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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.