Film, TV, Mobile, Transmedia
From the cinema to the devices we now carry in our pockets, storytelling for the screen has always fascinated me. It unites my passions for film, photography and music. It allows me to tell a story without the necessity of words – a soothing contrast to what has been my day-job for the majority of my career!
I have studied various aspects of screen art and craft including narrative, documentary and television drama scriptwriting (VCA and QUT), the Language of Experimental Cinema (Birkbeck University, London), and film production (VCA, AFTRS). I was involved with the London Filmmakers Co-op which then morphed into The Lux in Hoxton Square, where I was heavily influenced by the artistic works of Peter Greenaway, and film essayists Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, among others.
A fascination with cyberspace preceded my film studies. I first read William Gibson’s Neuromancer in the early 90s when I was a student at RMIT (Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’). RMIT had the only virtual reality research department in Australia and I was so lucky to trial the early headsets and data gloves and step into the world of non-linear storytelling which, decades later, is finally becoming mainstream.
Back at RMIT as a Masters candidate in 2010-11, my research was on non-linear storytelling, particularly utilising GPS or locative media as a narrative device. (You can read more about that on the research blog I set up at ewritersjourney.) When the internet became a reality, I transitioned to working in the digital space with enthusiasm and ease. I am still fascinated with technology’s ever-changing influence on storytelling in this rapidly shifting media landscape.
I have worked on various film and television productions, in roles ranging from Production Co-ordinator to First Assistant Director; and writer/director of my own short films. My VCA student film Art Gets Un-Stuck-up was shortlisted for Best Student Short at the Asolo Arts Film Festival and archived by Screen Australia. It has screened at various arts film festivals in Europe and Australia (watch it here). Read about my other student film here or watch it here. Please contact me for a full list of film and television production and screen credits.
My involvement with developing concepts for mobile apps and other digital products gets buried in my CV, along with the increasing number of corporate video scripts I write. Happy to elaborate if you get in touch.
It’s the beginning of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and I’m reminded of my incredible life in London in the 90s, when “Cool Britannia” was the catch-cry and I was in the thick of what was, arguably, the coolest city in the world, in a pre-terrorism era...