Update 21st June – Another interesting new crew addition:
Heather Hawkins Johnson – Makeup & Hair/SFX. Heather worked in the USA as a qualified hairdresser and has a Diploma of Specialist Makeup Service from Media Makeup Academy. Heather has opened a FX studio in Thebarton which has the capacity to house and build many things including SFX props and prosthetic makeups and regularly works with skilled subcontractors. Heather’s film credits include additional makeup on Bad Blood, SFX and makeup on the Philippou brothers RackaRacka video productions, Living Space stills – SFX and hair and makeup for fashion parades.
It is going to be a very busy time here in Adelaide over the next few months.
Wolf Creek TV Series 2 is currently in preproduction with the 8 week shoot scheduled to start on July 3rd. Lisa Scott (Anzac Girls) is producing with Line Producer Jacqui King and DP is Geoff Hall ACS. Carly Maple is Production Coordinator and Brad Lanyon 1st AD for Blocks 1 & 3. Production Designer Robert Webb has a large art team including Buyer Dressers – Jen Drake and Annalisa Francesca, Standby Props – Geoff Tarr, Runner – Rick Lewington. Maxx Corkindale is B Camera op and Rod Bolton 2nd Unit DP. Olivia Iacobelli – Costume Supervisor, Travis Williams – Boom, Richard Rees Jones – Gaffer, John Smith – Grip, Gary Baxter – Action Vehicles, Josh Jaeger – Unit Manager.
Storm Boy starts preproduction June 12th with 6 week shoot from July 31st. Line producer is Paul Ranford. Safety -Jen & Keith Bichard Buyer Dresser – Ben Crabtree, Makeup/Hair Design – Tracy Phillpot. Other crew still being locked in.
Going for Gold is currently filming with the 4 week shoot scheduled to finish at the end of June. Sally Clarke is Line Producer, Anita Seiler – Costume Design, Travis Williamson – Boom
Three more features are starting to put together productions for later in the year. More news on those when available.
I would like to introduce some interesting new crew members to my list:
Jordan Agutter – Cinematographer & Camera Assistant. Jordan has a wide range of experience shooting commercial and creative works for a variety of clients including SA Tourism. Jordan’s Camera Assistant experience covers a full range of projects from feature film to reality TV and corporate such as House Rules, My Kitchen Rules, The Babadook, Deadline Gallipoli. Jordan has a variety of equipment including a Canon C100 MK ii, GoPros, Phantom 4 drone and basic sound gear.
Isabelle Scott – Production Assistant/Runner. Isabelle has a worked in various roles as PA, producer, casting and administration on a different productions including documentaries, corporates, TVC’s and short films.
James Roper – Camera Assistant/Production Assistant/Runner. James has been working as director and cinematographer for several years on documentaries, shorts and has won awards for his work on 2 short films and a TVC for Murray Pest Control. James also worked as production assistant on several TVC’s and web series.
James & Isabelle have both recently finished their BA of Media Arts at University of South Australia and completed their studies with a student exchange in Toronto where they gained very valuable experience working with different film companies. James and Isabelle set up their own independent production company MJI Studios and have gained some solid clients but love freelancing on bigger productions.
Jen Drake – Buyer Dresser and Sam Steinle – Camera Assistant went to Tasmania for Jennifer Kent’s (The Babadook) film The Nightingale. Reduced crew are now coming to Adelaide mid June for pickups and Gaffer –Richard Rees Jones and VTR – Mik Gojic are joining the team.
Maxx Corkindale – has been in Europe shooting the documentary “Making a Mark” with Richard Jasek for Southern Light Alliance (producer Anna Vincent, Associate Producer Bonnie McBride). Maxx says “Photos attached are from Venice, where we attended the Bienniale. I’m currently working with Director Molly Reynolds and Producer Rolf De Heer on “The Life and Death of David Gulpilil“, a feature Doco about the actors life.
Maxx won the SASA (South Australia Screen Awards) for Best Cinematography for Smashed which also just played at St Kilda, and is screening at Sydney Film Festival in June. Maxx was still in Europe so couldn’t attend the awards and is yet to get hold of his trophy.
Stephanie Jaclyn Norman has received a Fellowship from the Helpmann Academy enabling her to travel overseas to study and will undertake short courses at London’s Metropolitan Film School. Stephanie has recently completed a short film The Final Chapter with Mik Gojic doing video split and data.
Travis Williamson – got a very last minute job and headed to beautiful Fiji for three weeks swinging boom on the US comedy Series Wrecked produced by TBS
Heather Wallace is Costume Designer on a series shooting in the Kimberly WA. It starts shooting 19th June finishing late October
Emma Marshall has headed back to Sydney to work as Production Coordinator for Channel Nine’s of Doctor Doctor Series 2.
Bayley Broome-Peake is also in Sydney working as Clapper Loader – B Cam for new Foxtel series Fighting Season. DOP is Geoffrey Simpson ACS and B Cam op is Richard Wilmot (seen in photo below)
Sarah McDonald was 1st AC – on a short film shooting in rural NSW called Ritual. DOP was Joel Froome and shot on Alexa XT with Panavision Primos. Starring Gary Sweet & Alison Whyte. Sarah has also recently completed work on a Disney promo for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Rick Lewington – Unit/Logistics Manager had an amazing time at Speed Week at Lake Gairdner shooting a documentary with a Belgium crew filming blind motorbike rider Ben Felton attempting to break the Guinness Record for fastest blind/blindfolded rider. Very hot conditions but Rick said it was the best experience and was working with a great bunch of people. www.blindspeed.com.au is the official website for Ben Felton and his race team.
Adrian Price – Cinematographer has been shooting a documentary in the US for the past 5 months filming PACmen has just had the premiere at HotDocs in Canada last month and will have an Aussie premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on the 17th of June. The synopsis : “PACmen takes us into the inside workings of a Super-PAC to answer one of the lingering questions of America’s strangest election: why did Ben Carson run for president? This observational documentary follows the men behind the committee that persuaded Dr Carson to run as they raise millions of dollars and catapult him to the top of the polls. However, Carson’s political inexperience soon shows and he makes constant media gaffes. As their candidate’s poll numbers nosedive they watch in horror as Trump inexplicably hijacks their anti-establishment movement. A fascinating look at the landscape that lead to Trump’s rise through the eyes of the men who backed ‘the other guy’.
Welcome to the first News Update for 2017. Unfortunately nothing coming up that is locked in to report on but hope to give some updates soon.
Clayton Glen’s feature Going for Gold was due to shoot January but has been postponed with no new date yet.
Storm Boy would be a winter shoot so not happening for a while.
Looks like a very big Chinese production is coming here to shoot with 57 Films during March. Hopefully lots of work for our local crew.
New to Adelaide Crew list
Cathy Herreen – Wardrobe/Costume. I would like to welcome Cathy Herreen to Adelaide Crew. Having been on my books previously in the 1990’s I know she will be a great addition to the list. Cathy has spent the past 10 years on the road, nationally and internationally, with musical tours for some of the biggest names in the industry including The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Neil Diamond, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and stage productions including Disney on Ice, Lord of the Dance and Cirque du Soleil. Cathy’s film and television experience is equally impressive ranging from series McLeods Daughter’s , Neighbours and Full Frontal to feature films to TVC’s and has worked across departments as costumer designer, supervisor, stylist, standby, seamstress, buyer and assistant.
Crew working in Alice Springs late last year on Sweet Country had a very hot and dusty shoot with some disruptive rain as well but absolutely loved the experience. Great shot of 3rd AD James Dubay on set with some local extras:
Olivia Iacobelli is working on Wake in Fright, a 2 part TV series as Costume Supervisor shooting in Sydney/Broken Hill.
Jen Drake – Set Dresser is off to Tasmania on the feature film, The Nightingale, with Director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). Synopsis – 1829 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.
Jordan Edmeades– Drone Operator/camera has moved to Perth. Jordan thought he would send one last drone video for my newsletter and shot this on his two-week journey west across the Nullarbor. He thought the fog would ruin the shots but as you’ll see, the results were spectacular. The video was featured on the front page of ABC Open.
The Great Australian Bight from the Sky: https://vimeo.com/198467989
Maxx Corkindale is off to Berlin for the Berlin Film Festival where the short film he shot for Sean Lahiff is showing. Max writes: “Sean Lahiff, the Crew and I shot Smashed over 4 long nights. On an extremely tight budget, we managed to pull together quite an amazing production. At least the Germans like it anyway, as it’s screening at Berlinale in the Generation Plus section. Congrats to all involved”. Here’s the trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB2OSDsXM90&feature=youtu.be
Maxx has also just wrapped a short film – Mutt – with Sara West (the actor) Directing. It was shot on Alexa with Kowa Anamorphic lenses. Maxx at work…..
