There have been no music reviews or posts lately because I’m currently working on a couple of large projects relating to St Kilda’s significant contribution to the history of jazz in Australia.
One is an interactive documentary featuring a digital map highlighting locations of jazz venues from the 1920s to the current day. It includes relevant information and images of key venues and musicians of the era. It features archive images, original music and interviews. It’s a huge research mission, but fascinating. The project is partly supported by Creative Victoria’s Rockin’ The Laneways initiative.
The other project is a 30 minute film. It has been a while since I’ve actually made a film (and not just written a script). So today I trawled through my old film notes to help give me guidance to craft a synopsis and treatment. In the process, I stumbled upon a rationale I’d written for my major assessment film as a post-grad student at VCA School of Film and Television a long time ago. It was written around June 2001 just before travelling from Melbourne to Perth to start my research interviews.
I only had a hard copy of the rationale, so I’ve retyped it and posted it here.
After I read this quite personal insight to the inspiration for that film, I realised my artistic themes are still somewhat the same. Only now I am focussed on a different artform – one that is intensely personal and personally significant, as it takes me full circle to where my artistic pursuits first emerged as a young teenager.
Sometimes it takes telling other people’s stories to understand our own.
© 2017, Kaye E. Blum