Friday, 19 January 2018

Making a Vignette

"Vignette" is an experimental (well I mean, they're all experimental aren't they?) short film I've been working on, which introduces ideas I'd love to expand into a much larger work down the track. I suppose it's a fantasy/adventure/drama concept. Involves a group of girls who fight demons, I mean why not?

I've been thinking about these ideas for a few years now. It's wonderful to see it become something tangible. Here's a little demonstration of the progression from my sketches to the real life actors!

I expect to share this wacky short film next month.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Books out for Courting 101

A few weeks ago it was a delight to be a part of Corrugated Iron's little production of the short comedy play, Courting 101, in Malak's Chambers Crescent Theatre. I played a crazy professor teaching a class (the audience) how to go on a date and basically succeed in love.

Well done and thanks for a great time director Kate and dramaturge Phil and actors Isaac, Amy, Jack, Lily, Michael and Haylee.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Future is Bonkers

I like talking about the future, because it's mental. So here's the first in hopefully a bit of a series of irregular videos in which I'll take a look at some futuristic concepts.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A Very Bedroom Farce

Last week I got to play an idiot called Trevor in Alan Ayckbourn's very-rather-British 70's comedy, Bedroom Farce. It's a very understated play featuring particularly unique staging: three beds. The characters move between these three separate beds/bedrooms throughout the play, which takes place over one night, getting twisted up in all kinds of hilarious (but again, very understated!) hi-jinx.

There's Malcolm (Andrew) talking to Trevor (me). He comes to hate Trevor by the end. Everyone hates Trevor. Trevor hates Trevor. Poor Trevor. 

Sniffing a prop.

There's Kate (Lizzy), Malcolm (still Andrew), Susannah (Haylee), Trevor (me again) and the wonderful behind-the-scenes duo who made it all happen: Tony Rive and Tania Lieman.

And finally the full cast. Candid. Thanks for a fun time!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Conductor of Earth short film

This fantasy/sci-fi short film I spent vast swathes of 2016 working on is finally online and available for you to watch! So many cool people helped make it. I can't speak highly enough of them.

And so, as Tiny Tim said: "A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Danny Elfman scored my short films

That's a lie, of course. Rather, I made short films for Danny Elfman's music.

Two of them. It was for a competition held on earlier this year. The brief: simply make a short film with a piece from Danny Elfman's wonderful ballet score, Rabbit & Rogue, as the soundtrack. Elfman is obviously one of my favourite composers of all time, so this was an opportunity I couldn't pass by.

The two films I made were quite a challenge to produce. They were both shot over about a week, in Darwin's unpredictable wet season, with many first-time actors and an absolutely bone-thin skeleton crew. In order to make production achievable I decided not to record sound on set. So every single sound you hear in both of these films, every piece of dialogue, every footstep, was added in post. It's quite funny to think that just about everything you hear was either composed by Danny Elfman or recorded in my bedroom.

The first is a fast-paced fantasy-comedy-adventure about a boy who summons an imaginary friend.

And the second is a strange little story about someone who cannot see the real world.