Rainier Davenport – Sound and David Tang -1st AC, had an interesting time for a UK production during January. Rainier writes: “Much fun was had on the seven day UK Classic FM/SATC shoot showcasing iconic Adelaide and regional tourism landmarks. The crew was a mix of Classic FM and SATC staff and English and Australian freelancers. The shooting crew had the responsibility to film and edit five x3 minute clips that were released in conjunction with five live radio broadcasts for the breakfast show on Classic FM featuring the host and DJ John Suchet. At the same time a competition was running to win an identical trip to South Australia for one UK listener travelling to the same locations featured in the video clips. An excellent example of a vertically integrated multi media cross promotional online strategy. The Facebook page received in excess of 20,000 visits and the competition received eight thousand entries to win the trip to SA after the first live radio show.
Ian Routledge shot stills for SA Tourism for the Tour Down Under for 9 very hectic days. Steve Russell was also kept busy during TDU running a unit truck.
The last few months have been incredibly busy but the three feature films – Hotel Mumbai, Cargo and Rabbit have all wrapped up now.
Sweet Country is a feature currently in pre production with Director Warwick Thornton. Producers are: David Jowsey (Goldstone, Jasper Jones), Greer Simpkin (Goldstone, The Secret River, The Code) and David Tranter (Nganampa Anwernekenhe) The 1920’s story of an Aboriginal stockman tried for murder will be shot in SA and NT. Adelaide Crew working on it are: Tony Cronin – Production Designer, Jen Drake – Set Decorator, Geoff Tarr – Standby Props, Will Sheridan – Sound , Emma Marshall – Production Coordinator, James Dubay – 3rd AD, Andrew Robertson – Gaffer, Heather Wallace – Costume Design, Oliva Iacobelli – Costume Supervisor, Jen Bichard – Safety Officer/Nurse.
Sally Clarke is Line Producer on Clayton Glen’s next feature film Going for Gold with Carly Maple – Production Manager and Brad Lanyon – 1st AD. Pre production starts soon with a 4 week shoot scheduled from 16th January. (UPDATE – this film has been delayed. No new start date as yet)
Shooting this week around Adelaide and country locations is an Indian “soap opera”. Mark Evans is producing with assistance from Tourism SA. Crew include: Sarah Abbey – Locations, Brad Lanyon – 1st AD, David Tang – Data, Steve Russell – Unit
A few small interesting jobs have floated around – some of the camera guys jumped at the chance to film the big trucks at Monster Jam – Maxx Corkindale, Andy Stankovich and Rod Bolton all apparently enjoyed watching these big machines munching up Adelaide Oval. Morgan Davies – Sound and Tracy Phillpot– Makeup got to fly to Port Lincoln to film sharks for Discovery Network.
New to Adelaide Crew list
Marshall Tearle – Animatronics/FX Props. Since completing his ACA Diploma of Scenery & Set Construction Marshall has built a very impressive CV working in film, theatre and events. His work on the past 3 features – Hotel Mumbai, Cargo and Rabbit -included design and making animatronic babies and two-headed pig fetuses, plus your run of the mill breakaway props including glasses, knives, dead animals, skulls. Marshall also undertook the wireless puppeteering and maintenance of the animatronic baby. Theatre and event work has included technical production for The Fringe and Showtrek Production (Opera and corporate) sets and props for Patch Theatre. The gorilla head is one of his many creations:
Rod Bolton – DP filmed the theatre show Rumpelstiltskin. ANT Live, (Australian National Theatre, Live ) a Production Company based in Sydney, came to town recently to film the theatre production , directed and co written by Windmill Theatre’s Rosemary Myers. (Girl Asleep). Rod wrote all about it – “A week prior to them arriving in SA, they asked Rod, as a local Dop, to preview the live performance to ascertain the best ISO setting for the five Canon C 300 cameras they were to use, (thanks to Pro Av, Picture Hire and local owner/operators). Rod took spot (reflective) readings throughout the show to check the dynamic range of the various lighting situations on the actors and the many interactive projections. Rod also checked the best positions for the cameras around the seating area and discussed at great lengths with the Sydney team and their attached DoP; the lens sizes and distances from the stage etc…..They ended up with two ‘close up’ cameras, (left and right of the stage), using 70 – 200 mm Canon zoom lenses with 2x converters. Making these into 140 – 400mm lenses with a wide open stop at T 5.6. Hence the important spot readings and ISO formula. The other cameras were on shorter zooms grabbing wider action of two or more characters at a time. And they had a locked off super wide shot of the whole stage which encompassed the amazing projections on the three prosceniums. They also had four GoPro cameras set up around the theatre to capture the audience, the band and orchestra pit, and even higher, wider frontal shots. The operators all had to ‘pull’ their own focus and zooms during the two hour show. Once the curtain goes up, there are no rehearsals !!! Meanwhile, under the stage, the director/producer was set up with monitors to see all the shots and he ‘called’ the show to the camera operators. They wore enclosed headsets which were helpful, as it was a ‘full on’ musical extravaganza. And not forgetting the all important sound and music.” Des Kenneally recorded the audio for the project, Sarah McDonald was also there as 1st AC. Rod says it is a terrific all ages show !! It will be coming to a cinema near you soon to enjoy.
Photos courtesy of Jason Warner.
Jordan Edmeades – Drone Operator/DP had a couple of interesting drone jobs:
Jordan say “Enjoyed a full day aerial shooting for Krone with brand agency Redhanded from Melbourne. Weather was beautiful and we were treated to an amazing blood-red sunset driving home among the giant wind turbines. Alas, the quad batteries were drained. Shooting locations included working farms in Tarlee and Jamestown) I enjoyed shooting the aerials for Nora en Pure Music Video – this clever ‘reverse video’ for an artist from Switzerland. The clip just tipped over 400,000 views on Youtube a little over a week since completion. Shooting locations – Black Forest Reserve and Maslin Beach” . Actual music video can be seen on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNOmzbDWHCI
Some of the crew have sent in great photos from the Rabbit shoot – seems everyone enjoyed it despite being shot during the storms and worst weather SA has experienced in a long time causing all sorts of issues and relocating location and changing schedules. And lots of night shoots!
Peter Giuliani – Gaffer – sent these:
Ian Routledge – Data & Stills photography. Ian says offering the package for Rabbit as he did on Boys in Trees was a huge success as they had him on set for the entire shoot, so 25 days of Stills. Kept him super busy managing both.
Ian has the stills from Boys in Trees live on his website, fabulous photos check it out: http://www.ianroutledge.com/index.php?splash=1#/boys-in-the-trees/1.
Maxx Corkindale – DOP shot The Beards final show, along with David Tang.
David Tang also won Gold for 2x Gold at the recent ACS awards in the local and national advertising categories, for these two videos that he shot University of South Australia – Study With The Best and Osteria Oggi. Links to the spots:
Some really good photos from the Cargo shoot as well. The production wasn’t hit as hard with the storms but still had interesting times shooting in the Flinders Ranges with flooded roads:
Love the one from Bayley Broome-Peake – 2nd AC with cast Martin Freeman
The camera team photo from Cargo – gotta love the tshirts! Right to Left -Geoffrey Simpson ACS DOP, John Foster B cam focus, Maxx Corkindale A cam focus, Bayley Broome-Peake 2nd AC, Sam Steinle 3rd AC, Richard Wilmot B cam/Steadicam
It has been the busiest time I can remember for the Adelaide production scene. The 5 week shoot for Hotel Mumbai is now complete and HOD’s will be off to Mumbai soon for the exteriors and will pick up local crew. It was an amazing experience to be on this production – Anthony Maras was the most giving and friendly director and along with 1st AD Chris Webb this extended then to the fabulous crew and cast that included Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs and Anupam Kher who has an incredible 500 credits for feature films!
Cargo is currently shooting in the Finders Ranges with main shooting to be completed around October 7th. Star is Martin Freeman, best known as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy.
Rabbit commenced a 5 week shoot today at local locations – finishing October 7th.
The local production scene is fairly busy as well with 2 commercials shooting this week and a couple of ABC IView productions under way.
