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Friday, August 25th, 2006
12:42 pm
My trip to Melbourne.

I flew to Melbourne and got a bus and a train to Cinevex.
The Processing of the film was great, thank you very much to Cinevex in Melbourne for there help and providing me with a student discount. Very nice people too.
I then caught a tram to Digital Pictures for the telecine. They were the nicest people I have ever met and willing to teach me the whole process as we went along. Special thanks to Stanley and Angelina for their help. I then caught another plane home in the same day.

The digitised footage was then taken to Kojo Productions for a transfer from Digibeta to MiniDv so i could edit it at school. The edit has gone quite well and the film has changed its narrative path. It is now about a young blind girl who shows us the happiness in her normal life and that blindness is just a part of her everyday. Hopefully this will help educate society that blindness doesn't mean helplessness and the end of the world.

Currently, I am in search of a composer to write a score for strings, such as violins and cellos and harps and more. This is quite ambitous of me but I like to start at the top before settling for a middle class outcome. And I have been quite lucky so far in the process I am hoping it may happen some more.

Friday, May 26th, 2006
7:42 pm
Filming Complete
The filming went well. I slept badly for 4 days but it was worth it. Our little blind girl Elizabeth was a beautiful girl and we all had great fun on set. We chased the sun on a couple of occasions, but all shots were completed. The weather was really overcast on all days so the bright colours i would have loved will not come out as great as i wanted but it will be interesting to see how the exposure is. This was training film first, then a narrative one.

Thanks goes to all crew members who were involved, their help was most appreciated. A big cheers to Adam who was childcare supervisor and spent the 3 days caring for our young actress and keeping her safe and under control, and also keeping her entertained.
Good work was done by all.

I will be off to Melbourne this week for processing and Telecine. Then we can see how it all went.


Monday, May 8th, 2006
5:08 pm

Camera hire = $1200 - Cameraquip
Courier for camera hire = $200 - Cameraquip
Processing = 28c/ft - Cinevex - approx $200
Telecine = $200 - Lemac
OR = $800 - Digital Pictures
Catering = $100
Monitor hire = $100
Film Stock = $140
Ah, I shall be so broke :)

Friday, May 5th, 2006
6:09 pm
Art Gallery
Permission has been given for us to film in the Art Gallery of SA. This is fantastic news as the room I have in mind looks great. My Braille scripts are complete and I am picking them up monday. Cameraquip are sending me a student quote for a super16mm camera.
All goes well.
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
2:41 pm
New location pics up
The trip to Sth Tce was very useful. I may now be able to merge some locations into one place as Sth Tce has plentiful goodness. Sharyn my Producer has made a tentative schedule which makes it all look so easy.
It shouldn't be that trying though. The only thing to worry about is the weather as mainly everything is exterior.

Go here for new pics!


Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
4:48 pm
Location Scout 2
Went scouting around Sth Tce in the city for some shots. Went to Veale Gardens area near the Rose Garden and found some amazing colours that would be fantastic. They will be up on the Flickr account when the month changes as I have hit my maximum upload limit.
Beautiful shots though!

4:27 pm
Location Scout
Myself, my Producer and my Production Designer, Sharyn and James respectivly, went on a location scout around Uraidla, Summertown and Piccidilly on Sunday 23rd April. Fascinating landscapes with plenty of colour which hopefully will last till shooting time. If not, and winter prevails, we will have to relocate. Checkups will be done every two weeks to make sure the location still exists. There was one really pretty location, An Orchard in summertown provided a beautiful view accompanied by many colours which would be captured nicely on film. Photos are available on the Blind Portrait Flickr account:


I still need to contact The School for the Vision Impaired and CanDoForKids to help me find a young blind girl. And am still waiting for a call back about the camera.
But all is still on track for a great shoot.
Then the hard work will really begin!

Friday, April 21st, 2006
3:53 pm
Meetings Meetings
The script has been locked off and sent away for Braille versions to be made. We had a production meeting yesterday with my producer Sharyn and my production designer James and my sound man Stan. It was very useful as Sharyn is very organised and we worked out exactly what needed to be done at present. We are going on a location recce on Sunday 23rd April to most of my proposed locations.
Camera hire is in progress as I am looking for a good quality camera it may cost a bit. I have made some enquiries.
I have also got some details about the School for the Vision Impaired and Townsend House, two places to source my young blind girl from. The girl changed ages to make the audience more empathetic towards her.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
10:55 pm
The script is complete. I have sent it too all my interviewees and have received interesting responses and criticisms which were useful in finalising the dialogue and authenticating the scenes. Casting and location scouting are next on the agenda, along with budgeting equipment.

