Friday, August 13, 2010


To me, as a production design/art dep/costume enthusiast...there is nothing more exciting in the pre-production process then seeing meters of material and various textile bits and bobs come to life!

I am very fortunate to have many talented friends who have been so kind in helping me out with my growing vision.

The costumes for "Courtship Date" were from the start going to be quite elaborate in that I wanted to create half bird, half human body suits for the two main protagonists. The god of re-incarnation to be half peacock.
The woman to be re-incarnating into a crane.

This vision continued to grow as the designing process went on...
The bill for feathers did too!

Designs by: Keiryn -lee Markides and Sage Butler
Costume maker: Keiryn -lee Markides.
Helpers: Camilla Rodgers, Kaitlyn Bott

Peacock train. Keiryn, you're Amazing!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pre-production Paperwork

Pre-production paperwork completed --finalising call sheets tomorrow.

Say hello to my life in a folder...

I am a compulsive "To Do List" maker...

Creating my "Limbo World"

120 meters of white material to be sewn into projection walls...

A human sized birds nest...

A box full of paper cranes...(thank you Crystal, Keiryn and Malcolm!)

White television salvaged from the tip...

The start of something huge!

My "Limbo World" environment

I will be converting the AV tech studio at RMIT University into a 'Limbo World' of the Woman's imagination. As no one person is the same, my theory is, neither is ones "life after death journey" and their Limbo World for that matter, if they are suspended there at all.
I will be breaking my scene into two. The first part (set dress) I have called the "white room." Washed out by fluorescent lighting, every object in the room to be white...objects dragged in from the Woman's life --also projections on the white walls of her 'life before death.' Home videos of her as a child, playing on a white television, will signify her life 'flashing before her eyes.' A simplistic fantasy world that allows the audience some back story and emotional involvement in the woman's character.
The second --an ambient Forrest space, mixed with the ambient feel of a club scene. Dark with abstract projections of light and colour, paper cranes hanging from above. A space for the 'Courtship Dance' to take place, colour changes with the journey of emotion the two main protagonists experience.

I have been in contact with Paul Ross a UK artist I found on Has given me permission to use his work "Pthalo" in my film in part 2 of the 'Limbo World.' I will also have my own projection visuals featured. Below is a snap shot of the Artists profile on the sight and a thumbnail of his work I am featuring.

Environmental artist: Fiona Hall

The photograph shows details from “Tender”, a collection of birds’ nests made from shredded US dollar bills. They’re incredibly realistic — especially in the exhibition environment where they’re collected into museum-style glass cases with each species’ nest labeled with its scientific name on the front of the case, the banknotes’ serial numbers listed on the back.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Image Based Performance artist: Jill Orr

Her work is image based performance, which embrace live performance for an audience and /or the camera. She is most interested in creating distilled photographic images that often have been described as having a haunting or poetic presence.

Her art is mostly environmental and socio-political, where she searches for humanity reflected in different sights and issues, which have a personal and universal relevance. She works across mediums integration live performance, video, photography, painting and installation.


A screen shot from the 2007 film “I’m Not There.” This is the point in time where I fell in love with projections.
I am in the process of filming shots for live projections in the ‘Limbo World’ I am creating in a studio for my film. I am interested and have been since the art class years in high school in performance artists. This “courtship dance” piece I have written channels that of a dramatic performance piece of art drawn from the themes I have presented--almost theatrical, yet intimate and modern day themes of the club scene, in terms of lights and atmosphere. Breaking up the experimentation with some familiar aesthetics.

Below is a snap shot of my projection editing --note the particular style I am going for...more info on the context of the projections and the studio set to come.