Project News September-October

Only three more weeks to go as we hurtle towards the film launch date of 8 November 2015.

The venue is booked, the event is planned, and the invitations are out. We have a name for the film. It’s called ‘The Last Goodbye’. Want to come? RSVP at http://made.org/whats-on/memories-of-war-launch/ .

Meanwhile, posts continue to be made to the Gold Museum ‘Memories of War’ http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/category/memories-of-war/ blog. Are you interested in contributing? Please do! http://mow.windsky.com.au/writers/

Here is the report for September and the first half of October 2015.

David Waldron's Mystery Airship Panics article was very popular on social media. Illustration from The Globe, Sydney, 8 March 1913.

David Waldron’s Mystery Airship Panics article was very popular on social media. Illustration from The Globe, Sydney, 8 March 1913.

Blog Production

Three more posts by students and staff of Federation University Australia were posted on the Gold Museum blog.

Federation University Australia historian Dr David Waldron (who has also been our Memories of War project liaison at FedUni) contributed an interesting post about airship panics in the WW1 era. This was very popular on social media, getting lots of posts and shares:

http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/australias-mystery-airship-panics-of-1900-1918/

History student Dannii Roberts wrote a biography of WW1 veteran Horace Clyde Martyr http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/horace-clyde-martyr/

And Professor Ian Clark, the a well respected historian at the tourism faculty of Federation University Australia contributed a biography of Louis William Gordon Buchner-Malcolm http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/from-katoomba-to-ballarat-to-france-and-west-africa/

 

Film Production

Work on the film moved into post-production in September with a locked edit coming together (not without a few anxious moments). Once the film was locked the team at Wind & Sky could start assembling final images and content.

The film has involved a lot of green screen work and much of the post-production has been in replacing out the green background with other more interesting images and blending the speakers into the new background.

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Jary Nemo films a country scene at Clarks Hill, near Dean. Photograph by Lucinda Horrocks.

Jary and Lucinda also found a day to capture the outstanding B-Roll footage without the chilly drizzle that characterised so much of August (difficult to believe as it is now). They captured some very special shots of Ballarat and surrounding country towns.

The soundscape of the film continues to reward us. The contribution of songs performed by graduating students of the Arts Academy, arranged by Nathan Gilkes and directed by Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives of Present Tense Ensemble make the story very moving indeed.

You wait until you hear the songs.

Event planning

Christmas the studio cat looks on as writer Robert Lewis's interview is edited in post-production. Photograph by Lucinda Horrocks.

Christmas the studio cat looks on as writer Robert Lewis’s interview is edited in post-production. Photograph by Lucinda Horrocks.

The RSL is hosting a special event for the first screening of the film at M.A.D.E Ballarat. Invitations went out in the first week of October. If you didn’t get an invite you can still make a booking online by visiting http://made.org/whats-on/memories-of-war-launch/

 

Coming up in October

 

  • Student contributions for the Gold Museum blog will continue to be posted.
  • The film will be output in final format ready for the November 8 screening.
  • RSVPs for the screening event are active until 23 October.

 

Student Contributions

Students at Federation University Australia are invited to contribute writing, research, performances or creative content for a specially developed blog hosted by the Gold Museum on Ballarat’s World War One experience.

We've come up with a name - 'The Last Goodbye'

We’ve come up with a name – ‘The Last Goodbye’

The content students produce, if selected, will be published on the blog as a community resource to help the people of Ballarat commemorate World War One.

The research students undertake to develop content will also inform a documentary film to be produced about the WW1 experience in Ballarat.

Student contributions are now active and will be until the end of 2015.

If you are a student with digital content ready to go or which you intend to produce, we are now accepting submissions.

For more information visit http://mow.windsky.com.au/students/

Feel free to share this link if you know someone connected to FedUni who might be interested in being involved.

 

About the Project

The invitations are printed and were sent in the first week of October.

The invitations are printed and were sent in the first week of October.

The Memories of War project commemorates the centenary of WW1 in Ballarat and connects young people today to events that took place a hundred years ago. Students from Federation University Australia will discover and tell the stories of Ballarat people affected by the Great War. They will share their stories on the Ballarat Gold Museum Blog and in a series of local events held in 2015. A documentary film based on the research findings will be produced by Wind & Sky Productions in 2015 and screened at a dedicated event at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.

The Memories of War Film and Research Project is funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program.

The project is a collaboration between the Ballarat RSL, Federation University Australia, the Ballarat Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions.

More information about the project can be found on the Home page and the About page.

You can subscribe to get news on the Memories of War project by email. An unsubscribe link will be provided in all emails so you can opt out at anytime.

 

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