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Aug
21

Saving St Brigid’s

St Brigid

 

Book Promo: A Memoir by Regina Lane

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Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2014

Length: 2.40 minutes

St Brigid’s Church in Crossley, on the South West Coast of Victoria, was very nearly shut down until the local community made a stand to save it.

Regina Lane wrote a memoir about the community’s five year struggle to save the church and the hall their ancestors had built for them and their children a hundred years ago. She asked us to make a Pozible campaign video to help her publish the book, which could then be turned into a promotional film about the book once published. We said yes because we love Regina’s book, and we love this story of an Irish-Australian community that fought back. It’s an interesting example of how content can be re-used to meet different purposes. We hope you enjoy.

Regina’s book is out now. Details are available at savingstbrigids.com.au.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Saving St Brigid’s Pozible Campaign Video

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Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2013

Length: 2.50 minutes

This is Regina’s Pozible campaign video. Regina successfully raised her target of $15,000 to publish the book.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Jul
28

The Making of ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’

The story behind the film ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’ produced by Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks. Article by Lucinda Horrocks.

Our story begins after Kokoda.

For most of 1943, in a mountainous and jungled region of what is now Papua New Guinea, Australians and Americans (with the help of the New Guineans) fought a hard campaign against the Japanese. Battles took place on razorback hills and on muddy tracks as the Allies pushed the Japanese north towards the coastal base of Salamaua. This became known as the Wau-Salamaua campaign.

On the 30th July 1943, US forces attacked a knoll called Mount Tambu. It was a failed attempt to capture a Japanese-held strategic point. But it  resulted in one of the most extraordinary single acts of Australian bravery in World War 2. This story, Bull Allen’s story, is one of a number of forgotten tales about a forgotten aspect of Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea after Kokoda.

This article provides some context to the story of Bull Allen on Tambu, and explains how my production company Wind & Sky Productions came to make the short documentary ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’, and what I learnt through making it.

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May
28

Producing a Micro-Budget Documentary

Picture of a film shoot in a Church

How a Micro-Budget Documentary is Produced

By Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks.

The glamorous world of film-making gets somewhat less glamorous.

When people think of the film-making process, most think of the way dramatic feature films are made, with a big crew and a celebrity cast and a splashy cinema release. But films, especially documentary films, are often far more humble in scope and use a leaner film-making process. This article outlines common elements in the production process for documentary films made on a small budget. (We’re not talking David Attenborough here.)

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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 as a beginning point or 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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Jan
22

5 Tips to Preparing a Film Brief

How to prepare for your first meeting with a production company.

Film making is a complicated business. Sometimes clients feel a little intimidated on their first meeting with us, the production company, because they don’t know how to talk ‘film’. They needn’t be. If you are thinking of commissioning a film, there are certain things the film-makers need to know, but these things aren’t tricky and they don’t involve technical film talk. Here are five things you should prepare for your first meeting.

Feature photo by Nick Macco.

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Jan
16

The Year That Was 2012

photo deloraine.

Reflecting on the achievements of a busy year.

2012 was an exciting year for us, where we turned a corner from working on the business to working in the business. The year saw us launch a series of collaborative films with new partners in Ballarat, Daylesford and Melbourne, views of our fledgling YouTube channel increased tenfold from 260 to 2600, and we moved offices from inner-urban Footscray to regional Ballarat.

 

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Jan
11

The Extraordinary Mr Dickens

The story behind the ‘About the Readings’ micro-documentary by Lucinda Horrocks.

The Reluctant Producer

I had never been much of a Dickens fan.

I found his writing convoluted and impenetrable. As I saw it, he sacrificed plot every time to indulge his detailed, unnecessary characterisations. I was a frustrated and impatient reader, skipping over paragraphs to get to the next part of the story. I often gave up early in a book attempt. Jary, on the other hand, is a huge admirer, and revisits at least one Dickens novel a year.

So I had mixed feelings when invited in 2009 to see a production of ‘Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol’, with an eye to creating a video promotion. (Jary, needless to say, was delighted).

 

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