Dubbo Filmmakers roaring into 2019

After a busy and successful 2018, members of Dubbo Filmmakers have already made a mark in 2019.

Are you interested in filmmaking? Join our Facebook group to stay up-to-date with what’s going on. No experience necessary:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/336929136407969/ 

Oorjjam receives special jury award at international festival

Jose Sunny’s short film, Oorjjam, which premiered at the 2018 All Sorts program, was selected for the Don Bosco International Short Film Festival in Kollam, India. The Malayalam language film received the Special Jury Award, which was accepted by Mr Wilson Myloth, on behalf of Jose, from the Mayor of Kollam. Oorjjam was screened as part of the film festival in January, 2019. Congratulations to Jose and all the cast and crew.

Oorjjam is an interpretation of an Einstein theory that states energy can not be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another. The film is a journey through energy, using the characters to describe the journey.

Follow more of Jose’s projects here:

https://monsantojoe.wixsite.com/weekend-fun-prod

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Connection selected for Short and Sweet Festival in Utah

Another member of Dubbo Filmmakers, Erifili Davis, had her short film Connection selected for the Short and Sweet film festival in Utah, USA. This is the second year in a row that one of Erifili’s films has been selected by the film festival, with her short film Space, directed by Margaret Anderson and co-produced with Kellie Jennar, selected and screened at the 2018 film festival.

Connection is a romantic comedy about a socially awkward young man who decides to confess his feelings to the free spirited object of his affections after just a few dates with things not going quite as planned. It was screened at the Short and Sweet Film Festival in January, 2019.

Follow more of Erifili’s projects here:

https://www.facebook.com/QuickSmartPublishing

Writers selected for performance writing  residency

Multi-talented members of Dubbo Filmmakers, Kellie Jennar and Lee Robinson, are two of eight participants selected for the 2019 Live Words Residency Program.

Live Words is a performance writing collective which aims to improve the performance writing skills of writers, and the development of performance-ready scripts in regional NSW. Participants will be mentored over 12 months by dramaturges Johanna Williams and Kay Nankervis, to write a performance ready full-length play.

Fiona Green and Maryanne Jaques will coordinate the program.

Live Words has been made possible by grants through Writing NSW and Create NSW.

Congratulations to Kellie and Lee.

Follow more of Kellie’s projects here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelliejennar/

 

Script to Screen – subsidised filmmaking workshops

Thanks to a grant from Create NSW, and sponsorship from the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Filmmakers is able to offer a series of subsidised film production workshops in Dubbo. These workshops will be facilitated by industry professionals and will give participants the opportunity to build hands-on experience. You can choose to participate in as many of the workshops as you want.

The workshops are ideal for beginner to intermediate skill levels.

The workshops are listed below with links to further details. Similar workshops in Sydney would typically cost $500 to $800 PER DAY.

Click here to send an email if you would like more information.

Screen Producing Workshop

December 8 @ 9:00 am – December 9 @ 5:00 pm

Screen Producing Workshop

Directing Workshop

December 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Directing Workshop

Filming Workshop

January 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am – January 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Filming Workshop

Film Editing Workshop

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – January 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Film Editing Workshop

2016 One Eye Film Festival – call for entries

The 2016 Dubbo One Eye Film Festival is open for entries until midnight October 21, 2016.

In partnership with the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Filmmakers will host the 4th annual One Eye Film Festival at the brand new Black Box Theatre on One-Eye-Film-Festival-logo-2016November 11 and 12. Dubbo Filmmakers member and festival coordinator, Kellie Jennar says the One Eye Film Festival is open to all filmmakers who can demonstrate a link to Dubbo and surrounding regions.

“That link might be thematic, geographic or a delightful accident of birth,” Ms Jennar said.

“There is no entry fee, prizes or theme. The festival is all about promoting and showcasing local filmmaking.

“All genres and styles of films are encouraged, however there is a time limit of 7 minutes.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase your films to enthusiastic local people.

“It’s a completely difference experience to upload a film into the silence of cyberspace, compared with the immediacy and warmth of watching your film with an audience.

“Filmmaking can be quite a solitary activity so it enables filmmakers to get out of the editing studio, see the diversity and creativity of films being made and network with other local filmmakers,” she said.

The One Eye Film Festival has grown in popularity both with filmmakers and audience in the past three years. Last year 30 short films were shown to an audience of more than 350 people at three sittings. They ranged from comedies, dramas, documentaries, animations and art films.

For all entry requirements and conditions, please view the attached entry form. You will need to submit both the form and the film by the closing date.

Entry form:

OEFF EntryForm2016 Final

Key dates:

Entries close: midnight October 21, 2016

Program selection: November 1, 2016

Festival screenings: November 11 and 12, 2016

Stars for a day

It’s been months of planning, refining and rehearsing (pre-production), and a full day of shooting (production). But now what? The lights have been turned off, the cameras packed up, the rubbish put out and everyone has gone home, resuming their former pre-film lives. Or, have they?

The day of the shoot started before dawn, with minds alert and ticking over all the things that could, should, would happen that day. The first of us arrived on location at 7.30am in time to set up and get the make-up underway. By 9.30am, the 1st AD (assistant director) was calling everyone on to the set and it was sometime after 10am before the cameras were rolling.

