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As sure a sign of my procrastination as anything, I ventured down to Korumburra last weekend for a location recce for a script that hasn’t been written yet. My excuse is inspiration, but it was not all a waste.

Coal Creek Heritage Village is located on the outskirts of the small town of Korumburra, incidentally near where my Dad grew up. I sadly discovered that the village itself is next to a reasonably busy highway. I’m not sure how much of a problem this noise could cause. The facilities are surprisingly well maintained, given that it is mostly staffed by volunteers. The front end of the park is quite polished and touristy. It gets a bit wild and wooly down the back around the tramway line, but I found these parts to be much more authentic looking.

The most unavoidable problem with the village is probably the era. Most of the buildings and objects were a little modern, many sitting around an early 20th century period. I’m not sure how such anachronisms would affect a film, or how noticeable it would be. I unfortunately do not have the historical knowledge to be a good judge of that.

In addition to the tramway in the park itself, there is a local tourist railway that operates between some of the local towns. I’m not yet sure if this would be an appropriate facility to use, as I couldn’t find much information about it.

Overall, the district itself from first impressions isn’t what I have envisioned. The land seems far too heavily farmed, an I’d like something that looks like it could be sitting on the edge of society. Whilst the village is great, I would probably need to expand to other areas. I’m sure there is probably some beautiful locations in the area. I want something wild about the land, almost a sort of Western style sort of landscape of colonialism and wilderness and the unknown.

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The other night was the first location search for my film Beat. I need two locations. One needs to be a busy street with shops and a service lane, the other needs to be some shops in a quiet place (like a lane or carpark) that I can cheat to look busy.

I also took the liberty of taking a few shots that I felt captured the atmosphere of my piece. These were shot with a Canon 7D with an 18-135mm lens. Where I could, I kept my settings at the widest aperture, ISO 500 and shutter speed at 50 in order to emulate the amount of light I will get out of the film stock, though this was often not possible.

I will need somewhere that has access to power. Iwas unable to find one, but a ‘nice’ carpark with a few shops would be ideal.

Also I would like to apologize for the horrific formatting of this post. I still haven’t got my head around it.

Corner Fawkner and Acland StThis Milk Bar was very close to home and one of the first shots I took. I like the look of it, but nearby restaurant noise and music made it a bit unusable. I think I perhaps want a bit more of a ‘metropolitan’ feel? This was at the corner of Fawkner and Acland St, St Kilda.

The Laundrette and car park were two contrasting places.  The laundrette had the advantage of being well lit and open throughout the night. The car park with its dim light and dump masters gave the ‘dirty, gritty’ feel I’ve wanted. Might make for a good shot in the film opening.

The following photos I took because I liked the colours and atmosphere. I cannot necessarily recall where I took them all, but at least one of them was taken from a tram.

The soft focus of the city lights, oranges and reds and warm greens contrasted against dirty blacks and browns. Although I don’t feel I’ve captured a busy, living place, if I could liven up this sort of atmosphere, it would be perfect.

Some more locations for filming:

 An arcade at the back of a carpark near a supermarket on Carlisle st.

 Near a pizza restaurant.

 An undercover car park.

I didn’t find any places I specifically wanted to use, as none suited my needs. I found wandering the streets at night very interesting. I think that I understand my film visually a lot better now.

The other day, I found what I hope will be suitable for my film. A little lane off Chapel st in Prahran. I’ve forgotten its name at present but I am going there tonight with my camera. I will use the clothing store/ record store as the main background. Here are some photos I took at dusk. There is a convenient car park just across the road, and it is close to public transport.

Now I just need to work out power…