MJ + F | NYC Powerful Elopement | We are Everything
The Elopement we did in NYC marked us so deeply… we often think this is the perfect example on how influenced we are by the world that surrounds us. In 2018 we visited New York for the first time, and we came home amazed with it’s greatness… In top of visiting all the touristic places we could, we had such a good time with Mj & Fonzo just hanging around on subways and Starbucks, resulting in this cool Elopement video. Those days will be forever in our hearts!
We are so happy! This film just got the 2019 FOR LOVE’S SAKE (FLS) award, in Conceptual Film Category!! We couldn’t ask for more; Below, you can find our interview for FLS regarding This NYC Elopement
TELL US ABOUT PIXEL
Well, if you ask me about business, I have to say that this all started for every reason but business… We honestly see PIXEL as a lifestyle rather than a business itself. Nonetheless as things grow far beyond what we could ever imagined we got to a point where we simply can’t neglect the business part of it. In any case, me and my brother love to stay away from numbers so we just leave that part to the girls!
In what regards me as a person, I guess much of the above already provided a glimpse of who I’m I… I just LOVE my people, love what do and I and i’m humbled for all the good things that life gave me. I couldn’t ask for more. You know, I have never made any big plans for my life and i guess I’ve always surfed the next wave the way it presented. Nonetheless, I’ve always felt so close to photography and cinema, and yet, i grew up in a small rural village where the possibility of making your life on those areas was such a long shot, that option was never really on the table. Until 2012 I was just the guy who loved to spend some time editing personal stuff when suddenly the possibility of shooting a wedding just came up (thanks to a short film that I did after spending some weeks at Southeast Asia). From then on it was a hell of ride and here I stand, jobless and doing what I love the most!
Lastly, and above everything else, i would like to enphatize that this was really a teamwork (it always is). I fly out to NY with my brother João which has a HUGE part on this… This all started (PIXEL) with me and him and I’m a lucky bastard for being able to share my life the way I do with my brother, it is priceless. The girls back home are also so so IMPORTANT. Luisa, my girlfriend and mom of the most amazing kid in the world (and he’s everything to me) that plays such an important role in Pixel and that stands by me no matter what and Ana, my brother’s girlfriend, you rock babe…
Mom and Dad, thank you for taking us (me & my brother) to Cinema Batalha – an old and amazing cinema at Porto downtown – to see our first movie when we were just little boys. I guess that shaped us forever!
WHAT PART OF THIS FILM IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
In this NYC Elopement, “We are liquid love and creation” part, just love that mind-set! On the otherhand , we find the 1.52s – 1.58s part cool as well (from another point of view). Cool and dificult question!
COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EDITING PROCESS?
Actually it’s quite random and chaotic so it’s kinda hard to put it on words, still, main point is to get the good chemistry between the footage and the track, this is number one issue. The overall mood will rely on this. After that i guess it’s just a pure go with the flow, it something that you feel… I honestly can’t describe it at all!. When MJ first saw the film she text me saying “you’ve filmed my soul” and it’s probably that, all in all, it’s just a matter of having some soul on it! It’s not just about the editing it’s so much about what you get on the camera!
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME DURING THE WHOLE PROCESS?
Having so much cool footage to choose from. Good struggle though!
OKAY, THE QUESTION EVERYBODY ALWAYS ASKS….. LET’S GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY. WHAT WAS IN THE KIT-BAG DURING THIS WEDDING?
I would definitely like to make my kitbag smaller, however… Inside goes a:
– Canon 1DX MKII (I know, big and heavy but it’s a beast)
– a Samyang 35mm f1.5
– a Canon 45mm TS
– a Manfrotto Monopod.
However for NYC we also used a gimbal.
WAS THERE SOMETHING YOU LEARNED DURING MAKING THIS FILM?
Though one… well, I honestly think we’ve learned so much and grown at so many levels! I guess having filmed a soul was already a step forward!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS STRUCTURE OF STORYTELLING/EDITING?
No idea, no idea at all… Once i had decided the track I was just building up! At this point it was all about going with the flow, stimulating the senses and trying to translate with the footage what you felt rather than what you saw. All of this resulted in this NYC Elopement you are looking into!
HOW DID THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A SONG WENT?
Lately I had this song on my head (long before going to NY) – like that song you need to ear everyday – so when i fly out to NY I was already on it. At the end of the shooting day as soon as I got to the hotel I decided to see some footage on the laptop with this track on the background… and my mind was made!
WHAT OR WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION, IN GENERAL?
I would say music and my childhood memories are my biggest inspiration! Now That I reflect on that I realize how impactful they are. And, of course, Mr. Salomon Lighthelm is such a God for us!
IS THERE SOMETHING MORE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT THIS FILM?
Nothing really worth mention… i just had some amazing days with the guys and our good friend and talented photographer João Almeida! It will be forever special to us!