New to Adelaide Crew listing
Melanie Easton – Production Assistant/Secretary/Runner. Since moving to Adelaide from Canada Melanie has worked on a variety of projects including Walter – short film (produced by Kirsty Stark) music clips for Cosmo Thundercat (produced by Gilbert Kemp-Attrill) and Thom Lion and the Tamers (produced by Maxx Corkindale and Tamryn Morriss). Melanie also works freelance as script & copy writer/Editor and has produced several short films of her own.
Mik Gojic- DIT and Sarah McDonald – 1st AC B Camera, are back from the beautiful beaches of rural New South Wales after completing work on Harmony, a 6k anamorphic RED Dragon shoot.
David Hank – Stylist worked on a campaign for the team at Nation shooting at the beautiful Bonython Hall. The stills will be see around town soon on billboards and buses.
Hendon Studios have also been busy. Andrew Graue reports: “It’s a wrap! Sharptooth Pictures have spent two months in Hendon Studios shooting their sci-fi web series “The Big Nothing”. They built 7 epic sets spanning the 2 Sound Stages, and are now in post-production. The series will be online in the beginning of 2017.”
I would like to introduce some very interesting additions to the Adelaide Crew list:
Mik Gojic – DIT & Video Split. Mik is currently on the feature Bad Blood in the dual role of Data Wrangler/Video Split Operator and has other feature credits including Deadline Gallipoli (video split) and Water Diviner (data asst) as well as TVC’s for National Bank, Mitsubishi Triton, Priceline. Mik was Broadcast Manager at Channel 44 for 2 years where he was responsible for technical operations. He is fully equipped with VTR & DIT gear, van marque and generator for the full “video village”
Carl Saville – DP/Operator. Carl relocated to Adelaide 4 years ago from the UK and has been working for ABC and Ch9 on shows including Landline, Gardening Australia, 7.30 Report, BTN as well as news, sport and current affairs. In the UK Carl was Senior Camera Operator/Second Unit Director for high profile and long running shows including Heartbeat, The Royal and Emmerdale.
Rainer Davenport – Sound Recordist –has just relocated to Adelaide from Sydney, working on features such as Mad Max Fury Road & The Great Gatsby as 2nd Unit Recordist and Indie Features such as Gabriel & Careless Love to name a few. Television Drama credits includes Secret City, Cleverman (screening now on ABC) and Redfern Now. Rainier also has credits for TVC, corporates and short films and has an impressive array of equipment for any production.
David Hank – Stylist (Wardrobe & Props) has returned to Adelaide after spending many years working in fashion in Tokyo, London and Sydney. David is a creative stylist with experience working with adults and children in fashion, advertising and TVC’s on campaigns including Mitsubishi, Sony, Evian, Canon.
Bad Blood commenced a 3 week shoot this week. A psychological thriller starring Xavier Samuel with producers David Lightfoot and Antony I Ginnane and Director David Pulbrook. Adelaide Crew : Production Coordinator – Carly Maple, Production Runner – Stephanie Norman, 1st AD – Brad Lanyon, Production Designer – Tony Cronin, Gaffer – Marcus Bosisto, Key Grip – Matt Richardson, 2nd Assistant Camera – Bayley Broome-Peake, Data Wrangler/Video Split – Mik Gojic, Location Manager – Sarah Abbey with assistant Rick Lewington, Sound Recordist – Des Kenneally, Unit Manager – Josh Jaeger, Caterer – Sonya Marshall (Directors Cut)
Incredibly busy time coming with three films due to shoot – all overlapping! Also a good possibility of 2 to shoot later in the year.
Hotel Mumbai has commenced pre production with the 5 week Adelaide shoot from 1st August. Director is Anthony Maras and will star Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Producer – Julie Ryan & Producers Assistant Fiona Lanyon with Line Producer- Barbara Gibbs, Production Designer – Steven Jones-Evans, 1st AD- Chris Webb, DP -Nick Matthews. The film is based on the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel by armed Pakistani militants in which a fire consumed part of the hotel and staff and guests were held hostage for almost three days in 2008. Adelaide Crew so far locked in: 2nd AD – Brad Lanyon, Buyer/Dresser – Ben Crabtree, Jen Drake,Annalisa Francesca, Standby Props – Geoff Tarr, Gaffer – Richard Rees Jones, Grip – John Smith, Extras Casting – Julie Lewington, Boom Swinger – Travis Williamson
Production dates for David Ngo’s feature Rabbit has been pushed back. Producer Julie Byrne said the 5 week pre will now commence July 4th with a 5.4 week shoot from 8th August – 13th September. Anita Seiler is Costume Designer and David Wilkinson is Buyer Dresser.
Cargo – is a thriller starring Martin Freeman (Lord of The Rings, Sherlock). Pre production 18th July with shoot from August 29th – 7th October filming in studio, local and outback. Line Producer/Production Manager – Sally Clarke, Costume Design – Heather Wallace, Assistant Production Coordinator – Emma Marshall.
Crew On the move:
Jen Bichard – Nurse, Sarah McDonald – B Cam 2nd AC, Lighting – Marcus Bosisto and Matt Richardson went to the outback with Dynamite Productions for a Toyota shoot.
Des Kenneally – Sound and Rick Lewington – Runner travelled to Coonawarra for a stills and live action shoot for Wynns.
Travis Williamson – Sound Recordist had a great trip to Coober Pedy for a CH9 show tentatively titled Amazing Homes, shooting in dugouts and following up the stories of their creators and inhabitants.
Loads of crew still working away:
Stefan Laguna – 1st AD is in Sydney on Australia’s Top Model & The Great Australian Bakeoff.
James Dubay – AD is in Melbourne working on The Block.
Emma Marshall – Production Secretary is still in Sydney working on Doctor Doctor.
Also in Sydney Justin Van Gyl – Best Boy and Peter Giuliani – Best Boy Electrics are on Dance Academy The Movie and Geoff Tarr – StandbyProps is on the Nine Network miniseries on the life of Alan Bond.
Producer David Ngo and Projector Films feature film Rabbit, a thriller about a girl searching for her abducted twin sister is set to start pre production late May with the 6 week shoot starting in July.
Bad Blood, a low budget thriller, is looking good for pre production to start in May with just a couple of hurdles still to clear. Producers are David Lightfoot and Tony Ginnane with Co Producer Steve Cooper. David will be putting a lot of his old team back together again for the project and 1st AD is Brad Lanyon. A top cast is close to being announced.
New to Adelaide Crew list
Chris Daniels – Camera Assistant. Chris has been working in the industry since 2013 as DP/Editor with corporate & web jobs including Adelaide Oval doco, RAA promo, Coopers web video. He recently completed intensive 2nd AC course with ACS Victoria working with top DP’s and a large variety of camera formats. His 1st/2nd AC credits include Optus COW, music video Kingdom, Rivergum TVC.
Stephanie Norman – Production Assistant/Runner. Stephanie has a Creative Art BA and has completed an internship at Triptych Pictures as Factual TV Development/Research Co-coordinator. Stephanie has on set experience as PA/runner on music videos and AD on shorts and the web series Versus.
Peter Giuliani – Best Boy/Locations Asst/Runner. Peter has just returned to live in Adelaide (you might remember him from Mcleods Daughters) from Sydney where he worked as Best Boy on TV series including The Secret City, The Principal, Wonderland, Home & Away and the soon to go to air on ABC series Cleverman. Peter also has extensive experience as Stage Manager for theatre and as Driver on features Unbroken, Wolverine, Adoration. Peter has licences for EWP above 11 metres, Scissor & Boom & MR truck.
It has been a very quiet start to the year but there was a glimmer of hope in March with a few big TVC’s shooting.
Curious Film with Producer Ben Swaffer was here for the Optus ‘Relentless Improvement’ Campaign – 2 x 30 sec TVC’s. Production Manager – Carly Maple, 1st AD – Brad Lanyon, 2nd AC/Data Wrangler – DavidTang, Grip / Gaffer – Marcus Bosisto, Grip / Gaffer Assistant – Matt Richardson, Sound Recordist – DesKenneally, Hair / Makeup – Tracy Phillpot.
The Sweet Shop travelled to the outback – north of Leigh Creek for the NAB Home Loans. On air now – moving rooms with actor jumping from room to room. Production Manager – Sally Clarke, Coordinator – Emma Marshall, Makeup – Tracy Phillpot, Standby Props – Geoff Tarr, Unit Manager – Josh Jaeger, Safety Officer – Jen Bichard. It was a very hot shoot and kept Josh busy with the waters but this photo shows the storm approaching (Sally & Emma in shot).