The process throughout the rest of the day, was one of positioning cameras and the boom, positioning actors on the set, blocking in movements and positions, adjusting, shooting, reshooting, breaking to dump data from the cameras, whilst dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, refuelling bodies, reviewing scripts and rehearsing lines before the whole process started over again.

Prior the last scene coming to life for the cameras, the clapper presented the last slate of the shoot announcing “We really did it!”. The scene was shot and the producer called “It’s a wrap” at about 5.45pm. No more lines, no more scenes, no more makeup or hairspray required. Time to clean up, pack up and turn out the lights.

Celebrations were had the following night with the wrap party – sharing stories from the set, video spoofs, a glimpse of some of the real action and stills from the day, over champagne and Thai food. There was a feeling of euphoria evident in the unanimous “Yes” to the director’s question about whether we’d do it again.

It has now been several days since the wrap party and we aren’t talking about the lead up to the shoot any more and the stylistic development of our stars – the characters of Kandy: the film. That’s done. Now it’s about the editing process, the soundtrack that needs to be written and the marketing…the trailer, the billing poster, the merchandise, the editorials, online content generation and publicity opportunities. Our cast have probably resumed their previous lives, but for many of the crew, we’re now in full post-production swing with only 10.5 weeks until our debut at the One Eye Film Festival on 14 November.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Butterflies, production schedules and bandaids

Kandy the film Dubbo FilmmakersWe’re now only about a day out from shooting Kandy and there’s a flurry of activity going on across Dubbo – equipment is being checked, and re-checked, lists are being drawn up and edited, catering is being ordered, tubs are being packed, last-minute wardrobe items are being chased down, the producer is madly sending instructions to the cast and crew…and hopefully someone is remembering to pack the first aid box.

Let’s just hope the first aid box is a precaution – but it’s about planning for the unpredictable. While we’ve had two rehearsals, many meetings, along with pages of email correspondence, scripts have been gone through, reviewed and edited again, you just never know what might happen on the day.

So, while we’re trying to deal with the butterflies by keeping busy with preparations for Saturday, the excitement of that first call of Lights. Camera. Action!, will no doubt let loose another cloud of the flying creatures on the day. Stage nerves are good though – they remind you you’re alive.

 

Final Kandy rehearsal before the shoot

The cast and crew of Kandy had two hours to do one final rehearsal before shooting the short feature film – next weekend.

It was a jam-packed two hours of meeting the hairdresser, having the first round of publicity photos taken, making wardrobe decisions, a round-table read-through (sans scripts) and finally a rehearsal shoot, complete with lighting.

Despite learning that there’s a lot of sitting around on set during these productions, the energy levels were high in anticipation of the polish required for the final performance in front of the cameras in a week’s time.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

First rehearsal for cast & crew of Kandy

It was the first rehearsal for the cast and crew of Kandy today – a full-on two hours on location to introduce ourselves to each other, run through the production schedule, read through, block in scenes, work out camera logistics, make some big decisions about styling and wardrobe and to generally get a feel for what will be an intensive few weeks in production.

The cast is:
Kandy – Billie Palin
Violet – Erifili Davis
Valerie – Brenda Allen
T-Bone – Justin Riley

One more rehearsal is planned before the shoot starts on 30 August. It’s an important time for the production, with every single member of cast and crew now impacting on everyone else involved. It’s down to business, and the reality that the film business isn’t really all that glamorous!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Unearthing local talent in screen tests

Dubbo Filmmakers conducted screen tests and auditions for four roles in the short film, Kandy, at the Fire Station Arts Centre in Dubbo over two hours on 8 August, attracting strong interest (and healthy competition) for the lead role of Kandy and the cameo, T-Bone.

Ten actors in total put themselves in front of the camera for the screen tests, role-playing an extract from Kellie Jennar’s script. Some of those auditioning have performed on stage before, but it was a first time screen test for most. The majority who came to auditions had contacted the casting team or producer prior to the day. However, there was also one walk-in late in the audition session, wrapping up the auditions with a surprise.

A skeleton production crew was on hand to administrate, direct, advise, role play and to handle audio and camera. The executive team has to now consider the outcomes of the tests before a final decision is made by the director during the coming week. The race is now on to bed down the cast, get a rehearsal schedule in place and get ready for shooting on the weekend of 30 and 31 August. Nothing quite like running to a tight timeframe.

Kandy will screen at the One Eye Film Festival on 14 November.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Half way into a new year with a BIG project

Dubbo Filmmakers started the year with a monthly challenge. Obviously the challenges weren’t great enough because by early July the group was in the early stages of producing its first short feature film.

Candy being performed on stage at 2014 Dubbo Shorts (photo: Orana Arts)
Candy being performed on stage at 2014 Dubbo Shorts (photo: Orana Arts)

While more details are yet to be made public, the group have been very fortunate to have in its ranks writer, Kellie Jennar. Kellie has provided her theatre play, “Candy”, for the film treatment, rewriting it as a screen play.

With the production crew and schedule now established, it’s all systems go to get the film in the can and publicised in time for its showing at the 2014 One Eye Film Festival in Dubbo on 14 November. It’s now a matter of watch this space.