OLD BUILDING SESSIONS - EPISODE FIVE - Claire Anne-Taylor

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We've always been a huge fan of Claire Anne-Taylor's music. The depth of soul and realness that is imbedded within her song writing is captivating enough. Let alone just being a genuine awesome human. So when the opportunity came up to film an OBS with her, we jump at the project!

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Filmed in New Norfolk's longtime abandoned nurses quarters, a section of the huge complex that was Willow Court Asylum - for the mentally ill and disabled. Willow Court is the oldest, continually run asylum located in the Island State of Tasmania, Australia and had its heritage start before 1827. Closing its doors for good in early 2000, its been left to slowly decay over the last 18 years, with many a visitor stopping in to walk the once occupied corridors and holding cells.

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Watch Claire Anne-Taylor perform her song 'Man Behind The Moon'.

Watch all the videos from this episode and more here.

New Release!! Send Me Away - Steve Tyssen

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Steve Tyssen's latest offering from his fourth solo album "You're Gonna Feel It In The Winter" is an emotively telling song, with all the throwbacks making 'Send Me Away' a culmination of longing, heartache and nostalgia wrapped into one neat package. The video uses Melbourne's city outskirts as a backdrop for a suble narrative of two people separated by time. 

The full album can be heard below.

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The idea behind the video was to create a simple visual based around the isolated characters.        The two individuals are played by Steve Tyssen and the ever angelic Lewis Macmaster.                  The video uses a dome narrative, where the characters are stuck inside an industrial dimension, separated by time. We feel they know each other, tracing each others footprints and searching for something. Leaning on the idea, that we are all one. 

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Watch the video in full and don't forget to head over to Steve Tyssen's page to keep updated on all things ST.

Animal House - Oh My My

  Photo -  Shawkat Husseini

Our latest release with up and coming producer Oh My My sees us wedged somewhere between industrial and clean studio settings, much like the track "Animal House" itself. Filmed around Melbourne the pulsing track now forms the soundtrack to a powerful narrative featuring two individuals, some intense dancing and warm embraces: According to Sam Tomlinson aka Oh My My - "I wanted the concept behind the lyrics to be conveyed by two people interacting and aggressively dancing with each other, in this kind of push and pull vibe. Just like a destructive relationship. Anna McCulla and Alex Warren who feature in the clip put their all into it. It was a massive shoot and a massive effort from everyone involved. I was in complete awe of their direction and professionalism. The arts community is truly an amazing place, it’s so supportive and helpful."

  Photo -  Shawkat Husseini
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  Photo -  Shawkat Husseini

This piece at its core was a complete collaborative effort with everyone having some form of input across all facets. Rather than take the reigns and create a piece based on our interpretation we worked alongside with Sam and the dancers Alex and Anna in taking their movements and style and meshing it with our cinematography team. The results we feel are truly a visual emersion at its core, complimenting the music.

  Photo -  Shawkat Husseini

Watch below for the full video. Also check out the artists facebook page to keep up to date on all things Oh My My.

Photos by Spilting Films & 35mm by Shawkat Husseini

Like We Used to - The McClymonts

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The video "Like We Use To" set itself inside a neon world, cascading with subtle narrative that showcases the girls individuality and collective force. The video was filmed in a small caravan park in Newcastle, close to where the girls use to call home. Lending itself to the lyrics, the location allowed a reflective feeling of a time past. Each McClymont begins in their own world, with specific colours and tones. As the song continues, the colours blend together as the girls reunite and enjoy the energy and freedom of being together again. 

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Watch the video in full below.

Crawl, Beg & Cry - Brad Butcher

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Brad Butchers "Crawl, Beg & Cry" hits all the country notes, so we wanted to do our own take on the "country" aesthetic. With that, we took to the Lockyer Valley in an old Ford Mustang.

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Brad had this to say about the song; "Crawl Beg & Cry is a reminder to those of us who've been treated as second rate citizens, whether in relationships, at school or perhaps your day job, to stand up for yourself and not to put up with being mistreated or subjected to bullying. To take charge of your life, your own destiny and move forward with confidence and a smile."

