April 5th, 2013 by Glendyn
A true legend.
And this wonderful piece he wrote I Do Not Fear Death.
April 5th, 2013 by Glendyn
A true legend.
And this wonderful piece he wrote I Do Not Fear Death.
January 11th, 2013 by Glendyn
Ten years ago today I married my sweetheart!
December 27th, 2012 by Glendyn
For the last few years (here & here) I’ve made the two day road trip from Melbourne (Victoria) to Tamworth (New South Wales) for Xmas with family. Each time I’ve stopped in a little town called Peak Hill to have a break take a photo of this weird potted plant outside some closed down shops and the ‘Gents Hairdresser’.
October 26th, 2012 by Glendyn
I’m a bit late posting about the passing of the late, great cinematographer Harry Savides who passed away last week. Such an inspiration. He shot so many great films but I think my favourite is Gus Van Sant’s Last Days. The film is so beautifully shot. I remember seeing it with my Dad in a near empty cinema Kino in Melbourne when it was released years ago. I was so blown away by it’s minimalism, beauty and poetry. It’s become one of my favourite films. I left the cinema in awe, speechless. My Dad turned to me as we hit the foyer and said in disgust “Don’t you ever make a film like that…!”. Double speechless…!
So whenever I think of Harry Savides, I think of Last Days and when I think of Last Days apart from fathers ‘advice’ I think of this very simple but stunning scene…
After watching the above clip, watch how they shot it below. Something wonderful about watching a small crew work in unison. I often wonder why they didn’t lay all the track for the dolly and then remove the front pieces as they dollied back, and not have to relay and level on the fly. I like to think that not even Gus Van Sant can afford all the toys all the time and they only had a few lengths of track in the (small) grip truck. A perfect example of how necessity particularly in film making are nearly always the mother of invention.
Harry Savides, genius!
October 4th, 2012 by Glendyn
Flaming Youth, Photographs from Puberty Blues is now also available as an eBook here for AUD$4.99 (or click on the book cover, top right, for more info). The eBook is pretty much the same as the hardcover version except you can’t feel the weight of it in your hands, or the texture of the paper on your fingertips or press your nose firmly to the page and inhale the sweet perfume of freshly printed ink.
The eBook also costs a fraction of the price of the physical copy, which is a true indicator of the cost of nice paper, ink and boutique printing these days.
I could have just created an eBook, but I love, love, love the printed page and buy photographic books almost obsessively. Apart from actually taking photos (or making films), sitting and observing the work of others is the best education there is!
Also available on iTunes.
September 22nd, 2012 by Glendyn
Just saw this geeky video comparing the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Canon 5DmkIII.
August 21st, 2012 by Glendyn
Super nerdy but inspiring mash-up of Apocalypse Now, and the subsequent ‘making of…’ epic Hearts of Darkness and more.
Includes one of my favourite filmmaking quotes ever at 3:50!
August 11th, 2012 by Glendyn
A book of my photographs taken while making Puberty Blues.
The first image below is of Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Debbie. I took the photo when I first met her at Mullinars Casting for her initial screen-test November, 2011. Second image, Sue (Brenna Harding) and Debbie going nowhere fast in the front seat of a panel van.
More details soon…
June 1st, 2012 by Glendyn
My heart skipped a beat while shooting on location yesterday. I was standing next to a book shelf in-between takes and my eye was caught by something near by… Stacked amongst boxed software and A4 ring binders was a mint, unopened, still shrink-wrapped copy of the The Muppet Movie on Super 8!
One of my favourite films. Ever!
April 9th, 2012 by Glendyn
We had a media screening for Beaconsfield a couple of weeks ago. The miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb who’s real life experience the film is based on were there and they watched the film for the first time. I can’t imagine what it would be like to sit in the comfort of a cinema and watch (a version of) the worst experience of your life playout in front of you.
I was a little nervous, not about the media seeing the film for the first time, but of what Todd and Brant might think. They were the only ones who experienced it all first hand and lived through it, so in the end, it’s their opinion I value the most.
I wasn’t worried about getting all the rescue procedure and technical details right, but more about how both men go through quite extraordinary and emotional journeys while they are buried alive and many of these details have never been revealed or discussed publicly. Todd and Brant are not ‘emotional’ guys, Todd in particular is a man of few words and as stoic as they come. So I suspect the idea of your lowesest emotional point broadcast across the country isn’t that exciting for either of them. And from past experience if they see or read something that isn’t right, they speak up and be rather direct about it.