Kojo shot a new Motor Accident Commission campaign which kept lots of crew busy 1st AC – MarkCowley, Gaffer – Graeme Shelton, Best Boy – Dave Smith, Grip – John Smith, Art Director – TonyCronin, Standby Props – Geoff Tarr, Makeup/Hair – Tracy Phillpot, Safety/Nurse – Jen Bichard, Precision Driver – Gary Baxter, Production Asst – Thu Nguyen,
Leona Cichon and her production company Firebox Films shot a new campaign for a local client which is due to go to air May 1st. 1st AD – Brad Lanyon, Camera Asst – Mark Cowley, Data Wrangler – David Tang, Grip – John Smith, Gaffer – Graeme Shelton, Best Boy – Dave Smith, Makeup/Hair – Sue Taylor, Unit Manager – Steve Russell, Catering – Directors Cut/Sonya.
Emma Marshall is in Sydney working as Production Secretary on Doctor Doctor, a new drama series for Nine Network and Essential Media.
Marie-Lyne Morant – Makeup/Hair and Olivia Iacobelli – Costume have been having fun working on the stage production – CATS.
Heather Wallace – Costume – has been busy as Standby for the outside broadcast team at the Olympic Swimming Trials at the Mario Swim Centre.
Unit Truck for Sale – Michael Gill is selling his unit truck complete with all the gear – as a package or will separate. Call Michael for details – 0412 954403
And on a personal note – I have recently become an Authorised Marriage Celebrant and had a wonderful time doing the ceremony for my friends, Janet and Rod. So if anyone is planning a wedding I would love to hear from you.
February 2016 news
A quiet start to the year but hopefully good news at the end of the week with 2 low budget features -a local and an interstate producer- hopeful of securing funding to go into immediate pre production. Feelers are out from some good sounding productions coming here in the second half of the year.
Last year seemed to end with a bit of a bang but unfortunately for a lot of crew that worked in November on the Chinese reality show Running Man we are yet to be paid. We are still hopeful but some very unconvincing emails coming from the Melbourne based producer. Fingers crossed not just for all the very hard working crew but also lots of suppliers and locations. UPDATE: 3/02 payments have starting coming through so hopefully all good
NEW to Adelaide Crew List
Thu Nguyen – Production Coordinator Assistant/Runner. Thu’s first role in the industry was Account Coordinator at Clemenger Adelaide, moving on to Content Producer and Marketing Coordinator at The University of Adelaide where she got to liaise and work on set with many professional film crews. Since moving to the production side Thu has worked as Runner, PA on TVC’s for RAA and Mitsubishi, 3rd AD on MAC TVC, and Producer on short films for the MRC.
Jen Drake is back from her amazing adventures in Malaysia where she was based filming season 2 of Marco Polo as Senior Buyer/Dresser working out of Pinewood Studios. Jen also travelled around Asia on buying trips.
After finishing on Wolf Creek TV as Art Director Erica Brien has made the decision to move to Melbourne to pursue more work opportunities. We hope she comes back one day though.
After the dust has settled, the blood dried and the bodies buried on Wolf Creek, TV series, Rod Bolton soon jumped back into corporate video mode with jobs from WA using UAV filming Port Adelaide river fixtures. Cricket Australia also employed Rod to video happy families at the Big Bash League Cricket game at The Adelaide Oval on New Years eve. Rod say “Wow, what a day & night. Seriously hot and busy !! And what a great game !! Here’s hoping for a busy and lucrative 2016 for everyone.” Pictured with Coptercam UAV and Octa-Quad & pilot.
For the 5th year running Des Kenneally was up on the podium at the annual AACTA awards with the sound team from Deadline Gallipoli accepting the award for Best Sound Television. Des has just finished on the Sean Lahiff directed short film.
Travis Williamson has been getting all his new sound gear working since finishing on Wolf Creek Television as boom swinger and 2nd unit sound. He recorded sound on TVC’s – the new RAA Campaign, Bushfire Ready and reality shows My Kitchen Rules and the new KissBangLove.
Shooting with Drones has become very popular quickly and Jordan Edmeades enjoyed playing with them on a recent shoot for a short film Sunflower Sings that came here from the US to shoot for 5 days around Adelaide including the Botanic Gardens. Here are some links to the work with drones he did last year for Tourism for New Zealand production company Kontent. https://vimeo.com/153188511 https://vimeo.com/153188510
Ian Routledge was booked for a Japanese TVC for Sapporoo Beer on Yorke Peninsula Data managing Arri RAW, which is apparently pretty challenging with size of files but also did the dual role of 2nd AC. Been awhile since he did assisting but was pleased to say he remembered where all the bits went. A lot of helicopter rigging and Ian says they were a great crew.
Julie Lewington – Location Manager, Annalisa Francesca – Props Buyer and Rick Lewington – Locations Assist/Props Assist had a great shoot for Marie Claire magazine. It was a fashion spread and should be published in February/March and showcases some of our fabulous locations. The crew loved Adelaide and want to come back again soon.
Anomaly Studios at Hendon have been rebranded and now called Hendon Studios. The Sean Lahiff directed short film Smash3d starring the wonderful Harrison Gilbertson has just completed filming there. www.hendonstudios.com.au
Lighting equipment for sale
Leigh Greig is selling off his lighting equipment which includes, cables, 2.5kw/5kw/10kw dimmers, Kino Flw DMX Image 80’s, Arena Visions, DeSisti HMI pars / fresnels from 575w to 4k, Mole Richardson 10k/12k 14” & 20” fresnels & space lights, Ianiaro Red Heads/Blondies, Sail cloths, Camo nets, Assorted stands – 5/8, 069, crank up’s. Leigh says all equipment is complete with lots of accessories and ready to be put to work. All in perfect working order. Email him for a full list and details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys in Trees finished shooting on Friday. A lot of very tired crew after a hectic 5 week shoot of mainly night filming.
Wolf Creek – The Television Series has begun an 8 week shoot which is keeping lots of crew nice and busy. Rod Bolton is B Camera Operator and is having lots of fun with toys – 3 x Alexis Amiras, a Red Dragon on the Roni + assorted DSLRs, GoPros and the odd drone. A quote from Rod “All going well and so far the body count is quite low…….considering” Travis Williamson – Boom Operator says it is a lovely crew with good spirits all round. Other Adelaide Crew working on it are: Carly Maple – Production Coordinator, Erica Brien – Art Director, Amy Baker – Set Decorator, Ben Crabtree – Buyer/Set Dresser, David Wilkinson – Buyer/Set Dresser, Geoff Tarr – Standby Props, Brad Lanyon – 1st AD, Maxx Corkindale – Focus Puller (Block 1), Bayley Broome-Peake – Clapper Loader/2nd AC, Olivia Iacobelli – Costume Supervisor, John Smith – Key Grip, Justin Van Zyl – Best Boy Grip, Graeme Shelton – Gaffer, Dave Smith – Best Boy Elex, Jen Bichard – Safety Supervisor/Unit Nurse, Josh Jaeger – Unit Manager.
The annual AACTA award nominations are out. The Industry Awards will be presented in Sydney on Monday 30th November and the acting awards Wednesday 9th December. The mini series shot here, Deadline Gallipoli , has received a few nominations including BEST SOUND TELEVISION for Des Kenneally. This is his 6th nomination in 5 years with 4 of those winners for Des. A great result and hope we see him on the stage again this year. Pete Baxter was nominated for BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN TELEVISION for Deadline but couldn’t have done it without his amazing Adelaide art department team including Geoff Tarr, Ben Crabtree and Annalisa Francesa.
If you haven’t seen Last Cab to Darwin you have missed a great film. A lot of talented Adelaide Crew people worked on it and it has received loads of nominations including a very well deserved one for the fabulous Michael Caton for BEST LEAD ACTOR FEATURE FILM.
New to Adelaide Crew list
Sophie Matterson – Production Coordinator/Runner/2nd AD/Camera Assistant. Sophie has relocated from Queensland where she gained a broad range of experience working on TVC’s, corporates and TV including ABC3 Kids show Bushwhacked and music video for band Shepard “Let me down Easy” and several international productions. Sophie is also credited with photographic assignments.
Jordan Edmeades – Drone Operator. Jordan is a CASA qualified drone operator and has recently completed a SA Tourism shoot booked through Adelaide Crew. The week long shoot was a two pilot job for a New Zealand production company on a TV and online advertising campaign pitching South Australia as a premier tourist destination. The shoot covered locations including Penfolds Winery, Barossa Valley, a houseboat on the Murray River and two days at Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
Mariot Kerr has wrapped work in Sydney where she has been working as Costume Designer on the Foxtel series Secret City. Mariot loved the job but is glad to be home and looking forward to working back in here in Adelaide.
