Documentary: Art from the Margins

Angel

In recent times a new community of artists has formed from the margins of society. Under the guidance of a handful of dedicated community groups, a diverse range of challenged individuals are finding a voice through painting and sculpture. These are people who would otherwise find it difficult or near-impossible to communicate how they feel, who they are, where they’ve been and what they dream of becoming. Despite personal and social barriers of disability, mental illness, disadvantage, social isolation, race and trauma, exciting new art is being created – and exhibited to the rest of society.

Midway through 2012, Graetzmedia were approached by a not-for-profit arm of the Wesley Mission called Art From The Margins. This organisation works to support and promote the work of artists from marginalised backgrounds through training and exhibitions. Since 2008 they have held a major exhibition and awards ceremony as part of the annual Brisbane Festival. They had recently received a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation for the promotion of their activities and offered us a portion of the grant to produce a 3-5minute corporate promo.

As we began to hear the stories of the incredible individuals they worked with, it quickly became apparent that this was worthy of something more than a simple promo. We offered to produce a 20-30 minute documentary piece by donating the majority of the crew, equipment and post-production required. What resulted was a 24 minute film that played at a small gathering of the artists and their families, and is now being shared with the world.

Ball Park Music – “Bad Taste Blues, Pt. 2″

Pantsplosion

While brainstorming Bad Taste Blues Part II out loud in the car one day, my beautiful wife said, “what if the band are villains that try to do evil but can only do good?”
… and we were off to the races.

From there the Graetzmedia team swung into action. I fleshed out the concepts and created my legendary invisible storyboards (I can’t draw okay), Ben pulled together talent, costumes and locations on a shoestring and a prayer, while Jaymis ably accepted another random challenge, creating a belt that could be wirelessly popped open by remote control – because.

Ejector Pants

In a series of brief and surprisingly relaxed shoots with a harmonious albeit skeletal crew, the ideas came to life thanks to the always engrossing performances of the Ball Park Musics (in particular one Samuel Cromack who’s vaudevillean acting chops are beginning to threaten his day job as rock star), and the freshman appearance of Luke Constable who nailed my ‘stoked but naive’ brief on the first take and then proceeded to fearlessly execute a series of unrehearsed tumbles onto a crash mat thinner than Ghandhi’s bedroll.

Pantsplosion

Then the files went into the ‘puter and with a single swipe of the saturation slider the world was bathed in monochromatic shades, leaving the piece to be carried only by the strength of performance, concept, aaand…I want to say framing??

Sam Saw

Our fellow crims at IVmotion helped salvage our feeble compositing efforts, bringing credibility to the blockbuster underderps brand Bropants that came to me in a moment of cranial flatulence, and the clip wath done.

Berl Perk Merblerk

It’s awful nice to work with a band game to venture into the ridiculous with gusto. If I’d gone to them and said, “so you wear your underpants on the outside, someone rubs their fake nipple, you all look really awkward and a dude’s pants fall down by magic…oh and there’s no colour” they may not have gone for it. But now that I think of it the pitch didn’t have THAT much more meat on it…

- Dan Graetz

Credits

Written & Directed by: Dan Graetz
Producer: Benjamin Evans
Technologist/B-camera: Jaymis Loveday
DP/Editor/Colorist: Dan Graetz
Make-up: Renae Michel
Camera asst: Brian Loewe
Camera asst: Kieran Harris
Production asst: Josh Logan

Cast

The Guy: Luke Constable
The Villain: Sam Cromack
Band: Ball Park Music
Air Hostess 1: Amie Jenkinson
Air Hostess 2: Katrina Mathews
Airt Hostess 3: Georgia Yovich
Air Hostes 3: Rhian Thomas
Bus Stop Talent Scout: Steph King
Bus Stop Mope 1: Jaymis Loveday
Bus Stop Mope 2: Josh Logan