But thankfully, they really liked what we have made. In fact they were really moved by it. Both Todd and Brant feel we captured the atmosphere and the emotional state of the fourteen long days and nights they spent trapped side by side a kilometre underground in a truthful and realistic way. Brant told me he had no idea how we crammed so much emotion, the highs and lows, the anguish and even laughter into two hours. Todd gave me a firm handshake and said we had ‘..done good mate’.
Perhaps the nicest compliment I received was from Todd’s wife Carolyn. She has never been in the limelight and remained very much out of sight during the whole ordeal but is of course now featured in the film (played beautifully by Michala Banas). I asked Carolyn after the screening that even though “…it’s not you on screen or your house, your furniture, your kids, your words etc… but was the film kind of what it was like?” and she said “Thats exactly what what it was like. The whole atmosphere and the feeling is right…’. Good enough for me.
And good enough for the media as well, and I say with a sign of relief. As seen here on Hoaxville, Beaconsfield was a really tough film to make creatively, financially, logistically and physically, so it’s nice to feel some love after all the blood, sweat and tears. There was a great feature review in The Australian (above) this weekend and some other nice words have popped up here and there.
Beaconsfield airs on Channel 9, Sunday, April 22nd.
UPDATE : Just saw this A Current Affair story chatting to Todd and Brant after they saw the film…
February 11th, 2012 by Glendyn
Why am I the 30 millionth person (on YouTube) to hear and see Lana Del Ray. I didn’t know anything about Lana Del Ray until yesterday when I read a newspaper article about why everyone in the world ‘hates’ her. So then I just had to go and see who and what people were all in a tiz about.
And now, I’m obsessed with her… which just proves that old saying “The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.”
I don’t really care if she has ‘duck lips’ or she’s the daughter of some rich guy or she changed her name, or she’s too pretty / ugly or can or can’t sing. I know I’m being sold something that isn’t what it appears (or is it?). It’s been packaged well, the wrapping is nice and it makes a sweet and mysterious sound when you hold it up to your ear and shake it. Regardless, I think this song and the clip (which makes the song ‘sound’ even better) is stunningly beautiful.
February 6th, 2012 by Glendyn
A little off topic for Hoaxville but today was a big day in our house as Rosebud had her first day at school. Big for her and perhaps even bigger for her Mummy and Daddy. We felt quite good about Ollie going to school, in fact we counted down the days in anticipation for both he and we were ready for it! But little Rosie, our baby, it just doesn’t seem right to be dressing her in a uniform and taking her to school. She is so little and so innocent and so sweet!
I’m very conscience of time passing. I’ll never say “they grow up so fast…”. I constantly take in the moment with both Rosie and Ollie taking detailed mental snapshots of how big they are, where they are and what they are doing. But for some reason its very tricky to get my head around Rosebud heading off to school…
She literally ran to school, dragging us by the hand to get her there quicker.
But once in the classroom and surrounded by new faces there was a moment of hesitation…
But as the wave of nerves passed a smile appeared and all was well. She was happy.
Nat and I lingered (in denial) for as long as we could. Finally slipping away when she focused on an activity. As I was walking out the door I turned to see her one last time. One of those bitter sweet moments. My heart breaking, because everything changes from here on in, but also proud to see her so eager to step out and into world and all it has to offer.
The house was very quiet today, especially for Nat.
But a long 7 hours and 30 minutes later…
I know I’m a gushing proud parent. But check out the ‘blue checked uniform details’ on that drawing! Genius!
January 16th, 2012 by Glendyn
As I’m deep in the heart of watching Series 4 right now, I loved stumbling across this fan cut montage of a lot of the POV shots from Breaking Bad. I never realised this type of camera positioning was such a recurring beat throughout the show. But it’s reminded me it’s definitely one of the defining elements of the shows visual style.
December 22nd, 2011 by Glendyn
Really looking forward to having some time off over Xmas and New Year. Should be able to get a good couple of weeks or R&R in. About to jump in the car and make the annual pilgrimage to my home town Tamworth in New South Wales. Family road trip here we come!
I had some photos to post… but for some reason after I updated WordPress to the new version 3.3 I can no longer upload images… I’m sure there is a fix around the corner, but if anyone has any hints, I’m all ears!
In the meantime, I’m hoping you all have a super Christmas and relaxing New Year!
