Matthew Allard is a senior news shooter and his work with Al Jazeera journalist Steve Chao continues to inspire me, and shaped my tiny body of video journalist work at NTD Television. This post features 4 of my favourite packages made by this news team.Read More
Director F.W. Murnau has chosen to use parallel shots as a technique to cue the audience to anticipate action, feel sympathy and other emotions; to read greater meaning from the shot. Murnau achieves this by controlling the function of lighting, composition, and performance to direct attention to elements of mise-en-scene. O'Brien's performance is stylised but retains a sense of realism even 80 years after the film was released; his loss is felt by the audience who know what choices he's made. The shot is constructed to show a turning point in the plot and the character's development. At the start of the narrative he desired to be free of his wife (by drowning her) and at the end of the narrative his wish came true, despite his best efforts to prevent it. In the one shot my understanding of what 'Sunrise' is about is visually conveyed by the image of 'The Man' kneeling before the shadow of the cross cast on his wife's bed; a symbol of her goodness, and a bitter reminder that he did not cherish what he had until it was gone.Read More
I recently co-wrote, directed and produced a short documentary 'Norman Baird The Bama Digger' for the National Indigenous Televsion (NITV) series Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday in 5 days. This post is about how I did it, and my reflections after the experience.Read More
Every two years in mid-June almost all of the 17 Aboriginal communities in the Cape York Peninsula of Far North Queensland gather on a sacred dance ground - a bora ring - located on Western Yalanji country.
The primary purpose of the festival is for the different First Nations to duke it out in a three day dance competition, at the end of which one community will take home the prized shield. This year the shield was won by the dancers from Lockhart River.Read More