After a hot Christmas day, the weather in Melbourne turned stormy with thunder & lightning. The lights went off, I reached for the camera and in my hunt for visual treats came across this work of art inspired by the Arts Centre spire. Well that’s how I saw this curious little spider’s web. The idea to start this new blog for filmmakers came later in the week. It won’t be rambly, promise; but it will be an exploration of the issues I discover as I learn my own way through the web-like maze of the new digital distribution landscape for filmmakers.
TWO BLOGS are BETTER THAN ONE
The Campfire Film Foundation is dedicated to promoting “honest discussion of meaningful issues around quality short films”, so we sit in between the worlds of filmmakers and teachers. The MAIN blog for Campfire, Fire in the Classroom is aimed at teachers. I’m both a film-loving teacher AND an education-loving filmmaker and really wanted to combine the posts of my new blog into one. After much thought, however, I’ve settled on running these blogs separately.
Some of themes I think helpful to cover here will be:
- the value of short
- the education landscape
- distribution stories
- values, meaning, philosophy and spirituality
- log turning (campfire updates, including details about online showcases & features & yearly award festival in May)
- Dear Tahli (letters to a young filmmaker)
We now have a forum for filmmakers on the Campfire site (with a big TO DO item on my list of loading it up with some FAQs at time of writing). But I want THIS blog to become a space for sharing insights on the world of independent short filmmaking. Ideas, questions and tips to help filmmakers beyond the support we can give through the Foundation itself.
Any ideas about topics we could cover? I’m all ears.
Happy New Year to you all!