Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Retribution Shoot Day 1

How good does Adrian look. I'm sure if I looked half as good as he does I'd be in a meaningful and rewarding relationship with some 24 yr old Brazilian art student instead of the patchy string of car-wrecks that I remember as relationships with girls who were so lonely that they'd go out with me only to justify their own self-loathing until they could find someone that they could show to their friends without cringing with embarrassment.

Having him on this is like finding a young Robert De Niro homeless and broke and begging for lose change in a doorway just when you need an actor for your student project.

I don't want him to know that I've spent the whole day writing his name all over my school ruler in three different colours of biro.

Here is Stephen waiting for his scene after asking "what's my motivation?" I had the boys from the camera department take him into the alley and kick the shit out him until he "felt" the role. breaking his arm might of been going a bit far but we can digitally remove that in post.

Actually Stephen is a very nice guy and important member of the art community. He has his own website. http://www.stephennallart.com/ He also did a great job of looking suitably distressed.

Computers are magic and will fix everything (like extending this wall). Just knowing people who will go home from their soul destroying jobs back to their unloving partners and their ugly children and stay up all hours of the night to digitally paint and correct, frame by frame, errors in your school assignment just so their name will flash onto a screen for a nano-second so that some day, some how, it may help them claw their way out of their miserable existence...well.. it's like living next door to Mexico.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I've often planned to make my own cigarette labels for films but usually run out of time. Now that I've got people doing stuff for me I can just do the designs and they'll put it together.

This is a wallpaper design for Minnie's room. White Cara lilies were often seen as a symbol of purity and innocence and placed on the graves of children. The rare black Cara lily, a symbol of mystery and elegance, is used for goodbyes to the departed or lovers.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


May is an elusive ghost. Difficult to catch hold of, she is often seen out of the corner of Ben's eye or just out of reach.

Casting May is like chasing an elusive ghost. Difficult to catch hold of, she is often seen out of the corner of my eye or just out of reach.

I want to get somebody who looks something like this.

The Minnie Doll

It's just not that practical to have a kid on set and have her sitting in the background for a long day of filming so I've built this.

It's already been creeping people out.
That's a good thing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Old Aussie Horror

Retribution is inspired by real events that took place in Guyra, NSW. There has been a film made of this before called The Guyra Ghost Mystery  by John Cosgove in 1921 (The year the events began, so no messing around there). I haven't been able to track a copy down and I'm not sure if any survive. I contacted the National Film and Sound Archive and they weren't that helpful. In fact the dude, seemed kind of annoyed that anyone had made him look up from his busy filling schedule but he did send me this;

There's a tiny bit from the story of Fisher's Ghost which is also a 1924 film by Raymond Longford of the same name. Can't find that either. Wait what's this in this old tin under granddad's stinky bed? Nuh it's just a complete print of the original Ned Kelly film from 1906. I'll just scratch it with pins and make some cool (but eventually boring and overlong) animation with it.