Brad acting more like a guide than a hitch hiker advocate, drives his way throughout each of our characters lives, revelling in banter and guidance, the passengers outlooks go from melancholy to positiveness during their journey.

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Check out the video in full below.

In The Morning - Tori Forsyth

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Polaroid outtake with Betty Lou

Shot over two days, our second colab with Tori Forsyth and Universal Music finds us in a hedge maze and desert dunes. Exploring the previous character creation(Betty Sue) and her subsequent demise through "the looking glass" elements, we delve into the idea of dimensional intersections which represents the underlining message within the song itself.

 Director Brad and Tori during one of the many dune takes.

Director Brad and Tori during one of the many dune takes.

Artist Tori on the song “‘In The Morning’ was a last minute addition to the record so it’s funny that it’s risen to the top as a second single,” says Tori. “The song has a few different meanings to me, it was a written in a darker time of my life and there’s definitely that theme to the song, but I think it’s also a song that basically rides on gender equality, the idea that a woman can do everything a man can.”  

 Director Richard Clifford, filming during one of the dune takes.

Director Richard Clifford, filming during one of the dune takes.


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 Aerial view from a scene at the hedge maze, shooting on the Sony a7s ii

Aerial view from a scene at the hedge maze, shooting on the Sony a7s ii

Brad on the concept behind "In The Morning" - "In the morning reflects identity and the idea of self. Set between the sand dunes and a maze, the story drifts into the two worlds with one common thread, exploration. With the TV providing the link between the two. Personalities and I guess, the soul, drifts like frequency looking to transmit through a source, the body or in the case. The TV allowing a look into the many way we see one another."

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Watch the video in full below..

If I Were The Hunter - Set Circles

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Polaroid outtake of Nigel Edwards from the studio.

For our latest release we had full creative licence to roll with whatever came to our head(which is always welcomed). Given the stylistic nature of the track we wanted to do something a little different. We decided to collaborate with another artist - Nigel Edwards of dance collective Lost is Found. Based off of Nigel's interpretation of the music we would shoot and edit alongside what he created as sort of an amalgamation of ideas forming one piece.

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Richard playing with red mesh material to create different looks.

Working with a minimal crew and plenty of time to play with compositions is always a welcome change. Director Richard Clifford had this to say about producing the piece "When I first heard the track, the visuals were instant. I remember seeing Nigel perform at a show I was shooting and knew that his unique tutting style of dance would be a perfect match. I got in contact with Nigel and played him the track, basically begging him to get on board. I asked if he could interpret the music and create movements based on that. Then I’d film based around those movements. The results are a very immersive. Editor Tim Blackburn did an amazing job taking those two elements and creating the electrifying end results.

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 Only two lights were used in production.

Only two lights were used in production.

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Jamie Page aka Set Circles had this to say about the video “The music video is almost a whole seperate piece of art that I’m just stoked to have my music behind really. I sent him(Richard) the song with the hope that it might spark something in his mind and fortunately for me, he seemed to dig it. I’ve always been a massive admirer of dance of all styles so when he came to me with a pitch involving Nigel, I was hugely excited. What you see in the clip is talent.. Im sure it was hard to get right, but the guys at Spliting Films managed to get it so right. I’m just so stoked to be a part of it.”

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Richard and Tim testing out the different mesh options.

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Watch the full video below. Also don't forget to check out all things Set Circles and head over to his Facebook neow! 

Calling Me - Golden Age Of Ballooning

 Dancer Jess Sommerfeld prepping for one of the indoor scenes.

Dancer Jess Sommerfeld prepping for one of the indoor scenes.

Half shot in Toronto, Canada and half shot in Brisbane, Australia the task of communication and execution seemed all to fluent. Working along side Golden Age Of Ballooning, we wanted to capture the original mood as well as develop the visual medium. To not only compliment but to extend or push it further, so that the visual becomes its own experience as well.

