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Alithia – Fallen Times music video

21 Sep

A few months back I worked as camera op on a video clip that Niel Bilas directed for the Melbourne band Alithia. The track is Fallen Times and the track was launched at the Pony Bar on sat 19/05/12, where they also launched their national tour.

Neils has done a fantastic job with this clip and its always fun being on one of his shoots. There is always some oddity mixed in with intensity on Neils shoots and for me this time around it was his fake eyeballs that he’d made being eaten and played with. These things looked so real and so very gross on set and they came up great in the final edit, you can check them out in the clip at 2:32 min. You can find one of Neils early short films here

Here’s what Alithia have to say on their MySpace page

ALITHIA is a band at the forefront of a new movement in music known as ASTRAL SPACE CORE. More than simply a genre or musical tag, ASTRAL SPACE CORE taps into the chakra and connects the cosmic consciousness of its listener. More than just words and musical strokes, ASTRAL SPACE CORE reflects a world we live in where unlimited possibilities of the mind are being explored. Influenced by post modernism, ALITHIA incorporates a vast array of sounds, and philosophies into its ground-breaking sound. ALITHIA’s music is a celebration of life and death, darkness and light, confusion and clarity. It’s a sound based on personal and spiritual experiences which has become an open vessel for all who wish to join them on their journey. . The result is an authentically unique sound that combines ambient, melodic, psychadelic, electronic and punk rock music. ALITHIA plays from the core of its being, conjuring ætheric moments in time and space inspired by the beauty of the mysticism of the universe.

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ALITHIA are a Melbourne based band which formed in 2004 and has since experimented to establish its current sound. Many artists have come and gone, but through these shared experiences, the group has gained strength and musical diversity. The core members – John Rousvanis, Danny Constantino and Mark Vella – have evolved and honed Alithia’s craft into ever expanding musical boundaries and have now established its musical maturity. ALITHIA’s live shows are an undeniably atmospheric and hypnotic experience. The music flows openly and freely, taking the listener on a journey of shared self-expression. The costumes, theatre and energy in an ALITHIA performance stimulates all of the senses and takes the listener to another plane and makes them part of the experience. ALITHIA are a band leading the ASTRAL SPACE CORE musical movement. Unique, personal and honest, ALITHIA does not bend to the whims of fashion. Regardless of passing trends, ALITHIA is committed to crafting songs like spells – a bewitching sound and sonic vibration that echoes through time and space.

You can find copies of their albums and tee-shirts here

Brick Tease Round 13 LEGOmation

22 Jun

Hey, Brick Heads! I’ve just finished another weeks episode of Sportsbet.com.au Brick Tease

another marathon animation session, almost 28 hours on 2 hours sleep. It was hard but we got there. I would like to thank Dragonframe software for making my life so incredibly easier. Great piece of software and i am looking forward to getting to know it much better. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together I think.

LEGOMATION

15 Jun

Its been an interesting month at the Broken Body Clock Studios with the sounds of LEGO bricks being shuffled and sorted and bright lights burning late into the night. I have begun producing a series of web videos for Sportsbet.com.au to help promote their special offers by creating a LEGO sports TV show. This show is called Brick Tease and the first two episodes feature various LEGO reenactments from recent Australian Rules Football games. You can view the first 2 episodes below.

Episode 1

Episode 2

These represent my first attempts at Legomation and its been a very steep learning curve with tight deadlines and epic animation sessions. Overall I am stoked with the results and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be creating many, many more different Lego videos in the years to come.

The project came about through the display I had created in the shop window of my studio. At various times I have different dioramas and displays and the one of my pirate LEGO collection attracted the eyes of a passer by and BAM, a LEGOmation project is born.

To assist with camera placement, to introduce camera movements in to the animation as well as to help keep the camera as stable as possible I decided to attempt to build a motion camera rig out of my Technic collection. As yet the footage that I have shot using the motion rig has not gone live but I will post some footage in my next post. Until then here is a short animation of the rig in action that I shot as part of a series of test using the Dragonframe stop go animation software.

After about 5 hours or so of tinkering I had built and refined the design a number of times to the point that I was ready to start testing it out. I was very pleased with the results and the fact that I made something that worked. I used pieces from the two Technic sets that I have and plan on building in a tilt function in the near future to assist with shot composition.

Im am planning on editing together a tutorial on how to build and operate the motion rig as well as a series of other videos on how I’ve gone about starting out as a LEGOmator and some of the things I’ve learned about the process. If people are interested in seeing a series of video tutorials on LEGOmation then please leave a comment

Below are some raw production stills, these images have not been colour graded and you can see quite a difference in the final edits with the colours being much brighter and saturated.

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Stay tuned for more on the Brick Tease LEGOmation project as it develops

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.