2018 - That’s a wrap! by Glenn Dixon

It's difficult to describe 2018 in words, hopefully this video montage featuring some of the projects I’ve created this year goes some way in communicating those felt experiences. It has been a rollercoaster filled with exploration, discovery, challenging work, connection, family time, sickness, death, recovery, deep celebration and love.

This year its been an absolute privilege to create videos with Education Services Australia, Australian Children's Television Foundation, Conduct, VicRoads, Banyule-Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools, Conversant, The Department of Education and Training, HIPPY Australia, Modern Languages Teachers Association of Victoria, Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, Tactica Gear, Safe System Solutions and The Real Leadership Company.

I’ve travelled through Spain, The United Kingdom, Denmark, Greenland and Iceland in pursuit of personal projects and leisure time.

A tremendous thank you to the incredible Diana Fisk and crew behind Alfie's Film. To Sash Fernando and the team at Principle Design, your expertise in conceptualising and executing my new brand identity this year is deeply appreciated.

Lastly and most importantly to my inspirational grandmother Margery Cecil and our beloved greyhound Hayley who passed this year. You are so deeply missed.

I wish everyone a New Year full of love, light and possibility. See you soon!

Profile video: The Real Leadership Company by Glenn Dixon

It's a pleasure to share a profile video I directed, filmed and edited for Saul Wajntraub, founder of The Real Leadership Company. This article is a brief reflection on that process and includes quotes from Saul in italics.

"Showing leadership is a difficult challenge and as a new business creating a ‘real’ image of myself was a task I didn’t know how to face. My challenge was creating an online identify through my company that reflected who I am, what I do and also how I’d like to be seen by potential clients. Glenn’s ability to see a story and then paint a picture made the challenge fun and produced a fantastic result.”

While conceptualising this project we discovered that leadership as a concept is challenging to communicate in a visual and sonic sense. Saul and I had many phone conversations early in the pre-production process discussing his vision, inspirations and aspirations for the work. As Saul has a deep love for and involvement in community cricket, I used this scenario as an analogy to demonstrate his personality and leadership coaching expertise.

The footage was captured across five locations in two half day sessions. The cricket training one afternoon in Pascoe Vale. The interview and Melbourne CBD B-Roll during another morning session later in the week.

In addition to the video production, I captured still photographs for The Real Leadership Company to use in their digital communications. If you are interested, please do check out Saul’s website designed by the talented Xisca Mairata.

"Once people have viewed the welcome video there is a confidence in my capability that takes the conversation to the next step. Glenn’s piece has been brilliantly received for its clarity and cinematography."

Documentary: Netball Australias' Indigenous High Performance Camp by Glenn Dixon

It's my great pleasure to share a short documentary I directed, filmed and edited for Netball Australia. The objective of the video was to communicate the felt experiences of the athletes who attended the Indigenous High Performance Camp and establish why this program is uniquely valuable. This video will be used to promote future programs with the target audience being participants, support staff and sponsors.

In the pre-production process, I worked with Netball Australia to identify seven keywords that all elements of the production should reflect; connection, community, sisterhood, intergenerational, strength, opportunity and joy. Rather than storyboarding this video, I used the keywords and a small selection of pre-determined interview questions to guide the emergent process and story. 

This video won a silver award at the 2018 Australian Video Producer Awards in the documentary (under $10,000) category. Very exciting!

Learning to fly with DJI's Mavic 2 Pro by Glenn Dixon

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A few years ago I remember watching open-mouthed as my uncle flew his drone high above the backyard of his coastal home. While inspired by the image making possibilities I was put off by the setup and calibration time required to get the drone airborne. It simply wasn’t feasible for me to spend that much time preparing the drone for flight while working alone on set. The evolution of drone imaging technology and recent changes in commercial flying regulations in Australia has finally made it feasible to utilise these remarkable tools in my freelance filmmaking projects. 

Now you simply fold out the legs, attach the rotors, connect the remote, dock the smart phone, check your surroundings and take off! I used my Mavic 2 Pro for the first time on a commercial shoot last week in regional Tasmania and I was rolling the first shot within three minutes of arriving on location!

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has introduced a new 'excluded' category allowing you to fly for profit if your drone weighs under 2 kilograms and you abide by the specified safety regulations. They also have a great free smartphone app “Can I fly there?” that plots your location on a map in relation to nearby airports and hazards. It’s an essential tool to plan your flights.

Below are a few early test shots from my practise flights. I’ve included the ungraded D-Log footage in addition to footage captured using the default colour mode. Enjoy.

Technical: I'm yet to find a D-Log to REC.709 LUT to accurately grade the D-Log footage. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Happy and safe flying!

Mini documentary: Visible in ice by Glenn Dixon

Ice is an inspiring photographic subject seemingly infinitive in form, colour, reflectance and textural varieties. Ice also contains evidence of the rapidly changing atmospheric conditions surrounding our planet. The story of our changing climate is visible in the movement and chemical composition of ice. The duality between artistic expression and the science of climate change has ignited a personal journey to discover my role as a world citizen and realise the impact of my actions.

In this mini documentary I juxtaposed visuals of Iceland's Solheim and Vatnajökull glaciers with industrial soundscapes. These sound recordings which depict manufacturing and domestic consumption create a striking effect when presented alongside the idyllic imagery.

Photographs below made by Glenn Dixon in Greenland and Iceland during June 2018.

For a deeper exploration I can highly recommend viewing the Chasing Ice feature documentary by James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey. It's a challenging film and an incredibly important one.