Apr
30

Free Movie Pass Giveaway – Kon Tiki

Blaming Thor Heyerdahl

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

In honour of Peter Millynn’s story ‘I blame Thor Heyerdahl’ we have five double passes to give away to the Norwegian film ‘Kon Tiki’, currently showing in cinemas around Australia.

To be in the running for a double pass, send an email to enquire@windsky.com.au with ‘I blame Thor’ in the subject heading and your postal address in the email body. We’ll post passes out to the first five.

Thanks to the fine folk at Transmission Films for the movie passes.

Apr
22

‘Bull’ Allen Film – Media Release

22 April 2013

A documentary about World War II hero Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen has been released online.

This short film tells the little-known story of Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen, brought up in hardship in Ballarat, who become a war hero. Allen was a stretcher-bearer in the Middle East and New Guinea in the Second World War who displayed great bravery in rescuing the wounded. “It’s an amazing story, akin to Simpson and his Donkey”, says Lucinda Horrocks, the film’s producer. “It’s a surprise we don’t know more about it.”

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Apr
5

How Much Does a Documentary Cost to Make?

We outline four factors which can influence documentary film production costs.

A question we often get asked is ‘I want to make a simple 5 minute film about X. How much would that cost?’

Our answer? It depends’.

For organisational and online video production, a common costing rule of thumb is often said to be ‘$1000 for every finished minute of video’. However, we find this costing rule to be wrong more often than it is right, possibly because the rule seems to have been around for aeons.

For documentary film-making at the lowest-budget level, ‘$1000 per finished minute’ is the cheapest starting point for costing. We recommend using $2000 – $4000 per finished minute in mind as a beginning point ball park. And you should expect that even a ‘simple film’ may cost more. Why? There are many elements which come into play when costing a film. In this article we detail four factors which can influence cost, and provide some tips on how to reduce costs if your budget is really pushed.

Image attribution: Svilen.milev

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Jan
31

Reflections

The story behind ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery’ by Lucinda Horrocks.

When the 2010 floods hit the small Victorian towns of Clunes and Creswick Jary and I were living in Melbourne. Melbourne is not so far away, but, like many in Australia, it was the devastating, tragic floods in Queensland that year which captured our attention and empathy. The Clunes and Creswick floods became half-remembered headlines. So when we were engaged to document the story of residents who were afflicted by these local floods, I learnt a lot. I learned there is nothing ‘small’ about a flood. And I heard some remarkable stories of survival and resilience.

This is the story of how we put together the film ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery.’

Feature photo by Tim Burder.

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