Back in Paris after six months in Vancouver. Feels so good to be back in my groove, to stretch my travel & creative legs again. Here until Sept 28, then off to Brazil.
I’m heads-down, working away on the final touches to my film and sheltering in Vancouver while we all wait to see what happens next. A gracious friend has provided a place to stay while I search out housing for my two-week-turned-indefinite hiatus here. I’m safe and healthy, grateful to be in a country with an excellent public health system. I miss my artist & close friends in Brazil, Albuquerque and Paris. Like almost everyone I talk to, it feels like the human species is waiting, holding our breath, in limbo. It’s the strangest kind of liminal space.
I’m working on the final tweaks to the music, sound design and colour for Cántame. Most of the film festivals have I’d planned to show the film at have or are in the process of being cancelled. I’m not sure what’s next for the film, but I know I want to finish it well and for as many people as possible to get the chance to see it.
For now, I’m spending my time inside like everyone else, peeking out for groceries and exercise, taking in too many zoom calls, learning, waiting and watching.
As the world dives into the descending chaos from COVID-19, I’m still in Brazil. I’m working on the final tweaks to the soundtrack and working with some great colleagues on the sound and colour. It’s probably in vain; most of the film festivals have or are in the process of being cancelled as we head to this new world. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the film, but I know I want to finish it well.
In the meantime I’m spending time in the mountains, enjoying the beach and eating fresh mangoes while all of this is still possible, preparing my mind and body for a possible few months of isolation and hibernation. Hopefully it will be a creative time. Until then, you can find me outside.
For context: I’ve been keeping a Now page up to date for the last few years. One of the things I miss is being able to look back and see a sequential record of what has been written. Experimenting with posting a semi-regular status update here on the blog.
In the calm before the storm, climbing to the highest place in Brazil, my host country as the world descends into madness. Time to take in something beautiful and let my spirit rest before the inevitable chaos heading this way.
A few wandering shots from a short weekend visit to Curitiba, Brazil. It’s a long winding climb up from the coast. The altitude gives the place more of a Pacific Northwest vibe than the rest of Brazil, which is now sweltering through mid-summer.
The film is complete. And it has a title. The IMDB submission has been made, festival submissions are beginning, and work on the trailer has begin.
What an unbelievable three years.
Documentaries rely heavily on audio transcription to transform interviews and conversation into a malleable form. Many new automated transcription tools have recently arrived on the scene, many with tight integrations to Final Cut and other editing software. Here’s a list of a few I’ve found most promising.
Aral Balkan has written an excellent treatise against surveillance capitalism and the rise of techno-fascism:
If we extend ourselves using technology, we must extend the scope of human rights law to include this extended self.—Aral Balkan