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Rock City Network the early years

24 Feb

This is a series of videos I produced for Ben Pitcher early on as he began to set up what was first “Melbourne Rock City” and has now grown into “The Rock City Network”

Cut Outs – Melbourne Street Art Doco 2003

24 Feb

Charting the rise of the stencil art movement in Melbourne, Cut Outs is a gritty, urban tale of community and social commentary. Having played at ACMI, St Kilda film and MUFF festivals and on broadcast, Director Cassandra Bakic brings the movement to life in a slick and stylised film.

This a doco that i worked on with Cassandra bakic, Adam Potrakis, Lara Luz & Debra Patterson. The subject is the growing Melbourne STENCIAL ARTS movement as of 2003.
In December 2003 ‘Cut Outs’ won The Best Film at the RMIT University Screen awards and was nominated in following categories: Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack, Best Post production.
In July 2004 “Cut Outs” won Best Tertiary Documentary at ATOM Awards. ATOM stands for Australian Teachers of Media and it is annual festival, which highlights the best works in film and television Australia wide. The film was also included in the St Kilda Film Festival and the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2004.

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Directed and edited by Cassandra Bakic, this was an incredible project to work camera on. We explored the back alleys of Melbourne, finding hidden gems tucked away behind bins out the back of Chinese restaurants or half way up a wall. The intro of this film still blows me away and after the recent attempts to save the Banksy art failed, it is a glimpse back into Melbourne’s street art history. In addition to doing most of the camera work i also have a few cameos, firstly as the graffer at the end of the intro and then as the face of Prism as he was unable to make it for the shoot.

Cut outs is being screened as part of the “There’s More” film festival on the 23/3/12 at the Cocoa Studios in Brunswick. This enabled me to fix up the colour grading (or lack of) in the original version and upload a higher res version.

Skip Hop The Documentary

24 Feb

The result of a three year labour of love from all round producer, director, camera op and editor Oriel Guthrie. Skip Hop is the very first documentary of its kind to showcase real Australian hip hop culture and Charts the rise of the genre from its roots and details the history of hip hop in Australia. Skip Hop includes interviews and music from Def Wish Cast, DJ Peril, Hilltop Hoods, The Herd and Wickid Force Breakers, all of which have played an important role in the evolution of hip hop in Australia.

Oriel started working on this project whilst at RMIT and it grew from a 20min short to a feature length doco. Taking over three years to make, my involvement was as a camera op and extra crew for a number of the different scenes throughout the years of production. It premiered with a bang at the Melbourne International Film Festival where it screened at the sizable Hoyts cinema on Russle St, Melbourne. It has since been released on DVD nationally by rubber records and EMI as well as been screened at ACMI as part of a “Australian Perspective” series.

Both entertaining and educational, Skip Hop focuses not only on the sounds of hip hop, but highlights other aspects of Australian hip hop culture the music, the dance, the fashion and the message. Skip Hop also gives an insight into the future of Australian hip hop, showing a positive movement taught through workshops for kids providing guidance from prominent artists within the scene.

Exploring the popularity of hip hop amongst everyone from men and women through to primary school children, Skip Hop features heated b-boy battles, controversial MC battles, interviews and live footage collected from prominent gigs around Australia. This spirited mix draws the audience along with its upbeat rhythms and rhymes consistent with the genre, embracing a strong culture that joins youth and positive force together as an avenue of self-expression.

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(These images are a mixture of screen shots and photos from the launch party at St Jeromes In Melbourne)

Unable to fit the entirety of Australian Hip Hop into one documentary, Oriel endeavors to continue documenting the culture and capturing the evolution. The follow-up feature will include a more in depth focus on the elements that make up hip hop culture Including stories from other important crews, groups, artists and record labels that have helped pave the way for hip hop in this country.

Oriels latest documentary offering is complete and covers over 30 years of the Melbourne graffiti scene. “Writers Bench” was launched at ACMI in 2011, and was a great success. Again it was a pleasure to be involved in another of Ori’s projects and you can check out more info here

Oriel is open to all crews and artist who would like to be involved or are interested in submitting old photos, footage and stories. hit us a message if your down for the cause.

Peace, love and respect to all.