Why Passion Projects are important for Corporate & Commercial Filmmakers

PASSION PROJECTS THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL FILMMAKERS We are in post-production on 'Evenfall', our first (purely creative non commissioned) narrative short film in five years. It's got me reflecting on how much I've gained from the process of making it and the importance of creative passion projects in our lives and careers as filmmakers. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with our progress on the film. The film crew after [...]

Absolution (short film) released online

  After a festival circuit spanning North America, Europe and Australia our independent short film Absolution is now online. We intend to produce a heap more short projects over the next few years, the first of which we'll be shooting this summer. A big final thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the film, you know who you are and you are awesome. Sincerely, thank you. Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada) Official Selection Pasadena International Film Festival (USA) Official Selection Kansas City Film [...]

Absolution receives another US Festival official selection

About the World Arts Film Festival (from the website) The World Arts Film Festival, presented in collaboration with the non-profit, World Arts Education, highlights the creativity of a new generation of filmmakers inviting both established masters and first-time directors. As part of World Arts’ global educational outreach, the festival will bring diverse groups of filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds, including those with special needs, to meet and mentor each other and their audiences through this new venue. Created by individuals in New York, Los Angeles and Jacksonville, and supported [...]

Official Selection for Absolution at Inaugural Capricorn International Film Festival 2015

Eleven months and four days after our VIFF world premiere, and following official selections at three US festivals (Pasadena, Kansas City & Media) and Corona Fastnet in Ireland, our independent short film Absolution (shot in Perth, WA) is making its Australian festival debut this Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Inaugural Capricorn International Film Festival. It's great to know the film will be screened at an Australian festival before the end of its run! Congratulations and thank you to the cast and crew for their generous time and talent [...]

Official Selections continue for Absolution

Our Perth made short drama Absolution has continued its tour of the international film festival circuit throughout North America and now Europe. Following screenings at VIFF (Vancouver International) and Pasadena International, Absolution has been received official selection from Kansas City International Film Festival, Media Film Festival (Pennsylvania, USA) and Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (Ireland). Huge thank you to all involved. It was only with the support of dedicated, talented volunteers (cast and crew) that this film was able to be made. Teaser Trailer: https://vimeo.com/113062936   [...]

Absolution: Official Selection at Pasadena International Film Festival

We are happy to announce that our first independent narrative short film Absolution has received "Official Selection" at the 2015 Pasadena International Film Festival! It'll be Absolution's US Premiere following our world premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2014. Once again I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to the cast and crew without who's talent, time and effort this film would never have been made. Perth has a lot of film-making talent and it was a pleasure to meet and work with people for [...]

Absolution short film blog 4 – Production and Post Recap

Absolution has received official selection at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and had its world premiere on October 1, 2014 (it will also be showing on October 6). "VIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. For 16 days, almost 365 films from over 70 countries will play on nine screens." Thank you to the cast and crew whom gave so much time, energy and expertise to make this film happen and reach the level that it has. Without you this film wouldn't have been made. [...]

Absolution short film blog 3 – Pre-production for the Director

I should have written this while I was in pre-production (we finished shooting on Jan 25), but I didn't so I'm writing it looking back. This should give some context as to what it took prior to filming and after scriptwriting to get to production. I won't talk in detail about the production design, costume design, or camera department in heavy specifics as that work was done by others. Maybe I can ask some of those awesome people to write a guest blog... Casting Melody reflects and recharges [...]

Absolution short film blog 2 – Getting a short film made when you (for now) don’t have a crew or deep pockets

A lot has happened in the two months since the first Absolution blog went up on November 20, except for the week or so over Christmas and New Years where very little happened. As it should be. In late November I was hoping and starting to try to recruit crew to help make Absolution. I am very happy, surprised, grateful and lucky to have had a team of people come on board to make this short film happen. Before I give them all a big thank you I thought [...]

Absolution short film blog 1 – Getting back to filmmaking

This is the first in a series of blogs tracking the making of Alucinor Productions first short film. Absolution John and Rachel meet by chance in a Laundromat five years after separating. Haunted by guilt, regret and confusion, this is their last shot at absolution. We are finally making our first short film since Uni (2007). We've made some (corporate/government/youth) dramas since then including the When Separating series and Adolescents and Alcohol dating back to 2008, but not just a pure short film. It's scary how fast the time [...]

Legal Aid WA: Parents that fight

In 2012 Legal Aid WA hired a couple of filmmakers from WA to create what became the When Separating series. Shane and myself were producers, scriptwriters and editors, Shane was Director of Photography and I Directed. Following the success and positive feedback from providers and parents facing separation; Legal Aid commissioned another film. This time focusing on a high conflict (not domestic violence) relationship. With only one script to write I headed up the writing and Shane would be the films editor. Scriptwriting Although we were making one fifteen [...]

Perth Fiction

In December 2010 Shane and I caught up with an old uni friend Stephen Burge, who at that stage was not yet part of Alucinor Productions. Steve and I started meeting up to figure out ways we could work together in the future and decided that to start out we'd look at making a relatively small promotional video production for Alucinor. We settled on integrating some of our favourite film scenes from the 70's, 80's and 90's into a short online video/homage set in Perth, Western Australia - our [...]

Legal Aid WA: When Separating

When Alucinor began working on a DVD for Legal Aid WA in October 2011 it was commissioned as a 45 minute DVD, a mix of drama and documentary/informational pieces. It became a 77 minute DVD and web series that fortunately surpassed expectations and set a new standard for video-driven legal resources in Australia. Here’s how it all came together. Scriptwriting The scriptwriting process began with us having numerous meetings with the team from Legal Aid and immersing ourselves in the Family Law legal frameworks and processes. We needed a [...]

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