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: