November 16th, 2013 by Glendyn
Gallipoli. A 4 x 2 hour drama series produced by John Edwards, Imogen Banks and Robert Connolly, written by Christopher Lee and based on the No 1, best selling book Gallipoli by Les Carlyon which is heralded as the definetive account of the Gallipoli campaign. Les’s book is dense with history, highly detailed and spiked with the most beautifully poetic descriptions of the people, the landscape and events of that chaotic and bleak patch of turkish coastline where over a 100 000 men died over the ten month. It’s this powerful combination of truth and lyricism which has drawn me to the project with both excitement and fear.
We started early pre-pre-production last year, and will go into official pre-production early 2014, shoot and edit 2014, to air (on Channel 9) 2015, coinciding with the 100th year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, April 25th 1915.
I’ve begun working full time on this over the past few weeks and will finish sometime late next year… crazy times ahead. Stay tuned.
November 4th, 2013 by Glendyn
Got a ten page photo spread in VLAK magazine which is published out of Prague.
I’m thinking very seriously about having a year of black and white…
October 22nd, 2013 by Glendyn
This looks good.
September 30th, 2013 by Glendyn
Roadtrippin with the family from Sydney to Melbourne via the south coast road… Stopped for the weekend at one of our favourite places Tathra.
As much as I like Sydney, after five months away it’s SO good to be back in Melbourne!
September 26th, 2013 by Glendyn
Just locked off the final episode (9) of Puberty Blues series 2. Bittersweet feelings mixed with a deep and very satisfying sigh of relief and exhilaration…
It is finished.
September 16th, 2013 by Glendyn
It does get better than this… just not very often…
September 15th, 2013 by Glendyn
Long days cutting with Dany Cooper (who is awesome!). Ep 7 finished, about to lock off Ep 8. Ep 9 still to go…cabin fever setting in.
September 1st, 2013 by Glendyn
We wrapped shooting Puberty Blues 2 last Wednesday. Spent the last day shooting as a 2nd unit / reduced crew of only about ten or so. It was a perfect way to end a little more relaxed and free than ‘main unit’. What we shot wasn’t really 2nd unit material, it was actually the last three scenes of the last episode of the series.
I woke up the next day with bitter sweet feelings. I love shooting, even when it’s stressful and everything seems stacked against you, I can always look around and see where we are and what we attempting to do and I just get really excited by it all! But it definitely felt like it was time to stop though. I’ve been away from my family and friends in Melbourne for nearly 5 months and I feel like my time in the world needs to come to an end.
That said I felt a saddness for those wonderful characters I may never get to see again. I may never stand in the Vickers lounge room and watch Judy and Martin bicker or witness Vonny and Ferris fuck with each others minds. I may never sit in Sues bedroom and overhear Sue and Debbies most intimate conversations. I may never get to hang with Gary or Cheryl or laugh stupidly with Roger and Pam.
The characters of Puberty Blues feel so alive to me. I cant help but feel that even though we have packed up the props, dressings, cameras and lights that they are still there in those places, their lives continuing on regardless of whether we are there to capture it or not. I miss them all.
August 20th, 2013 by Glendyn
I took the first photo below at Matauri Bay nestled just below the northern tip of the North Isalnd of New Zealand in January this year. On a warm summers night I watched a bunch of kids setting off fireworks, having the time of their lives.
I sat on the beach with my kids in amazement at how wonderful and free spirited it all was and how in Australia today this would be unheard for kids let alone being able to make it happen in a film.
I’ve shot quite a few fireworks sequences and trying to get an actor anywhere near a live firework is near impossible. The process ends up being so regulated with safety concerns and restricitoins (all for good reason) and the sequence I believe always ends up feeling a little ‘sanitised’. But after alot of planning and tests I was so happy last Friday night that I was able to replicate that image (and a whole lot more!) not only as a photograph but as part of filmed sequence. And I might add in a highly controlled and safe environment. Satisfying!
Matauri Bay, New Zealand, Jan 2013
Kernell Beach, Australia, Aug 2013
July 23rd, 2013 by Glendyn
Have finished Eps 1 and 2 of Puberty Blues 2. And now deep in pre for my second block where I’ll shoot the final episodes 7, 8 and 9.
Never shot three episodes at once before. Shooting two at once is tricky enough, three is a mind fuck… feeling a bit rooted.
I heart Kurnell.
July 13th, 2013 by Glendyn
I already loved 10CC’s I’m Not In Love (who doesn’t?), but after seeing this ‘making of’ I love it even more.
Immersive, melancholic, pre-digital awesomeness!
June 30th, 2013 by Glendyn
Beautifully foggy ride in from the Airport early yesterday morning. I love Melbourne in winter.