I've been working in the film industry in South Australia since 2007, my Honours year in screen production at Flinders University. At that point, I was focused on becoming a cinematographer and had no idea that producing would become my passion.
Here's a timeline of some of my work highlights over the past decade:
- Specialised in camera for my Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) at Flinders University and shot several short films.
- Won an Australian Cinematographers Society [ACS] Gold Award in student cinematography for Road to Burdon.
- Worked as a camera assistant on two low budget feature films - The Resident Magician and The Marriage of Figaro.
- Worked on my first paid roles on feature films, as video split on Beautiful Kate and clapper loader on Lucky Country.
- Won an ACS Gold Award in student cinematography for The Threat that Came from Beyond Tomorrow to Destroy Us All.
- Worked as camera assistant on several short films and TV commercials, including an SA Tourism commercial directed by Scott Hicks and shot by three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson ASC.
- Set up Epic Films as a partnership with fellow cinematographer Viv Madigan and created a film fund for two writers / directors to have their projects shot on s16mm film.
- Was awarded the National Film & Sound Archive/ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award for an Emerging Cinematographer.
- Made Landscape Scene and L'Artiste! through Epic Films, acting as EP on both and shooting L'Artiste! on s16mm.
- Worked as Clapper Loader on the feature films Snowtown and Oranges and Sunshine.
- Travelled to Sweden for 5 weeks on a "Group Study Exchange" work tour sponsored by Rotary.
- Won the ACS SA Cliff Ellis Memorial Award and Silver in the short film category for L'Artiste!
- Completed a one week 3D camera attachment on The Great Gatsby.
- Produced our initial Wastelander Panda Prologue - my first project as a producer!
- Attended my first SPA Conference as part of the Emerging Producer scheme (now Ones to Watch).
- Released the Wastelander Panda Prologue, notching up over 100,000 online views in the first three days.
- Ran a crowdfunding campaign for Wastelander Panda, raising over $25,000 (a record for an Australian film project at the time).
- Successfully applied for funding through the South Australian Film Corporation [SAFC] to produce our first three full episodes of Wastelander Panda.
- Launched our first episode of Wastelander Panda at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where writer/director Victoria Cocks, PMD Ella Macintyre and I ran a panel about our online development strategy.
- Teamed up with Madman Production Company and the ABC to write and produce a second six-part series, Wastelander Panda: Exile - the first drama project in Australia commissioned for the ABC iview platform.
- Released Wastelander Panda: Exile at Fantastic Fest and won multiple awards for the series at international webfests.
- Transitioned Epic Films to an incorporated company and began running the business as my full time job.
- Produced my first feature film - A Month of Sundays - with Nick Batzias, Matthew Saville and Madman Production Company.
- Travelled to Toronto for the A Month of Sundays premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, ahead of its April 2016 cinema release.
- Developed, produced and launched Goober - a 6x 5 minute comedy series for ABC iview, with Gravity Films.
- Received Brilliant Stories funding from Screen Australia to develop the feature film Sheeda with writer/director Shideh Faramand.
- Produced the short films Walter and Grounded.
- Was awarded Screen Producers Australia's Breakthrough Business of 2016 for Epic Films.
Along the way, I've been lucky to have the opportunity to share my knowledge by guest lecturing, giving presentations and helping to coordinate courses at many film schools, conferences and events, including TEDxAdelaide, SXSW, the Media Resource Centre, Screen Territory and Wide Angle Tasmania.
I love sharing what I've learnt along the way and helping other filmmakers to forge their own pathways into the industry.