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Arthur Melo

Episode I of the Origins series for Barça Studios' OTT platform. A documentary on the family and sporting origins of Brazilian soccer player Arthur Melo. Shot in Goiânia, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

The series ORIGINS, a Barça Studios original production, was produced with the desire to delve into the family, culture and sporting origins of the latest FC Barcelona recruits, with a special focus on the profiles of players who came from foreign teams, as well as on national players who had been trained in teams from other Spanish regions.


Willy Peters, one of the heads of the Club's Audiovisual Department, commissioned me to shoot the first episode. By the time I joined the project, the pre-production process was nearly completed and there were only a couple of weeks left before shooting in Brazil. I should mention that everyone on the team working on the series had never worked together before. So everything was new for me.

The scriptwriters Quirze Arenas, Patricia Dominguez, the producers Laura Busto and Esther Álvarez, the DOP Gil Ventura, the sound technician Carles Prats and the editor Josué Turnez also joined the project.

We spent thirteen days shooting in Brazil, from January 7 to 19, 2020, and we stopped in four different cities: Goiania, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo. The script had not been closed as of yet but we had agreed on a fairly detailed schedule of sequences and characters, we tried to shoot as many sequences as possible in order to cover ourselves later in the editing phase.


Perhaps the most interesting part of the episode was to discover Arthur's grandfather's "Fazenda" or Family Estate, to which we could only dedicate one day of shooting due to transportation and logistic reasons. An authentic and wild area surrounded by underbrush and animals of all kinds where Arthur grew up from a very young age. As a result, the first part of the piece had the most documentary nature, which I think was the most interesting, since it was not necessarily related to the soccer environment, and neither to Arthur's career, who narrates the chapter thereafter.

I would like to highlight and acknowledge the commitment and dedication shown by the scriptwriter Quirze Arenas and the editor Josue Turnez, whom I worked side by side with during post-production, striving to give the piece the best possible shape.

Client: Barça Studios. 

Directed by: Guillem López

DOP: Gil Ventura

Scriptwriters: Quirze Arenas, Patricia Domínguez

Camera Operators: Guillem López, Gil Ventura

Camera assitant: Maicon Eduardo Soprani

Sound: Carles Prats

Executive producers: Paco Latorre, Willy Peters, Jordi Abel

Production Manager: Laura Busto (Barcelona)

Producer: Esther Alvárez (Brasil)

Production Supply Canarias: Kanal Cine VIdeo /Mocho Produçöes

Runners: Vailson de Souza Almeida, Carlos García

Film Editor: Josué Turnez

Colorist: Jordi Aranyó

Sound post-production: Ángel Lardin

3D Title designer: Fernando Sueiro

Language: original version in Brazilian Portuguese with Spanish subtitles

Year of production: 2020

Running time: 46 minutes

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