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Audience Productions Shoots and Scores

This week was incredibly busy, because we picked up a new job that required specific skills and some attention to detail. The unveiling of the new Socceroos kit on behalf of Nike and Getty Images saw us heading over to Walsh Bay.
We had to wake up early to in order to beat the traffic from Audience Productions HQ. When we arrived at our destination it was still too early, so there was time for a quick snooze in the car. In the meantime, the good people from Nike were setting up with a couple of Socceroos – Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo – on a circle of lawn to take some photos against a backdrop of the most Aussie icon there is: the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo hero shot wearing new Socceroos Kit by Nike. Harbour Bridge hero shot.

Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo hero shot wearing new Socceroos Kit by Nike. Harbour Bridge hero shot.

Australia has qualified for the 2014 World Cup, 40 years after we first made the grade, and the new kit is inspired by the uniform worn by those very first Cup-chasing Socceroos in 1974.
There was a crowd of media there, and part of our brief was to take shots of the old players from back then. Now, at AP we’re more into NRL than soccer. We’re familiar with the current crop of players, but don’t have that historical knowledge of the sport. The upshot was, we weren’t sure we’d recognise who was who from the 1974 squad, so to be safe we stuck to shooting guys in yellow jerseys, which seemed to work.
In the end, it was lucky we arrived before the media scrum (and cut that snooze short), because we got some footage of Bresciano and Zullo rehearsing the big reveal of the kit. It was a Full Monty-style affair, with them undoing their jackets to show the green’n’gold beneath, and it meant we could cheat some shots in the final edit by using footage from earlier in the morning, before the view was blocked by other cameras and journos. Goal!
We shot about 80 minutes of footage – including an acrobat suspended by wires posing as though he was doing a fly kick, various speeches and the players themselves – and all of that had to be cut down to around 90 seconds of footage. Video here.
That’s our side of the job done. All the Socceroos have to do is bring home the World Cup!

Shot down at Walsh Bay by Audience Productions.

Shot down at Walsh Bay by Audience Productions.

Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo shot with new Socceroos Kit by Nike

Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo shot with new Socceroos Kit by Nike

Down South

It’s funny how serendipity works sometimes. Last weekend we ended up in Melbourne because of a glitch on LinkedIn. An old friend of ours, Amber Petty, was listed as an admin on our account for some reason. We removed her, LinkedIn sent her an automated email about it, and we got chatting. Turns out Amber had a project she was working on, and wanted us to be involved!

Amber Petty host of The Velvet Asylum

Amber Petty host of The Velvet Asylum

A director had dropped out of a pilot she was working on, called The Velvet Asylum. As the title suggests, it’s a look at the world of adult entertainment – a peek behind the curtain of everyday life. We read the one-page overview of what Amber had planned and it seemed like a great idea for a series, so on Saturday we found ourselves in St Kilda, filming interviews with two luminaries of the Australian adult industry, Angela White and Bill Albon.

The saucy subject matter called for opulent lodgings, so we shot the interviews in Cellar Bar, underneath the Newmarket Hotel, which is draped with gold and velvet. Amber is the host of The Velvet Asylum, so we filmed her and the interviewees on a couch with a                                                                                                                                     three-camera set-up.

Interview with Angela White

Interview with Angela White

In this type of job, both interviewer and subject are important to the flow of the show, requiring a balance of shots where they feed and play off each other.

Cinematographer Richard Michalak did an excellent job with the Canon C300, 5D Mk2 and 550D, all of which use interchangeable lenses and can be transcoded onto the same format. This means we can watch all three recordings and cut between them with minimal difficulty.

If we thought those two interviews were an eye-opener, they were nothing compared to the sights we witnessed at an event we attended on Saturday night! Called “Titty Twister”, after the bar in Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn, the night featured burlesque performers with live snakes, guys twirling firesticks and jelly wrestling…among other things. Let’s just say our camera lenses were pretty steamy by the end of the night.

By Sunday we were exhausted, and looking forward to heading back to Sydney for a cup of tea and a Milk Arrowroot.

Snake Lady performs a duo

Snake Lady performs a duo

Straight Jacket escaped and straight to hula hoops.

Straight Jacket escaped and straight to hula hoops.

Go Go Dancer gets her Jillaroo on

Go Go Dancer gets her Jillaroo on

Tanzer performs in a cage

Tanzer performs in a cage

 

 

 

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