Producing independent feature film ‘Time Apart’

Producing independent feature film ‘Time Apart’

Produced as part of the Lean Filmmaking micro-budget feature accelerator programme, ‘Time Apart’ is my debut feature film.

Shortly after graduating university, Seb vanishes without a trace – leaving girlfriend Nina heartbroken. A year later, he reappears – with no knowledge of the missing year. Nina struggles to forgive him – until he dematerialises before her eyes.

Reappearing every year for just 24 hours – what does this mean for their future? Time Apart examines the difficulties of long-distance relationships and age gaps – with a sci fi twist.

Written and directed by Ric Forster and starring Jana Navarria, Sam Campbell and William Prescott.

For more info check out http://www.timeapartmovie.com/

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A Journey Through Time With Anthony

A Journey Through Time With Anthony

Looking forward to attending the Melbourne screening of A Journey Through Time With Anthony this evening at the opening screening of the International Chinese Film Festival.

Filmed across locations in China, Japan and Melbourne – I worked in the production office for the Melbourne leg of the production alongside producer Nelson Khoury and production manager Clare McGrath.

Opening last week, the film is currently #2 at the Chinese box office behind the new Bond flick Spectre.

Web series ‘Footballer Wants A Wife’ launches

Excited to share the web series Footballer Wants A Wife that I production managed earlier this year.

The series, funded through Screen Australia’s Multi-Platform Drama program, follows three footballers on a Batchelor-style, reality dating show and their search for true love.

Starring series’ creator Ben Nicholas the cast also includes Brooke Satchwell, Martin Copping, Ra Mitchell, Jonathon Buckley, Cassandra Magrath and Maria Angelico – as well as cameos from a few aussie icons.

Jiordan Tolli, Melissa Howard, Maria Angelico, Ben Nicholas, Ella Cannon, Maya Aleksandra & Georgia Chara

This was my first opportunity to manage a production of this size – shooting across 7 days with approximately 30 crew, 30 cast and 20+ extras.

A high point of the shoot was filming at the Melbourne Dockland Studios in shed 1 – our locker room set dwarfed by the magnitude of the studios largest stage.

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Producers Julian Costanzo & Jono Dutton pulled together a terrific team of up and coming talent that made the production a rare gem to work on.

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Neighbours VS Zombies at Melbourne Webfest 2015

Neighbours VS Zombies at Melbourne Webfest 2015

This was my first year attending Melbourne Webfest – representing the web series I worked on Neighbours VS Zombies.

The industry day hosted at La Trobe University’s city campus was informative, with sessions on development, pitching and content strategy.

My top picks from the weekend are:

Whatever, Linda (CAN)

In a Woman’s World (AUS)

Elba – Napoleon’s Legacy (ITA)

Feminin/Feminin (CAN)

Tales from Tinder (AUS)

Holding The Man

Holding The Man

I had the incredible privilege to work in the production office on the film adaption of Tim Conigrave’s memoir ‘Holding the Man’.

The film was directed by legendary Australian director Neil Armfield and starring the talents of Ryan Corr and Craig Stott and a supporting cast including Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Kerry Fox.

LOL Series 2 Trailer

Happy to share the trailer for the drama series I produced in late 2013. LOL series 2 picks up five years after the original teen web series ended and explores life as a young adult in northern England.

LOL2 nominated for Best British Series, Raindance WebFest

LOL2 nominated for Best British Series, Raindance WebFest

Very excited to announce that my web series LOL2 has been nominated for Best British Series at the 2014 Raindance Webfest.

The second ever Raindance Web Fest which is set to return on 27th and 28th September 2014, at Vue Cinema, Piccadilly, will play host to six world premieres including LOL 2, the long-awaited sequel to LOL created by Ric Forster (creator of Fremantle’s Neighbours’ spin-off web series).

The series was filmed over nine days with a crew of four and shot on the Black Magic pocket camera. Definitely a challenging production – we filmed at over 35 locations, with a cast of 15 actors.

LOL2 is screening at 4.20pm on Sunday 28th September at Vue Piccadilly cinema in London’s West End.

Production Coordinating Digital Series

Production Coordinating Digital Series

I’m currently working as Production Co-ordinator on digital series ‘Neighbours VS Zombies” for FremantleMedia Australia.

Announced in March as part of Screen Australia’s Skip Ahead Program, the web series has been created by Neighbours Digital Producer Ric Forster and will feature popular youtuber Louna Maroun. The series will be a treat for fans of the long running TV drama Neighbours, reuniting characters from throughout the show’s history with the current cast.

Due to be released on the Neighbours youtube channel for Halloween this year, the production has been a lot of fun so far – I can’t wait to see the final product.

VidCon 2014, Anaheim, CA

VidCon 2014, Anaheim, CA

The YouTube sponsored event was a fun and information filled three days, bringing together all the major players in the digital space today. VidCon consisted of interesting panel discussions and keynote speeches, mobs of screaming tweens, some exciting announcements and perhaps most importantly, internet cats.