I am having a meeting with my producer on thursday so she can start scheduling approximate shooting times etc

Monday, April 3rd, 2006
8:15 pm
Interviews underway
I have interviewed 5 blind people so far and have garnered a wealth of information about non-sighted life. The original concept has changed slightly now as I have come to understand the true nature of blindness.

Blind Portrait will now follow the thoughts of a young blind woman from depression, at being a outcast from society, to a strong willed independant person. In the beginning, the young woman struggles with the acceptance of her affliction and lives in a depressed state. Through interior monologue, we hear the the causes of these negative feelings, with visuals to match. As she discusses it with herself, she comes to realise that this is who she is, and that sitting around feeling sorry for herself will not bring her happiness. The young woman finally accepts who she is and for the first time understands that she has no problem being blind herself. The real problem lies with an uneducated society who do not understand the small minority she is a part of.

The film will now be not just a visual portrait, but also an auditory one. Each visual will be accompanied not just by the interior monologue, but by a depth of background sound to complement the location on screen.
I hope to not only make a visually and aural piece, but also an educational one to help sighted people better understand the blind.
Monday, March 27th, 2006
9:59 pm
I got 5 emails from blind people about the film idea.
I have interviewed one perosn at length and have set up meetings with two more. Fascinating stuff.

The flash is still not working properly. grr.

Location photos can be found here. One day a link from blindportrait.com will work


Sunday, March 26th, 2006
7:30 pm
Radio Interview
I was interviewed on Radio Station RPH on saturday at 5pm. It was a valuable way to get my message out to the section of society that i need to target if I want help in authenticating my film.

Also, the interactive section of the site is still not working, i am having more flash issues, which will be solved soon i hope.



is now a viable email which i will be using as the sites contact address.

Friday, March 24th, 2006
9:33 pm
Speed & Interactivity
Blindportrait.com loads much quicker now with broadband due to smaller file sizes.
Also, there is now interactivity! You can view some location scout photos.
Also, the music is now original and legal so this is good news.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
4:51 pm
Site fixed
Blindportrait.com nows runs perfectly, except for the long loading period which is due to the music file. I will have this fixed soon.

I have been in contact with radio station RPH and they will contact me about connecting me with some non-sighted individuals to help authenticate my screenplay.

Monday, March 20th, 2006
8:30 pm
Site Up
Blindportrait.com is up,

But i am having some problems with flash. The loading screen for the main page is failing to work and the pre-screen is not linking to the main page. But in time, i will conquer these problems.
The interactive aspects of the site are yet to be made so at present it is just some animation. Interactivity to do with the film's topic will appear soon.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
10:51 pm
Blindportrait.com is registered and will be up and running from Monday 20th March 2006. An intriguing flash page will welcome viewers and hopefully they will be interested enough to look around and learn about the film.
Friday, March 10th, 2006
1:34 am
Broader Project Concept
Blind Portrait


This project is intended for viewing on a big screen or television. It will not be optimised for web streaming due to the goal being profound imagery rather than web page interaction.
As DVD extras are concerned, production stills showing the methods used to create the imagery will be a main feature, as would bio’s of the cast and crew. Smooth and glossy DVD design would also be a must to accompany the film’s look.
The Web would be used as a ‘hook’ to intrigue possible viewers with images from the film and with a mysterious design that would not only attract, but keep viewers on the site. The ‘Blog’ will be updated to provide interested viewers with production updates.

What I Hope To Achieve is to make a film that merges both the craft of photography and the style of prose to create a piece of work that I can not only show to industry peers, but also to people who may find the topic interesting.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
9:02 pm
A blind girl questions her lifelong affliction through image montage and prose.
She considers religion, self-image, and the world around her on the quest to find meaning and a purpose for herself.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
3:07 am
The Beginning
The idea is thought of.
The plot is laid down.
Scripting must begin.
No time to frown.
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