Exu dos Ventos, 1992
The moving image was another great passion in Mário Cravo neto’s life, who explored it in several supports. His research began with Super-8, and with it he made three important films for his career: Lua Diana,1973; Luz e Sombra, 1975; and Gato Capoeira, 1979.
Based on the novel Ubirajara, by José de Alencar, and directed by the also bahian André Luiz de Oliveira, the film A Lenda de Ubirajara, recorded in 35 mm, featured the VII Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro e won the MEC-Embrafilme award, the Coruja de Ouro to the best of 1975 trophy, as well as the Festival de Cinema de Curitiba award, in 1976.
In magnetic format, he explored video 8, hi-8 and mini DV-CAM, in the 90’s, innovating and creating many titles with these supports, with emphasis on GW-41 (1991, HI-8, 34 min.): while following the CNN broadcast news about the Gulf War, since the beginning of the allied air campaign on January 17, 1991, Cravo Neto decided to record them in video-8 right from the TV screen, which made possible for him to zoom in and out, change the image’s color and saturation, besides recording sound, music and narration fragments played on his recording device in real time.
Other important films from this period are Exú dos Ventos (1992, HI-8, 10 min.), in which he follows his father and friend in daily life at his art studio; and NASH U-19 (1990, HI-8, 16 min.), in which he narrates his voyage aboard the ship Hospital Carlos Chagas in the rivers of the Amazon rainforest.