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Ema Nudar Umanu - Feature Film

We just finished a feature film project in Dili, Timor Leste.

Production took only 1 week preproduction (including script writing), and 12 days shoot - distributed in 3 weeks - to be completed.

The picture look was based on the photography of Pedro Costa Ossos and Casa de Lava.

The frame and camera movements were derived from Lisandro Alonso La Libertad and Los Muertos.

I finally opted for an extra layer of warmth to the image to avoid reducing the drama to a gothic form and to compensate with the highly comic-dramatic aspect of its characters and story.

Light was composed of 3x tungsten 100W bulbs and 2 dimmers. Everything else was shot in natural light using a round silver photo reflector when needed.

Due to the lack of industry supplies, we had to build the followings:

- cine (black) foil

- clapper board

- electrical wiring

- boom stick

This project would have not been possible without the unlimited generosity of the people of Timor Leste and the inspiring work of Thomas Henning and Jonas Rusumalay Diaz.

Film Grabs


Making Of Stills - photography courtesy of Juventino Madeira and others.

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