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Broken Body Clock filming for the Tech Production Network

20 Feb

I have started producing a series of tutorial videos for the web site of the Tech Production Network

The College of Sound & Music Production (ACAS Member College – RTO#50392), is now offering comprehensive training resources for the delivery and assessment of Music and Entertainment Qualifications for VET in Schools.

The College of Sound and Music Production is able to provide auspice arrangements for schools, allowing delivery of accredited training that culminates in students receiving a nationally recognised Certificate or Statement Of Attainment.

The concept of our unique service is designed to bring teachers of VET Music and/or Technical production together and provide training resources as well as a forum for guidance on design, delivery and assessment.

We call it the Tech Production Network (TPN)

The videos that I am producing so far consist of tutorials on:

How to mic up a drum kit in a recording studio
How to set up and tune a PA
How to roll up mic leads
Interviews with industry figures including band manager Darren Danielson, studio engineer Greg O’Shea

The first video is I completed is a re-edit of a instant CD live recording that Salt Studios produced for Clutch, Strange Cousins, Live at the Prince of Wales in 2009. Using a mobile recording studio set up in the back of a Hiace parked in the car park, the crew from Salt mixed and produced a live CD of the Clutch gig that was then available for sale minutes after the band left the stage.

For now all the videos except this one are only available to the students of TPN, if in future any are made available to the public I will post them up here for everyone to see.

“Writers Bench” 30 years of Melbourne Graffiti

7 Nov

Writers Bench takes the audience on a first-hand journey through the historical timeline of graffiti and street art culture in Melbourne, exploring some of the revered artists who have helped to shape Melbourne’s cultural identity.

My good friend and filming partner Oriel Guthrie has been slaving away on her graffiti doco “Writers Bench” for over 2 years now, and finally, with less then a week until the premier she has finished of the last interviews and the movie is all ready to go. This is a masterful doco, with over 40 interviews with artists from throughout Melbourne’s Graffiti and street art scenes, both past and present.

My role in the production was assisting with some of the special FX sequences with the graff images as well as the final colour grading and corrections. In addition to 30 years of graffiti this doco also covers 30 years of video formats from super 8, VHS, Beta Cam, Hi8, DV, HDV and HD as well as photos, both print and digital. It was a mammoth task with only 2 weeks to complete the colour grading as well as it being the first feature length film that I have graded. The aim was to blend all the different formats together, to make the graffiti burst off the screen and to try and capture the colour and vibrancy that it brings to the urban landscape. Im very proud to have played a small role in helping put this incredibly exciting project together and the dedication Oriel has shown in working throughout the last 2 years is a testament to her commitment in telling these stories to the world.

Check out the trailer Here:

Meet the legends of the graffiti and street art scene from the past 30 years, as Writers Bench guides you through the events that created the culture as we see it today. Hear stories of growing up with the movement, why each artist got involved and what influenced their style. From its raw beginnings as political and radical slogans plastered on walls throughout the suburbs, to the colourful burst of murals splashed along urban train lines, to the rise of street art as an inner city tourist attraction, Writers Bench traces the evolution of this vital artistic movement.

Local filmmaker Oriel Guthrie continues her investigation into Melbourne subcultures following on from her 2004 featurette, Skip Hop (2004), which screened at ACMI earlier this year.

Directed by Oriel Guthrie & Spencer Davids.
Colour grading and SFX by Flynn Buckland

Screening at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Sat 12th November 4pm (premiere)
Sat 19th November 4pm
Sat 26th November 4pm

buy tix online:
http://www.acmi.net.au/oz_writers_bench.aspx

The Verses Live @ The Toff in Town

8 Sep

This series of videos was filmed half way through The Verses mammoth 9 week residency at the Toff in Town by Two Tap Tv. Jesse and Ella Hooper first hit the stage as Killing Heidi. Killing Heidi were huge when I was at high school with three top 10 albums, and eight singles so I was stoked at the opportunity to film them at the relatively new Toff in Town.
They are a fantastic pair of musicians and two very lovely people and I could really sense their joy at being on stage and enjoying the new direction their music and songwriting was headed. The Verses have continued to grow since I filmed them in 2008 and in the last few years have supported Fleetwood Mac on their Australian Tour, the Counting Crows and their debut album Seasons was released on Friday, 13 August 2010, a very auspicious day. The Album was recorded in LA by Mitchell Froom, the great American producer whose worked with Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello, various Finns and countless others.

This video set also includes an interview piece I shot and edited for Ben Pitcher for his Melbourne Rock City series of music interviews.

Playlist
1: The Verses Melbourne Rock City Interview
2: “Horrorscope” Live @ The Toff In Town
3: “Holiday” Live @ The Toff In Town
4: “Everything” Live @ The Toff In Town

Melbourne Rock City Interview
Presenter: Ben Pitcher
filmed and edited by: Flynn Buckland

Live Tracks: Filmed by Flynn Buckland, Oriel Guthrie and Randell Joseph Edited by Flynn Buckland Audio recorded and mixed by the Toff in Town

RMIT – the formative years

7 Sep

During my years at RMIT I was lucky in that I met a great bunch of like minded people and developed both a strong working relationship and friendship with all of them over the years. Whilst everyone in the course wanted to be a director of short drama’s, a small group of us had our focus on documentary production. Adam Potrykus, Oriel Guthrie, Cassandra Bakic and I worked on a number of projects together over these years and I am excited to now be sharing them with you.

Skip Hop

With out a doubt the most exciting doco project during those years at RMIT was Oriel Guthrie’s “Skip Hop”, a documentary on Australian Hip Hop culture. There is a great deal to say about this project, which i’ll hold onto until a later post but until then check out the trailer.

Cut Outs

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. 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.

This film is by Adam Potrykus and is a short film about monogamy and open relationships. I was always impressed by Adams visual style and the interesting ways in which he dealt with visuals and this is in my opinion his best work from his RMIT days. The mixture of stills and location footage as a visual background to the voice over, as opposed to straight interview footage, helps carry the viewer through their thoughts whilst giving you a snap shot of the personalities of the subjects.

In addition to the documentary work that I was envolved with at RMIT, I also was camera operator on a number of Niel Bilas’s short dramas

Debris: 19 Mins (2004)

A heroin user with a stutter and his bulimic girlfriend live through their conditions, wilfully unaware of the others struggle. Her self-loathing has also found its outlet in the arms of a sadist, who gratifies his urges through dominance and perversion. A romance set amidst the backdrop of the urban sprawl, we discover that life touches all – even those that live in the shadows.