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UNION CASTLE ORAL HISTORIES, CAPTIVE MINDS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short documentaries, 5 x 6′, HD

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Captive Minds

SYNOPSIS: The Union Castle Oral Histories is a series of five short documentaries about the British shipping line Union Castle, which operated between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. Through interviews of former employees and archive footage, the series tells everyday life and anecdotes on board of the line ships, and constitutes an exceptional historical testimony of life at sea in the seventies. The series, produced by Captive Minds, is currently in development as a long-form documentary for a British broadcaster.

HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about the peculiar forms of entertainment people enjoyed on cruises in the past, so different from what we like today.

SIMONE, GRAB LIFE BY THE HANDLEBARS, JUNGLE CREATIONS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short documentary, 1 x 4′, HD

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Jungle Creations

SYNOPSIS: When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, exacerbating our vulnerabilities, it also created unexpected chances to rethink our priorities. Simone, a middle-aged care home worker, found in the outdoors a great way to heal from the virus: when she started cycling to speed up her physical recovery, she also found an opportunity to spend quality time with her son and reconnect with nature.

HIGHLIGHTS: Feeling refreshed by the positive energy that cycling brought to Simone.

THE REAL TOM THUMB, BBC

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning from 1 x 90′ to 2 x 40′, HD

COMMISSIONER: BBC

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: The extraordinary story of General Tom Thumb –  the world’s first global show business celebrity. Discovered at the age of four, and just 64cm tall, Stratton was a true child prodigy. His patron, P.T. Barnum, dressed the young Stratton in costume and trained him to sing and dance, transforming him from an unknown personality of the freak-show into an international superstar. His stardom truly reflected the age of his time, but was his career built on exploitation?

Originally produced for BBC as a one-off episode, the documentary has been turned into 2 episodes for sale purposes by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Tailoring the narrative to make a 90 minute documentary work as a 2 parts episodic film.

WILD GIBRALTAR, PALEARTIC FILMS

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning for the International Market, 1 x 52′, HD and 4K

COMMISSIONER: Paleartic Films 

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: Wild Gibraltar is a spectacular wildlife documentary featuring the varied and colourful animals which inhabit the border between Africa and Europe. On land and at sea, watch predators big and small wage age-old battles with nature and man.

Originally produced by Paleartic Films in Spain, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the International Market by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Apparently, censorship applies to animals as well, some of them don’t fit in the International market…but the chameleon will keep hissing at its preys!

THE BILLION DOLLAR FLOWER MARKET, CHANNEL 4

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning for the American market, 1 x 46′, HD

COMMISSIONER: CHANNEL 4

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: The flower industry is a $100 billion global business where the Dutch control the market. But there’s a chink in their armour! And the UK- the world’s fourth largest buyer of cut flowers- is fighting back. Meet the new generation of florists who are revolutionising the trade, from quirky home-grown buds to luscious displays at London’s National Gallery.

Originally produced for C4 as the ‘The Billion Pound Flower Market’, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the American Market by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Discovering that cultural differences apply to flowers as well for this adaptation for the American market.

MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN, DD PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 10′, 35 mm

DIRECTOR: Daniella Daemy

SYNOPSIS: My baby shot me down is an experimental film about domestic violence with a twist. A story about five women and their insatiable desire for revenge. A stylised, tarantinian fight back where violence is a contradictory, yet symbolic, response to the abuse. A film without dialogues, where the images and the music speak for themselves by being daring and empowering.

AWARDS:

  • Winner, Best Short Film, Open World Toronto Film Festival
  • Nominee, Best Editing, Southampton International Film Festival.
  • Winner, Best Short Film, Southampton International Film Festival.

Read the full review of the film here

HIGHLIGHTS: Editing the flashbacks of the abuses and trying to picture realistically yet sensibly the horrors that too many women face daily.

REQUIEM FOR A FIGHTER, EMPIRE PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor & Colourist

FORMAT: Film Trailer, 1 x 2′, 4K

DIRECTOR: Danny Patrick 

SYNOPSIS: Requiem for a Fighter is an innovative tale of family and unlicensed boxing in a close-knit Irish town. Kim Kold from Fast and Furious plays Lucas, a former Danish Army Officer who travels to Ireland to clear up the details of his estranged son’s death. This journey will lead him to discover unknown sides of his son’s life, build new bonds and fight for his son owns convictions.

HIGHLIGHTS: Outline a plot rich of storylines in just 2 minutes, showcasing a variety of dramatic moods, keeping at the same time the rhythm engaging and the story real.

KATIA, BS PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor and colourist

FORMAT: Short film, HD, 1 x 11′

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Sáenz

SYNOPSIS: Katia is a thriller short film set in a post-apocalyptic era.

Official selection at New Authors Section, Sigtes International Film Festival.

HIGHLIGHTS: Recreating the dark, slow tone of a post nuclear world.

TIMEWAVES, CARRUSEL

ROLE: Offline editor, producer

FORMAT: Short Film, 1 x 2’30”, HD

DIRECTOR: Cristina Balduin

SYNOPSIS: Timewaves is an experiment, a trip down memory lane. A visual poem about childhood through the waves of past memories and poetess Sara Teasdale’s evocative words.

Shot in the incredible location of Supe, Peru.

HIGHLIGHTS: Getting inspired by the landscape and envisioning the film right on location.

BARCELONA FILM INSTITUTE

ROLE: Offline editor, producer, camera

FORMAT: 1 x 2′, HD

CLIENT: The Barcelona Film Institute

AGENCY: Cristina Balduin & Putos Modernos Design Studio

BRIEF: This is a video and concept I created for the Barcelona Film Institute to promote their new headquarters and showcase their refurbished exhibition rooms and cinemas. The idea was to express modernity and dynamism but at the same time, keep an official tone in line with this well-known organisation.

HIGHLIGHTS: How do you visualise 2 opposite concept? Established and unconventional, institutional but out-of-the box? Combining elegant panning shots with cuts on actions edited to a rap rhythm.