Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I didn’t think anyone was reading these, but apparently you are! So I’ll make sure they’re more frequent – each Tuesday I’ll put a new one up.
I just got back from a jam-packed 5 days back
home in Adelaide. I went to the premiere of ‘Coffin Rock’ and ‘Closed for Winter’ (originally ‘Elise’) on Thursday and Friday night. Both looked fantastic, but when Closed for Winter is released in cinemas in April try and get along to it. It looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and Natalie Imbruglia is great throughout. Definitely worth going along to, and you’ll probably recognise parts of Adelaide and a lot of Semaphore.
I also went to ‘Soundwave’ on Saturday – a huge music festival at Bonython Park, and caught up with some great road-tripping friends, before checking out Mike Stewart’s Big Band. Go and check them out during the fringe. They’re playing everywhere and are a lot of fun!
We went out for Matt Kaesler’s birthday on Sunday night – apologies to Jules, I dragged him along to another jazz gig... not really his cup of tea! But we met a couple of Matt’s Uni mates so things balanced out!
Last night, Joel and I began planning a corporate video we’re shooting for Concordia – so that’s another trip back to SA very soon! This time however I’ll be daring the big drive over so I can bring all the gear over for the shoot. So if anyone’s in Sydney later this month and wants to share a lift back give me a yell!
Filmview have still been keeping me busy at work. We didn’t have many commercials last month but I was kept busy between the office and the warehouse. Always plenty to do there seems! I’ll have to take a photo of the warehouse... it’s a huge old building that has been gutted and filled with hundreds of storage garages. To get into our warehouse its an amazingly narrow rabbits warren of corridor-like driveways.
I worked solely on my first commercial as well a couple of weeks ago. It was a straight forward shoot for sunbeam, advertising irons, coffee machines, mixers and kettles. Very exciting! Even though it was pretty simple, I was pretty chuffed to have started and finished it on my own. So now I’m out in the big wide world, representing our company on shoots.
Ive also been looking into some other opportunities to shoot and direct some of my own work. I’m mid-way through applying for a new TV show that Triple J and ABC is putting together. Andrew Denton and his company have asked for applicants aged 18-30 to apply to shoot/direct/host/research/edit the show – the whole she-bang! It looks like a brilliant opportunity to break out into TV as a young cinematographer. The lengthy application is taking plenty of time to complete, as it includes a long written section, a full CV, examples of my work and additionally I must write, shoot and edit a short piece of my choice to demonstrate what I can do with whatever facilities I can get my hands on! Its all coming together quite well.
So back to work tomorrow. Ive been looking forward to a run and swim in the morning!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Ive finally gotten up to putting another blog up.
Filmview have been keeping me busy for the last few weeks putting me out on commercials on my own. I even managed to pull a 25 hour day last week with two commercials backing right onto each other!
Ive been trying to run and swim as often as I can with Sim. Weve been running along the coast between Bondi and Bronte, through Centennial Park, swimming at the Bronte sea pool and at the Cook + Phillip underground pool beneath Hyde Park in the city.
We went out exploring the city last night for Valentines Day with a ‘local’; AJ, the steadicam operator from the last feature we all did together in SA. Had a great dinner in Chinatown and got rained out in Darling Harbour.
Planning a big drive south tomorrow to shoot the Fitzroy Falls for a background film for Concordia’s musical ‘Children of Eden’.
Got a short 2 day commercial at the end of this week, before flying back to SA next Thursday for the premiere of ‘Coffin Rock’ and the first feature film I worked on; ‘Closed for Winter’. It will be great to catch up with the SA film mob!
I wont write too much. I’ll let my pictures tell my stories:
Monday, January 19, 2009
So the first week of work in Sydney has finished. 5 days of work came as a bit of a shock as I hadn’t worked on set since Scott Hick’s film ‘The Boys Are Back’ which finished early December.
On Tuesday I did my first day in the Filmview office in Alexandria. Tim showed me around; pointing out the important things like the coffee shops, the best restaurants, the local pub and free parking. We ventured out to the warehouse where all of our equipment is stored. Later this week we are relocating the warehouse to a bigger premises. Can’t wait for 2 days of moving and lifting. We’ve got over 7km worth of cables to get into the trucks!Tim also gave me a long introductory lesson on how to use the kit we take out on commercials so that I can be trained up and sent out to operate the video playback on TV commercials and feature films.
On Wednesday I assisted Tim on a KFC commercial out the other side of town. A 6am start ensured we had use of the most daylight without being out in the heat too long. The humidity is taking a while to get acclimatised to. We shot at a KFC store and a supermarket before finishing for the day at 2.30pm. A great first day on set!
On Thursday I left the KFC shoot to assist the Daemon; the partner operator of Filmview, on a commercial for a new VW car model. We were shooting on the Phantom camera which has the ability to shoot at extremely high frame rates so that when played back the footage is in super slow-mo (the same camera used for the Schweppes balloon bursting ad). Unfortunately this shoot wasn’t as straightforward and successful as my previous day. Simply, the day was a write off. After reviewing the slow-mo footage in the post house, the director, cinematographer and producers found that the footage was not useable. Whether an equipment malfunction or lack of experience with High Definition on the cinematographer’s behalf no one knows or will admit. So the shoot has been postponed until further notice.
Friday I was back with Tim and joined him for the next two days to complete the KFC TVC. By Friday afternoon Tim had me operating on set alone, so decided to get me to operate solely for all of Saturday. I was nervous as hell about the day, but managed to fly through without hiccup. After the shoot I went to the Jazz festival in the Domain with Sim to enjoy some great music from the Gypsy Kings and Queens. As Tim told me, because Sydney is so expensive, any free event held attracts so many people. So once again the park was packed with thousands of people, and there was a surprisingly large fan base of gypsies that came out of the woodwork for the night!
So after five days of work I had three days off - tough life! I spent Sunday in the sun with Sim back down at the Bronte sea pool near Bondi before retiring to the humongous 13 story Westfield in Bondi to see Frost/Nixon at the movies.
Back at home it was my night to cook for Judy, Johnny and El. I created Euge’s famous spag-bog with chilli and red wine with fresh garlic bread. No one has come down terminally ill yet so it mustn’t have been too bad!
This week I have began to slip into more of a living pattern, having been given jobs from Judy, doing my own washing, swimming with Sim at Bronte each morning, having breakfasts with Johnny and wallowing through movies and countless episodes of the OC with El. Not to mention loving my new employment with Tim & Daemon.
Tonight I’m heading out with El, Hugh, Sandy & Chuddley to see The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button at the cinema in Newtown, then having Judy and Johnny join us all for dinner at Hugh’s new place.
Hope everyone is keeping well.
Drop me a message is you have time. I’d love to hear what everyone is up to