Richard Reece Jones – Gaffer is still in Victoria on Hunters – a series being produced by Gale Ann Hurd for SyFy Channel. Filming at Docklands Studios and around Melbourne.
Ian Routledge has had a busy time recently. He is in demand for photography shooting a number of large advertising campaigns including MAC and Live West development along with another housing development at Blackwood. Ian then went on to Boys in Trees as Data Wrangler and probably looking forward to catching up on some sleep!
A few little interesting jobs have been popping up – Marie-Lyne Morant – followed Julia Zemiro around town for the day keeping her hair and makeup looking good for Home Delivery series. Sue Taylor – Makeup/Hair, Will Sheridan – Sound and Andy Robertson – Gaffer all headed up to the Barossa to shoot an online launch of the Jacobs Creek sparkling wine range. Tracy Phillpot – Makeup/Hair and Will Sheridan – Sound flew over to Port Lincoln for Discovery to film Shark Week with ET.
News September 2015
After a very quiet year at last it is getting busy again and 2015 should finish with a bit of a bang.
Boys in Trees is now in pre production with an October shoot. Sally Clarke – Production Manager, Emma Marshall – Production Coordinator, Geoff Tarr- Standby, Annalisa Francesca – Props Buyer, HeatherWallace – Standby, DesKenneally – Sound Recordist, Brad Lanyon – 1st AD, Marcus Bosisto – Grip, Matt Richardson – Grip Asst, Ian Routledge – BITT
Wolf Creek TV series is also crewing up for October 19th to commence an 8 week shoot. Anna Molyneaux – Line Producer and Geoffrey Hall ACS – DP. Crew on board so far: Brad Lanyon – 1st AD Block 2, Erica Brien – Art Director, Ben Crabtree – Buyer Dresser, David Wilkinson – Buyer Dresser, Amy Baker – Set Decorator, Graeme Shelton – Gaffer, John Smith – Grip, Carly Maple – Production Coordinator, Olivia Iacobelli – Costume Supervisor.
Next week is a very busy week with a couple of small TVC’s, a very large TVC shooting and part of a feature from Sydney shooting at Coober Pedy.
Travelling to Coober Pedy are: Sarah Abbey – Location Manager, , Josh Jaeger – Unit Manager, Rebecca Knott – Nurse, Caitlin Hall – Script Supervisor and hopefully a couple more to be confirmed.
Working for Exit Films are: SarahAbbey – Location Manager, Julie Lewington – Locations Assist, John Smith – Grip, Graeme Shelton – Gaffer, Steve Russell – Unit Manager, Will Sheridan – Sound Recordist, Maxx Corkindale – Camera Operator, Mark Cowley – 1st AC, Jen Bichard -Safety Officer/Nurse, Ben Crabtree – Buyer/Dresser, Geoff Tarr – Standby Props, Rick Lewington – Art Department Runner, James Dubay – 2nd AD, DavidTang – Data Wrangler, Monique Crabtree – Food Stylist
NEW to Adelaide Crew list
David Tang – Camera Assistant/Data Wrangler. David has a very impressive CV with experience across features, shorts, web, music videos and TVC’s and worked with most cameras including RED Epic & Scarlet, Alexa and a range of Sony and Canon, drawing on his experience working at a rental house. David has Focus credits on dramas – Crew Cut, Dirt Girls, River Water as well as loads of music videos and as 2nd AC on Wastelander Panda and numerous TVC’s. David also shoots web content and corporates.
Rodney Bolton – Director of Photography/Camera Operator. I would like to welcome Rodney back on to my books and he has been busy lately as DP on music videos for Susan Lily “Here on the Road” & Tall Enough to See “ Alright, Okay”, short films and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) DP & Operator for Penfolds/Dan Murphys and Mutitjulu Respite Centre,@ Uluru. Below are some great shots of Rodney with singer Susan Lily shooting from a Corvette Stingray and working with an Arri Alexa:
Sharon Kerrigan has taken up a fulltime position as Producer for Logic Films. We will miss her on the freelance jobs around town but wish her all the very best in her new position and I am sure many of the crew will get to work with her at Logic.
Bayley Broome Peake – B/2nd Camera Operator & Will Sheridan – Sound Recordist have been working on the new series of Poh & Co. for the past couple of months and should wrap early October.
The always busy Barbara Gibbs is in Sydney working as Line Producer on Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson’s new feature film. Shooting commences on 21st September for 12 weeks in Sydney and NSW. “HACKSAW RIDGE is the inspirational true story of conscientious objector and WWII Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss. Deeply patriotic, Doss believed that despite the War being just, killing remained wrong and enlisted as a medic so that he could save lives, not take them. Overcoming abuse from his fellow soldiers and a court-martial, Doss became the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. At Okinawa, the bloodiest battle of WWII, Doss is credited with single-handedly saving the lives of 75 men. Alone on the battlefield after his platoon was forced to retreat, Doss braved fire while tending to and evacuating the wounded GI’s. For his heroic efforts, Doss became the first conscientious objector to be cited with America’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.”
Jen Drake is still in Malaysia on season 2 of Marco Polo as Senior Buyer/Dresser working out of Pinewood Studios with shoot starting this month. Jen has been busy jetting around Asia on buying trips.
Mariot Kerr – Costume Designer is working on a FOXTEL series , a political thriller called Secret City starring Anna Torv, Dan Wylie and Jacki Weaver. Filming for 2 weeks in Canberra – where it was -3o this morning but Mariot is still smiling! Filming then moves to Sydney for 5 weeks.
Andy Stankovich is in Laos on a two week pilot shooting for a series on UXO’s- Unexploded Ordinance clearance. Andy says “ It’s the left over bombs and cluster munitions from the secret war in Laos during the Vietnam conflict. Over a 100 people a year are killed just doing daily chores that we take for granted. The series will cover UXO clearance, stories of survival after accidental explosions and further education to kids. Sean Perry, ex Adelaide news camera op is second unit and we are shooting on the Sony FS7 camera supplied by Daniel Charlton at Pro AV.” Photos from the Cope Centre in Laos. Andy say “War is Hell”
Maxx Corkindale was shooting a Corephysio TVC for MyAdd Advertising when a friendly cat came to help Victoria Cocks out with the lenses.
And lastly – a bit of blatant self promotion for me, Julie Lewington: I had a lovely trip to Port Pirie last week for a 4 day shoot on a new campaign that I cast and produced, designed to raise awareness in the community on reducing the lead levels in young children. This is continuing on from the TenBy10 campaign that I have been involved with since 2008 with Director Rowan Smith from Tasmania. As always the people of Port Pirie were warm and welcoming and I unearthed some wonderful talent – parents, parents to be, grandparents and of course lots of great kids from 0 to 5 years. Lots of fun on set wrangling young children and getting the smiles and laughs.
July News 2015
Channel Seven reality TV show titled Restaurant Revolution has commenced filming at the pop up restaurant in Victoria Square and due to air shortly. It’s been confirmed that Adelaide-based chef, Jock Zonfrillo, is the national host of the show, resulting in additional shoots in Adelaide at his Rundle Street restaurant. Adelaide Crew engaged on the project are Carly Maple (Adelaide Bureau Unit Manager), Cathy Small (Safety), Tracy Phillpot (Makeup/Hair), Graeme Shelton (Gaffer), Dave Smith (Generator/Elex Assistant), John Smith (Grip), Geoff Tarr (Standby Props), SarahMcDonald (Camera Assistant) Travis Williamson (Tech Assistant) and Emma Marshall (Runner). Carly says of her Reality TV experience: “I learned very quickly that ‘Restaurant Revolution’ really meant ‘Rollercoaster Ride’… and I have been hanging on for dear life ever since. Every day is a surprise.”
Feature film Boys in Trees is confirmed with Sally Clarke PM, Emma Marshall Prod Secretary, Robert Webb Designer, Geoff Tarr Standby. It is a 5 week shoot from 14 Sept. Director: Nick Verso (Melbourne) Producers: Kate Croser, Sandy Cameron, John Molloy (Melbourne) DOP: Marden Dean (Sydney – who shot Infinite Man)
The Clayton Glen/Sharyn Pancione low budget film Raise the Bar starts shooting next week with Sally Clarke as Production Manager, Emma Marshall – Production Secretary, David Wilkinson– Art Department.
I would like to welcome back to my list Sarah Abbey and Anita Seiler. Sarah has returned from Sydney and has been busy working on some locations for TVC’s and travelled to Coober Pedy in her search. Anita has been busy in the last couple of years working as Costume Designer on the Versus videos and feature Month of Sundays.
