THE MAKING OF #INDEPENDENTSDAY
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Artisan Films (Aust) Pty Ltd were engaged to produce the #IndependentsDay video on
Producer for Artisan: Bronte Howell
Director/Cinematographer & editor: Karl von Möller
Sound: Jeremy Shaw
Day 1 - Melbourne
The production crew (Karl and Jeremy) arrived early to Oliver Yates offices in Kooyong, to be greeted by Darth Vader with a sign reminiscent of the words spoken by Scott Morrison the day he decided to bring a lump of brown coal into Parliament. Oliver Yates would be the very first of the fifteen independent candidates who’d recently agreed to film a video sequence that outlined the importance of their autonomy and yet highlighted the power of their openness for collaboration.
Oliver Yates and his team had chosen to film his lines at the Old Hawthorn oval, and despite the overcast Melbourne Day, managed to record his lines and capture some real life interactions with local business people that, would remain a constant feature in the production, despite not being considered in the original video concept.
After a brief lunch, Jeremy and Karl made their way to Flinders to film Julia Banks, former Liberal MP, who is currently running as an Independent for the seat of Flinders.
After filming Julia on the beach, the crew followed her on the streets of Melbourne and captured her interactions with the public, as they had just done with Oliver. It was at this point that Karl knew that the B-roll would become an integral inclusion to the story told in the video.
Day 2 - MALLEE
Day two of filming started at 7.00am as Karl and Jeremy embarked on a 4hr epic journey to Brim. During parts of the drive Jeremy was driving so that Karl was free to exchange messages with Charlie Caruso, who on behalf of No Fibs, was helping Karl to firm up the filming schedule with the fifteen very busy candidates, in a very short period of time.
The incredible backdrop of the Silo Art Trail, of which Ray led the development of during his time as Mayor of Yarriambaick Shire Council.
The Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, stretching over 200 kilometres, linking Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
The trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s. The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.
The Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2016 after the success of the first silo artwork in Brim. What started as a small community project by the Brim Active Community Group, GrainCorp, Juddy Roller and artist, Guido van Helten resulted in widespread international media attention and an influx of visitors to the region and the idea for a trail was born.
The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.
Day 3 - ADELAIDE
It was a rather bumpy start to the third day of filming .
Charlie (who lives in Perth) missed a 4am phone call but awoke to a message from Karl
Luckily the crew managed to catch the plan to Adelaide without further incident and after several attempts secured the ultimate filming location outside the German Arms.
Day 4 - Albury
Karl and Jeremy set off for Noreuil Park Foreshore to meet Kevin Mack and his campaign manager at the River Deck cafe before they walked to the foreshore midday on the fourth day of filming.
It was a beautiful Autumn day (perfect for filming), and despite struggling with a few noise issues, the crew were able to capture Kevin Mack’s lines on the side of the Murray (of which features prominently in the final cut of the video).
Day 5 - Canberra + Southern Tablelands
Day five of filming began with another early morning flight for the crew, who touched down in Canberra just before 8am with plans to meeting ACT independent Senate candidate, Anthony Pesec at 930am.
The crew took some time trying to decide on the best location to film Anthonys lines, deciding on Mount Ainslie after acknowledging that permissions would be required to film right outside Parliament House.
Despite being slightly late, Anthony Pesec impressed the crew with his line delivery and good character. After filming wrapped up they managed to inform Huw Kingston (the next candidate on the days schedule) of their delay and had lunch on the run so delays with Huw was kept to a minimum.
With their lunch orders in hand, Karl and Jeremy embarked on the 90 minute drive up Federal Hwy to meet Huw Kingston, independent candidate for Hume, at the Crookwell Wind Farm viewing platform for 230pm.
After filming with Huw, the crew continued their journey to Double Bay where they checked into the hotel for the night (and snuck in some edits before they went to bed, and responded to message bombs from Charlie).
Day 6 - Sydney
Day six the crew began their morning in Sydney and managed to capture some picturesque views of the harbour.
First stop of the day was Double Bay Wharf to film Dr Kerryn Phelps who after being elected to the seat of Wentworth after Malcolm Turnbull’s sudden departure, is once again running as an independent candidate, with hopes to continue to represent the people of Wentworth.
Next stop was across the Harbour to capture footage of independent candidate for Warringah, Zali Steggall, who amongst other accomplishments, is also a former Australian olympian.
Day 7 - Greater Sydney
Another early start for the crew on the seventh day of filming for the #IndependentsDay video, which started at 7am at Dee Why Beach where Karl and Jeremy met Alice Thompson, who is the independent candidate for Mackellar, who previously acted as the Infrastructure advisor to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
After wrapping up with Alice Thompson, the crew hoped in the car for a 90 minute drive to Gosford to film Father Rod Bower, NSW Senate candidate for ICAN Independent Candidates for Climate Action Now, who is more commonly known as “the billboard priest from Gosford”.
The crew filmed Rod Bowers lines on the waterfront in Gosford before following him into the heart of the Gosford town centre where they were able to capture footage of him interacting with the community, and walking behind the Church sign he has made famous.