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What makes a Human; CGI enhanced Sci-Fi; Lighting the Lady Makers

Our numbers were a little down (just 13) for our meeting on Thursday April 18 with a number of noticeable absences due to ill health, sore feet and inclement weather. We wish Heather and Val a speedy recovery, and we offer Peter a new pair of shoes for completing his millionth step walking somewhere in the Sunshine Coast. And lastly, a pair of gumboots for Sarah who got impacted by the recent rains in NSW.

REMINDER! UGG Competition Entries due 2 May 2024!

First up, the UGG Competition is nearly upon us, with entries due on 2 May 2024, with the theme of 'Stuffed Animals' or 'Light and Shade'. So far we have 5 entries in the mix. Send your winning entry via WeTransfer to


Jenn took the reins of the Film Bite segment and introduced us to Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand which features intimate interviews of people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and personal circumstances. What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. Jenn felt a personal and close connection by the way Yann told the story of others, and loved his lensing his subjects. Extended versions and the Director's cut can be found here:

The Eleven Tomorrows Update

David's off to NZ to catch up with Brendon King, whom he met 6 years ago at the Byron Bay Film Festival

BMM Meets Brendon King

After a few technical hiccups related to Zoom not zooming, thanks to Kohsuke we finally got to meet Brendon King, the producer of Eternity and Transference. Brendon's first career wasn't actually in film production, but in technology. He described his challenges in producing his films with a tight budget, notably Eternity which was an independent, high-concept sci-fi New Zealand film with a high-budget look to it, a CGI enhanced sci-fi production. Brendon with his technology background must have so much enjoyed the creative aspects of film making that he followed it up with Transference, also set in the future. Thank you to Brendon for chatting with us until 11PM NZ time, and thank you to David W for arranging the meeting.

Freddie-Lee The Lady Makers

Freddie was a lighting grip for The Lady Makers, where he used a mix of Aputure, Fresnel and Nova lights on set as follows

  • 25 seconds - he used a combination of a soft box and globes designed to simulate moonlight (motivated lighting)

  • 49 seconds - whilst appearing to be a naturally lit forest scene, he applied a technique called cove lighting which is a wrap-around light effect created by shining lights onto an unbleached muslin fabric, allowing for a more natural and diffused illumination of the subject and surroundings. The scene was actually more brightly and harshly lit, but the director wanted a more subdued feel to the scene

  • 1 minute and 3 seconds - the scene was shot in a real hunting lodge with animal skins on top of the cupboard. The scene was shot in a small room with no less than 25 cast and crew, and yes, there was motivated lighting provided by 2 hot lights. Luckily it wasn't summer,

  • 1 minute and 20 seconds - this scene was deliberately over exposed to create contrast in both imagery and the characters, with a mix of natural light and cove lighting.

2 May Meeting Agenda

  • UGG Competition - Stuffed Animals or Light and Shade

  • Film Bite - Paul

  • Jenn’s deeply personal directorial learning journey and experiences in making DV and The Awakening

Just on a side note, Peter, Nigel and Murray donated their time and expertise to video and photograph the 2024 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, parade and Community Service for the Sunnybank Sub Branch, with over 1,200 people attending each event that spanned 5 hours.


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