Below are a few of my highlights from VidCon 2014:

  1. The opening keynote address was great way to kick off things off. Hank Green opened the conference with such enthusiasm that it was hard not to be excited for what was ahead. There was a great selection of speakers, including Bernie Burns (Rooster Teeth), Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios) and popular youtubers Rhett & Link to name a few.
  1. Running Your Own Studio was one of my favourite panels of the conference; the panelist shared some of their learnings since launching studios of their own and gave great advice to those starting out. A particularly good piece of advice was that from Bandon Laatsch; simply put, when starting out ‘don’t hire anyone, just ask people to help you’.
  1. John Green – from his keynote address on the opening day of the conference, to all the panel discussions he took part in, everything the man had to say was well thought out and insightful. If you have the chance to hear him speak do, he has some interesting things to say.
  1. The Expo Hall provided a great opportunity to get to know some of the companies producing the most popular online content today and the chance to network with other digital creators.
  1. Grumpy Cat – I’m not going to lie, I was very interested to hear that the Grumpy Cat was making an appearance at the conference this year. I however did not have the stamina to queue for 3+ hours for a photo with the famous feline. I made do. 

 

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YouTube Space, Los Angeles

YouTube Space, Los Angeles

Paid a visit to YouTube Space, LA to location scout for an upcoming project. Great resource for content creators; the facilities include studio space, equipment, props, editing suites and a great little coffee shop – The C-Stand.

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The Moon and the Sun

The Moon and the Sun

I’m currently working on the feature film, The Moon and the Sun, which began filming in Melbourne last month. Having also shot for two weeks in Versailles, France the $40 million production is currently based out of the Dockland Studios, and will be filming around the state in the coming weeks.

As assistant to director/producer Sean McNamara, I’ve been fully immersed in all aspects of creating the film, from attending production meetings and location recces, to viewing rushes at the end of each day.

Producers Paul Currie and Bill Mechanic have pulled together an amazing creative team including Conrad Hall (cinematography), Michelle McGahey (production design) and John Gilbert (editor).

It’s also been great to work with such an established cast – Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, Ben Walker and William Hurt.

 

A beautiful day filming on location.

A beautiful day filming on location. 

 

Two years at Neighbours

Two years at Neighbours

After working for two years on FremantleMedia’s daily drama Neighbours, it’s sad to finally say goodbye. It was a pleasure to work alongside Richard Jasek, Jason Herbison, Alan Hardy, Sue Wild, Lesley Lewis, Jo Porter, Claire Tonkin (Network Ten) and Greg Barnett (Channel Five) as well as, of course, the fantastic cast and crew.

I learnt heaps about the pressures of working in a fast paced TV environment, turning around 6 half-hour shows a week, 40 weeks a year. It was really cool to be part of the regular story planning conferences, and see how the stories that were developed were then produced in the coming months. I loved being plugged into the daily ratings for the show, as well as being across the Australian TV landscape as a whole.

Here’s a clip from one of the most exciting storylines produced during my time on the show.

 

Production Coordinator, Photoshoot

Production Coordinator, Photoshoot

Excited to share some of the first images from a Neighbours photo shoot I coordinated a few weeks ago. The photos, taken by the very talented John Tsiavis, show some of the new cast members joining the show.

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“Off The Meter” Screening on SBS2

“Off The Meter” Screening on SBS2

Make sure to tune in tonight at 8.30pm to SBS2 to see “Off The Meter” screening along side the top 16 Tropfest Finalists live from Centennial Park, Sydney!

“Off The Meter” selected as Tropfest Finalist

“Off The Meter” selected as Tropfest Finalist

Happy to announce that ‘Off The Meter’, the short I recently produced and edited, has made the official selection for Tropfest 2013 competition! Congrats to all cast and crew involved on the production.

All finalists will air on SBS2 on December 8th!

 http://tropfest.com/au/2013/11/19/meet-the-16-finalists-for-tropfest-australia-22/

Production Management at Open Channel

Production Management at Open Channel

I have recently undertaken a fantastic production management course at Open Channel. Run by Ros Walker (You’re Skitting Me, Big Momma’s Boy), the course provides a complete overview of the production process of film and TV including:

  • budgeting using Screen Australia A-Z template
  • scheduling
  • contacting cast and crew
  • shooting on location
  • production paperwork
  • insurance and legals
  • production process from pre-production through to post-production

 

The course has been great so far and I’m looking forward to applying these processes to ‘LOL’ – a webseries that I’ll be producing in December.

Production Managing short film “Scission”

Production Managing short film “Scission”

Currently up in Mount Macedon where I’m production managing short film “Scission”. The thriller, produced by The Cameralla’s Julian Costanzo and written and directed by Matthew Goodrich, follows a young father, trying to copy with his wife’s disappearance.

The film stars Steve Hayden (Dr. Blake Mysteries, Killing Time), John Flaus (Jack Irish, Harvey Krumet) and Emily Wheaton (The Slap, Rush).

 

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Production Managing Tropfest film “Off The Meter”

Production Managing Tropfest film “Off The Meter”

On set today production managing a short film with The Cameralla, starring Alan Fletcher for the 2013 TropFest Competition.

The film follows the story of a kind-hearted taxi driver, Daniel Folkmover, who runs a slightly dodgy people smuggling operation.

 

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