The client already had a wonderful character in mind, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a renowned local indigenous artist and Redlands Coast ambassador. After talking to Delvene and learning more about her, we agreed that she would be an excellent fit for the project!
Rather than write a script, we decided an interview would provide a more emotional tone that we wanted to achieve in this story. During the sound recording session, Director Matt Raimondo focused on questions that provoked heartfelt responses while diving deep into Delvene’s connection to the country and culture.
Locations & Scheduling
After the interview, we had a good feel for the direction and possible locations for Delvene’s story; however, we also had to balance this with other essential locations significant to the client that showcased more of the region. We had three days to shoot the whole story and decided to split half the time between Delvene’s unique places and half on other destination highlights.
We recceed as many of the proposed locations as possible to help make essential decisions on scheduling and understanding the best natural light in each place.
Once we agreed on all the locations, we discussed the best filming schedule to ensure we were at all the places at the best time of day with the best natural light!
Although Delvene would be the main feature of the story, we also needed to include other people in the film. To stay within budget, the client sourced the extras through their network of Redlands Coast locals. All the extra’s featured in the campaign are everyday people, not actors!
Rather than be locked into restrictive and time-consuming storyboards, Director Matt Raimondo and Cinematographer Caleb Ware worked together to gather visual references, develop mood boards and create a shot list that would inspire the decision making on the shoot. We also left ourselves plenty of freedom to be creative and flexible on the day and go with any challenges that may arise.
Final bookings and call sheets
After a couple of weeks of pre-production, the schedule confirmed, and all the bookings made, it was finally time to start filming!