Aspect Capable Case Study

Torrid Films just produced this case study for Aspect Capable, the employment arm of Autism Spectrum Australia. The case study features two young men with Autism, who, with Aspect Capable's support, have recently taken up employment with two well known Australian companies.

Eureka Prize Promo

Torrid Films was engaged by Canberra based production company, Redboat, to write, direct and edit a finalist promo for the 2016 CSIRO Eureka Prize. Redboat produced. CSIRO's National Outlook was a finalist in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research category. The 6 prize winners were announced 1st September, 2016. Click on the link to see the results. https://vimeo.com/180725683

Harrison's Story

Harrison took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. His is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

John's Story

John took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. His is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

Tamarrah's Story

Tamarrah took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. Hers is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

Relationships Story

Relationships explores the social connections of several participants who recently took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. This is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

Contribution Story

Contribution explores the varied interests, skills development and contribution of several participants who recently took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. This is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

Co-design Story

Co-design explores how people with disabilities can be supported to define what they want to do in their lives and help them do it.  This story documents several participants who recently took part in the recent 'Community Inclusion Initiative'. This is just one of seven illuminating stories produced by Torrid Films for National Disability Services (NDS) in partnership with researchers from Southern Cross University and UNSW.

Community Inclusion Initiative

This film is part of an evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative. It tells the story of how people with disability across Australia worked as partners with their service providers to be more connected to the community. This mini documentary is made up of predominantly researcher footage and some professionally shot footage of some of the 47 participants from all over Australia. The results speak for themselves.

Festival of Democracy Highlights Video

Highlights from Sydney Democracy Network's third annual Festival of Democracy held at Sydney University 16-17 October, 2015.

Beyond the Biscuit Aisle - Excerpt

The Choose & Connect team from Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia), has partnered with Coles Hurstville to employ people on the spectrum in a voluntary capacity. The program helps adults with autism develop skills in a workplace setting. Aspect hope to expand the program within NSW in 2016.

Actor Showreel Sample

This is a purpose-shot actor showreel for Sydney-based actor, Tristan McKinnon. The reel contains two clips - a two-hander scene from a feature film and a excerpted monologue from a play. The reel was shot in a professional sound proofed video studio over two hours. Torrid Films produced, directed and post produced the reel. For more about Actor Showreels or to make a booking to shoot yours today contact info@torridfilms.com.

Game On

Format: Short film Genre: Science Fiction Duration: 6.52 mins Synopsis: Inside a violent video game, where punks roam the corridors and peacekeepers shoot to kill, a cleaner dreams of being upgraded to a game character until a young hacker gets into the system and short circuits his options. In September 2014 Torrid Films was approached by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to help out with a unique filmmaking challenge: to create a short science fiction drama that would showcase the talents of Aspect’s clients and staff and do this inside 30 days! Why just 30 days? The film was to be made especially for a sci-fi film festival challenge where all competing films had to be written, produced and completed during October 2014. And with that a co-production between Torrid and Aspect was forged that brought together many creative talents both on and off the spectrum to work alongside professionals and non-professionals in creating a truly collaborative piece of light entertainment. The project involved 18 cast and 62 crew working on set and behind the scenes to pull the film together in record time. All props and costumes were handmade from the plentiful bounty to be found at Sydney's legendary Reverse Garbage where objects like shop window dummies, dog collars, bike pedals, drink bottles and knitting needles came into their own. The original script concept by Andrew Morris and Thomas Kuzma was developed by Aspect’s writing team which included Elise Bottle, Andrew Morris, Thomas Kuzma and Justin Schippers. Torrid’s Zoë Harvey leant a hand with writing and script editing as did Peter Neale, Head Writer, who also mentored the team. The cast featured Brendan Richards as Gil, Gabrielle Bartlett as Val, Madison Kester as the Hacker and Melissa Wilton as the Central Controller. A small herd of Punks, Peacekeepers and inflatable characters rounded out the cast. The soundtrack was composed by Jerry Kahale and featured additional tracks by the team from Club Weld http://clubweld.org.au/ including Pasko Schravemade, Taylor Molnar, Mitch Owen and Peter Kirwan. The film was directed by Zoë Harvey, Cinematography by Tomás Ybarra, Location Sound by Dave Rae, Production Design by Helen Fitzgerald and Ocea Sellar with a hand from An Tran, Make-up and Hair by Berinda Karp and her team, Wardrobe by Mary Buckler-Morris, Production Stills by Timothy Tong, Editing by Matthew Walker, Visual Effects by Adrian King and Redboat, Grade by Brendan Dillon at Colourspace Post, Opening titles by Josh Heilpern and Sound Post by Geoff McGarvey at SoundEngine. The film was a finalist in the festival and was recently formally launched at a private screening in Sydney to celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2014 on the 3rd December.

