"MUSIC, FOR EXAMPLE, HAD A REVOLUTION IN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE MILLENNIUM BECAUSE PEOPLE REALISED THAT EVERYBODY IN EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANTE COULD MAKE THEIR OWN MUSIC AND RELEASE IT ON THE INTERNET. "
A Myriad Of Ideas
Screening Session: BLOCK 1
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
This is a metalinguistical video about the many ideas one can have when writing the script and filming. Every frame of the fast-paced part of the soundtrack is an image with a different style/design; sometimes, two images have some similarities, sometimes it doesn't. In the beginning and in the end, there's a scene that doesn't have any similarities with the rest of the video, because they are more slow-paced, and they represent the origin of the idea and the final form. It can be also the blooming of an idea and the ditching of the same idea .
Hi Lucas thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?
For me, it’s been actually easier than to most of people, I guess. That’s because even before pandemic takes place, I rarely go out of my house and already have a discomfort on agglomerations and other people besides my family touching me.
Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?
Yes, a lot. I made a feature and started to produce another two or three (or ever four, I didn’t decided it yet). I released a web series on YouTube (that I filmed before pandemic). Made some shorts and a music video. Took several photography and digital artwork (since I made my own posters). And I made music too, a lot of it.
Congratulations on having your film selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?
That was the very first festival to select this short in particular. So, I’m more than grateful: I’m honoured and speechless.
Can you tell me a little bit about A myriad of ideas, how did this film come about?
The first cut took me two weeks to make, the final cut took almost two years. Since it was a while ago, the first idea of making it is vanished from my mind. However, I remember that I was suddenly bone-dry. But when I’m run of ideas, I start to talk about how I’m run of ideas. That’s how this short film was born: a strange way of talking about having ideas to making films.
What where the biggest challenges you faced bringing your film to life?
Well, since this is my very first released short, I think that everything was sort of a challenge to me. But the biggest one was to make it happen, because I have a great difficult, even nowadays, to write a screenplay, since my approach to filmmaking is more spontaneous than rigid. And I was out of ideas.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
Just a single frame that I didn’t zoom enough.
Describe your film in three words?
Franticly bizarre slideshow.
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
It’s hard to say, because when I start to think about it, I don’t have a proper answer. The most honest answer I can give is: My passion comes from the creation of art that I don’t see often, that’s why I make experimental audiovisual works. Well, since I was a kid, I like to create my own stories with my toys, as every kid. But when I was a teenager, I have no clue on what career to pursue, then I choose Design by some reason; then I changed to Multimedia production, and then to Audiovisual production. I remember when I was on a gap year, I dreamed about becoming a filmmaker; but I was just a young adult on Brazilian Amazon, a region with almost no tradition on cinema, and I thought that was a very unpractical dream to pursue. Well, it’s still very unpractical, since I didn’t moved from Brazilian Amazon to work somewhere else, but with internet and ambition, this dream is becoming more practical every day. There’s so many great things here in Amazon to film and talk about, it’s very inspiring to live here.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?
There’s a quote I read once, “We shall not hurry, but we shall not waste our time”. This mantra I will take with me forever. Other has been more direct, for example: “don’t give up”, “don’t be lazy”, “catch references”, “have passion on what you do”.
"I’m not against the dark rooms and their big screen to see films, but I’m against the idea that that’s the only way we can really appreciate a film. "
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?
That’s the only way cinema can evolve to something else. I think that we’re on a tangle: cinema can be appreciate in every format imaginable, big screen, TV, internet, but there’s prominent people within the world of filmmaking that don’t like the idea of internet films. If we start to create barriers on what a film should be, where or when to release them, we’ll eventually kill this media. I think the magic of cinema is on the film itself, not on where we watch them. I’m not against the dark rooms and their big screen to see films, but I’m against the idea that that’s the only way we can really appreciate a film. Music, for example, had a revolution in the first decade of the millennium because people realised that everyone in every corner of the planet could make their own music and release on the internet. I think it is time to cinema do the same thing, specially the indie cinema. Indie cinema is a strange thing, because is both the most popular AND unpopular genre of film, since there’s a lot of people doing it and a lot of people ignoring it at the same time. I thinks that happens because they don’t fit on a single genre, they become more challenging and forward thinking than studio films most of times. Unfortunately, people are not encouraged to watch such films.
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
You have to begin filming with what you have in the moment. Please, don’t wait for the “right moment” or the “right equipment”, or even the “right producer” because every film start in your mind, not in your camera nor in other people’s mind. If you don’t have any equipment, not even a smartphone, so write down your ideas, don’t let them fall into oblivion.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from A myriad of ideas?
A slightly different way to see/make films and a feeling of “What I just saw?”