Category Archives: Fun Stuff
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so it’s lucky for us our idea of play is work-related. For a while now, we’ve been batting around a short film idea with one of our mates, and now the script is finalised! Next steps involve getting the thing made, so we have been meeting with various creative folk to fill roles on the production.
We don’t want to give too much away, but our new DOP told us how he planned to shoot one of the pivotal scenes, and it gave us literal chills. So cool!
Because the film won’t be under the AP banner, we have been brainstorming ideas back’n’forth for a new production company name – a more difficult part of the process than you might think. As massive fans of The Shining, we want to reference Kubrick’s movie, and there has been a lot of heated discussion on the role of punctuation in company names.
Trust us, it’s been intense.
But the most interesting part of our week was sitting in on a talk at the Pozible pop-up shop on Oxford St. To get a ticket, you had to pledge – as though it was an actual crowdfunding campaign. It was a workshop where Rick Chen talked about all the different ways to get a project up and running, the success rate for different types (music and film come out on top with a roughly 60% success rate) and so on.
Nothing concrete from us yet, but it certainly gets the mind ticking…
Finally, we are adding some amazing animation to the AP skill set. We met with Dave Cochrane, who will bring an extra layer of slickness to our titles and general production values…and help us bring our idea for insane, time-travelling punk monkeys to life.
That’ll definitely get funded on Pozible.
This week saw us disrobed and terrified at the book launch of Naked And Afraid star Ky Furneaux, who has released Girl’s Own Survival Guide through Penguin. As the title suggests, it’s a book aimed at women, about training themselves to deal with unexpected situations – not just in the wilderness, but also in the urban environment and life in general.
If you haven’t seen Naked And Afraid, it’s a Discovery Channel show where two strangers, a man and a woman, are dropped into a dangerous environment with no food, water or clothes. Ky’s episode was set in the Louisiana swamplands, which are full of alligators and cottonmouth snakes. The producer was bitten by one of these snakes while scouting locations, and ended up with necrosis rotting away his leg.
We met Ky while on our travels in a safer part of America last year (LA), where she and her partner Neil put us up, showed us around Hollywood and drove us to and from the airport. After all that generosity, we were first in line outside the bookshop for the launch, laden down with cameras and lapel mikes.
Joining us was Audience Productions co-founder Ben, so it was a bit like having the old team back together as we worked two cameras and filmed heaps of coverage.
The launch kicked off with complimentary wine, followed by Ky’s speech about the book before she moved to the signing table. Taking a fly-on-the-wall approach, we captured elements from every stage of the night, which included an anecdote about the first person to get a book signed…on behalf of fellow survival legend Bear Grylls!
Afterwards, we sat Ky down for an interview, asking more about the actual book than had happened in the mainstream media – who seemed more interested in finding out about her Hollywood stuntwoman career, and who was good to work with etc.
Look out for the finished product here on the AP site!