personal online diary, if you will, filled with numerous well thought criticism of current events.
I can’t believe it’s been almost seven years since my first post. This blog accompanied me through college, grad school, work, after work, after work. It’s a silent friend that no matter what is always ready to listen to whatever I have to say. Like I wrote on my last entry, “this blog is more than a diary, it’s part of me.”
I don’t see this landmark as the fork in the road for my blogosphere adventure. It’s just a stepping stone on the long road ahead of me. These were only the first 200 steps, we still have a long way to go.
Back in Focus
“Whether it's impossible or laughable, great men open up paths of battle. If there's a wall we break it down, if there's no path we make one with our bare hands.” I don’t think there is any better way to describe last weekend’s reshoot of 1+1. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after going against all odds and still managing to come out a winner.
Even though a lot of people were betting against us, we managed to reshoot two and a half episodes in two days with practically no delays. Like I said the last time around, the team was simply fantastic, managing to overturn all of the obstacles that crossed our path, while maintaining a cohesive work environment. Thanks again to our great cast, Rui Spranger, Mikaela Lupo and Salvador Nery, their experience and skilled acting were what made it possible for us to wrap everything up in the short time that we had.
After this past week of editing the results are looking promising. All six episodes will be finished and ready to air by November 23rd. Sources close to the big bosses are whispering about a February 2013 premiere. I’ll be sure to post any further developments as soon as the show’s air date is green lit.
We’re already getting some feedback on national magazines, thanks to Mikaela Lupo’s agency, Glam. You can check out their press release right here.
Reação Espontânea is on tracks for a successful November 23rd wrap-up as well. After finishing up the last set of interviews, all six episodes are now in an advanced editing stage. The first episode is already good to go, with four more on the way. Funny enough it’s the pilot episode that’s giving us a bit of a headache. One of its interviews is scheduled for November 18th! That’s right just five days before the due date. I hope it goes smoothly, I don’t want to lose any sleep over this.
If everything goes according to plan I hope to have all of the other five episodes ready for post-production by the end of next week.
Back to the editing room I go to get ready for the final stage. If you don’t hear from me over the next few weeks, no need to worry, I promise I’ve been eating and getting at least eight hours of sleep.
Just remember, whatever problem comes your way the solution is always as simple as one plus one!