Archive for October, 2010
I love making films – and I love the entertainment industry - I love how it has so many crossovers – so much about the attitude and mentality of crew; working on either Film, Stage or Music can all intertwine. And, if you HAVE that mentality, you can cross over your skills …(it’s hard to define – but I’m pretty sure the “mentality” is a combination of common sense, competence, and cruis-y-ness – oh! And the capacity to work your ass off!!). The good thing about freelance, is that it gives me the opportunity and freedom to take on different roles, on different projects, on different mediums, with different people. It can be scary – there is no certainty in what you do – no confirmation or stability in your life – but the opportunity to work with these people, with the same mentality – the same attitudes – makes it all worth it. I’m currently working on a 5 week stage show touring around Australia, and the crew here is amazing!
Now, I DO love working on factual film / documentaries most, which is often a solo job at this stage – BUT – doing projects like “Spinning Dreams” really makes me appreciate how inspiring a team of people working with you can be. I think the reason I love film-making – although at times it feels like the opposite – is because I love people. I love challenges. And I love people working together to OVERCOME challenges.
This, to me, is the backbone behind the film and entertainment industry – a TEAM of people – all trying to achieve what is, essentially, deemed impossible.
Not having the money, the inexperience, all all the other HUNDREDS of reasons why you CANT do something – are totally irrelevant if you’re working with people that have that same “crew” attitude.
This has become apparent to me many times since I started work in the field – especially working on “SAKOOZ” – one of LateNites first production, and definately on all my work with the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition.
However – it became crystal clear to me EXACTLY how important and thrilling an amzing team can be, LAST SUNDAY NIGHT!
SHOTGUN (movie.com) – is the FIRST feature film that LateNite Films hopes to lift off the ground. Obviously – I’ve been working hard on other projects, like my documentary “Spinning Dreams”, but the fantastic thing about working under the banner of LateNite – with such an INCREDIBLE team – is that when we need help, we are all there to support eachother in whatever way we can!
This happened last Sunday – when the SHOTGUN feature film script reading event took place! The goal was to STREAM the event LIVE online – and, primarily being an editor – I offered my hand at operating the Vision Switch! (Controlling the 3 camera operators covering the event!)
It was an amazing experience, something I have never tried my hands on – I was extremely proud to be working with such a dedicated team of camera operators, audio mixers, production managers and AMAZING talent!
How often does an event like this happen – with people working just for the love of the project? It was heartwarming – HECTIC – and extremely fun!
SO THANK-YOU to everyone involved – supporters who watched the stream – and all the boys and girls @ LateNite!!!
(P.S – all these increible photos have been taken by a LateNite Partner and STUNNING photographer – Michelle Leong! > http://www.micapixel.com/ )
On Sunday 17th October from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time) we streamed the SHOTGUN! feature film script reading session on the Internet for anyone to access free of charge. The purpose of the read was to see how the actors tackle the latest draft, and also to bring our audience up to speed as to the kind of film we wish to make. It really was a sneak peak into the world of SHOTGUN! well and truly before we have even considered pressing record on any film cameras! From all reports, from the people who attended live, and also the people who watched via the Interner – everyone was both impressed, and had a great time! We have had nothing but amazing and positive feedback – so thank you!
The cast that attended the read included Samuel Johnson (who is attached to the project), Nathan Wentworth, Osamah Sami, Emily O’Brien Brown, Ben Ridgwell, Andre De Vanny, Matylda Buzcko, Brenton Matulick, Liam McInytre, Fabio Motta, Arthure Giamilidis, Nick Colla, Hannah Jones, Lee Beckhurst, Wendy Bos and Amanda Logan.
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If you havent checkout out the LateNite Films site – you should. But JUST INCASE you don’t have time, I’ve included a brief below;
..established in early 2007 by a team of students studying Film & Television at Swinburne University, LateNite Films has come a long way since it’s initial conception. It was originally set up Chris Hocking, Isaac Egan, Nick Colla and Eloise Loxton during the production of the short film, “Happy Sundaes”, with the intention that any projects developed by the team could be promoted under the same banner.
Over the preceding couple of years many more productions were added to the slate, as several talented people joined the family, and others moved on to do different things. Like most young up-and-coming companies, it took a little while for us to find our feet. What originally started as a bunch of film students essentially thrown together to create some cool short films under the same name, has since evolved into a cutting edge production company with the sole mission of creating top quality media.
We are not a traditional all-in-house production company, in that we don’t always produce, create and market all of our creations under the LateNite banner. We’re all about developing great ideas, and then finding the right people to get them off the paper and onto a screen. As a company, we provide the tools and resources to help our team establish their ideas in a friendly, exciting and manageable environment. We pride ourselves in utilising the very best in technology, in all aspects of production and also have an extensive network of friendly experts to call upon whenever we run into any kind of problem. We’re all about team work, sharing knowledge, having fun, pushing boundaries and just making truly entertaining, ground breaking films! We truly love film, and we honestly devote all our time to telling stories.
Following the lead of industry innovators such as Peter Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Robert Rodriguez the ultimate mission of LateNite Films is to help revive the Australian film industry by bringing together a team of some of the most talented up-and-coming people in the industry, providing them with the tools they need to just get out there and make top quality films. Just like Peter Jackson has created so many amazing opportunities for New Zealand film-makers, we want to get to a point were we can offer the same kind of incredible experiences for like-minded Aussies. We want to bring together the best writers, the best directors, the best actors, visual effect artists, gaffers and runners, throw them together in the same place, and just work as one big team to get Australia back on the map as a country that makes films the world actually wants to see. We love film – and all we want to do is make films that we want to watch!
I just wanted to thank Lucinda and Warrick for a Stunning night at Villa Atas Ombak in Seminyak, Bali! An incredible experience, with some beautiful footage to work with!