Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Mantra

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Mantra

Check out our latest behind the scenes video with the super talented hip-hop artist and all around good guy Mantra. This is our most extensive video update yet, and Mantra takes us through the process of creating some of Play It Safe's original music, the relationship between improvised music and acting, as well as the music video for his track "The Fear" which was created by the core creative team behind Play It Safe.

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Christine Lui

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Christine Lui

Today, we are very excited to release our fourth behind the scenes video, this time with the super talented Christine Lui.

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

We're excited to release our third behind the scenes interview, this time with the one and only Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall! Alasdair is a rising star in the Melbourne comedy scene and he's worked on a ton of great projects so far, including Shaun Micallef's MAD AS HELL, ABC iview's Australia Think Tank, and the great podcast Two In The Think Tank.

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Maya Aleksandra

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Maya Aleksandra

Our second behind the scenes interview has just been released, with the super talented Maya Aleksandra. If you've watched Australian TV in the last couple of years then you'll probably recognise Maya from shows like Neighbours, Winners & Losers, and Wilfred. Check her out here talking about what it was like working on PLAY IT SAFE.

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Nicholas Kato

Play It Safe - Behind the Scenes with Nicholas Kato

We've just released a brand new behind the scenes video with our wonderful lead actor Nicholas Kato! Nick has been a part of this project since the very beginning and he gives a great overview of how we've been bringing Play It Safe to life.

Play It Safe - Trailer

Play It Safe - Trailer

This week has been incredibly exciting for the whole Play It Safe team as after almost four years of hard work the trailer is now online! It's a massive milestone for all of us, and it feels amazing to finally be able to share what we've been working on so hard for so long.

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Blocks 11 and 12

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Blocks 11 and 12

Hey guys, time to take another walk down memory lane (well overdue as usual I'm afraid). We finished up principle photography back in March 2013, which feels like an eternity ago now. The last two days were incredibly challenging, but they were also incredibly memorable. Here's some BTS pics and some reminiscences.

Play It Safe - Picture Lock

Play It Safe - Picture Lock

This week we hit a massive milestone: Play It Safe is officially picture locked! After about a year and half of editing (and three and a half years since I first started the project) I now have a final edit sitting on my computer!

Mantra – The Fear: Behind The Scenes (Part 2)

Mantra – The Fear: Behind The Scenes (Part 2)

As promised, here's my second post looking behind the scenes on my recent video for Mantra's "The Fear". If you haven't already, check out the first post here which takes a look at the clip's development and first day of shooting.

Mantra - The Fear: Behind The Scenes (Part 1)

Mantra - The Fear: Behind The Scenes (Part 1)

A few weeks back we launched the video for Mantra's latest single The Fear (check it out here if you haven't already). Mantra not only acts in Play It Safe, but has also put a lot of work into the film's soundtrack, so it was a real pleasure to be able to continue collaborating with him. A lot of Play It Safe's core creative team (including DP Sherwin Akbarzadeh and editor Raechel Harding) also came on board with this video, so it was very much a family affair which was great.

Play It Safe - Video Update #2

Play It Safe - Video Update #2

Hey guys, massive apologies for the big delay in updates. At long last we have another video update online! We actually shot this several months back, but all the info is still legit so check it out here if you have a few spare minutes...

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Blocks 09 and 10

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Blocks 09 and 10

Hey guys, I thought it was high time for another quick update on how Play It Safe is coming along. Post production is going very well, and we screened the entire film for some of our core crew members for the first time a few weeks ago. Not only was is very rewarding to be able to show the guys what they've been working so hard on for so long, but it was amazing to get their feedback on how the edit is coming along. Right now, Raechel and I are working hard on our third cut of the film and we'll be testing it on some real audience members (i.e. people who weren't involved in the film's production) for the very first time within the next two weeks!

What To Do When You Can't Get A Good Take

What To Do When You Can't Get A Good Take

This is a director’s nightmare: Everyone’s in position, the cameras are rolling, but something’s not quite right. You’ve been shooting the same scene for what feels like an eternity and no matter what you do, the actors’ performances are just not getting any better.

Play It Safe - Act 1 Roughcut Screening

Play It Safe - Act 1 Roughcut Screening

Last week we hit another milestone in post-production as we screened the first half hour of Play It Safe for some our key team members (including cinematographer Sherwin Akbarzadeh, music supervisor & AP Oscar O'Bryan, and my good pal & longtime-collaborator Maia Tarrell). This was the very first time anyone other than Raechel and I had watched such a large chunk of the film which made the event equal parts exciting and nerve wracking. It was all smooth sailing once we got going though, and Rae & I collected a boatload of really valuable feedback. We're already back hard at work tweaking the edit with the aim for all five of us to reconvene to review the entire film within the next month.

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Block 08

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Block 08

Apologies (again) for the lack of updates folks. Raechel and I are still busily working away at the edit, and on Thursday night we'll be holding our first review screening of the film's first act with some of the key members of the creative team. More news about that should hopefully be coming later this week. In the meanwhile, let's get back to our retrospective behind the scenes coverage.

Play It Safe - Review of First Assembly

Play It Safe - Review of First Assembly

I am very happy to announce that after more than two and half years we now not only have a film "in the can", but we have a film that can actually be watched!

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Block 07

Play It Safe - Behind The Scenes: Block 07

Back in early February we had what was almost certainly the challenging and intense weekend of shooting of Play It Safe's entire production. The scenes we shot are from the very end of Play It Safe's first act, where (the protagonist) Jamie's band has their final gig. We had a massive amount of coverage to get, there were three different musical acts to film, three dialogue scenes, a buttload of extras to manage, and to make matters worse we were forced to find a new location only two days before the shoot! I can safely say that this weekend was definitely the most stressful one I have ever encountered.

Play It Safe - Quick Update: July 2013

Play It Safe - Quick Update: July 2013

Welp, I'm ashamed to say that this update is very much overdue! A massive amount has happened since my last proper post in December last year, and while I often intended to write updates I've unfortunately found myself much too busy. However, the good news is that I've been busy working hard on Play It Safe! So much so that we wrapped up principle photography in early April, and we are only a couple of weeks away from having our first assembly!

Play It Safe - Video Update #1

Play It Safe - Video Update #1

At long last, it is my great pleasure to show you the very first snippets of footage from Play It Safe!

Allday - Girl In The Sun : Behind The Scenes Video

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So apparently (unbeknownst to me) someone was filming some behind the scenes stuff while we were filming the Girl In The Sun video. Thank you whoever you are!

Check out the mayhem here: