Greg Punch. Information designer and producer of quality training, educational and promotional projects - video, print, multimedia.
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updated January 2017
More movie reviews!
BETWEEN THE CRACKS, is a movie review site that reaches beyond the confines of a 90 second slot on ‘Good Morning Wagga Wagga’, or a prescribed five-and-a-half centimetre column length - there’s space and time for a bit more detail.
After an extended break (pet projects, other things got in the way... you know the story), the show started rolling again as of mid 2016.
The reviews cover indi, art house and some “unpolished gems”, highlighting movies that have passed right on by the radar of a lot of people and just didn’t find the audience they deserve.
"So why are you doing this, Greg?" - That's a question I've been hearing quite a lot. Simple answer is, "It's a commitment to myself to turn out a regular series of videos, on schedule, on budget, and to consistent standards."
Finding that balance between information and entertainment has been tricky and is still evolving, plus taming the presenter’s innate flippancy as he drops non PC comments in all the wrong places, but that’s inevitable with a confirmed nutter as the host (yes, I'm the host).
the new Majestic
A ten minute video documentary on one of the most unusual adaptive reuse architectural projects ever undertaken in Sydney.
The challenge was turing a disused 1921 theatre / cinema / roller rink into a residential and retail complex, entirely within the shell of the existing building.
I discovered a favourite haunt from my youth, the Majestic Roller Rink in Petersham, Sydney, was about to undergo this once in a lifetime transformation.
It was too good an opportunity to miss as nearly nine decades of paint, dirt and superficial redecorations were to be peeled away to bare brick.
I grabbed my camera, a hard hat and gained permission from the developers to undertake a step-by-step documentation, in stills and video
18 months later, the result was a detailed 28 minute documentary (for the hard core architicture and theatre history buffs) plus this trinned down, ten minute public edition.
four community cinemas
A ten minute documentary, "Not The Last Picture Show" is about volunteer run community cinemas and film clubs in country towns.
It's now being distributed via the Australian Council of Film Societies, sharing the story with small communities scattered across the country.
children's film for third international festival
A two minute film. "Footprints", created in association with the students and staff of Bourke Street Public School in Surry Hills, Sydney, has screened at the REEL KIDS International Children's Film Festival in Ontario, Canada.
Previously the film also screened at both the Los Angeles and San Francisco International Children's Film Festivals.
"Footprints", was one of eighteen short films I helped create over a three year period, building on the skills of the same students year by year.
The film does not try to explain a concept but rather open it up for discussion with a question - "What is a carbon footprint?"
The ideas in the film emerged from a student think tank about environmental issues, and how to explain those issues to children aged 8-11, mainly through the use of video.
capturing the essence of a Greek Cafe & a 75 year old theatre
"Peter's" is a classic 1930's cafe in the tiny northern NSW town of Bingara. It is typical of the cafes created and operated by industrious immigrants from Greece in the first half of the 20th century. The cafe is directly integrated with the Roxy thatre, a beautifully preserved, small town, art deco delight.
"Peter's" has been restored to reflect the period 1936 to 1950. New furnishings have been painstakingly reproduced to match the surviving elements and classic cafe fittings, some from other similar buildings in nearby towns, have been incorporated into the 'time warp' interior. Stepping through the front doors you believe you had just been transported back 60 or 70 years.
Above is the link to a short video postcard incorporating both venues and a street party of plate breaking proportions!
six arts videos for ACARA
As director, cameraman and editor, I recently completed a series of three minute information videos for ACARA, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
The videos are aimed at school teachers, serving as an introduction to the new National Curriculum in the Arts.
Five of the videos look at specific subject areas - Music, Media Arts, Fine Arts, Drama and Dance - plus an overview video explains the philosophy behind the new curriculum.
Filming involved teenagers in drama classes; fine art activities with primary aged students and a five camera coverage of a rehearsal of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
All the videos will be added to ACARAs web site later in the year.
26 University videos delivered
Eighteen months in the making (it was a stop / start process) were 26 promotional videos for the University of Western Sydney.
The videos run between 90 seconds and four minutes and look at various aspects of the School of Education.
tell of their experiences, illustrated with students, teachers and researchers
involved in activities both within and beyond the University.
"Lives Not Still" - three short comedies
A triptych of misadventure could be a handle to collectively describe "Get a Life Coach", "Dog on a Leash" and "Wide Open" - three short comedy films written by Michael Neaylon and directed myself.
All three films screened at the SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL in South Australia and have also been shown at CAUGHT OUT and NEWTOWN FLICKS in Sydney.
Two of the films were finalists in the SHEPPARTON SHORTS Film Festival and have screened at other festivals around Australia.
film collection #2 for release
The second collection of Australian Short films from Newtown Flicks is now available. It contains 13 diverse films, all award winners and audience favourites from past festivals.
I was involved in selecting the films along with the festival Director, then designing and coordinating the packaging and duplication process.
The first collection has been distributed to around 30 small communities across the country. Much of this was possible through a deal struck with the Australian Council of Film Societies, linking with their extensive network.
A special trimmed down selection will also be distributed to fifty more towns through a special arrangement with Country Energy and Mojo Events, using the films as charity fundraisers to benefit the immediate communities in which they screen. Mojo and Country Energy have been enormously supportive in helping the films reach smaller communities who do not have access to mainstream (let alone alternative) cinema.
Thanks again to the film makers who provided their short films for inclusion in this valuable project.
More information via the Newtown Flicks web site.