Hey so I made a short film. Well, more of a short documentary. Well, more of a kind of artist profiley thing. But it’s a film (well, a video technically) and it’s playing in Melbourne at the City Library for the month of June.
It is a ‘behind the scenes look’ at the art work of the amazingly talented Ellen Sorensen, who makes painfully exquisite and detailed papercuts that will transport you to other worlds and tell you stories that will inspire your mind.
Her work is exhibiting at the library this month and is dotted around all the nooks and crannies between the books in excitingly lit spaces.
So if you live in Melbs and like beautiful art come down to the city library on flinders lane and have a wander around!
Now…. to stick on topic and say something slightly relevant for this blog. It has not escaped my attention that a lot of female directors tend to gravitate towards documentary. And I can say that after working in drama for many years and then making this tiny tiny documentary I can see the appeal.
You get a lot more control of content, you work with smaller crews so it’s much more intimate and you have more control over the hours you shoot.
Obviously this is not always the case with all documentaries where the content might be controlled by a network, or they might end up controlling your hours but even then it feels like it would be much easier to work documentaries around childcare and life in general than it would be when you’re working the 15/18 hour day standard that most drama shoots require. Why is childcare something that only female directors need to take into account? Well that I don’t know but it’s one of the theories as to why more women don’t become directors so I guess that’s still a function of the society we live in.
Anyhoo, rant over for now. If you live in Melbs do come down and see some lovely artwork and a film about aforementioned artwork 🙂