Another draft for Treatment

TREATMENT – DRAFT:  Maddy, Julia, Elle, Benji and Victoria.

One Liner:
We meet at the playground behind the commission flats and get to know the children who play there.

Synopsis:
Nestled behind the dreary commission buildings in Fitzroy, lies a vibrant and welcoming playground. A safe place for the children living there to socialise and play.

Cubbies is a non-for-profit adventure playground that has supported disadvantaged children living in the public housing at the Atherton Gardens Estate since 1974. The majority of children who access the playground are at “risk youth” and recent arrival immigrants. It provides a community background for children in the local area, where they can play create and explore in a supervised and nurturing environment.

This documentary talks to those who work at cubbies, the children who play there and their families.

Statement of Directorial Approach:

  • Create a film that allows the audience to know the kids and show cubbies from their perspective
  • Aware that this film is in deep cliche territory which we want to avoid. We don’t want to fall into some cliche promotional video.
  • We want to focus on the kids have to say about their situation and life and give them this opportunity to show us their home and life rather than a political social view.
  • We don’t want to try and make it emotive but rather let it unfold and be natural.
  • Want to allow the local audience to connect with the place and setting of the film.
  • It’s a place that people walk past all the time and don’t know anything about, so we want to shed some light on it.
  • we also want to address some of the issues that might be facing cubbies or a specific child
  • We want the film to be ultimately uplifting yet not ignoring or straying away from real life. Not scared to face the “nasty things”.

IDEAL CHARACTER:

  • An ideal subject will be a child who is around 10 and is confident and comfortable in front of the camera to let us into their world.
  • This person would have been at cubbies for a while and ideally have an interesting background. ie; refugee from a different social-economic/cultural background.
  • Has a family who is accepting of us to come into their homes.
  • Have a good rapport with those who work at cubbies.


INTERVIEW SUBJECTS:
PETER BROWN
STAFF
Gonsales
KIDS
Tony 8  –
Mary 5-
Gangsta guy 10 –

KIDS FAMILIES

Producer’s statement:
SCHEDULE

  • Regular visits to cubbies – usage of camera in visits gradually increases with familiarity of kids and crew.
  • Saturdays is busiest day and Monday suits everyone so these will be the main shooting days – Sat open all day, Mon 3:30-6:00.
  • Elle and Victoria have cars
  • Used mainly as an afternoon program

DISTRIBUTION

  • Due week 14
  • Plan to start editing Week 10
  • Rough Cut due week 11
  • Consistently consolidating footage after the shoot.
  • Keep log sheets during shoots
  • Gather music throughout entire process
  • Provide copies for kids involved and staff
  • Footage will also be used to compile a promotional video for cubbies to use.


Context Research:

  • commission flats
  • Do other places have a similar org
  • Where are the kids from
  • What activities they do at Cubbies.

Approach to visual style:

  • Archival photos of cubbies
  • Mixture of night and day times atmospheres
  • Structure of the story is start of day until evening ie; start with them arriving and
  • formal interviews with staff
  • informal interviews with children and possibly staff
  • observational footage of children interacting with each other and activities at cubbies
  • footage of commission flats
  • child tour guide of cubbies and the commission flats
  • Close ups
  • Scenery footage of different times of day
  • Cutaways of artwork and various areas around cubbies/commission buildings
  • Vague shot list
  • People entering cubbies
  • Kids leaving cubbies
  • ….kids cooking
  • close up shots or a hand in
  • Establishing melbourne/location shots
  • Close ups  of someone slipping down the slide
  • Close up of swing
  • Close up of someone looking  through the bunnie cage
  • Staged hide n seek?

Approach to Sound Design:

  • Atmos soundscapes  – collecting sounds of community
  • Sound of “rapping class”
  • Children singing
  • Simple non-lyrical music (TBA)
  • Interviews – include sound of activities surrounding interviews.


Approach to Editing:

  • Inpspirations from other documentaries  or films we have seen. Ie editing

Audience Statement:

  • Melbourne audience.
  • People who have walked passed or know this area but don’t know what it really is.
  • Those who are politically aware of the “situation” of refugees.

Style + Documentary research:

  • directors we want to replicate
  • To be and To Have
  • I am Eleven
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Australian International Movie Convention

I have been lucky enough to be here at the Australian International Movie Convention. It is my second year here and I think it is very appropriate that I blog about my experience so far here, in a film and TV blog. I think it is very relevant to almost all the students doing this course. I am right in the middle of the Australian Film Industry and I am learning a whole lot. I am having an awesome time and I think it is an incredible industry to be a part of which makes me really excited to be studying in a course that can get us even closer to the industry. The convention is a place for Distributors, exhibitors, producers etc. to get together and network, make connections…and have a good time. We are watching all the upcoming movies and trailers for the upcoming year. And there is a huge focus on Australian content and promoting it.

Last night I saw the premiere of P.J Hogan’s(Muriel’s Wedding) MENTAL which is a brand new film starring Toni Collette. And as the title suggests it is a seriously mental film. I believe it is going to become an instant Aussie iconic film. The characters, the style, the storyline are all stereotypically Australian. Some of the character’s names include: Trout, Coral, Shaz etc. It was interesting hearing P.J Hogan talk about the film and Australian film in particular. He emphasised that he wants this new Australian film to not only be played next to the blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes, but to cover them up and be in the fore front. He believe Australian film is improving. He mentioned that an Australian audience wants to see themselves on the big screen but portrayed correctly…with humour. The film is touching and heartfelt while being absolutely crazy and weird. Toni Collette has created a memorable Australian character that I think will be loved and cherished for years to come. In the past 2 years, 8 Australian films have made more than 8 million dollars, demonstrating the improvement and desire for Australian film.