December 9th, 2011 by Glendyn
December 7th, 2011 by Glendyn
The group show at the Centre For Contempory Photography I have been part of here in Melbourne ends this week and goes on a two year gallery tour around Australia.
The images I had in the show form part of a larger series of photographs I made last year in Vladivostok, a remote city in the far east of Russia. The boys were skating in a park on the edge of town that featured a large statue of King Neptune. They were like kids anywhere else in the world hanging out, killing time. But to me there was something about these boys that represented a city and a country in transition.
Exhibition tour dates and more images of the CCP show after the break.
November 21st, 2011 by Glendyn
When I first saw the clip below, my first thought was how useful this would be to see if how effective your visual storytelling is, to asses composition and to study how an audience views a sequence.
My second thought was how all the marketing folk will use it to asses if an audience is staring at their hamburger/cereal box/car long enough.
And my third thought was how incredible Paul Thomas Anderson’s has ‘blocked’ this scene! The way the camera leads you to reveal the other characters and open up the dialgogue between those characters.
Either way this is pretty bloody fascinating!
‘This is an excerpt from There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007). 11 adult viewers were shown the video and their eye movements recorded using an Eyelink 1000 (SR Research) infra-red camera-based eyetracker. Each dot represents the center of one viewer’s gaze. The size of each dot represents the length of time they have held fixation.’
More info and research examples from TheDIEMProject here.
Thanks John Brawley!
October 24th, 2011 by Glendyn
I’ve had four images selected for the Documentary Photography Award exhibition at CCP (Centre for Contemporary Photography) here in Melbourne. The four photographs selected are of some skate kids I met in Vladivostok, Russia last year.
From the CCP invitation…‘The CCP Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. Since the inaugural exhibition in 1997, this event has grown in profile and significance. It represents a unique, national initiative in support of documentary photography, providing a rare opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas that characterise this fascinating genre. This year’s exhibition demonstrates the breadth of contemporary approaches to documentary practice from traditional black and white narratives through to vibrant colour recordings, all of which have been achieved without digital manipulation. Themes range from the effects of war on US Marines through to dog shows, roller derby and the annual Miss South Sudan Australia pageant.’
For anyone who’d like to come along, the opening night is this Thursday the 27th of October at CCP, 404 George Street, Fitzroy. Exhibition details and more here…
I found the shots below buried in my Aperture files of the sorting process back when I was submitting the work.
September 30th, 2011 by Glendyn
Along with another great album that’s also having a significant anniversary, I can’t believe this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
This is an album that had a real effect on me. It defined a very distinct time and place in my life.
I was already a huge fan of the Chili Peppers with Mothers Milk, and I was literally counting down the days for the release of Blood Sugar. A friend actually got an advance copy on Cassette(!) and I can distinctly remember the first time I listened to it. I was in Newcastle, studying design at University, living right on the beach in a tumbling down terrace. My girlfriend and I sat on our lounge room floor vying for the sweet spot directly in-between the speakers.
I remember being quite struck by how different it sounded. This wasn’t the Chili Peppers I was expecting. The punk / funk was gone and it was more like funk and hip hop and had it had a ‘rawness’ to it. It sounded more like Public Enemy than say, Bad Brains. But by the end of that first listen I was totally and utterly hooked. An album so epically broad and appealing and yet so intimate and warm. It’s an album that introduced me to a world of sounds, musical ideas and influences. Blood Sugar Sex Magik went on continuous rotation and quickly became the official soundtrack to my summer of 91-92.
I think the album still stands today. And although I feel old in saying this, it’s now a ‘classic’, where sadly most (all?) Chili Pepper albums post Blood Sugar have not been.
But this post is really an excuse to put up Funky Monks a film documenting the recording of the album. It’s easily one of my favourite rockumentaries. There is something immediate, organic and very cool about it. And perhaps because the album has become such a classic, Funky Monks serves as an oppotunity to be a fly on the wall to witness the alchemy taking place.
When I was in L.A a couple of years ago I went and found the mansion that Blood Sugar was recorded in and subsequently Funky Monks was filmed in. Listening to the album you can ‘hear the rooms’. It gives the record such a unique ambience and tone.
I went and stood outside the house like
a stalker it was some kind of sacred site. I peered through the cyclone fencing in the hope of hearing a distant echo of Blood Sugar being recorded, but all I could hear was traffic… just like at the very end of THIS TRACK (turn it up right at the end!)