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Sirenita from the Sea

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Sirenita from the Sea

Dustin and I have been playing around with some Nikon equipment lately, and wanted to collaborate with local DP Shannon Mackie on a project close to home that we could bang out in one day.

Artist and lifestyle surfer Karlee Mackie had a poem up her sleeve, and an op-shop wedding dress she had modeled in a wedding photography shoot a week earlier.

With a $12 budget and just 3hours spare to shoot, our team got together in the natural playgrounds of Lennox Head to shoot "Sirenita from the Sea", a short film through poetry.

We shot the film's entirety on the Nikon D810, in monochrome, and as we are yet to have a water housing for this camera Shannon had to squeeze it into an old housing, limiting his ability to change any settings. Thus the water scenes were shot by rolling the camera for a 20minute recording block, on infinity focus, leaving a lot of the footage as a surprise during our group playback sitting later in the evening.

The result is this playful little piece that perhaps insinuates a wedding gone wrong, and the 'sirenita' (mermaid) returning to her long term life partner, the Sea.

Dustin directing Shannon to get the perfect shots.

Dustin directing Shannon to get the perfect shots.

Stylist Esme Ferretti adds a creative touch to Karlee's makeup.

Stylist Esme Ferretti adds a creative touch to Karlee's makeup.

Karlee ready to take the plunge.

Karlee ready to take the plunge.

Shannon Mackie shooting Karlee in a beautiful rock pool on location.

Shannon Mackie shooting Karlee in a beautiful rock pool on location.

A film by Switchboard Media (switchboardmedia.com.au)
Directed and produced by Dustin Hollick and Angie Davis.
Cinematography and edit by Shannon Mackie.
Written, acted and narrated by Karlee Mackie.
Styling and Makeup by Esme Ferretti.
Soundtrack by Aquila Young.
Audio design and mastering by James Greer.
Special thanks to Nikon (mynikonlife.com.au/)

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