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EL DUENDE SHORT FILM

El Duende is a short film written and directed by Maria Inês Lopes, who also stars in it. 

Filmed in Madrid in 2015 as the final project of the Master's in Film Direction at TAI School of Arts and Entertainment. Shot in 2 periods of 7 hours imposed by the school.

Mariana (Maria Inês Lopes), a woman in her late twenties, lives in Madrid with her close friend Pepa (Tosca Schönberg). These two young foreign women strive through their everyday life on the path into full adulthood in the city they love albeit not their own. As they go through another ordinary day, Mariana tells Pepa about “el duende”, who just passed by her on the street, a stranger whom she used to have constant fortuitous encounters with around the city, exchanging intense looks but no words. An urban fairytale about chance, connection and friendship. 

FESTIVALS
STILL SHOTS
 
  TRAILERS / BRANDING / MAKING OFFS
 
FILM EXERCISES

All these exercises were made as a student of the Master's in Film Direction at TAI, Madrid. All of these were directed, written, produced, filmed (unless not fixed shots where she acts herself), by Maria Inês Lopes.

O SONHO (the dream)
EXERCISE TIME IN SPACE
Exercise premisses: Passing of time. Fix Shots. Framing.
A girl is in her own home. Over the course of three days she has a recurring dream of the sea, which pursues her in her apparently trivial daily actions.

Text from Sophia de Mello Breyner, Histórias da Terra e do Mar . The text is used to express an idea and state of emotions, but the concept of the film and the original idea are by Maria Inês Lopes.

Music: “Bairro Alto” João Berhan
This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.

MORNING
EXERCISE TIME IN SPACE

Music: “Someday” The Strokes * “We might be dead by tomorrow” Soko * ”Ham So Ham” Deva Premal

This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.

Exercise premisses: Passing of time. Fix Shots. Framing.
LA ESPERA (the waiting)
EXERCISE SEQUENCE SHOT
Exercise premises: To film a sequence shot.

A young girl, in a her bedroom, in a pure daily moment, awaits for an answer.   

Sequence shot with movement.

LA ESPERA (the waiting) (another)
EXERCISE SEQUENCE SHOT
Exercise premises: To film a sequence shot.
It was filmed a sequence shot in a still shot. A young man awaits for something or someone in a city park.
LETTER TO YOU
EXERCISE: IN SEARCH OF THE LOST TIME

Exercise premises: Recount, recall, remember, filed videos, personal documentary, diary. Works: “In search of The Lost Time”, Marcel Proust; “Sans Soleil”, Chris Marker; Work of Jonas Mekas.

This film was made solely with archive images that were not filmed with the intention of this exercise. A collage was made up out of them from a text written by Maria Inês Lopes in the form of letter and a list of “I believe in”.

Music: Yann Tiersen - "Comptine d'une autre été" & "Le Moulin" - This is an academical film with no comercial purposes. I do not own the musical material.

This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.

Exercise premisses: Passages between cuts and times and spaces.
AO MEIO-DIA NO CAMÕES (at noon in camões)
EXERCISE PASSAGES
EXPRESS YOURSELF
EXERCISE PASSAGES
Exercise premisses: Passages between cuts and times and spaces.

A young woman is victim of a series of disencounters while being tormented in an dreamlike stroll through the city (of Madrid).

À GRAÇA (at Graça)
EXERCISE MUSICAL INTERMISSION
Exercise premisses: The use of diegetic music as the action starting point.
A young woman is getting home at the end of the day. A city, a neighbourhood, a house. A typical day, although from another decade, in a typical  Lisbon’s neighbourhood. The typical music sounding on the radio triggers and translates emotions not as trivial as the everyday moment itself.

Music: “Caracóis” & “Nem às paredes confesso” Amália Rodrigues. 

This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.

À MINHA IRMÃ (to my sister)
EXERCISE REALITY VS FICTION
Exercise premisses: Join and play with FICTION & REALITY through a close up of a human face looking directly at the camera.
Different archive images were used, from “home videos” with  a documentary style, relative to different moments of time and space. As they were  re-edited, a new interpretation was born, as a completely fictional meaning was attributed to them.
THE (K)NIGHT OF CUPS
EXERCISE CHARACTERS AND SPACE
Exercise premisses: Camera movements dependent on and dictated by characters.
DIARY #1
EXERCISE: DIARY
This is an exercise stemming from the premise of David Pelorv’s work “Diary”.

Shot in Madrid over several days, a diary made up of episodes from three days were chosen to be put together in a chronological order in a five minutes duration.

Music: “Céu Sem Fim” Zilversurf ft. Lykke Li. I do not own the musical material.

This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.l.

SEA (FROM A POEM FROM MUDANZA, L.S)

Collage of archive videos from a poem from the book Mudanza, by Lucas Soares (Buenos Aires, 1974).

A man walks around the city (of Lisbon) to meet someone who awaits him. 
Music: “O Pica do 7” António Zambujo 
This is an academical video with no comercial purposes. Maria Inês Lopes does not own neither the literature material nor the music.
 
VIDEO ESSAY
LOVE IN FILM

This is an academical videoessay with no comercial purposes. I do not own any of the audiovisual or musical material.

Filmography: In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar Wai / Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater / The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies / The Age of Innocence, Martin Scorcese / Manhattan, Woody Allen.
All the songs are soundtrack of the films above mentioned.

 
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