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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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!

Premiere: Allday - Girl In The Sun

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Late last year I directed and shot a fun little video for the one and only Allday Chubbyboy, and at long last the video is now online for you all to enjoy. It premiered last Tuesday on the Triple J Blog and has been doing pretty well so far, racking up more than 15,000 hits in less than a week.

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You can check out the video below, I hope you dig it!

Massive thanks to the whole crew for helping to bring this crazy vision to life. You can check us out hard at work in some behind the scenes pics taken by Mei Ling Wong:

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Play It Safe - MC Jibber Jabber

Play It Safe - MC Jibber Jabber

A while back I cast Melbourne comedian Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall in the role of Jefferson, who is the best friend and housemate of the protagonist Jamie. Al is a very funny guy and working with him has been absolutely hilarious. For the last few weeks I've been working with him on a song that Jeff and Jamie will perform (when drunk one night in their living room) late in the film. I'm totally stoked with how the track is turning out and I can't way to record the final version. I don't want to give away too much info about the song just yet, but for now here are a few photos of Al in action:

Play It Safe - Workshopping With Actors & Reworking The Script

Play It Safe - Workshopping With Actors & Reworking The Script

Over the past month or so I've spent a lot of time workshopping scenes with the actors and then rewriting them with Jack. I first started thinking about using a process like this back in 2007, so it feels really great to be finally giving it a go. The good news is that it works fantastically well! a

Play It Safe - Aims: What Are We Trying To Achieve?

Play It Safe - Aims: What Are We Trying To Achieve?

Over the next few months I'm going to do my best to not only keep you updated with our progress as we begin shooting Play It Safe, but to also fill you in on its development during 2011. The first step in charting our journey must be a discussion of the aims I had when I set out to make Play It Safe.

A Week At Acting School - Part One

A Week At Acting School - Part One

As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent a lot of time last year trying to learn as much as possible about the different aspects of my craft as a filmmaker and director. One idea that I came across again and again was that a director cannot work well with actors unless they have some acting experience. It's a simple idea that I think holds a lot of truth. Would you get up to conduct an orchestra if you had never played an instrument?