‘The Sound of Samba’: Rio de Janeiro’s Spectacular Carnaval in Tilt-Shift Miniature [Video]

Basing on tilt-shift techniques, filmmakers Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli made Rio’s Carnival 2011 look as if it were happening in miniature.

Most of people don’t have their own planes to fly over Rio and, thus, miss out on the ride. This short film, however, gives a nice possibility to everybody to see Rio’s Carnaval sitting on the coach.

Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli shot the video ‘The Sound Of Samba’ which is made of real footage from the city’s 2011 festival, but a trick of lens-tilting creates the illusion that each object is dramatically smaller than it actually is.

The filmmakers used tilt-shift photography to bring Rio to life, framing the city’s peculiar geography as a vast kinetic mix of miniature buildings, toy-like vehicles, and ant-sized humans.

The first half of the video demonstrates Rio’s rich hybrid landforms of fertile forests and steel infrastructure, observing the frenetic traffic flows, tide cycles, and pedestrian exchanges which animate the city by day.

The second half finds Rio in the throes of Carnaval, with an endless stream of eclectic floats and animatronic wildlife parading down avenues, writes Architizer.

So, you can watch the video and plunge into the unforgettable atmosphere of the carnival which is not for the faint-hearted.

Although Carnaval is celebrated all around Brazil, the focus is in Rio de Janeiro where thousands of people flock to a few days days of Samba, Parades and pure, unadulterated fun.

Rio is a city that has it all and this is exemplified during Carnival. When you’re not sipping Caipirinhas on one of Rio’s beautiful beaches (for example Ipanema) then you can admire inspiring architecture, lush rainforests, plenty of shopping and of course feel the rhythm oа the amazing nightlife.

The Sambadrome at the Rio Carnival is the eye of the storm. Originally a long road, event organisers have now built seating for over 30 000 people on each side of the road, says Travel Start. The Sambadrome is the epicenter and provides awesome photo opportunities for Rio Carnival experience.

The purpose of carnival competition between the samba schools and fellow rival schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival. Each school chooses a theme to try and portray in their entry.

“The samba schools work to build the best floats and costumes to represent their themes, and to include the best music they can from their band called the bateria. There are many parts to each school’s entry including the six to eight floats and thousands of participants,” writes Twisted Sifter.

Every school has to follow certain order with their parade entries. Each school begins with the “comissão de frente”, which is the first wing. The “comissão de frente” usually consists from ten to fifteen people only, and they are the ones who introduce the school and set the mood.

These people have choreographic dances in fancy costumes that usually tell a short story. Following the “comissão de frente” is the first float of the samba school, called “abre-alas”.

The champion of Rio de Janeiro’s 2011 Carnival samba school competition is Beija Flor. The samba school fro Nilopolis has won 6 times in the last 10 years. In the official competition, Beija Flor was the last to enter, rain coming down rain pouring down and all, to the absolute emotion of the fans.

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