Work Experience Diary 2

My first day of work experience was not too bad. I got work from home transcribing an audio interview Warwick Thornton. He recently made a movie called Sweet Country starring Bryan Brown and Sam Neil which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He did a film years ago called Samson and Delilah.

It took ages then the editor asked me to write a story based on the interview. I sent the story, and the editor said thank you.

Here’s a link to the story: https://filmink.com.au/warwick-thorntons-sweet-western/

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Work Experience Diary 1

I applied for work experience from various places such as FilmInk, Mamamia, Newscorp and Daily Mail.

I had hoped to land work experience with one of my dream companies Newscorp, but sadly my dream was crushed by rejection. Newscorp, rejected me because they only accepting University students where completing placement is compulsory to their degree.

With my teacher Verity’s help, I emailed another dream company The Daily Mail, but once again I disappointed when they said they couldn’t offer work experience. There is a training program, but the applications have closed.

Eventually, I applied to FilmInk, and the publisher got back to me. He was happy to take me in, but he let me know FilmInk had downsized substantially and no longer publishes a print version. In downsizing, we closed our office and all work from home.

They continue custom publishing the program for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo and a few other bits and bobs, along with maintaining the FilmInk website.

I told the publisher I was okay with it. Now I’m happy I found a place to do work experience and best of all it’s a movie publication which the best place for me if I want to be a movie reviewer.

Cover Letter

Hard News Reflection

My hard news story is about illegal movie downloading focusing on what’s been having in recent years. I chose the topic because I have a passion for films and against illegal downloading. It’s an important issue as it affects jobs in Film and TV and how we (Australians) get our content as licensees who buy content to distribute but can’t because it’s going to service a small audience and have to work out how many people are watching it before they purchase.

I managed to interview Lori Fleker, Creative Content Australia Executive Director because her organisation is passionate about privacy. After my interview, it was clear my angle was privacy is ruining the entertainment industry.

My only regret with the story was I didn’t get to interview Graham Burke. I tried to get in contact, and all I got was a press release with a five-step plan for privacy which I used some quotes.

Video Story Evaluation

My video story is Q and A style video asking people “What’s the shortest time you’ve kept a job and why?” My idea based on a tweet about Anthony Scaramucci’s temporary job at the white house. The production was extended but was fun making it.
I spent a week editing the video trying to make it perfect as it could be. Caz pointed out to me the audio issues and camera shots. At the time, I didn’t realise it was a problem until she mentioned it. I took her advice, and it helps make the video better. I hope people enjoy the video.

Now I’m glad it’s over and move on with a new project.

Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049 has been one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Why the excitement? This follow-up to the cult classic Blade Runner has been years in the making.

Released in 1982, Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott was based on the Philip K. Dick short story ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ Set in the futuristic year of 2019, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a “Blade Runner” who is assigned to assassinate “replicants”. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. Deckard is called out of retirement to track down and terminate four replicants who escape from an off-world colony and come to Earth.

When it first hit theatres, Blade Runner gained mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office. Over the years, it has a gained a cult following and now is regarded as a sci-fi masterpiece.

With expectations too high, is a Blade Runner 2049 a worthy sequel? Yes.

Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a young blade runner LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant.  To avoid a potential war between replicants and humans, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

Featuring a superb cast, Ryan Gosling steals the film with his impressive performance. Gosling brings compassion to the character which makes him likeable. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard and gives a solid performance along with Ana de Armas and Robin Wright in tow.

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) takes over the director’s chair from Ridley Scott. With big shoes to fill, Villeneuve masterfully directs a stellar sci-fi film audiences will enjoy. In its running time of 163 minutes, Blade Runner 2049 is well paced, visually stunning and mind-bending film.

The direction is perfect, managing a well-crafted narrative with incredible cinematography by Roger Deakins and spectacular production design by Dennis Gassner. Excellent music score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, a worthy follow up to Vangelis’ music in the original film.

Blade Runner 2049 is a fantastic film and great successor to Blade Runner. It’s a must-see for fans of the first movie and sci-fi fans.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

To Download or Not, That is the Question

By Belinda Palmada

Australia’s largest film producer, Village Roadshow will sue anyone who downloads or streams a movie from an illegal pirate site in November this year.

Prosecuting users has been proven to be the case in some European countries such as Germany and has a low rate of privacy.

“As Village Roadshow, we are planning to pursue our legal rights to protect our copyright by suing repeat infringers – not for a King’s ransom, but akin to the penalty for parking a car in a loading zone” Graham Burke, Co-Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Limited said in a speech at the Australian International Movie Convention.

“If the price of an act of thievery is set at say, $300, we believe most people will think twice,”

“However, the more important role of the legal action is to be part of the process of educating people that piracy is indeed wrong and is theft.”

The movie company say they will not sue people who are elderly or who have done it by mistake or who are ill. They will target those who are frequent users of private content.

Australians have taken to piracy than anywhere else in the world preceding the USA. Australia accounted for 12.5% of the torrents of the Season 6 premiere episode of Game of Thrones and was the world’s worst offender. The USA, with a population of 300 million came in at 3rd with 8.5%.

In August this year, the Federal Court of Australia made rulings to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.

Telco companies Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG, were ordered to take reasonable steps, to stop their customers accessing the websites, which include piratebay.to, watchfree.to, torrentproject.se, Yes Movies, Vumoo and Los Movies.

Illegal downloading is an issue that has been plaguing the entertainment industry impacting a loss of revenue on content distribution.

A recent study found that $1.37 billion in revenue was lost to the Australian economy as a whole and 6,100 jobs were forgone as a result of movie theft alone.

Though privacy has declined in recent years with streaming services such as Netflix, Presto and Stan making it legally available, one out of four people worldwide is not paying for their entertainment.

The primary reason for Australians of all ages pirating movies and TV shows is that it is free.

“People think it’s not physical, but it does matter” Lori Fleker, Creative Content Australia Executive Director said.

“They make excuses like I wouldn’t have paid for it anyway, but they had the benefit of watching it and the same as watching as it is eating an apple so if you’ve already eaten the apple or watch the film, you’ve consumed its value,”

“You haven’t paid for it; you reduce the value to zero.”

Licensees are less than likely to buy content for Australia because it’s going to service a small audience and work out how many people are watching it before they purchase.

Ms Flekser said suing people will not save the entertainment, but it will help.

Potential fines will minimise the amount of those who download and will undoubtedly bring back investors into the industry.

Australia lists as one of the worst offending countries for online piracy, with 1.24 billion visits to illegal pirate sites.