One in 5

Rita, Shaun and Charlie have dreams like anybody else but difference makes independence, earning a living and being treated as equal all the harder to achieve. One in 5 is the resulting short film made through the 1 in 5 Film Project - a joint initiative of Torrid Films and Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre through the support of the NSW Government through Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Zoë Harvey wrote, produced and directed this short film. The script was developed in a series of weekend workshops in consultation with principal cast and project partner, Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre (RNC). RNC Project Producer, Susan Johnston and Principal Cast Drama Coach, Caroline Downs consulted on the script throughout the workshop and development stage. David Cretney also of Torrid Films co-produced the short. The film stars Celeste Emslie, Gerard O'Dwyer, Vaughn Akinin and Natalie Bacci. Kiki Dillon production managed, Paul Howard shot two camera coverage on 7D format. Dave Rae did location sound, Andrew (Undi) Lee art directed, Quennie Diesta did make-up, Gwenalina Sputore edited, Brendan Dillon colour graded. Sound design by Nic Alexander. Sound mix by Geoff McGarvey. Music score by Neill Duncan. Craig Fairfull cut the trailer. Trailer sound mixed courtesy of Sound Engine. The film premiered at the inaugural Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival in August 2014.

Marriage

Format: Short film Duration: 2:27 mins Intentions are hard to read and promises even harder to keep... after 28 years of marriage. Julie McGregor plays Daphne Hagney, a forthright woman of few compromises who isn't one to suffer fools. Daphne is married to Frank, a retiree, volunteer fire fighter and reluctant gardner. Life in the slow lane trundles along leaving few stones unturned and even less magic in its wake. Zoë Harvey wrote and directed, camera work by Tony Leach, Set Dressing by Lise Buckeridge and David Cretney, Sound Post by Geoff McGarvey. A Torrid Films Production 2014.

Kookaburra Kids Video - Excerpt

Torrid Films recently produced this promo for Kookaburra Kids Foundation which supports children living with a family member with mental illness through respite weekend camps where kids can enjoy being kids for a change and not carers. Here too they learn about mental illness which helps them to understand their home situation and builds resilience. For the full video and more on Kookaburra Kids head to their website: http://www.kookaburrakids.org.au

Swing Thing!

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, produced and directed this short starring swing dancers, Amanda Evans and Jake Meadley. Choreography by Jake Meadley and Adam Smith. DOP, James L Brown shot the flick on his trusty 5D with the help of Ben Lindberg on his 7D. Make-up by Karen Pallister. Voiceover by Reg Mowat of Hardy Audio. Music track, "Mephisto Mash" care of Neill Duncan and Darth Vegas.

Harbord Horror

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, produced and directed this film noir short. Set in the late 70s when noir's second wave gave new life to a great genre. Dark, dutch angled and heavy on the lighting. The film stars Kate Skinner, Renaud Jadin, Oliver Wenn, Karl Webster and Kaja Trøa. David Marriott art directed and Paul Howard shot the luscious visuals. Scott Mills created the selective colour effects and Neill Duncan composed the witty score. December 2009 - HARBORD HORROR wins Best Short Film at the inaugural Whitby-in-Shorts Film Festival in the UK. The short received the following praise from the judging panel: “This exemplary short film has it all. Great shots, great look, great lighting – quirky and original, this is a superb example of how to make the most of the short format.” The film also picked up Best Special Effects for Scott Mills’ selective colour work in After Effects. Harbord Horror’s highly polished style and off-beat humour also won a glowing review on International Movie Database (IMDB) where reviewer, Woody Anders scored it 8 out of 10. (See below for a copy of the review or click the link to read the review on the IMDB website) Screen shot 2015-01-05 at 7.54.21 PM

Land of Love

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, produced and directed this short starring Rachel Besser as Sharon and Marty Williamson as Frank. David Marriott art directed and Paul Howard shot the luscious visuals. Neill Duncan composed the witty score.

