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Summer Coda_Day 9

Over recent days I’ve been working as stills photographer on the Australian film, Summer Coda, set in and around Mildura, Australia. My role is twofold: to provide specific images for publicity and promotional purposes and to capture behind the scenes images of cast and crew.

I arrived in Mildura at around 8pm on Wednesday evening to a very balmy 38 degrees Celsius. The next day, my first on set, was 43 degrees. Part of the day was spent filming a series of scenes in and around the Mildura Railway Station. An added surprise was to see an old friend, Darryl Smith, who I’d played with in my first band Taxi in the early 80’s, drive a freight train right past me while I was making a few candid shots of actress Rachel Taylor on the station platform. Smithy has been living and driving trains in Mildura for a number of years. We caught up on Saturday afternoon for a chat and a few cleansing ales.

Canon 5D camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/80 second @ f5.6 ISO 100.

The above image is of DOP (Director of Photography), Greg de Marigny, setting up the new Red camera for a scene in front of the Mildura Railway station. Greg, who I’d met prior to commencing work on this project, is an incredibly nice guy. I was very impressed that, despite the extreme heat and dreadfully highly contrast we were working under, he remained completely calm and in control throughout the day. He even found time to chat with me about some aspects of the motion picture industry, with which I have only a tenuous connection. He is a consummate professional, a leader and, most importantly, a team player.  Greg works closely with Director Richard Gray, his camera team and the lighting guys to establish the films specific look.

I was very impressed with the never say die attitude of the caste and crew. Despite trying conditions they simply sucked it up and got on with their jobs. This is a trait I’ve come to expect from my Aussie and Kiwi brothers with whom I’ve worked over the years. While great films are made in this part of the world, economies of scale have determined that the motion picture industry is, compared to the USA or India, relatively small. Maybe its because its so hard to get a film up and running that, when the light finally turns green, its all go and all involved just get on with it and do their job, without fuss, as well as they possibly can. It’s a privilege to work alongside such good folk.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


2 Responses

  1. Hi Glenn,

    Love the sharpness of this pic. How did you compensate for the brightness of the background vs the foreground? Did you use a reflector?


  2. Hi Mike,

    Haven’t been around much during December, thus the late reply. It’s great to receive word from you and i hope you’re doing well.

    I may have used a little fill flash, but certainly remember applying some local dodging and burning on the subject and background to bring the terribly high contrast down to produce a more realistic result.

    Have a great Xmas break.

    All the best,


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