Tunnels Locations -----------------------------------------------
Much of the story of Beneath Hill 60 is set 30 metres underground - in the claustrophobic tunnels dug deep below the trenches in the First World War.
When it comes to filming, it is logistically impossible and highly dangerous of course, for us to film the actors underground.
Our Art Department and construction crew need to build and recreate the tunnels above ground, in a quiet, pitch black enclosed area - like in a huge industrial shed.
There are many factors to consider when finding the appropriate shed - will there be traffic noise? Can we black out the windows? How do we black out the windows? And of course, size considerations. We need to build life-size earthen / wooden plank tunnel sets with enough room for the actors, the Director, the camera crew and equipment, lighting crew and equipment, sound crew and equipment, gaffers, grips, Production Crew, Heads of Department and the myriad of Costume, Set, Art Department, electrical and construction crew members - and safety officers. As well as the safety restricted areas when the tunnels are made to be waterlogged and muddy. We need a lot of space!
We are thrilled to have concluded a deal for the sheds to build our tunnel sets - withBrad Webb and his Food Relief NQ charity in Townsville.
Peter has illustrated over twenty books, hundreds of poems and stories and storyboarded for both the animation and live-action worlds for over twenty years. He started with Hanna Barbera designing layouts for such classics as Top Cat and Scooby Doo went on to win three FACTS awards in the advertising industry, gained a diploma in acting from Hayes Gordon's Ensemble Studios and has been nominated twice for a Walkley Award for his newspaper illustrations. In 2006 won the ACA's Best General Illustrator and the CBCA Honour Book Prize and last year one of his paintings was chosen to hang in the Blake Prize. Currently he is storyboarding the feature film Beneath Hill 60 and the animated TV series Dogstar.
Peter's website is www.petersheehan.com
We are thrilled to have Peter working with us on Beneath Hill 60. He's been working closely with Director, Jeremy Sims (below). His storyboards enable the ideas of the creative team to come to life visually.
Storyboarding is a valuable tool for everyone involved in the Production as it is used to unify everyone's creative vision. The Creative team can gain a better understanding of the creative goals of a scene or sequence and it maps out a clear flow for shooting and editing choices.
The cinematographer's creative input into the storyboards is also extremely beneficial.
Greg Rains, who is representing the syndicate of Private Investors from Townsville rocked into Sydney this week and went straight to our Fox office to meet the team.
Quickly into conference with the film's Line Producer, Michelle Russell to discuss a million things that need to be sorted out before we move the full cast and crew to Townsville in June.
Then he met up with John Lee owner of CUTTING EDGE Post Production House who will be handling the movie for Post Production once it has been totally filmed in Townsville. Lots to talk about when they found out they are both Queensland lads!
Greg and Jeremy got on like a house on fire and they even posed for some photos to fulfill Greg's promises that he made to his nieces - to bring back a photo of Jeremy who they adored seeing in HOME AND AWAY these past three weeks.
Greg was then whisked away to meet the films legal team: Michael McMichael and Jules Munro from Simpsons Solicitors, to ensure the Townsville Investors are getting the real deal.
Finally at the end of an action packed day, he met the two main ladies who have championed this film through Screen Australia. Sally Browning, Investment Manager (Production Investment) and Rebecca Hardman, Senior Legal Manager.
Screen Australia is the new Federal Government body in charge of Australian film and TV projects and they have become the principal investor in our film.
Lucky Greg. Some guys get all the best jobs.
Everyone is getting hyped for the big move to Townsville for Pre Production!
Thanks to the kindness of Franco Santa Lucia, founder of the Santalucia Group, we now have a large, comfortable Production office to house or Art Department, Costumes, staff and crew.
Look out Townsville, here we come!
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