OZHARVEST TVC

Torrid Films wrote, produced and directed this TVC and its accompanying web viral for Sydney organisation OzHarvest. The project features well known Sydney restaurateur, Bill Granger.

INGRID'S BIG JUMP!

This is the story of Ingrid, an intellectually disabled woman who had a dream to hang glide. Ingrid's journey to the edge of the precipice took three years of hard work, perseverance and character – the latter she has in spades! Music score by Kell Taylor. The documentary premiered at the Sprout Film Festival in New York City in June 2014.

Coming Home Again

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, directed and co-edited this music video for indy singer/songwriter, Kell Taylor. Zoë Harvey co-produced the clip with BAMM (Biloela Arts Music Media). Dean Francis shot the gorgeous visuals on his Red Scarlett camera assisted by Tomas Ybarra. John Paul Cretney art directed. Quennie Diesta did make-up and hair. Craig Fairfull edited. Brendan Dillon did the colour grade and effects. The video was shot at locations in Katoomba, Lithgow and Sydney. Special appearance by Sacha the unruly dog.

Sylvanvale TVC

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, produced, directed and edited this TVC/CSA for Sylvanvale Foundation. Production occurred on the one day in summer that the rain abated and the results are stunning. Beautifully shot by John Biggins. Location sound by Steve Hopes. Motion Graphics by Peter Hickson. Music track care of Kell Taylor.

GetUp Pokies TVC

Torrid Films and Zoë Harvey produced and directed this anti pokies TVC for GetUp! James L Brown shot the visuals, Tony Crowley did location sound and Zoltan Deak lit the set.

GetUp! Australia edited and post produced the TVC.

Not in my Name - Excerpt

Dramatised Interactive campaign for GetUp! Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films co-wrote, produced and directed this online campaign for GetUp! This was a two day shoot with effectively two days preproduction preceded by two days scripting. Casting, locations, props, costumes, crew etc were brought together in a very short space of time by Torrid Films working in concert with GetUp! and its co-production agencies. The only thing that didn't go to plan was the weather. It poured and two locations on the first day of filming had to have dry alternatives found while the first location was being shot. Proof that filmmaking is equal measures collaboration, creativity and troubleshooting. The cast were both patient and talented and I can't thank Alan Cinis enough for breaking into minstrel mode between takes with his trusty ukulele. Highly entertaining! Rodrigo Vidal Dawson shot the visuals on a Red One camera, Tony Crowley did location sound, Zoltan Deak lit the set and make-up and hair was by Karen Pallister. The campaign starred Alan Cinis, Catherine Parle, Sophie Gregg, Glenn Hazeldine, Damien Monk and the mysterious man in the red onesie is Ali Kadhim of 9Lives. GetUp! edited and post produced.

Batavia

Zoë Harvey researched, wrote and directed this teaser while working as a freelancer for production company, Screentime P/L. Paolo Febbo edited. The teaser is a fusion of atmospheric footage from another historical drama Screentime produced in 2005 intercut with interview footage of author, Peter Fitzsimons whose new book on the subject will be adapted for the upcoming series.

White Rider

Zoë Harvey of Torrid Films wrote, produced and directed this music video for indy artists, Blue Bottle Kiss. White Rider was the second single off their double album, Doubt Seeds. The video was shot in a day by Paul Howard, DOP in a warehouse location at Canal Road Studios in Sydney's inner west.

Backstaged

12 guys, 24 personalities, 1 giant drag queen. This short documentary tracks the backstage transformation of a bunch of Sydney blokes into their drag queen alter egos along the way sharing some insights and trials and tribulations of their onstage lives.

The Chore

Zoë Harvey of Torrid FIlms wrote, produced and directed this TVC for Greening Australia. Shot on gorgeous 35mm by Paul Howard, it stars Adam Hilbery in his first 100% TVC role.