Summer Coda Melbourne Premier
Here's a few pics from the after party at the Melbourne red carpet premier of Summer Coda from which I've only just returned.
The premier, which was attended by around 500 people, was held at the magnificent Rivoli theatre complex in Camberwell. Many of the film's stars including Rachel Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Cassandra , Angus Sampson and Nick Farrell attended. I was there to support my nephew Richard Gray (writer, director and co-producer) and catch up with other members of my family, many of whom had traveled to the gala event.
The film is beautifully shot and, from this consumers point of view, brilliantly cast. The actors performances are very strong indeed.
While I'm not the type of person to line up for a red carpet event, it was interesting to see the excitement in the eyes of my younger nieces and nephews. There were even a few autographs to be had. And thanks to the wonderful actors who obliged.
After the screening all guests were invited to a nearby bar for a celebration. It was so important for me to spend time with my family that I hardly had any time to catch up with many of the good folk with whom I'd worked during the making of the film. The image at the top of this post features my older sister, Maree (Richard's mother) and my older brother, Mick, at the after party.
I'II be posting some of my stills from Summer Coda over coming days. But, for now, I hope you'll oblige me by checking out pics of family and friends made at the after party. The above pic features my mum, and family matriach, Mary; Maree and my older brother, Brian.
This pic features Richard's mum, Maree, with her youngest child Patrick.
I must say that the venue was really quite dark and a very difficult location in which to photograph. I let the media types blast away with their big old flashes while I sat in a (very dark) corner and tried to nut out my new camera. In fact it's the only compact snap camera I've ever owned. I bought it with my upcoming trip to Antarctica for snaps on board and from the zodiac where employing a big old DSLR would either be inappropriate or risky. I have posted numerous articles featuring photos from the Apple 3Gs iPhone. At the end of the day, while I appreciate the ease of working with the iPhone's in-built camera, technically it doesn't cut it for anything other than web-based viewing. To my mind low-light photography, which is a speciality of mine, is beyond the abilities of my 3Gs iPhone.
I needed a small, high quality and simple to use compact camera. I decided on the Lumix DMC-LX5, from which I expect to post many photos over coming months. This is a brand new camera which, as of late last week, seemed to be sold out along the camera strip in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. With my trip's departure imminent, I had no choice but to order online. It's a risky business buying something you've never seen before. Anyway, the camera only arrived this afternoon and, after purchasing a converter to allow me to charge the camera's battery, I barely had time for a shower before heading over to the premier. I got the thing to work, barely, and managed to make a few pics.
What a handsome couple: my brother in-law (Gay's husband) Ross with Richard 'Ricky Hollywood' Gray.
The above image was made by a friendly chap, no less than the film editor. I'm the short, tubby one on the left. Angus Sampson (now there's a good guy) is in the centre and my younger sister, Gabrielle's oldest child Daniel is on the right.
I ran the images through Adobe Lightroom and applied, for only the second time in my life, some noise reduction. I've simply never needed it before on my Canon 5D and Canon 5D Mark II images. In this case I was forced to shoot at slow shutter speeds and ISO 800, which really is beginning to ask for trouble with such a small sensor camera. Anyway, the noise reduction seemed to work very well although, of course, it resulted in a slight loss of sharpness.
This final image is of my dear old mum, Mary, saying goodnight to Richard's wife, and co-writer of the Summer Coda screenplay, Michele Davies.
Don't forget to check back over the next few days to see stills from the film, Summer Coda.
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