Birdland Films was created by Kerinne Jenkins in 2017 as a starting point. To establish a place where other like minded filmmakers, creatives and artists could come to collaborate and create.
Inspired by the feel, the tone and the emotion in the Patti Smith song 'Birdland';
I am helium raven and this movie is mine.
And we are free to create anything we could possibly imagine.
Whether it's a film, a podcast, a music video, an installation, a play or a poem. Whether it's for long or short, for big screens or small, there is no one format that we will limit ourselves to. Birdland Films hopes to grow and change with every person who comes into the fold.
But there is one rule of Birdland.
That at the heart of any project is a focus on character and story. It might seem like we're stating the obvious, but we want to make sure that this comes through in anything we make, whether it's a traditional narrative, a case study, a commercial or an installation.
Let's never get too distracted by all the other parts of the process that we forget why we wanted to make these things in the first place.
Written by Harry Windsor, directed by Kerinne Jenkins and produced by Nic Douglas; 1919 was funded through the Raw Nerve scheme (metroscreen & screen australia) as well as a Pozible crowdfunding campaign.
1919, starring Benedict Hardie, Matilda Ridgway and John Howard had it's Australian television debut on ABC2 followed by a stint iView in 2015. It has played at numerous festivals across the world in countries such as Mexico, Egypt, Italy, England, America and more.
Our long time collaborator Damien Lane also picked up a Screen Music Award for Best Score in a Short Film for his work on 1919.
In April 2017 we'll be filming our proof of concept short film 'Cattle'. Set in central west region of NSW, it's a science fiction/coming of age film about a teenage girl on a cattle farm who will have to go out into the night to find out what's killed one of their cows. (Writer/Director: Kerinne Jenkins, Producer : Katie Amos).
We're also developing a multi-platform science fiction project called The Divide and a hybrid doco/narrative feature The Kill Club that looks at the relationships between a group of fifteen and sixteen year old girls and how they go about saving each others lives on a constant basis.
To find out more about our Cattle proof of concept short film, please click on the link below!
Writer & Director : Kerinne Jenkins | Producer: Katie Amos
A 2o min Proof of Concept
The Cattle short follows a sixteen year old girl, SARAH, living on a cattle farm in NSW, who is struggling with the fact that her mother has a brain tumour that is never talked about.
But when one of their cows is found dead, kilometres from their farm, Sarah will find herself going out into the night looking for answers with her younger sister Maddy in tow.
The Cattle short explores what is to feel trapped by the circumstances around us, the desire we can often follow to isolate ourselves with our troubles, and our need to go out and face our fears to discover just how strong we are.
Shooting in late April 2017, the Cattle short will be filming in the central west (Cowra/Wyangala) region.
The Bigger World
In the feature of Cattle, the story expands on the world of the short film when Sarah's mother is taken to hospital in a coma, leaving Sarah looking after her younger sister and their cattle farm by herself for a indefinite period.
Two workers are brought in to help out on the farm and Sarah will find herself making a new friendship with a nineteen year old cattle hand. But her initial calm at taking over the reins on the farm is broken when they're confronted by a death in the herd that doesn't make any sense.
The pressure to try and stay in control and keep her farm and younger sister safe, proves too much and Sarah ends up pushing everyone who tries to help away. And Sarah is alone with her sister when they see a strange light out in the night that can't possibly be from a natural cause.
Sarah will discover that the night holds something far stranger and more unknown then she could have imagined.
We think stories and people are what make a video come to life, and that both elements combined can help to give an audience insight into a product or brand. We approach any type of video with the same ethos. What's special about the business or product, who are the people, what makes it unique and how can we tell that story.
Our last video was for Honeywell Scanning and Mobility and we travelled to Viridian Glass to talk too employee's who'd been with the company generally for ten plus years. It was amazing to not only feel how much they cared about what they got to do everyday, but to also see the glass making process from start to finish, at one of the last manufacturing plant in Australia.
We've collaborated with Kennards Hire, European Motor Distributors, the Ports of Auckland, Ryans Transport, Viridian and more.
Bare Pictures was created by Kerinne Jenkins and Marnie Vaughn as a home for the numerous clips they've made over the years. Shooting on various formats, digital, VHS, Super 8 and Iphones and a range of budgets.
Their focus has always been on making sure the music video reflected the bands personality, energy and the heart of the song.
We'll always want to find the right story or concept for the band and the song that's in front of us, but that doesn't mean inspiration doesn't arrive at the oddest moments.
If you'd like to see a slate of story ideas and concepts that we've already put together or if you'd like us to come up with a new treatment, please get in touch!
This was one of those clips we made for the love, with our mates in a friends lounge room that became our set. It's a favourite shoot & clip.