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Julie Pitts -Miles Blow
We met in 1995 at the Queensland University of Technology while doing a three year Visual Arts degree. We were both interested in film and in 1997 we bought some super 8 equipment and started to make films together. "Maudie" and "Shrimper were the two films we did for our graduating work.
We then did a post grad Honours degree in Film and Television Production
Queensland University of Technology, from (1998-2000).
Film and Television didn't like us as much as we did not like it. We found
it limiting and uncreative
compared with our course in Visual Arts.
We worked at the time in the film and arts industries creating prosthetic makup effects, special effects, puppets, tutoring and maintaining an active art's practice with shows, curating etc. to help finance our filmaking
In 2001 an opportunity came about for us to enter into a short film competition The Brisbane International Film Festival's Fast Films Competition we had worked on a couple of friends films for this competition before and we thought lets give it a go. Fast Films is where you have to make a film within a time frame with a symbol that they release and you have to use within the film you create. We had made stop motion puppets before for others but hadn't really thought we would make a stop motion film. We had an idea for a story and about a $200.00 budget so we thought lets just make our actors so we did. We both enjoyed the experience and realized why we were both collectors of stuff as we had lots for the sets. "Gordon" was our first stop motion film it was 5 minutes long took us 30 days to make, The only camera we had was a sony digital 8, we used it and captured the frames straight onto the hardrive using s video into a DC30 capture card.
"Gordon" won that Fast Film Festival.
In 2002 we started to work on another stop motion film called "Waiting". We were trying to get a better image as we had noticed "Gordon" didn't hold up on the big cinema screens. We were looking at digital stills cameras. In 2002 they were just becoming a consumer item but were very expensive. We bought a Canon G2 and worked for about a year trying to get this camera to work. It became our first "digital" nightmare. In 2003 while still trying to make this work fast films came about again. We had bought a Canon XM2 for work. We started a small business Mulesfilm to help fund our films where we transfer super 8 to DVD, vhs to dvd etc) and this time used this camera to capture the frames through firewire into the computer. We adapted a short story that we had thought about for a while called "Rocky".This film taught us a lot about why we do what we do and that it is important for us not to forget that. We combined some live action and live camera which was exciting.
So we come to 2003 where we thought well we still like working together and we really hate the film industry so how can we keep working together and keep creating This is when we had the idea to make a feature stop motion animated film, get it done in a year and we would then be able to set up a film studio and continue making our own films and help others to do the same.
We were talking one day about a dislike for moralistic fairy tales when Hansel and Gretel came up in that conversation. After researching the many versions we came across, we started to twist this tale with what if's etc until we got a story set in the 2020's about a boy and girl who wander off because of a malfunction in their electronics who then get lured by coloured lights down deep underground. Instead of a beautiful glistening gingerbread house enticing them we have a boring mundane caravan which the children can't help but investigate because of the noise and coloured lights.
This was 2003 the beginning of the script and the beginning of "Wombok Forest" .