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The priority of today was to get b-roll (ambiance footage) from high income neighborhoods in São Paulo, such as Pacaembu, Higienopolis, Cerqueira Cesar, and Jardim Paulista.
We started off by going to the Pacaembu Stadium, one of the prettiest and most historic stadiums in Brazil. In a very central location, the Pacaembu sits inside a valley, so aside from its well maintained facade, you can barely notice that you are next to a football stadium, the side walls being only about twelve feet tall. Saturdays are farmer’s market days in the square in front of the main entrance and the place was full of people, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, making for a very colorful decor. Saturdays are also when collectors gather to trade stickers of football players from the World Cup, hence the topic of conversation that ruled in the busy square.
From there, we headed to the other neighborhoods, focusing on skylines and the overall urbanism of São Paulo. The weather was awesome, but the natural light wasn’t the greatest. Nonetheless, we were able to get amazing shots of this concrete jungle that we find ourselves in.
With a little bit of daylight left, we headed to Oscar Freire street, the “Champs Élysées” of São Paulo. It is always puzzling to witness such level of luxury and comfort in a city where poverty constantly reminds you of its presence. No matter how long you stay here, it is something you can never get used to: hungry 8 year olds begging for a coin outside a Louis Vuitton or a Nespresso boutique.
This was a very important shooting day for us. The entire team met at our headquarters at 7am to go to the Ibirapuera Park (São Paulo’s “Central Park”) to shoot the film’s main introduction scene.
After a lot of planning between our director Shaan and our producer Alexandre, we opted for shooting this scene today, on a Sunday. Other than taking advantage of the nice weather, we wanted to hit two birds with one stone: get there very early to make our shots before the park got crowded, and then stay a little longer to get some b-roll once people started showing up. To our surprise, the Ibirapuera was already packed once we arrived (at 7:30am!) and the location where we wanted to shoot was already taken. So much for waking up early… But, since everything happens for a reason, after walking a little bit more, we ended up finding an even better spot, empty, just there, waiting for us to use it.
The shots came out great and we headed back to our headquarters to regroup before leaving at 3pm to pre-interview our first character with whom we are going to watch the 1st game of the World Cup. (Spoiler alert) She is a very interesting person and you, and we, are in for a treat on June 12th. In the meantime, our hardworking post-production team stayed in to finish editing all the cool stuff we are going to release today.
Photo credits to Shaan Couture, and Elia Stein.