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Chris prepping for the singing & visual takes.

 Chris prepping for the singing & visual takes.

Chris prepping for the singing & visual takes.

 Director Richard Clifford with a pizza box after wrapping.

Director Richard Clifford with a pizza box after wrapping.

Director Richard Clifford summed up the visuals in the premiere over at The Music, "(the video)Portrays one's desire to ward off drug-induced hallucinations and, despite their constant presence, the attempts to keep these previous life unpleasantries at bay" and adds that, the theme was interpreted through both the lyrics and music, its pretty standard that you'd roll with one or the other, or even just take the title and push that theme. We're always looking at different angles and ways to better collaborate with the artist we work with. 

 Polaroid outtake from the shoot.

Polaroid outtake from the shoot.

 Polaroid outtake from the shoot.

Polaroid outtake from the shoot.


 The use of morph suits was very prevalent throughout "Calling Me"

The use of morph suits was very prevalent throughout "Calling Me"


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Light tests, using available resources.

Watch the full video below. Don't forget to keep up to date with all things Golden Age Of Ballooning, click over to their Facebook Page.

Richmond - Josh Rennie-Hynes

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Our latest release for multi-award winning artist Josh Rennie-Hynes and long time collaborator with us, explores the captivating dynamic between visuals and lyrics to create a journey of past memories.

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Director Brad Murnane, explores the creation process below,

"We filmed the Richmond video inside a small wooden house located in the town of Newcastle. The clip was shot in a day and follows the singer, Josh Rennie-Hynes, as he walks throughout shadowed in memories of the house’s past. The song partners with the visuals to create a dream like exchanges as we trace back into memories of two kids, Savannah Clarke and Darcy Powell and a couple played by Jay Piper and Nadine Christie living in the house. The song allows for any interpretation of the story and isn’t in any way defined or labeled. It’s there for the viewer to decide".

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Click below to watch Richmond in full. Don't forget to head over to Facebook and keep up to date on all things Josh Rennie-Hynes

 

 

Pipeline - Old Sault

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Angie taking a break onset during the final scene.

Our latest video with Old Sault marked the second premier within the short space of 6 months. After releasing her debut EP, Mostly Worried in June of 2017 Angie continues to impress with her latest track Pipeline, where her vocals grace our ears once again. 

Set in Melbourne, amongst a landscape of highways and industry lay the foundations for a collaboration that aimed to compliment the ever calmative, dreamlike melodies of Pipeline. 

 DOP Brad Francis working on the opening scenes magic.

DOP Brad Francis working on the opening scenes magic.

This is our third collaboration with Angie, and as always, it is a privilege and honour to work with such an multi-talented artist.

Here is what director Bradley Murnane has to say about the project: "Pipeline was the extension of an idea that came from an abandoned space I stumbled across that was stacked with discarded washing machines. It's sparked the idea of an alternate dimension where people could be transported into variable locations and environments but stemming from the same beginnings. Making it's way into the video creating a surreal type tone where a world in itself could be found. Like any song I guess, you want to have it owns place so anyone can imagine themselves escaping inside it.

The clip was shot in a day in the city of Melbourne with cinematography by Brad Francis and co produced by Elizabeth Lea".

 Actor Lloyd Grounds onset.

Actor Lloyd Grounds onset.

Angie had this to say about the Pipeline production, "Pipeline is a deeply personal song so creating a visual to it was inconceivable to me at first. Directors Bradley Murnane and Richard Clifford are good friends of mine, so there’s an incredible level of trust when we create together. The clip was conceived by Bradley after a few conversations we had outside of music and outside of filmmaking. He knew what I was going through when I wrote the song and applied that completely to the creative process. The clip isn’t really meant to make sense to a stranger, it doesn’t have a middle or an end. It’s riddled with symbols and metaphors and the rest is up to the viewer.

 Final scene from Pipeline.

Final scene from Pipeline.

Click below to watch Pipeline in full. Dont forget to head over to Facebook and keep up to date on all things Old Sault.