LEO BERKELEY
FILMMAKER

Feral is a fun and interesting video essay made by Nick Moore. It has been published in the ‘Unlikely’ issue of the Centre for Creative Arts Livejournal. A compilation of film and TV clips that represent Melbourne from a feral perspective. Features three clips from my film Holidays on the River Yarra.

‘The 57’ is a short essay film about my experience of the Melbourne tram route I often use for transport in and out of the city. The film is 15 minutes long and was shot entirely on an IPhone. What appears here is a nearly-finished version but, given the nature of the production, it is relatively easy to make changes. I am interested in getting feedback from filmmaking and academic peers before I finish it. I am hoping to try out a form of peer review that may be suitable for the academic screen production discipline.

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I’m planning a short video essay on hard rubbish, which focuses on a personal experience I had trying to get rid of an old couch.  Whenever I put it out for hard rubbish collection, someone would take it, then it would reappear further down the street a short while later.  So I have been taking photos of other people’s couches and armchairs on the footpath and the median strips of my neighbourhood, with the idea of including them in the video.  They appear surprisingly often.  My couch had an association with many important experiences in my life.  It was also extremely uncomfortable, which is why I wanted to get rid of it.

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I’m working on an essay film project and have been thinking about the role of voice-over.  For someone not used to ‘personal’ filmmaking, where you’re a presence in the film, getting the voice-over right is an important issue and not as simple as you might think.

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I have something of an interest in machinima and have written about it in the past:  http://www.swinburne.edu.au/hosting/ijets/journal/V4N2/V4N2abstract_berkeley.htm

I’ve recently been looking at Moviestorm as a software package that provides a whole range of machinima tools.

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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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