Mina de São Domingos (São Domingos Mine) is an experimental documentary film about an abandoned copper mine in Alentejo, Portugal, which belonged to a british company for over a century.
The film is divided in two different parts - the first one is made of old mine workers testimonials and confessions ;
the second part is based on a poem, written and recited in portuguese, featuring artistic audiovisual portraits of the abandoned and collapsed buildings, acid water lagoons, and surrealistic natural landscapes. Although this is not a non-verbal film, it follows the aesthetic of non-verbal works and uses many of its techniques such as timelapsing.
The project was filmed during one spring and one summer, in order to show the unstable changes of this unique landscape. This documentary is a poetic interpretation of an abandoned place, using the people and the land, and treating the Mine as an entity.
Shot with: Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon D90 (used in some timelapse images).
Editing: Final Cut Pro 7
Post-production: Adobe After Effects CS4 ; Magic Bullet Looks
Produced, written, edited and directed by João Abecasis Fernandes
Poetry by Rodrigo Abecasis Fernandes
Cinematography by Nuno Neves and João Abecasis Fernandes
Original score (not the one in the trailer) by João Fonseca and Rui Botelho Rodrigues