Bayley Broome-Peake is booked on the SBS series season 2 of Poh & Co starting this week as B/2nd Camera Operator. Also look out for a new People Choice Credit Union TVC shot and directed by Bayley which is due to air soon. Annalisa Francesca also worked on it as props buyer.
Nicole Coppi – is in Melbourne working on the web series Footballer Wants a Wife– in her first Costume Design role. Nicole is then going on to a feature Circle Work as Costume Supervisor.
Also in Melbourne is Erica Brien working as Art Director on the final block of Series 4 House Husbands.
Olivia Iacobelli– has just returned from what sounds like a dream gig – working in the costume department on a cruise around Japan.
Justin Van Zyl had a wonderful time working as 2nd Unit Grip with Ernie Clarke ACS on Blue Dog in the Pilbara. Blue Dog Producer Nelson Woss says “This is a coming-of-age story about a community, a young boy Mick (Levi Miller), his family and a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup that will change his life forever.”
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New to Adelaide Crew list:
I would like to welcome Joshua Jaeger – Unit Manager – to the Adelaide Crew list. Josh has worked on a wide range of productions including features, TV series and TVC’s. Josh has a well set up truck with gear capable of accommodating 100+ cast and crew and has worked around Adelaide, rural and outback locations including Lake Gairdner and Maree. His feature and series credits include Deadline Gallipoli, Anzac Girls, Sam Fox Extreme Adventures, The Inbetweeners 2, The Babadook and Snowtown.
Stephan Latsch – Production/Art runner. Stephan has loads of experience having worked in Melbourne on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, City Homicide, The Librarians as well as many TVC’s and work as AD on independent films.
Nicole Coppi – Costume Supervisor/Buyer. Nicole is a graduate of NIDA in Production Crafts- Costume. Recently Nicole relocated to SA from Melbourne where she worked on many productions with credits for Supervisor including TV series – Ricketts Lane, Kinne, Utopia and as buyer on Dancing with the Stars, Jack Irish – Dead Point, It’s a Date. Nicole also worked on many TV commercials as buyer/assistant and as a costumier for film and theatre productions including Swan Lake (Australian Ballet), Melbourne Theatre Company and Circus Oz. Nicole is well set up with a workroom to make costumes.
It is so very quiet in the world of film and unfortunately nothing on the horizon. Screen Australia haven’t funded any projects since November and so unlikely we will see anything of note till end of 2015 or early 2016.
Sally Clarke is Line Producing for a Chinese shoot which is hopeful of going ahead mid May filming in Adelaide and the Great Ocean Road. Titled Steal the Heart it is part of a feature film.
A few people working interstate/overseas:
Erica Brien is in Melbourne working as Art Department Coordinator on the feature film Lion.
Amy Baker is also in Melbourne on House Husbands – Art Director.
Jonathon Baker is off to Sydney to work on the new series of Love Child as Video Asst/B Cam 2nd AC
Barbara Gibbs is in New York at present filming for the New York part of the shoot for 2:22, the film she was Line Producing in Sydney starring Michiel Huisman and Teresa Palmer.
Jen Drake is working in Malaysia on season 2 of Marco Polo as Senior Buyer/Dresser. Jen says “ We are working out of the Pinewood Studios. The sound stages are huge and to get around the grounds we use golf carts. We start shooting in September and do most of our buying in Singapore, KL, and Melaka. We will probably go on a buying trip to Penang and I am being sent to Vietnam to buy soon.” Sounds amazing and congratulations to Jen for getting this gig.
Geoffrey Hall ACS is in Karratha WA shooting Blue Dog – the prequel to Red Dog.
Meantime there have been bits and pieces going on here:
Graeme Shelton & DaveSmith– worked on a Kojo tvc for Adelaide Football Club ,Thirteen Disciples for Led “Yeelights”. Buchanan Group from Melbourne for Aldi then Dave & I again on a 4 day shoot for Anifex an AGL tvc. And in Graeme’s words: “Apart from that I painted the kitchen cupboards”
Maxx Corkindale – is continuing to add to his shooting credits with a TVC for the Rendition Cancer Prevention Home and corporates for SA Water and a Foxtel shoot that covered the Playstation 4 Fifa 2015 Championships Adelaide round.
Ben Crabtree – Buyer/Dresser, Ben Mansley – Runner, Directors Cut – catering and Steve Russell all travelled to Broken Hill for Plaza Films for Nissan
House Rules has kept a few crew busy – Safety Supervisor – Cathy Small, Runners – Rick Lewington and Emma Marshall, 2nd AC – Sarah McDonald.
A good size crew went to McLaren Vale for a Hardys shoot for UK cricket sponsorship for Sky TV with some very funny scripts. DOP – Geoffrey Hall ACS, Production Manager – Sally Clarke, PA – Carly Maple, 1st AD – Brad Lanyon, Sound – Des Kenneally, Grip – John Smith, 2AC/Split – Jonathon Baker, Art Director – Amy Baker & Ben Crabtree, Makeup – Sue Taylor, Wardrobe – Heather Wallace, Unit Manager – Josh Jaeger, Runner – Rick Lewington.Dance Moms Australia came to town through Active TV for a whirlwind shoot using some driver/pa’s to ferry the large American crew around: Emma Marshall, Rick Lewington, Carly Maple and James Dubay plus Gaffer – Andy Robertson and Sound Recordist – Francis Byrne.
Sue Taylor – was very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Jamie Oliver when he flew into Adelaide recently for a brief visit to his restaurant. Sue said “I was employed to make sure he was sorted after his flight…pretty much just gave him some eye drops and a bit of hair product and talked up Adelaide!! Really cool guy and a good laugh…certainly didn’t need much makeup but it was a bit of fun and refreshing when a profiler is as cool as you think he may be. I loved it as I cook from his first cookbook which was a gift years ago.”
Marie-Lyne Morant is working on the State Opera production of Don Giovanni as Head of Makeup & Wigs and Sue Taylor is in the makeup and wig department too. Marie-Lyne says it is a great team and they have a lot of laughs.
You can’t miss some of makeup artist Tracy Phillpot’s latest work for People Choice Credit Union:
Ben Mansley – runner – is returning to the UK as his work visa has now expired. Very sad to lose Ben as he has been a great addition to the Adelaide Crew list and gained a lot of respect during the last 12 months. Ben says “Had a blast working in South Australia, thank you Adelaide Crew & Casting for all the work you have gotten for me over the last year. It’s been great fun working on sets, getting to visit interesting places, seeing some awesome things and meeting many fantastic people. Shame the working visas finished! Soon I’ll have to do it all again in the UK. Hopefully the experience will be just as good, but SA has set a high bar!”
Kirsty Stark is promoting The Reel Event which is major fundraiser for Magill Sunrise Rotary Club with the beneficiaries, Can:Do for Kids and headspace. This year’s event is on Wednesday the 20th of May, 6:30pm at the Regal Theatre on Kensington Road. “The 2015 Reel Event features a program of nine fantastic short films by South Australian filmmakers. We provide food and drinks before the screening, and a chance to discuss the films with the filmmakers at a Q&A session afterwards. This year’s event is shaping up to be one of our best yet, and we’d love to have you join us. You can book at http://www.trybooking.com/HFTX. Alternately, our Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1606698212880449/
The MEAA has launched a national campaign “Save our Stories” in response to a government proposal to scrap the visa rules which regulate the number of foreign performers and crew who can work temporarily in Australia. Scrapping the visa controls would mean productions will have unfettered ability to fill all lead and major supporting roles with overseas performers and import entire teams of production crew. The government says it is “removing red tape”. Labor, the Greens and several crossbench Senators have publicly opposed the Government’s plans, saying local actors and crew would suffer. The changes are still being considered by the Government. Attend the campaign launch in your city to find out what these changes mean for you and how you can get involved in the #saveourstories campaign. The Adelaide meeting is on Monday 11th May, 6.30pm @ SA Unions – 170 Greenhill Road Parkside. Follow this link for more information and to RSVP
If anyone is looking for office or storage space for the next 12 months this may interest you: Clayton Church Homes has a Nursing Home “The Lodge” (19 beds) and Hostel “Villa” (5 beds) at Percival Street, Norwood which will be available for about a year whilst we prepare for the redevelopment of the sites. I have attached for you a photo of the respective buildings. In the event that you or your associates require access to either facilities for up to a year then I would be happy to be contacted to discuss the lease arrangements. Phone: Juvena Anderson 8404 8200
March 2015 News
After a busy few years the production scene is pretty quiet in Adelaide. A couple of low budget projects on the boil but we might need to wait till the second half of this year for it to really get going again.
