Partying in Rio: A Tilt-Shift Carnival Film

Music, costumes, masquerades, dancing, food and five days of all night partying describes Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Film director and musician Jarbas Agnelli, in partnership with photographer and filmmaker, Keith Loutit, set out to capture this amazing event on camera in a way it has never been seen before. In the five days of carnival, the pair shot 167,978 photos, then with masterful editing and a soundtrack composed by Agnelli himself, they composed a tilt-shift style video from their stills titled The City of Samba. The final product is nothing less than amazing. The original score fits perfectly with what is being seen and conveys all of the right emotions. Watching the video, you forget that they are still shots and the effect of the tilt-shift makes everything look like claymation. A genius way to change the regular perspective of a larger than life festival.

Carnival, or Mardi Gras as we know it, is the traditionally Catholic festival that occurs before Lent each year. It is celebrated around the world, but Rio de Janero holds the record for the largest, and most famous, Carnival party. Traditionally it was celebrated as a way to use up and get rid of all of the fatty foods, meats, sweets, and alcohol that were given up during Lent. This was done by throwing a huge party as a last hurrah for the next 40 days. The Rio de Janero carnival has become a huge tourist event accounting for the majority of the nations annual tourism.

Agnelli and Loutit captured the tourism, the parade, the party, and the overall Samba feel of the Carnival. Jarbas Agnelli is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is the stage manager, musician, producer and Founder of Studio AD. Keith Loutit is based in Sydney, Australia, and is known to be a pioneer of the tilt-shift and time-lapse technique.

Brad Woodard

Brad Woodard

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  1. Thanks for this taster my daugher lives in Rio … we are going to visit soon so this a treat Thanks again Helen

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