Today we saw the film THE SESSIONS which is directed by Melbourne’s own Ben Lewin. Wow. What an incredible film. It’s about a man with polio and paralysed from the head down. He cannot move anything except for his face. It is about this incredible man finding physical and emotional love. It stars Helen Hunt who has really out done herself and plays one of the most powerful roles I have ever witnessed. The film truly takes you on a roller coaster. Makes you cry and the wit of the main character makes you crack up. Macey, who plays a priest is brilliant as always.

Otherwise, there has been plenty of partying and fun. Meeting plenty of incredible an important people in the industry. From sales agents of major distributor’s, to producers to stars of the screen – this is seriously a great experience.

To hear more about what I’m doing and to follow my every move follow me on Twitter @benjitamir

Cubbies archival photos

Our Rough Treatment…

TREATMENT – DRAFT:  Maddy, Julia, Elle, Benji and Victoria.

One Liner:
We meet at the playground behind the commission flats and get to know the children who play there.

Synopsis:
Nestled behind the dreary commission buildings in Fitzroy, lies a vibrant and welcoming playground. A safe place for the children living there to socialise and play.

Cubbies is a non-for-profit adventure playground that has supported disadvantaged children living in the public housing at the Atherton Gardens Estate since 1974. The majority of children who access the playground are at “risk youth” and recent arrival immigrants. It provides a community background for children in the local area, where they can play create and explore in a supervised and nurturing environment.

This documentary talks to those who work at cubbies, the children who play there and their families.

Statement of Directorial Approach:

  • Create a film that allows the audience to know the kids and show cubbies from their perspective
  • Aware that this film is in deep cliche territory which we want to avoid. We don’t want to fall into some cliche promotional video.
  • We want to focus on the kids have to say about their situation and life and give them this opportunity to show us their home and life rather than a political social view.
  • We don’t want to try and make it emotive but rather let it unfold and be natural.
  • Want to allow the local audience to connect with the place and setting of the film.
  • It’s a place that people walk past all the time and don’t know anything about, so we want to shed some light on it.
  • we also want to address some of the issues that might be facing cubbies or a specific child
  • We want the film to be ultimately uplifting yet not ignoring or straying away from real life. Not scared to face the “nasty things”.


IDEAL CHARACTER

  • An ideal subject will be a child who is around 10 and is confident and comfortable in front of the camera to let us into their world.
  • This person would have been at cubbies for a while and ideally have an interesting background. ie; refugee from a different social-economic/cultural background.
  • Has a family who is accepting of us to come into their homes.
  • Have a good rapport with those who work at cubbies.


Producer’s statement:
SCHEDULE

  • Regular visits to cubbies – usage of camera in visits gradually increases with familiarity of kids and crew.
  • Saturdays is busiest day and Monday suits everyone so these will be the main shooting days – Sat open all day, Mon 3:30-6:00.
  • Elle and Victoria have cars
  • Used mainly as an afternoon program

DISTRIBUTION

  • Due week 14
  • Plan to start editing Week 10
  • Rough Cut due week 11
  • Consistently consolidating footage after the shoot.
  • Keep log sheets during shoots
  • Gather music throughout entire process
  • Provide copies for kids involved and staff
  • Footage will also be used to compile a promotional video for cubbies to use.

Approach to visual style:

  • Archival photos of cubbies
  • Mixture of night and day times atmospheres
  • Structure of the story is start of day until evening ie; start with them arriving and
  • formal interviews with staff
  • informal interviews with children and possibly staff
  • observational footage of children interacting with each other and activities at cubbies
  • footage of commission flats
  • child tour guide of cubbies and the commission flats
  • Close ups
  • Scenery footage of different times of day
  • Cutaways of artwork and various areas around cubbies/commission buildings

Approach to Sound Design:

  • Atmos soundscapes  – collecting sounds of community
  • Sound of “rapping class”
  • Children singing
  • Simple non-lyrical music (TBA)
  • Interviews – include sound of activities surrounding interviews.


Audience Statement:

  • Melbourne audience.
  • People who have walked passed or know this area but don’t know what it really is.
  • Those who are politically aware of the “situation” of refugees.

Not Quite Hollywood

Just watched the documentary, ‘Not Quite Hollywood’. Really really enjoyed myself. A fun, informative, experimental piece of work. It shed light on the Australian Film Industry that I had no idea about. They had some seriously great interviews with famous director’s, actors and producers – Quentin Tarantino, Sigrid Thornton, Simon Wincier…they were all very entertaining and really gave the audience an inside look of the film industry in the 70’s and 80’s.

The doco was fast paced and in your face. Lots of nudity, sex, violence etc. I had no idea Australia was so vulgar and genre orientated back in the day. It got me really excited to go out and watch some of these forgotten Aussie films. I think it is a testament of a great doco if it makes you want to go out and do something. This doco made me proud of Australian film in some sick way and it made me want to watch stuff that Australia has produced. It was such a fun film. The animation at times mixed with the music and old footage from some of the old films. It was just great.

While they had traditional in front of camera interviews (which i generally dislike) – the subjects were so entertaining and informative that it didn’t matter. Also the way they were set up was intriguing and fun to watch. One director was set up in front of a pole dancer, while another was sitting on a director’s chair with a spotlight on him with an empty theatre behind him. So I guess if you do interviews right it can be quite fine.

The archival footage was so great. They had so much of it and they really go the best bits from all the films. Sex scenes, car chases, horror, blood, comedy…it made Australian film in the 70’s and 80’s look like an absolute blast.

I think it was great filmmaking and an innovative documentary making fun of the Australian Film Industry while at the same time showing off one of it’s most phenomenal periods when Australian films were actually making money.

Good Stuff.

Trailer: