Theatre @ The V & Rare Vid

Photo shoot today in Studio V. Serious setup. Makeup artist, model, setup crew. Road works going on right to the front door, everybody maneuvering around red tape, signs & witches hats to get in this morning. Tomorrow, Lauren Hopley begins theatre rehearsals for her production, 3 times this week & several more dates through to mid December.

Here’s some rare footage taken at Beijing’s Midi festival a few years back. Covered in dust on stage.

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This Week At The V

Week’s ramping up in Studio V. Last night Phill Scanlon Productions held another audition session til late – was pretty intense, actors bringing some loud emotional reads. Morning and afternoon bookings for Saturday, theatre rehearsals Sunday, photo shoot Monday. Been working in a mate’s engineering factory during the days, graphic art at night. Lot going on. Still putting song bits down mostly on iphone. Hundreds but nothing structured as yet…

The Normal Heart
Auditions for the above show last night at Studio V – click for tix and details.

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Thee Oh Sees

Awesome band exploding my brain the past few weeks – California’s Thee Oh Sees. Hit play for the full album, Mutilator Defeated At Last (released May this year).

Last night Phill Scanlon Productions held auditions in Studio V for their upcoming theatre show, The Normal Heart. Re-arranged the studio to make an actors waiting room, production table & lighting on stage. The guys had a great night testing some awesome local talent. They’re back next week for more.

Auditon Space
Setup for last night’s auditions in Studio V.

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Video Shoot At The V

Music Video Shoot in the venue space today (Studio V). They’ve been at it 3 days so far – probably winding up tonight.

Music Video Shoot-07Nov15-WR

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Studio V Ramps Up, Melbourne Cup

Busy week kicked off in Studio V yesterday with a couple of actors doing a screen test. Today & tomorrow ‘The Proof Studio’ have a photo shoot, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday ‘Eighty Sixed Ent’ are shooting a music video. Friday’s still free, which will work well – people coming throughout the day to view the space for potential bookings.

Pic – Melbourne Cup by

Tomorrow, we’ll gather at Stalk & Kim’s for the usual Melbourne Cup Day institution (Kim’s favourite & most anticipated day of the year). I know nothing about horse racing – so I’m not even remotely across the field. No doubt we’ll all be swept up in the excitement of ‘the race that stops the nation’ when the clock strikes 3 pm.

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Auditions in Studio V

Getting some cool, interesting bookings for Studio V. Got an indie theatre company coming in the week after next to hold auditions from 7pm til 10:30. We’ll partition part of the room as a waiting area for nervous actors. They’ll step around the partition, walk past the casting table where the production crew sit & jump up on stage, under lights to audition. Then off, through the front curtain & out the front door. ‘Next!’ Looking forward to it – curious but need to also make myself scarce while it’s all going on.

Photog Setup 4-WR
Studio V, photo kit setup.

Thursday, a photographer’s coming in to shoot for 2 or 3 days. Monday & Cup Day, another photographer – she’s digging the old stairwell so the shoot might move into that area for a bit.

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Studio V

First phase of the venue room went live last week. We’re calling it Studio V – hiring out short term for photo shoots, rehearsals, performance, exhibitions, meetings, work-shops, studio use, theatre set-building etc. Check the Studio V page for pics & more info.

Pano Venue View-5

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Hawks Kill It – AFL Grand Final 2015

Beers Thursday night with Lachy next door & we decided to throw a last minute Grand Final day party at his bar. 24 hours to get organised. Posters designed & printed by Friday afternoon, up on the bar front windows by sunset. Borrowed a TV from Rick (neighbour across the street). TC rolled up with a long aerial cable & we hooked into one of our TV points over the fence. Facebook notification late night & people started rolling in midday Saturday.

GF Party 2015
Sandy gives thumbs up as Mat serenades post game.

The game was actually an anti-climactic fizzer . Hawthorn just too good and West Coast surprisingly overawed by the occasion right from the start. By quarter time it was pretty much all over, and just got worse from there, the mighty Hawks running away with their 3rd AFL Premiership in a row. And that’s a wrap for 2015’s epic season, Hawthorn cementing their place in history as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Now it’s time to get excited about cricket. I’ve never found that an easy task.

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Hawks V Eagles AFL Grand Final 2015

Hawks and Eagles through to this year’s AFL Grand Final. It’ll be a week of footy craziness in Melbourne, with a public holiday Friday in honour of Saturday’s game at The G. Should be a tough, tight encounter. West Coast got up over a gallant North Melbourne Saturday night in Perth. For the first half, I thought the Roos might just pull off a miracle. But the Eagles found enough momentum by the final quarter to seal it. The Hawks were too good for minor-premiers Freo on Friday night for a 27 point win. Both prelim finals were great games, desperate and hard fought. One more game for the year – hard to believe we’re here already. Looking forward to a big Saturday.

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Pointy End of AFL Season Arrives

Another big weekend working on the venue space & building in general. 2 AFL finals played Friday & Saturday evening. Saw the Hawks v Crows game at a mate’s footy club reunion on Friday at the infamous Bakers Arms. Regular locals allowed to join the party & eat classic footy finger-food (cheese & cabana, bight-size sangas & chips). The Hawks destroyed Adelaide in a 74 point belting. Not hard for a Bulldog supporter to watch given our game the week before against the Crows. So it’s off to Perth for Hawthorn this weekend in an epic preliminary final clash against Fremantle. The winner books a place in the grand final the following weekend. North Melbourne, the big surprise this finals series – and the first team ever to make the final 4 from 8th on the ladder, will also travel west after beating Sydney in a thriller, to play an all-conquering West Coast. We’re quietly hoping (as Victorians), one of our local sides makes it to the big one.

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  • Monday - Photo shoot, Anna Devine
    Tuesday - Indie theatre rehearsal, Lauren Hopley
    Wednesday - Indie theatre rehearsal, Lauren Hopley
    Friday - Indie theatre rehearsal, Lauren Hopley
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