May 6th, 2013 by Glendyn
Driving around revisiting old haunts from Series 1 as well as discovering new locations for Series 2. Finding inspiration and clues for colour palette, texture, tone and detail…
May 1st, 2013 by Glendyn
Not only did part of our Puberty Blues school location burn down recently… but what remains still standing has been vandalised beyond repair.
Got to give the kids some credit though, they obviously worked very hard and put alot of time and effort into this particular project. Every room, every surface, inside and out of the entire school has been smashed, tagged and sprayed.
I can see their individual report cards now… “If only he put as much energy into his school work as he did his vandalism!”
April 24th, 2013 by Glendyn
Slow posts of late… Firstly I got a new laptop so I’ve had the joy of transferring, updating, re-finding, sourcing software and plug-ins etc. All seems to be working fine now. But seriously, screw you iTunes. Surely there is a simpler way to transfer a music collection from A to B. Still missing huge chunks of my old library… argh! And why can’t you export your playlists as a group and not individually. Dull.
Also, I’ve re-located to Sydney and in pre-production for Puberty Blues 2. Let the games begin!
April 6th, 2013 by Glendyn
A day pre-shoot in Sydney for Puberty Blues 2. Wandering the streets of Elwood and Brunswick and a couple of chilled days on the peninsula south of Melbourne over Easter.
April 3rd, 2013 by Glendyn
A couple of years ago I went to the Vladivostok film festival with my feature film Last Ride. I had been there a few years earlier with my short film Cracker Bag and it always remained a strange and very surreal place in my memory.
This time I really wanted to explore a lot more of the city than I was able to the first time. I made contact with a photography student who lives there and he drove me around for days exploring the outer suburbs, translating, meeting locals and generally looking much further afield than what a film festival introduces you too.
I have a whole bunch of photos from this trip I’ve never really shown anybody. Some photos I took one night of some skateboarders ended up in the 2012 CCP Documentary Award, but the rest are just taking up space on a hard drive unseen for the moment.
I just came across this shot I took while exploring an abandoned building. The building was in the middle of the city which is congested noisily with cars and pedestrians but inside the building it was surprisingly quiet and still. The ground was littered with rubble and used syringes.
On one of the upper floors I was startled to find a couple of kids sleeping on a window sill. At first, I really thought they were were dead as they were so ‘lifeless’. But as I stood still I could sense their breathing, slow and faint. I’m not sure if they were stoned, drunk or just tired. I thought they looked so peaceful perched on the window, soaking up the sunlight, blissfully unaware of me or the four story drop to the ground just behind them.
I’m pretty sure this wasn’t their ‘home’ but I did feel a little like an intruder. I wasn’t sure if I should take a photo. I felt that in some way I might be stealing some of their solace. But of course the documenter got the better of me.
I only took a few of quick shots, edging closer with each frame, trying to get close enough to see them properly, but far enough away not to wake and disturb them. Each step crunched broken glass underfoot and in the big empty space the normally quite shutter on my camera seemed to heavily ‘clunk’ and echo through the empty shell of the building.
Later when I downloaded the images I saw that the boy sitting up was almost cradling his friend in his lap, the detail below shows his hand resting gently on his friends cheek.
It’s a moment and a photograph that has stayed with me. In all it’s sadness and it’s beauty. I hope these two had found a moment of warm escape and were dreaming deeply of different lives in different places.
I’ve often thought of them and wondered what they were up to and what they might be doing now. I hope they are both well. They seem like perfect characters for a film.
February 27th, 2013 by Glendyn
I only heard the band for the first time a few weeks ago and it was love at first listen. My buddy Mike bought me (and my other buddy Stu) a ticket to go and see them live as they were touring Australia and then through a sequence of good fortune the opportunity came up to photograph them as well!
Backstage portraits of Damian, Sandy, Jonah and some chaos in the pit. So nice to meet you guys.
February 8th, 2013 by Glendyn
“Energy is more important than perfection. Perfection is boring. What’s exciting is something that is alive and things that are alive have flaws.” - Steven Soderbergh
February 4th, 2013 by Glendyn
Right up at the most northern tip of New Zealand is Cape Reinga. My friend Nigel Bluck urged me to make the trip up there and I’m so glad I did. The Maori believe the spirits of their dead travel up along 90 Mile Beach and finally to Cape Reinga on their journey to the afterlife. The place definitely has an energy, regardless of belief or mythology, it feels significant.
Below is a photo looking out to the water from the cape. Thats the Tasman Sea on the left, smashing into the Pacific Ocean on the right, what a trip… Spirits leaving and oceans colliding, it’s an intense place to say the least. I loved it. I could have stayed there all day, in the mist, just standing there in awe of it all.
February 3rd, 2013 by Glendyn
Just under this tree here…
January 30th, 2013 by Glendyn
The very best of luck to the Puberty Blues cast members who are nominated in tonights AACTA Awards. Puberty Blues has scored seven nominations all up, including Best Drama Series. Very proud of these guys (and all of our cast of course!).
Brenna Harding, Best Young Actor
Ashleigh Cummings, Best Actress
Dan Wylie, Best Supporting Actor.
Susan Prior, Best Supporting Actress.
January 26th, 2013 by Glendyn
As much as I love the east coast of New Zealand. I think I’m more of a west coast guy…
January 25th, 2013 by Glendyn
Just back from two wonderful weeks holiday in New Zealand. We took a camper van around the far north of the north island. It was a great way to slow down, relax, see some stunning landscapes and spend some much needed quality time with just the family…