Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cesar, 31
Visual Effects Compositor
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a bit about Cesar

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a visual effects compositor, there were always movies in my house, dozens VHS tapes (yeah, dvd's were still to come), we loved to watch movies together, it was kind of our hobby to make a movie library with our favorite ones. I developed a passion for cinema, and always wanted to work with videos somehow. When I was 13 years old I had the chance to go to a cousin's work in a big studio, and got to know the post production itself, and there it was! What I really wanted to do! The ability to change images as I want, limitless, be able to create anything you see fit, and show it in a screen.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Internship in a bank's office, lot of hours spent in bureaucracy, the actual work goes sloooow, repetitive tasks, nothing new to do, good thing it was an internship, I quit within the first week, could not see myself working that way for a career. Why? I enjoy new things, the excitement of learning something new, and to challenge myself, new tech and dynamic interactions.

Were you born and raised in Sao Paulo? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sao Paulo?

Born and raised in São Paulo!

What’s your current hood in Sao Paulo and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Currently living in Penha, traditional neighbourhood. The best thing about it, it's quiet, far from the city center, but still lots of things to do, got to the movies, shopping, visit the municipal market for fresh goods, lots of bakeries and all regular stuff, like a small city within São Paulo, far from the city center.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Well, all kinds of rock and roll is my choice, from classic to punk rock, 80s, synthwave, that's what I hear almost everyday. My turn off is Brazilian funk, hip hop, Sertanejo (Brazilian country, nothing like American country), really hate those kinds of music. I classify music in 3 types, the ones I like, the ones I can hear and doesn't bother, and those that I can't listen to.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Silence is my choice, I really like music, so when I'm feeling down I tend not to listen to music at all, but sometimes maybe a few adele songs, some Florida Georgia Line ones, and some slow country music.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

How I met your mother, the amount of fun simply to watch it is amazing, that's a tv show that you can have fun in any episode, simply to enjoy, clear your head and have a few laughs.

Name some spots in Sao Paulo that are good for a Tinder date.

Riviera Bar/Restaurant, underdog Bar/Restaurant, The Tap Haus Brewery, Tubaina Bar

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Jimmy Fallon, a guy who is already nice and funny, just to watch his comebacks after the roast imagine how much fun everyone will have.

Who’s your hero and where in Sao Paulo would you take them out for a serious hang?

A young Johnny Cash, have a beer and a burger with him at one of my favorite places.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

In a few brands stores, usually Cavalera, Ellus, Guess, Luigi Bertolli, all of those brands have stores in shopping malls or in the famous fashion street Oscar Freire, reasonably close to another street that have several stores with small brands in Augusta street, I buy some clothes there too (mostly t-shirts).

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

In the middle of city center after 22h, most specifically next to Sé Square and surroundings, I really do not recommend you go there during the night on foot, lots of dangerous people, if you go by car there's no problem at all, just do not go wandering, its dangerous since all of the stores are closed and the place is practically a desert.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to Ibirapuera Park, the place is amazing, a large park where you can go to relax, rent a bike and just wander appreciating the green there, it's been a while since the last time I went there.

Where do you go in Sao Paulo for a casual night out?

Several nightclubs and bars, usually you can find me in nightclubs that play mostly rock and roll, indie, 80s, and electronic songs, "underground" style places such as, Funhouse in Bela Cintra Street, DJ Club Bar in Alameda Franca street, Blitz Haus, Clube Outs, Ye Olde Pub, those last three located along Augusta Street.

Where would you go in Sao Paulo to celebrate some freaking good news?

A Burguer/Bar joint named underdogbar, a small place located in pinheiros neighborhood, that has the best burger and meat, Argentina style barbecue, cold beers and drinks.

What’s your choice of transportation in Sao Paulo and why?

Car, since I live in a far from the city center. In my neighborhood, the car is my choice or metro, but I choose car for the ability to go wherever I want, got be chill about the traffic though, on weekdays it's not a pleasant experience to be stuck in.

What are the Sao Paulo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, an art museum which always has something nice to see regarding art. The paulista avenue for the buildings. Itaú Cultural Art Gallery located in Paulista AV as well. Oscar Freire street for the nice stores. The Ibirapuera park for the green. Galeria do Rock, for the rock and roll themed stores. Mercado Municipal for the food. Terraço Italia restaurant for the view and the food. The antique fair in Benedito Calixto Square for the unique shopping, flea market with lot of unique items. Liberdade neighborhood, lots of Japanese stores and restaurants, if you like japanese culture thats the place to go.

What are the Sao Paulo spots tourists should run from screaming?

25 de Março street, popular commercial center. People tend to go there because it's full of people and a lot of stores, the truth is, the stores sell only low quality products, fakes. It's dangerous because of thieves and nothing there can really make up for all of the bad. A lot of friends ask me to go there when they come to São Paulo, and I always tell it's not worth it at all. José Paulino street in the Bom Retiro neighborhood, another example of a place that is famous for clothes shopping and is absolutely worthless, for almost the same reasons, safer, but bad quality products nonetheless.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sao Paulo. How do you spend it?

Rent a Bike and take a trip in Paulista Avenue, there's a bike lane in the middle of the avenue, have a beer and a burger in underdogbar.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Las Vegas, wild city, lots of fun things to do, lots of concerts too.

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