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S. SHAKTHIDHARAN – CARRIAGEWORKS ASSOCIATE ARTIST BLOG

July 8, 2014

By S. Shatkhidharan

These last few months we have finally gone into production for Rizzy’s Maharajah’s 18th Birthday Party. This artwork combines the experience of attending a cinema screening with attending a live music concert – so it’s a production heavy work.

We shot the film component of the artwork – the equivalent of shooting a feature film – in just 9 (very, very long) days in May. About 50 people came together for the shoot – approximately 20 cast and 30 crew. Professional actors, cinematography and sound were supplemented by an amazing batch of young people from Western Sydney who filled up all the other roles with a professionalism well beyond their years. Here are some images from the final day of our shoot – which showcase a street football scene that opens the film.

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Camera Station

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Costumes and Catering Station

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Aimee Falzon, Production Designer (foreground) and S. Shakthidharan, Co-Writer and Director (background)

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Guido Gonzalez, Co-Writer and Director

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Vincent Tay, Cinematographer

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Our second camera being manned by Adam Mcphilbin, a young filmmaker from our CuriousCreators community group

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Rehearsal

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Shooting

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Shooting

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Shooting

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Shooting

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Cast and Crew

Straight after the shoot, Aimee and I went into Carriageworks to built the musical framework for the show. Over two weeks, we composed the songs and assembled the structure for the work from an audio point of view. Here are some images from our time there:

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Needless to say, it’s been an intense ride!

After a well deserved rest, I am now following a parallel post-production path: editing the film and the music in tandem, so as to prepare for a balanced, audiovisual performance.

I’m really happy with the images and sounds we’ve created thus far, and I can’t wait to share the show with you this October!

Images: Kristina Savic

Book tickets to Rizzy Maharajah’s 18th Birthday

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S. Shakthidharan is the inaugural Carriageworks Associate Artist. Carriageworks will support and collaborate with Shakthidharan over the next three years to undertake a diverse program of professional development and mentorship that will underpin the development of a series of new Australian works. Shakthidharan’s practice focuses on collaboration with some of Australia’s most marginalised communities and the telling of Australian stories from ancient to contemporary migration from South and South East Asia to Australia.