Andrew Whitehead – Artist profile gets a great audience

The Regional Artist Profiles is a project Next In Line Films is conducting where we make short films about regionally based artists. We share a bit about their story and their practice.

At the end of last year we were fortunate enough to spend time with artist and sculptor Andrew Whitehead. We spent the day with him in his workshop on his farm in the small town of Urana, NSW.

Andrew is a very talented metal sculptor who uses scrap metal to make amazing sculptures any figures. Andrew’s video is currently enjoying one of the largest audiences we have had, over 150,000 views and counting.

Most of the feedback we received from people who watched the video said what they really connected to was Andrew’s passion for what he loved to do. Viewers may not necessarily connect with his art practice but what hooked them was that Andrew found something in his life that he loves to do and that makes him insanely happy. A friend of Next In Line Films animator Phil Henderson said after watching the video “This guy calls a spade a shovel! Brilliant guy” One of the biggest things we learnt by making this video is the importance of story and context and how audiences find connection to a subject. A lot of people watching the video may not have a particular connection to sculpting and this form of artistic practice but as humans we all want to feel happy, useful and have something we do that makes feel fulfilled.

That’s the magic we are all after in being able to find that ‘thing’ in a story that we can all connect with. The magic that takes video from good to brilliant.

 

Check it out here:

Fleurieu Film Festival

Our short film Dirt, directed by Damian Jenkins and written by Ainsley Jenkins was recently accepted into the Fleurieu Film festival. So last weekend we decided to make the trek over to South Australia.

After a very long 10 hour drive we arrived in Adelaide.

 

 Endless driving.

Endless driving.

The festival was held in McLaren Vale just a short drive south of Adelaide.

The theme for the festival was ‘landscapes’ and Dirt fit with the theme quite well.

Dirt was lucky enough to make the finalist list. The other short films that made the list was You and Me, Super Sounds and Daudalogn

So the long drive was worth it – Dirt took home 3 awards; Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Actor!

Best Editor – Olivia Jean

Best Sound – David Freeman

Best Actor – Craig Alexander

 

We had a really fantastic cast and crew on this film who all contributed to make this film.

A big congrats again to Olivia, David and Craig on their awards!

 

 

 

Festival De Cannes

I had the chance this year to attend the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. It was a quite a whirlwind experience but I learned a lot of useful stuff about filmmaking, business and networking. I also devoured a lot of bread and cheese and alcoholic beverages in the Riviera sun. I spent a day of two in Paris solo before I took the train down to Cannes. I just hung out in my hotel and had a little walk around the area trying to get over my jetlag and find some good coffee. Once I stepped off the train in Cannes and found my apartment things became quite hectic in an amazing sort of way. I met some excellent people from all over the world. (I also met some pretentious bores, but you take the good with the bad). I saw some cool films. I had some great conversations with other young filmmakers and some older filmmakers, it was just one big learning experience. My short film 'Dirt' was received well and impressed some people. Hopefully it is the first notch in a great journey. 

- Damian 

Production wrapped on our short film ‘Dirt’ in late December 2013.

We have spent months on post production and are nearing the end of the process. A lot of talented young people between Wagga Wagga and Sydney have helped us out on the film. Once the final cut is locked off and sound and colour all tied up we will be submitting to Film Festivals. It has been quite a journey to get the film made. We had setbacks early on finding a suitable location and then we had to wait for the right time of year for the grass to dry out and the land to have the correct arid feel we needed. Overall all the elements came together like a dream. Once you get the ball rolling on these kinds of projects all the pieces gradually stitch together. I am really looking forward to getting the film in front of audiences. 

 Dirt - Behind the scenes.

Dirt - Behind the scenes.