The plan is to go to Portugal, film in the capital Lisbon, we know that is its a colourful cultural full of life city, crowded with artists and I definitely want to explore that. My Cousin is half Portuguese and visits regularly so I asked him if he or his family knew people and they recommended we go to algarve to visit the oldest restaurant in the city and get to know the owner.
We also talked to other friends who informed us on the culture so that when we arrive we would be able to adjust easily with and film within the law.
Our accommodation is with Air b&b and because we are aware that they must deal with tourists on a regular basis we contacted the landlord, even asked for tips on how to get around and what we need to know for when we arrive. As the documentary needs to depict real life we wanted to know the not so touristic places so we wouldn’t spend so much time figuring it out when we got there.
Obviously we couldn’t only rely on friends information, that is why we looked online for everyday people based in Lisbon who are artistic. On Instagram we found a street artist who seemed interesting plus unique. He as almost two thousand followers and he represented himself as quite a character so we knew we wanted to meet him. However, I know we have to be aware that there is a risk that he will not want to be part of the project and we would need a plan B.
Both street art and Street football is popular is Portugal so it would be amazing if we figured out a way we could link the two because the pair have a lot in common like the rural destination, the passion that goes into it, also more times than not these people come from similar backgrounds, usually working class, this is their way of expressing theirselves.
Looking on the Huffington post there was an article on street art in Lisbon, its so fascinating because it literally transforms the building. There is a political rebellious agenda behind it, not just a painting .
Watching similar documentaries like the Belgium ‘The City Game’ influenced as i felt the people being so genuine about the sport that they loved it really highlighted how strong a community can be. I hope our film can affect people in the same way spreading positivity.
Artists such as Banksy influenced me because of his work around London, I’ve grown up seeing certain pieces of his in tottenham where I grew up and its really cool how you don’t know anything about an artist but you know so much about how they think and feel through their art and thats the same with street artists.
Shepard Fairey the founder of a big clothing Obey is also one of my inspirations, he is also a street artist. People argue he is mainstream and his values have changed so then his art is not the same. Thats whats amazing depending on your situation influences what you make and how the public perceive you. He was very much the stereotypical street artist who loved skateboarding, just a rebel in general but I am sure he is more than that that is why its going to be interesting finding more on the people of portugal.
What I have done is looked at other interviews with other artists and seen what questions would be good to incorporate in out video. Basquiat a very talented artist who died at the peak of his career due to drugs abuse. His work looked quite child like but very relatable, what I love was he did not try and fit in. After watching the video I realised that you need to research into the artists work and the questions will come from there as every artist is unique so everyone will have different questions.
We intend to distribute it by sending it to film festivals, I’ve been looking at Cannes and Sun dance and if you want to submit it as a short film/ documentary then the recommended length is under 15 minutes as it needs to fit in with their schedule.
Social media will be a heavy influence on the success of the film and that is the cheapest and most convenient way of distributing our film ensuring all family and friends see it. However, many festivals will not accept the film if its available to the public so this is a decision we are going to have to make.
Short films like Hagreseb done well line many festivals internationally and I would like to follow the same success. The reason for this is because of a trailer, the audience need
some sort of idea leading them to decide wether the film is for them or not. Advertising and marketing make or break a film.
By Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington. (2014). Exploring Lisbon As A Street Art Tourist. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-rojo-steven-harrington/lisbon-street-art_b_5611789.html. . (1), The Huffington Post.