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Join filmmaker Chris Butel as he interviews filmmakers, photographers and storytellers about their creative process and the different projects that they are working on.

Stories Through The Camera Chris Butel

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Join filmmaker Chris Butel as he interviews filmmakers, photographers and storytellers about their creative process and the different projects that they are working on.

    Episode 14 - Jirga - Director - Benjamin Gilmour

    Episode 14 - Jirga - Director - Benjamin Gilmour

    In Episode 14 of the Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with author and filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour about his new book The Gap and his latest feature film Jirga which has screened in film festivals all over the world and has won multiple awards including the Australian AACTA award for best independent film in 2018.

    The Gap is a memoir about Benjamin’s time working as a paramedic in Sydney during the Summer of 2007 and 2008. It’s an intense look at what happens when emergency services are called.

    Jirga is a film about an Australian soldier who returns to a village in Afghanistan to seek redemption for the killing of an unarmed man during a helicopter raid several years earlier.

    In this episode Benjamin discusses why it has taken over a decade to release The Gap, how his approach to working as a Paramedic has developed throughout his career, how he was able to shoot Jirga with a compact mirrorless camera and how his unique style of filmmaking enabled him to capture such authentic moments in the film.

    You can check out Benjamin’s work at http://benjamingilmour.com and as always if you like this episode you can leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts and don’t forget to subscribe on your favourite podcast app. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy the episode.

    • 56 min
    Episode 13 - Suburban Wildlife - Director / Co-writer - Imogen McCluskey

    Episode 13 - Suburban Wildlife - Director / Co-writer - Imogen McCluskey

    In Episode 13 of The Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with the very talented Writer, Director and Producer Imogen McCluskey who's feature film debut Suburban Wildlife premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019.

    Suburban Wildlife is a film about a close knit group of university graduates who are at a crossroads in their lives and throughout the film they are forced to face themselves and wrestle with some harsh truths in order to find their way forward.

    In this episode Imogen chats about how she was able to shoot the film for just $4,000 during her summer break at film school, the importance of having a collaborative relationship with her cinematographer and how she was able to create believable, lived in performances with her actors.

    To find out more info about the film visit: www.suburbanwildlifefilm.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 12 - Reaching Distance - Director - David Fairhurst

    Episode 12 - Reaching Distance - Director - David Fairhurst

    In episode 12 of the Stories Through the Camera podcast, Chris chats to the the very talented writer and director David Fairhurst about his feature film debut Reaching Distance.

    Reaching Distance is a film about a guy with a photographic memory who follows his sister's killer onto a night-rider bus. During this journey the line between the past and present begins to blur as he realises he has a complex past with more than than just the one passenger on the bus.

    In this episode David and Chris chat about why he decided to set his first feature film on a Bus, how he sought to get the film financed in innovative ways, why independent filmmakers should allocate a significant portion of their budget on getting a high quality poster and trailer made and why David used the sound design of a crowd of penguins in the offical trailer.

    If you’d like to watch he film you can go to reachingdistance.com and facebook.com/reachingdistance/ to check out screening and festival dates.

    If you like this episode you can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcasting app. While you’re there why not leave a rating and review.

    You can listen to all previous episodes of the podcast at storiesthroughthecamera.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 11 - Frisky - Director & Actor - Claudia Pickering

    Episode 11 - Frisky - Director & Actor - Claudia Pickering

    In Episode 11 of The Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with the multi talented writer, director, actor, producer and film festival organiser Claudia Pickering.

    In this episode Claudia discusses how she got two indie feature films made whilst living in the USA, how she got legendary actor Danny Trejo to be in a music video with her and how she financed her second feature film with the prize money from a 6 second vine video.

    Check out what Claudia is up to by following her on social media and by checking out her website at http://www.pickclaud.com/#reel

    If you like this episode feel free to leave a rating and review on iTunes.Listen to other episodes of the podcast at www.storiesthroughthecamera.com/podcast

    • 55 min
    Episode 10 - That's Not Me - Filmmakers - Alice Foulcher & Gregory Erdstein

    Episode 10 - That's Not Me - Filmmakers - Alice Foulcher & Gregory Erdstein

    In Episode 10 of the Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein, the filmmakers behind the very successful independent Australian comedy “That’s not me”.

    In this episode Alice and Gregory chat about how they made their film on a budget of just $60,000, how a mural of Matthew Mconaughey was later put into the film and how spending a year in Paris helped their writing process.

    That’s not me has been screened at MIIF, Sydney film festival and Rain dance and is now available on iTunes and JB Hi Fi.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Sticher or wherever you get your podcasts from and don’t forget to leave a rating and review.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 9 - As Worlds Divide - Documentary Filmmaker - Rob Henry

    Episode 9 - As Worlds Divide - Documentary Filmmaker - Rob Henry

    Episode 9 of The Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris sits down to chat with filmmaker Rob Henry who spent the better part of 8 years living with the Mentawai people, an indigenous culture located on a tropical island off main land Indonesia.

    The film is called "As Worlds Divide" and you can go and buy it right now at asworldsdevide.com for only $10.00. All the proceeds of the film are going to support the Mentawai people who are slowly loosing their culture and are being impoverished due to the pressures of globalisation and the tearing down of the rainforests.

    In this episode we chat about why Rob left his job in Melbourne to go in search for a more sustainable way of life, how Rob learnt to live off the land and what he has learnt throughout this whole journey.

    Don’t forget to rate and review this podcast on iTunes and check out the episodes show notes at www.storiesthroughthecamera.com.

    Hope you enjoy the episode!

    • 1 hr 7 min

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