While fine filmmakers like James Cameron are offering technical tips to filmmakers here in the USA today recommending an increase from
25 FPS 24 FPS to 48 or 60 FPS to reduce strobing on digital film cameras while capturing the moving image for a better quality film product; down under in Kangaroo country, filmmakers are wrangling up their own private investors quite well to get their films made. It’s exciting stuff revealing pride of culture and traditions in celebrating a sense of place.
The stories have a local theme. A good thing, because it’s not a bad thing to hear the Aussie accent in cinema texts some times – not just at awards shows, right? This exciting buzz shows a renewed passion for Australia’s arts and culture in their local filmmaking community. The story can be read after our top ten today in Hollywood. James Cameron‘s filmmaking advice can be read here.
Here we go! :)
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Private investors are jumping on board filmmakers visions to offer a view of culture that reflects the Aussie way of life. Films in the works are, Beneath Hill 60 (a military drama about WWI Aussie miners deployed to tunnel under the great Western front once). Townsville, a mining town with locals are funding the filmmakers vision.
As the story goes, Film producer Bill Leimbach, ‘raised $2.5 million in private investment for the $10 million film through mining industry suppliers, including a publican, the owner of a construction company, a truck operator, scaffolder, lawyer, excavator, road builder, property developer and a rock crusher.’
The private investors blend with government funding seems to be accelerating new ideas to be made into films. Out in May is Mad Bastards, a drama set in the Kimberley – once again funded by the areas mining community.
In August comes Red Dog, a heartfelt tale about a cattle dog that becomes a hero in the Pilbara, which has local investment from Rio Tinto, Woodside, WesTrac and regional airline SkyWest.
September sees a cultured adaptation of Patrick White’s novel The Eye of the Storm,that stars Oscar winner, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. Producer Antony Waddington says private investors have contributed ”several million dollars” towards the $15 million budget. Rather than chasing a fast buck, they are fine-art lovers – discreet enough to want anonymity – who wanted to support a quality Patrick White project.
Although the investors who are investing in these Aussie films (do not necessarily expect to get their money back). “These stories need to be told” is the common bond that is causing the private sector of Australian film investors to believe in these stories being shown on the silver screen.
Bill Leimbach is upbeat to be progressing with two new film projects. One centers on the wool industry in a film titled Banjo and Matilda, a love triangle that centres on Banjo Paterson writing Waltzing Matilda (Australia’s national anthem) during a shearers’ strike lull.
Another film idea is from the Singaporean community for a $45 million co-production about the fall of Singapore. Two new films are also being made in Australia, the Willem Dafoe drama The Hunter and the Joel Edgerton-Teresa Palmer mystery drama Say Nothing. :)
Australian film news today via Sydney Morning Herald. Film trailer, no.1 box office film in Hollywood history – with the best message.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~