LEO BERKELEY
FILMMAKER

At this year’s ASPERA Conference in Brisbane in early July, Tim Thomas from the University of Canberra presented a paper called The Bass Girl Research Project.  The focus of the paper was on how Tim and his colleague Susan Thwaites used the production of a short film to conduct a research experiment into what is known in screen production as ‘crossing the line’ or the 180 degree rule.  This is an approach to filming screen action designed to convey a consistent sense of spatial continuity. 

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I’m researching the essay film at the moment … reading as much as I can … developing ideas for simple essay films that I can make … giving it a lot of thought.

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One of the interesting papers at the 2012 ASPERA Conference in Brisbane earlier this month was Gill Leahy from UTS talking about her experiences raising money for a film using crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is one of those seductive web 2.0 developments that seems like a struggling independent filmmaker’s fantasy, so it was good to hear from someone who’s been through the process.  I think on the whole Gill felt it was a legitimate new source of funding for independent productions but with a few notes of caution:

Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved in communicating with would-be and actual pledgers;

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I’m a filmmaker and an academic.  I want to use this blog to look at interesting ways to combine these two activities.  In setting up the blog, I had to decide on the names of categories used to organise the blog posts.  I found this quite hard, because what I’m interested in is blurring a lot of boundaries, between creative and academic practice say, or producing and consuming media or teaching and research.  I’d even be prepared to confess I want to muddy the distinction between my personal life and my working life. 

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