Web series Versus will be shooting March 10th to 27th with Producer Julie Byrne and Triptych Picture. Writer/Directors are Danny & Michael Philippou. Julie says “These two SA based young, and daring, filmmakers (twin brothers) have the most subscribed to YouTube channel in SA and their videos have gone viral. They are traditionally very DIY, but Screen Australia and SAFC’s aim in funding them is to help them go to the ‘next level’ and develop their careers. We’re shooting in the Adelaide Studios, enabling the boys’ trademark stunt and sfx based action videos to be ‘ramped up’ “. Synopsis: Three videos that parody teams of popular comic book, game and movie super heroes pitted against each other in riotous, action packed rivalry
Props&Standby – Leeth Keough, SFX Assistant – Geoff Tarr, Sound Recordist –Travis Williamson and catering – Directors Cut.
NEW to Adelaide Crew
Geoffrey Hall ACS – Director of Photography. Geoff has won many awards over his career and I am thrilled to have him join Adelaide Crew as I have long admired his work. During 2014 he shot 2 mini series – Deadline Gallipoli and The Principal and some of his extensive credits include Anzac Girls – television series and features Red Dog, Drift and Chopper. Geoff has also shot many TVC’s and worked extensively overseas.
Gary Baxter – Precision & Stunt Driver/Rider. Very pleased to welcome Gary to the books of Adelaide Crew. Gary is well known locally and nationally as a driver, professional racing car driver and advanced driving instructor. Gary has worked for most local and interstate production companies for TVC’s including Holden, Mazda, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Goodyear, Farmers Union and MAC. Gary has just about any license you could need – motor cycle (including racing) car, truck, pilot (fixed wing) boat. Gary was also driving double for Gary Sweet, Clive Owen and Josh Lucas.
Louise McCarthy – Costume Designer. Louise located to Adelaide last year but commuted to Melbourne for series 3 of The Dr Blake Mysteries and is now ready to tackle the Adelaide market. Louise has a very extensive credit list on series as Costume Designer including Dr Blake series 1 & 2, No Where Boys – 13 part ABC 3 series, Offspring series 1, Australia on Trial – documentary drama and features including The Last Dance, Blessed and Serenades which was shot in SA. Louise was Set & Costume Design for State Theatre (SA) in 2014 on Neighborhood Watch as well as numerous productions in Victoria.
Some Adelaide Crew recently worked on a short film called Upside Down Feeling directed by Eddie White and produced by Nicola Tate. Sound – Travis Williamson, 1st AC – Maxx Corkindale and Grip – Justin Van Zyl. Justin was happy to able to get some of his gear out since re locating here from Sth Africa last year.
Some great success at the recent AACTA Awards. Des Kenneally took him 3 awards for Best Sound – Television for Anzac Girls Ep 6, Documentary for Sons & Mothers, Feature Film for The Rover. Maxx Corkindale shared the Best Cinematography Award – Documentary for Sons & Mothers. Great achievement for both Des and Maxx.
Barbara Gibbs is in Sydney as Line Producer/Production Manager feature film 2:22 shooting 2nd February to 13th March. Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman an The Railway Man’s Sam Reid head up the cast. It is a romantic thriller set in New York’s Grand Central Station which has been recreated at Fox Studios.
Richard Rees Jones – Gaffer is in Victoria working on feature film Scare Campaign with Producer Julie Ryan and Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres). Filming is at the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. Cast includes – Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change), Cassandra McGrath (Wolf Creek), and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones). The Cairnes brothers promise “The film will be packed with jolting scares and suspenseful set pieces.”
Mark Cowley – DP had a good time shooting for Host Sydney at the Clipsal 500. Mark says “ We were shooting a family day at the Clipsal, on the new Sony FS7 and a 5D. We followed a family around for the day (37c day!) While they watched the racing, looked at the stalls and had fun on the activities at the event. It was a run and gun type of job. With an interstate crew, who were very good. The footage is to be used for commercials throughout the year for V8 racing”
Other crew working in the heat – filming this week in Broken Hill for Plaza Films: Ben Crabtree – art department, Directors Cut – Catering, Steve Russell – Unit and Ben Mansley – runner.
Maybe not so hot in McLaren Vale where a Hardys Wines shoot is happening with Sue Taylor – makeup, Amy Baker – buyer/dresser, Des Kenneally – sound, Geoffrey Hall ACS – DP, Rick Lewington – runner.
Adelaide Grip & Light (Marcus Bosisto & Matt Richardson) have just added more gear to their arsenal
- A Kino-Flo Vistabeam 610 for that big punchy soft light that runs on the smell of an oily rag.
- interchangeable tubes to switch between Daylight & Tungsten
- 20′ x 20′ Green screen with a folding 20′ x 20′ frame
- 12′ x 12′ Green screen
- 8′ x 8′ Green screen
See the full gear list under Gaffer and Grips
Fabulous news that the wonderful Driller Jet Armstrong has been given a clean bill of health after going through treatment. Mariot said she is hanging up her nurses’ cape and is free for other duties. Bring on the work!
Dave Laslett – Photographer (and who also helps me with the Adelaide Crew website) is the only South Australian photographer chosen for 2015 National Portrait Prize in Canberra on March 20th. The works will be on display March 20th – June 8th and then will tour nationally for a year.
Dave can’t release the image that is in the exhibition until after the opening night but here are a couple of his stunning photos from the same range:
Windmill Theatres feature film Girl Asleep begins a 4 week shoot on January 19th.
Month of Sundays starring Anthony La Paglia begins filming on Monday 12th – also a 4 week shoot.
There is a small shoot starting filming next week with the Chaser Boys titled Plonk. The mockumentary/comedy series will shoot for 5 weeks around wineries.
Films shot in Adelaide are very well represented in the AACTA Award nominations to be presented in Sydney late January. Big congratulations to some Adelaide Crew who have been nominated: Mariot Kerr – Tracks – Best Costume Design (Feature Film). Des Kenneally – The Rover – Best Sound (Feature Film). Des Kenneally & Will Sheridan – Sons & Mothers – Best Sound in a Documentary. Maxx Corkindale – Sons & Mothers – Best Cinematography in a Documentary. Des Kenneally – Anzac Girls Episode 6 – Best Sound in Television. Well done and wishing them all good luck at the awards.
Fabulous article in The Adelaide Review – January edition – “Mariot’s Style” . An interview with Mariot Kerr on her costume work for Tracks – the challenges of working in the desert and creating costumes “for actors portraying people who are alive and very much a part of the project”.
Brad Maddern continues to do well in Melbourne. He wrapped on The Dressmaker before xmas and is now working on the mini series Molly – the story of Molly Meldrum in the Countdown days. This takes him through to end of March. Brad says he is working with a great team and it is a really interesting story. I for one am looking forward to seeing this one – an old Countdown fan!
Julie Lewington worked with up and coming band members from At Sunset on the drama-doco Changed Forever and they asked her to help cast their new music video for Us Against the World. The very funny Brendan had a great time playing The Mall Cop. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDHVX43QeL0
Jen Drake is usually known for her wonderful art department skills, buying and dressing, but on Changed Forever she turned them to animal wrangling and brought her gorgeous pet emu Emelda to set for a starring role. Apparently she performed very well and is waiting for the next big opportunity.
Rebecca Elliott is enjoying her time working with Kate Croser at Hedone Productions. Shooting will continue in the first half of the year on the half hour documentary Michelle for ABC which will be the film directorial debut of Meryl Tankard – renowned dancer and choreographer. The documentary tells the story of Michelle Ryan whose dancing career come to an end when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and has since become artistic director of Restless Theatre Company working with young disabled people. Rebecca is Assistant Producer covering different roles on set.
Previously operated by the SAFC (1981-2011), the reopened Anomaly Studios provide the full range of production facilities, catering specifically to projects with budgets up to $5M. “Independent and low to medium budget filmmakers have traditionally been restricted in their use of studios around the country, due to budget constraints,” says company director Daniel Phillips. “Our aim is to enhance studio offerings in Australia thereby increasing the potential for more great content. Low budget never looked so good.” While the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) will continue to own and operate its own film studios, the agency has given its support to the revamped Hendon studios. “Having two operating studios in Adelaide reinforces South Australia’s filmmaking reputation and its capacity to attract independent production. Anomaly Studios Hendon provides the perfect complement to the Adelaide Studios, and has recently hosted a number of SAFC-supported productions including Wolf Creek 2, Danger 5 and Wastelander Panda,” said SAFC CEO Richard Harris. Anomaly Studios is managed by Anomaly principals Daniel Phillips, Andrew Graue and Charles Billeh; a team of passionate, independent filmmakers who are committed to providing affordable, professional studio facilities to the film industry. The studios are being used by Girl Asleep as their production base for filming.
