From Those Wonderful Guys Who Discovered the World Celebrates Shoot Success
From Those Wonderful Guys Who Discovered The World (FTWGWDtW) played host to the award winning Bulgarian Clamer Production Studio for Malina, a seasoned performer of Bulgarian pop music. Lisbon was chosen for two reasons: variety of locations and costs.
Director Georgi Manov, an experienced director shot last year in Cuba and wanted the same “no restrictions” type shoot in Portugal.
FTWGWDtW arranged a general permit, which allowed a lightweight crew to wander freely filming a great variety of pre- selected locations. Working with a small crew and limited entourage, the company slipped in and out of some special places armed with a RED and a box of interesting lenses and went nearly unnoticed, except for the odd shouts of: “Whatcha doing” from inquisitive tourists.
Moving through the old sections of Alfama, and down the hill to Praça de Commercio, the crew captured great candid and other controlled scenes.
Day two was a major dance sequence with Malina and a local professional dancer Miguel in a warehouse overlooking the Tagus River with large windows pouring in sunlight.
Day three was shot in the shadow of the Sintra National Palace, a fantastic historic home Quinta da Santiago, filled with antique furniture and history seeping from the walls. More singing and dancing ensued.
Day four was another runaround starting on the beach in Estoril, moving to Cascais and then onto a social club in Lisbon with billiard tables and grilled sardines. This was the last official day of the summer holidays and could have been a nightmare, but thanks to the help of the local Maritime Police, FTWGWDtW kept the crowds at bay and nailed the shots required.
The day terminated on Priaia de Magoite with its thundering Atlantic waves and sheer rock face rising up a couple of hundred feet.
On arrival the beach was completely covered in fog, making any producer grab Google Earth looking for alternatives, but soon a breath of wind came along, allowing the most glorious sunset to poke through and light the final scenes of the star on the beach.
Great footage, good times and happy clients and as director Georgi says, he has enough footage for two films.