Earlier this year I made a short film with a group of local filmmakers for Tropfest on the subject of discrimination but you wouldn’t have seen it on the big night - it didn’t make the finals. After Sunday’s Tropfest screening and the crowning of the controversial winner (see here), I now have some insight into why we didn’t make the cut.
The short, set in the late 1950’s, is a fake propaganda film illustrating the dangers of being ‘Aquarius’:
"Barbara is sadly an Aquarius. She was born an Aquarius and has chosen to continue to have been born an Aquarius to this day."
I wrote the film to illustrate the absurdity of prejudice. I believe discriminating against someone because of the month they were born in is just as absurd as doing it on the basis of their race, gender, sexuality, etc.
"Don’t be Aquarian, be antiquarian!"
The short film stars local Sydney up-and-comers Adam Tuominen (Underbelly Razor, Power Rangers) as the films dramatic host and Susanna Dekker (Italian Spiderman, Danger 5) as the ‘unfortunate’ Aquarian.
Producer Debbie Steer and I have launched the video on Vimeo for the public to see that there are filmmakers out there offering a different viewpoint to the ones given so much attention at Tropfest. The film was made without any funding, only the support of talented filmmakers like cinematographer Emma Paine, Sound Designer Ines Richter, Composer Simon Hanna and Animator Amy Alexander.
Perhaps this film also serves to answer the question posed by Tropfest host Yumi Stynes on the night, “A lot of Twitter chat has been about the lack of female filmmakers here tonight… Look, if you’re gonna complain, why not go out and make a film yourself ladies?”
Don’t worry Yumi, the ladies are doing it - we’re over on Vimeo. Watch the film now:https://vimeo.com/81372429
Picture this: You’re Dorothy, you’ve just squashed some stripy-socked wench with your house and a hord of munchkin villagers are prompting you to swindle her shoes… while her sister watches from the sidelines. Then this tarted up, flashy charlatan in a bubble tells you to trot your dead-lady shoes down the yellow brick road outta’ there. Easy-peasy Winkie-squeezy, you’re homeward bound! - If only writing was such a cinch!
Unfortunately, even the most committed aspiring writer can often find themselves utterly bewildered and confused on their hero’s journey, “Would someone throw me a flippin’ yella’ brick for once?!!!”… Alas, there is no Technicolor™ road towards enlightenment for us and we don’t get a ‘Glinda’ to wake us up when the noxious poppy gas knocks us stone cold.
BUT… Sometimes a gal’ can find friends to help her along the way:
I give you: 'The Narrative Breakdown', my newest addiction. A podcast exploring "the craft of creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, children’s books, and literary fiction as discussed by Cheryl Klein and James Monohan."
It’s just what the Wizard ordered, so why not start here with one of my faves:'Beginnings and Inciting Events', oh and did I mention that it’s free?
Now write my pretties, write!
Emma Coat's 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling
Here’s one of my favourite inspiration-board-worthy infographics designed by PBJ Publishing. It features writing tip tweets from Pixar’s Emma Coat’s - a master storyboard artist.
Follow the link for a free hi-res jpg for your cork board! Now that’s going straight to the pewl-room.