Changed Forever – a dramatised WW1 documentary produced by Wild Bear Entertainment for Foxtel History Channel is currently shooting around Adelaide and going through till early December. The story tells how the war experience changed famous people such as Keith Murdoch and Nellie Melba. Directed by Serge Ou with a small crew that includes some Adelaide Crew working on it: Carly Maple – Production Coordinator, Julie Lewington – Extras Casting, Marie-Lyne Morant – Makeup/Hair Assistant, Directors Cut – Catering. Robert Webb – Production Design, Jen Drake – buyer/dresser, Erica Brien – Buyer/Dresser. With a small crew very limited budget Robert and his team are putting together some amazing sets and props such as this one:
Month of Sundays starring Anthony La Paglia begins pre production in December with the 4 week shoot scheduled to commence in January. Sally Clarke is Line Producer, Emma Marshall – Production Secretary, Robert Webb – Production Designer going straight from Changed Forever with very little rest in between.
Girl Asleep was also pushed and will also be in production in January. Brad Lanyon is 1st AD, Amy Baker – Set Decorator, Erica Brien – Art Director.
New to Adelaide Crew
Annalisa Francesca – Buyer/Set Decorator. Annalisa has had a busy couple of years working on features and television series including The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, Danger 5 – season 2. Annalisa was also credited as Production Designer on the Wastelander Panda web series and short film The Martyr and roles on TVC’s for Bank SA and Fasta Pasta as Standby Props and assistant on RAA
Patrick Houlahan- Location Scout/Assistant – Art Dept Assist. Patrick completed a location attachment on the Untitled Jim Loach film and then stayed on to work as Assistant Standby Props for the studio & Flinders Ranges shoot. Patrick was Art Department runner on Deadline Gallipoli , additional Runner/Driver on Wolf Creek 2 and has worked on TVC’s as location scout, props assistant and runner
Jake Zappia – Videographer-Editor/ Production Assistant-Runner. Jake is a Flinders graduate and has been busy shooting and editing short and feature portrait documentaries and corporate videos. Jake was Production Assistant/Runner on TV documentary series Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? for ABC TV and Runner on Cole Larsen’s feature Double Happiness Uranium. Jakes short film Volti Familiari has been screened in Festivals in the UK, Ireland, USA and Australia – check out the link: https://vimeo.com/jakezappia/voltifamiliari
Travis Williamson – Sound Recordist has some great new gear. Travis says of the photo “What we see here is gear that is worthy of a feature production, nicely packed into the new Orca Audio Bag: 664 Mixer/Recorder w/3 x Lectrosonics radio mics + dual wireless camera links (doubles as extra talent mics) Wireless boom also available (not pictured)”
Ben Crabtree – Adelaide Film Hire– now has floor covers available for hire. Ben’s very large green screens were put to good use on the recent KOJO shoot for the RAA – covering a massive glass wall to allow for CGI. www.adelaidefilmhire.com
Rebecca Elliott has taken on a year long Assistant Producer position working on projects with Kate Croser & Sandy Cameron at Hedone Productions. Rebecca has a flexible arrangement so still available for short term commercials. Rebecca repots: “I’ll also be attending Screen Forever in Melbourne next month (the Screen Producer’s Australia conference) under a media pass to cover it for my show about filmmaking Behind the Screens (Saturdays from 11am on Radio Adelaide 101.5fm)”. Tune in for Rebecca’s show.
Ian Routledge – Data Wrangler/Stills is honing up his camera assistant skills so he can offer a comprehensive package of skills. Ian says “booking me as a camera assistant gets a very experienced and fully equipped data wrangler”. Ian has just bought a 4WD so ready to hit the road to any location.
Jonathan Baker – Camera Assistant/Video Split Op is off to Sydney to work with Geoff Hall on The Principal as video split/ B Camera 2nd assist. Produced by Essential Media it is a 4 part drama series about a murder at a boys’ high school in Sydney’s south west.
Will Sheridan – Sound Recordist is off to Tasmania to work with Be Osmo on a TV series called “The Kettering Incident’
As expected the lovely Murray Alford is doing well with his move to Qld. He has just finished his first week on Pirates of the Caribbean 5 as Production Runner and it takes him through to July 2015.
Deadline Gallipoli wrapped up shooting last month but a couple more potential projects look likely for this year. WildBear Entertainment were here last week talking to key crew about another WW1 shoot – this time a dramatised documentary – Changed Forever.
Madman Productions were also here meeting with crew for the feature A Month of Sundays from writer/director Matthew Saville and producer Nick Batzias and Adelaide’s Kirsty Stark. Main cast is Anthony LaPaglai See more at: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_140905_drama_production.aspx#sthash.FHNTQQ7d.dpuf
New to Adelaide Crew
Adrian Price – Cameraman/Editor. Adrian made the move to Adelaide last year and has been busy on a music documentary distributed by MGM Metal Down Under and as the SA on call cameraman for Channel 10’s The Project as well as many TVC’s and corporates for RedBikini. Adrian has many credits for short films, documentaries and is well set up with Sony and Canon kits, audio, lighting gear and editing equipment.
I am rather sad to be losing 2 of my lovely crew members. Les Francis – Sound has packed up his studio and location recording kit and headed off for 12 months or more in the caravan and travelling around Australia with Leanne Vine. I am sure they will have a wonderful time and maybe come back and pick up the recorder again one day. Murray Alford – Runner/Production Assistant has made a real impression on everyone he has worked for and will be very much missed but on to bigger things perhaps. Murray wrote: “I have decided to make the move to Brisbane to continue my Australian adventure while pursuing a career in the industry. I came to Adelaide 19 months ago and the time has flown by. Everyone here welcomed me with open arms and I have made some lifelong friends. I can see myself coming back here one day but for now I plan to give Brisbane / Gold Coast a go for two years. Thank you to everyone who helped me with getting work and making my time in Adelaide so enjoyable.” I am sure a lot of people would love to see both Les and Murray back here one day soon.
Brad Maddern – is still in Melbourne on Nowhere Boys which is heading into the fourth and final block which wraps September 23rd. Rachel Griffiths directed the third block.
Graeme Shelton – Gaffer and Dave Smith – Best Boy have been busy & worked on a 2 day shoot for Burnside Village Fashion, then 2 day Adelaide Casino job for Kojo with John Smith gripping. My KitchenRules was back for the next season with Graeme, Dave & Nic Datson as day setup crew, and another 3 electrics assistants in the night shoot team.
Taxi Films are coming here to shoot a Mitsubishi commercial for a Japanese company – shooting at Parachilna and around Adelaide with Sally Clarke – PM, John Smith– Grip, Mark Cowley – Camera Asst, Brad Lanyon – location assist, Matt Richardson – Vehicle Asst, Tracy Phillpot – Makeup, Steve Russell – Unit. Sally is also PM for an upcoming Sweetshop shoot with Robert Webb -Art Director
“At the end of this road were the cast and crew for a Woolworths TVC. Professional to the end, we ate the flies and the dust without complaint (almost) and had a really enjoyable and successful shoot with comments from Sydney personnel on how professional the crew were. Danny Ruhlmann was DP. JohnSmith rigged and gripped – who gave John his license? and Geoff Tarr disguised and set up things that will never be seen! Tracy Phillpot managed to keep friendly with the 2 x 10 yr olds even after the short trip from Adelaide to Parachilna and Cathy Small taught the boys how to jump with a camera inches from their heads. Stefan Laguna did an amazing job after his preceding night and Sharon Kerrigan had fun shouting everyone drinks at the end thanks to the generosity of our delightful Producer, Rita Gagliardi. Ross Fargher was amazing as always and Jane Fargher will be blamed for providing the means so efficiently and effectively.”
Good Oil are in Adelaide this week picking up local crew to shoot for News Ltd.
Bayley Broome-Peake had her short film, made for R Y OK? Day , premiered by Helpmann Academy at the Regal Theatre this week. You can catch it on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDsTHTcKNyc
Bayley has been busy as camera assistant on the SBS cooking series for Poh Ling Yeow. Will Sheridan – Sound Recordist was also on the shoot.