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When in Argentina...

When In Argentina, Do As the Argentinians Do

August 9, 2011 | Short film | by Josh

They love their meat – I could eat Argentinian beef/steak every day.

Hi my name is Joshua Chan and I’m an Argentinian. Well no, I’m not… But after Stan and I recently spent some time in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, I at least believed I could have been Argentinian in a past life. There was just something so incredibly natural and comfortable about Argentina that made me feel so intrinsically at one with both the people and the culture. Let me explain.

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1. They eat late – I mean they eat really late. Typically restaurants don’t begin to fill up until 10pm even on weekdays. Surprisingly this is no different from my typical eating schedule in Canada. Whether it is because of circumstance or appetite I often eat only when the sun goes down.

2. They love their meat – I could eat Argentinian beef/steak everyday, for every meal, and believe you me, I did during my time there.

3. Beer and wine flow like water – In one instance while eating at a restaurant in Mendoza, I found it quite amazing to discover that a bottle of beer was equal in price to a bottle of water. And I love a good beer. I’m no alcoholic, not by a long shot, but I easily might be one in Argentina, particularly because of the next point…

4. Wine is cheap and tastes amazing – My favourite type of wine has always been Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon. Therefore, I had an abundance of wine to choose from.

5. In general, they love to eat, drink, and lounge on patios, often in picturesque settings – although sharing candle-lit dinners with my girlfriend would have been ideal, it was still incredibly carefree and relaxing having a meal and drink with Stan on the beautiful streets of Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Siestas – Because I was working for the majority of the trip, I wasn’t able to participate in this tradition. However, I love the idea. Keith, I firmly believe we should implement naps after lunch? But not with each other of course…

6. Beautiful people – Suffice to say, it wasn’t hard to spot good-looking people. The sidewalks could have very well been fashion runways. And lets face it, I fit right in! Yes? (For people who know me, it is not necessary to answer that question, thank you…)

When in Argentina...

In any case, Stan and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We had originally gone to Argentina to film a corporate video for Goldcorp, which you can see here. But with a couple extra days off in Buenos Aires, we thought it would be a great idea to capture the fantastic architecture, people, and streets of the city.  So with our trusty Canon 7D and 5D we set out to shoot two very distinct shoot-off pieces, which I believe turned out quite well.

Now because the airlines had lost our tripods it presented us with quite a challenge. Yet, this also gave us an opportunity to try something new and innovative. In my case, shooting handheld with both the 50mm and 85mm lens with no image stabilizer, inevitably meant shaky footage. Therefore I decided to try a technique in post-production (After Effects) that would take the look of my DSLR footage and convert it to an imitated 8mm film effect. I was quite happy with how it turned out and thought that it really complimented the subject and the originally shaky footage, by adding a vintage and nostalgic feel.

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Stan’s piece however had a completely different feel and look than mine. He spent the entirety of his shoot-off time at Recoleta Cemetery.  He captured some of the most unique and awe-inspiring mausoleums and statues I have ever seen. Through his composition, use of shadows, reflections, slight camera movement, coloring, and sound track he created an extremely eerie, yet incredibly beautiful piece.

Lesson of the day: When shooting without a tripod, monopod, or image stabilizer on the lens, Final Cut Pro’s “smooth cam” and/or imitating 8mm film will save your shaky footage.

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