Benjamin Fleming

Case Study

48hr Film Challenge •Audience Choice Award Winner

Dead Actually

48 Hour Film Challenge 2021 - Adelaide

 

From the initial concept to the final delivery in 48 hours, this was both a marathon and a sprint!

None of the crew had worked together before, so it was a huge learning experience for all involved.

My role during production was to ensure I had enough 'live' sound for the edit, as there was no time for re-records.

Post production happened overnight after a long day filming, speeding through the assembly cut, rough cut, and by morning getting to the first cut stage. Then after the director gave her feedback, it was back to the final cut. Colour was graded by Dom Legg, while I managed the audio mix.

We managed to submit with time to spare, and went on to win the Audience Choice Award for our efforts. A great experience and final result.

Case Study

Department of Environment and Water

The Science and the Citizens of the Coorong

National Science Week Documentary, Official Selection 'SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2021'

 

This video project was comissioned by the Department of Environment (SA) to showcase the citizen scientists working on the Coorong.

Originally for National Science Week, this film went on to be selected to play at the SCINEMA International Film Festival run by RIAUS.

Production was over two days in the Coorong National Park, speaking to volunteers and staff, as well as collecting b-roll of the area (both on the ground and in the air). Then a third half day was organised to pick up some further interviews and record the main voice over with Uncle Derek, the Elder of the region.

Post production took about a week, from ingest and transcription of the interviews, to delivery of the final cut for approval. We had many hours of interviews shot, so whittling them down into a functional narrative whilst respecting the local politics and outlooks took the majority of the time.

Once ready, I did the colour grade, titles and audio mix and delivered in various formats and languages for use by the government both online and in stakeholder meetings and presentations to scientists.

 

 

Case Study

Nunga Screen Film Festival 2021

Keep Yarning Strong

Short Aboriginal Culture Documentary

 

I was brought in as editor only on this project after the shoot had wrapped. The footage was supplied with an outline story, which I used as a template to craft the video.

Coming in at a later stage of the process gave me objectivity which was invaluble during the editing process, allowing me to see what was actually shot, rather than what was intended to be seen (this is often a really useful point - having an editor whos eyes are 'fresh' to the material can really help both the director and the editor find the heart of the story in the material).

All the interviews were transcribed to ensure that both I and the director were on the same track and referring to the same sections.

The post process on this was about a week long. Much of the footage was shot with varying frame rates and shutter speeds (the camera operators were the directors, so the footage capture wasn't their main skill), so a fair amount of polish and fixing had to be done to the images and audio.

However, I think that the 'raw' feeling of the piece works for the story being told, and it's told with such passion that the technical is a very distant second to the heart the story has.

This film went on to be screened at the Nunga Screen Film Festival at multiple regional cinemas across South Australia.

 

 

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If you're interested in hearing more about any of these recent projects, let me know. I'm always keen to chat about my work! If you think you've got a great project we can work on together then I'd also love to hear from you!

More of my recent work can be seen on my Portfolio page and on my Youtube channel.

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