Posted 3 months ago

Goodbye Tumblr.

We’ll keep our spot here, but for now we’re consolidating and won’t be posting here for the foreseeable future. I know you’ll leave our posts here as an archive won’t you.

There’s good reasons to stay with the creative, exploratory community here on Tumblr, but for now, we’re putting our energy into focusing on what we do best:

Getting quality short films into the hands of life long learners.

We’ll super-charge our ongoing social interactions here:

Twitter for short stuff

Facebook for broader social stuff

YouTube for video stuff

And our site for the core of what we do

Thanks for your great platform, your support, your love :)

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Go well!

Posted 1 year ago

The Dissolve on dissolves: A video essay

Never again should we take this most common transition for granted. Nice work.

Posted 1 year ago

Have an award-winning film under 11mins? Enter now!

Without-a-box door (WAB) entry to the Campfire Film Festival 2014 is now open — join us!

FREE Earlybird entry closes 31 May.

Choose to enter under one of our 9 AWARD Categories:

  • Best Art, Literacy and Media
  • Best Civics, Philosophy & Religion
  • Best Health and Wellbeing
  • Best History, Geography, Economics & Business
  • Best Non-English Language
  • Best Science, Numeracy and Technology
  • Australian Indigenous Award
  • Spirit of Asia Award
  • Sustainability Award

A quick reminder about how Campfire entry works. By joining through WAB, you’re entering your film specifically for the Live Festival Only, in other words, your film does NOT go online and get distributed to schools… but that option is always open to you (before or after you enter).

Sometimes this is the best, no-risk option if your film is a new-release still doing the festival circuit.

If you’re ready to join the collection of films for immediate use in schools, that’s fine too. Jump onto our website and register as a filmmaker.

Looking forward to seeing your work soon!

Posted 1 year ago

Showcase: Silent Night

The lives of six people interlink in a emptying shopping mall on Christmas Eve. Mistaken identities, desperation and good deeds culminate into violence, fear and one turn of good luck. This film has perfect timing, compact but complex mechanisms within such a simple format— a Swiss watch of a narrative!

silent night

Silent Night

This short film by Harrison Norris was inspired by another film, Your Lucky Day, (Brown, 2010) and has been linked to a long tradition of multiple, intersecting narratives in study notes below.

It certainly jogs the mind as to the times people have crossed paths and how much impact we may have over each other.

Dir. Harrison Norris, Australia, 2011. Duration time 09:30 min. 

Teaching Notes to come.

Posted 1 year ago

n1ckFG: Archiving digital media


I think it’s a mistake to think of film in general the same way as a paper book (probably the most rugged mass medium invented so far). It only lasts for a century if you store it in a controlled environment—and that costs money to maintain; it’s really only the very few reels our society values…

Posted 1 year ago
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
Roger Ebert (via vimeo)
Posted 1 year ago

Showcase: The Money Shot

A man starts photographing items to sell on eBay, looking to make some extra cash. He stumbles on what must be the supernatural, uncanny source of unlimited wealth— or is it?

Part of Campfire’s current “The Good Life” festival showcase, The Money Shot reflects on a philosophical mediation on the perception of a ‘good’ or purposeful life:

"The Money Shot alludes to one of the most common disappointments of the human condition: that we never quite reach the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’.”

(You can read more from the film’s writer and director Graham Rathlin on the film’s concept and production here)

The Money Shot is a quirky neat little film that resonates with one of storytelling’s oldest themes: wish fulfillment.

So many stories, from our earliest childhood fairytales to the oldest myths rely on an unexpected turn of events: a fairy godmother, the call to adventure, buried treasure. Like revenge stories, there’s a vicarious pleasure in them. So it’s understandable that these stories connect to part of us that hopes for a change of circumstances to propel us into the story we wish we were living.

Drtr. Graham Rathlin, UK, 2011. Running time 4:24. 

Teaching notes by Nicole James.

Posted 1 year ago

Showcased: Doll Face

Doll Face A spider-like automaton with a porcelain face watches a human woman on a screen, and paints herself to resemble her. Each cosmetic application makes her more and more lifelike, but things start to fall apart.

Dollface still

This creative animation raises possible topics like the influence of the media, identity, the beauty industry and conformity under examination but doesn’t offer much resolve, only more questions and a shattered punchline. What do you think? Is this the consequences of vanity, or is she being punished for reaching too far in a quest to forge a human life?

By Andrew Huang, United States, 2005. Running time 4:14 min.

Posted 1 year ago

Sweet Revenge: Sunrise Surprise

Matthew A. Smith’s wicked little comedic short about a nice lady reaping her hilarious and elaborate revenge on her rude young neighbour whose her all night ragers and constant noise are too much to live with. His heroine seems to know exactly what will drive her neighbour up the wall and set her teeth on edge—and she has herself some fun as well.

Sunrise Surprise still

Who doesn’t relish a juicy, long drawn out revenge plot? From Dangerous Liasons to the prime time drama series, aptly named Revenge, there’s a  vicious, vicarious guilty pleasure watching a well crafted barbed trap being set that audience have always loved. It may not be high minded, but writing stories of revenge is certainly fun as well.

Sunrise Surprise, Smith, Australia, 2011. Running time 6:24 min.


Posted 1 year ago

Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

Zainab, Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, Taylor & Schmidt, 2012

Campfire is supporting the release of Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, a powerful and confronting film about asylum seekers’ journeys. The feature length documentary is screening tonight at Federation Square, and a 10:59 min version is available for viewing on the Campfire site. It’s yet another reminder to me of how important film is as a medium to communicate the lives and circumstances of other human beings in a deep, visceral way that is hard to dismiss.

What about you guys? How powerful and important is film as a way of understanding the world? Does watching a documentary over say, reading a news article or a book change your understanding of information or affect you differently? If you had to use another method of story telling over film,  how would it affect what you wanted to say?


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