Despite a few technical difficulties plaguing the beginning of Week 2, Fresh Meat: Well Done got off to a great start.
First of all, nice use of the space. Backstage pass, oscars on a table, great lighting and drawn curtains all worked together to set up a nice atmosphere for the seminar. Very clever use of Christian Bale flipping out on set to initiate the audience into the general discussion taking place too.
Choosing to go with a one on one interview structure did seem a bit clunky at first. Without the ability to bounce of one another it did take a little while to really get into the discussion taking place between Corrie and Tom. That being said, Corrie Chen was a great choice of guest. Corrie was really able to hit the middle ground of transition we are all about to undertake and touch on aspects of crowd funding.
Perhaps most interesting was her suggestion of ‘restriction’ being a good thing. As a writer she found that having set parameters enabled her to streamline ideas and focus her writing rather than letting ideas float wildly around. In particular, it was interesting to hear her take on the ABC and the restrictions enforced by them when it comes to creating work for the network.
Second on the billing, Rhys Graham, is on his way to being a film veteran having remained involved with films across 15 years. Rhys was not afraid to tell it how it is and reinforce the idea that you don’t move into the film industry for money, rather, for the love of it. The interaction between guest and host improved here, and Rhys’s candid approach was helpful.
Lastly, Richard Lowenstein. An absolute stalwart of the Australian industry and verified veteran. Most interesting to consume was Richard’s insights into funding and the shift in attainability since the 80’s (no wonder, we all know how Antony I. Ginnane got things made). Richard made particular note of the ease in which we can now make film, a nice counterpoint to the aforementioned insecurity Rhys warned of during his interview. After all, you’ve just got to get out there and make stuff – a hark back to Neil McCart from Week 1 and our discussion about ‘Tourism’ (guerilla) filmmaking.
Overall a very well run ship and informative, entertaining guests. Bar initial technology hiccups the seminar ran smoothly, however considering the immense knowledge base Richard Lowenstein offered I found myself wanting a little more digging into his career and anecdotes.