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!
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.
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.