The process diary of film director Glendyn Ivin
Randomly stumbled across these three guys drinking cans of beer by a lake in Canberra, 2012. Wonder what they are up too now?
For years I have been trying to find a simple and secure back-up solution for my film projects and photos. On a friends suggestion I bought a Drobo 5D and it's amazing! I've spent the last few days unarchiving and backing up over 40 000 photos and terabytes of footage that I had stored across multiple hard drives.
During the process I've rediscovered photos and clips I'd totally forgotten about. Perhaps they were forgotten about for a reason, but I might start posting some here.
Thanks Drobo! Seriously one of the better pieces of technology I've bought. I cant quite explain the feeling of watching all those files land safely on my Drobo drive. Each photo backed up felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders.
Here is a film about me in my alternative life where I live in Berlin and spend my time collaborating with friends on improvised masterpieces in my home studio. Sometimes we eat pizza too!
While in L.A I stopped by These Days, a gallery and shop I really only knew via their Instagram from where I'd learnt not only about the artists they show but a little about the history of iconic building, on the corner of Winston Street and Indian Alley deep in the middle of Downtown L.A.
I wandered in and introduced myself to Stephen who runs the gallery along with his wife and miniture dog 'Mac'. One of those awkward moments that starts with "Hi, I follow you on Instagram..." but quickly turns into warm conversation. (Although it was a slightly more awkward when Stephen realised that he also followed ME on instagram but he thought I was a woman! Ha! Not the first time!).
Stephen was more than generous with his time, giving me a tour of the gallery and the history of the building, in particular Indian Alley and the encroaching gentrification of the Downtown area (which was most appropriate as Fugazi played Cashout on the shop stereo). I also browsed through Stephen's highly curated selection of new and secondhand photobooks. I could spent alot more time and alot more money there! Thanks Stephen for taking the time. Looking forward to visiting you and These Days again soon.
I took the above photo waiting for the gallery to open. For many reasons it's one of my favourite shots of late. Strangely when I'm in Australia I shoot 99% with a 50mm and when I'm in the U.S I shoot 99% with a 35mm... maybe it's the bigness that warrants it.
The Beautiful Lie, the series I set up with writer Alice Bell and producers Imogen Banks and John Edwards will air from Sunday the 18th of October at 8:30pm on the ABC.
The Beautiful Lie is a contemporary re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina starring Sarah Snook as Anna. I'm really proud of the series and everybody who worked on the project both on and off screen. In particular it was great to be re-united with writer Alice Bell and director of photography John Brawley whom I worked with extensively in setting up both series of Puberty Blues.
San Fransisco (July 2015)