Two of my favourite Production Design accomplishments to date, DAFUQ? and The Legend of Gavin Tanner, have me in the running for Best Production Design - Short Form and an Outstanding Achievement Award in Production Design - Long Form. With some amazing work coming out of W.A at the moment, I am sure I have some stiff competition! Good luck to all nominated ! x x
This is a hilarious new Australian comedy that I Production Designed for Mad Kids last year.
Tune in to the ABC1 'COMEDY SHOWROOM', on Wednesday 11th May @ 9PM or find it on ABC iview for some good laughs ! x x
New comedy series I had the pleasure of Production Designing for Mad Kids and ABC iview, click the image below to check it out !
My first feature as a Head of Department: Pinch Directed by Jeffory Asselin, cinematography by Antony Webb, recently won the award for Best Feature at the WA Screen Awards - a heist that NO ONE would have predicted ! This was a low budget film, with some very large challenges including a car explosion, a meth lab, an interior roof studio build and plenty of tricky locations to transform. I am so proud of it's success, it was up against commercial favourites Paper Planes, Kill Me Three Times and The Reckoning. As Jeff says in the write up (linked below)
“Those three movies would have had a catering budget that was bigger than our entire budget for Pinch”
Goes to show what determination, passion, relentlessness and a bit of heart can achieve!
I've been lucky enough to work with some pretty amazing humans. They have taught me about the power of collaboration, the importance of preparation and the art of detail. If you want to be good at this game you need to be willing to be unstoppable. No pain no gain.
The linked article is the business, click on the post title to read on. thanks for the share Scott Wakefield!
thumbnail image : on set for Abbe May's Sex Tourettes music vid
I have a curious mind and have spent a lot of time travelling and observing human behaviour. It really is a phenomena, when you consider the biologial complexities of our being and the journey through which we have evolved. Our minds have become overactive and deeply powerful. We can be miserable in paradise, or appreciating the joys of a slum - our own best friend, or worst enemy.
I've often thought when observing the odd Attenborough doco, that we could learn a lot from our fellow mammals... I am no scientist, but It only takes one glance at a phylogenetic tree to realise that we are all relative - yet we as human beings, with our highly evolved brains, are hardly ever truly present like our warm blooded cousins. We are always doing something, we attach meaning to everything, we think about thoughts until they become our reality, we are literally distracted majority of the time. So naturally I wondered what could be done?.... I eventually found the answer in the practice of meditation - and before conclusions are formed you must quieten that presumptuous voice in your head and consider that it is suited to anyone, even if your not the kind of person who is partial to a bit of nag champa incense and a diet of mung bean soup.
I realised it's not about being an alternative hippy - it is about reaching a highly perceptive mode of conciousness that is designed for relaxation, building internal energy and developing compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. You step back and become the observer of the mind and acknowledge the content without being identified with it. It is truly remarkable when you start to see the patterns, realise that things aren't always as they appear and understand that we can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way we experience it. Life is simply about law of attraction - what you give, you get back. Be aware and choose wisely.
Although me telling you this will not make you fully understand or necessarily want to at this point in time. When one is ready to learn, the desire will follow and the teacher does appear. My intention in sharing my experience is to provide a reference, as certain people who have entered my life have done for me and now that I get it, I am unexplainably grateful.
So what could we learn from a bunch of mountain goats ? Well I have always been very amazed by these quirky hooved characters. They are formidable in their environment, aggressive and determined problem solvers yet calm and fair in nature and are known to partake in activities purely for fun (yes they have a sense of humour!) Ultimately, they have succeeded to live peacefully amidst the challenges of the extreme alpine altitudes, sans predatory.... The real difference between living on the edge or just surviving.
Be Kind x Be Brave