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5th week of PrePro

The Choir Girl Production Team are Into the 5th week of Pre-Production and the pace is picking up tremendously, the pressure of knowing we go to camera in a little over two weeks is building and we are scrambling to make sure we’re on top of everything. Inevitably, things will be missed but we know this small team of ours is pretty amazing and will be able to deal with whatever problems arise during the shoot.

Our week started on a high with two more of our main cast members confirmed and we are so amazed to see the collection of talented actors we have brought together on this project. Our main cast now comprises of Peter Flaherty as Eugene, Krista Vendy as Polly, Kym Valentine as Caroline, Sarah Timm as Josephine, Andy McPhee as Mick, Roger Ward as Eugene’s Father William and Lee Mason as Julius. We are in the process of finalising our last cast member who plays the antagonist in the film but we’re super excited to hopefully be announcing that next week! A stellar cast to say the least and we all feel pretty luck to have them involved in our little Indie production and we can’t wait to see them become the characters and bring this film to life.

Choir Girl Cast

Choir Girl Cast


The more challenging side this week was with our shooting schedule, which is riddled with public holidays and a few other obstacles such as location availability, character changes throughout the story and an intricate timeline to deal with, which makes putting together our schedule quite a difficult task, a challenge taken on by our 1st AD (Assistant Director), Serena Hunt, who flew down from Sydney this week for one of our first heads of department meetings. It was a great chance for most of the crew to meet each other and see who they will be working with over the 5 week period we’ll be shooting. Production meetings are great and a much needed part of any production, they give the production team the chance to draw on the experience of all department heads and collaborate to ensure that all aspects of the production are covered as much as possible and to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Crew meeting @Acopa - Photo Credit Sarah Jayne

Crew meeting @Acopa - Photo Credit Sarah Jayne


Next week kicks off our first round of rehearsals with some of our cast, ensuring all the paperwork needed on set is done, doing letter drops into the neighbourhoods where we will be shooting our exteriors and on location scenes and spending our last week in the office in St Kilda before moving into Docklands! We're all getting pretty excited!

Stay tuned!!"

3rd week of PrePro

Week 3 With week 3 done and dusted, we got to see a few different faces of Melbourne yet again as we explored more locations for our film.

Gatwick Hotel 

Gatwick Hotel 

The Gatwick Hotel is an iconic part of St Kilda and infamous for its run down, forgotten look and its seedy inhabitants, but getting to see the inside of those walls and the characters that are portrayed so negatively was an eye opening experience for not only myself but I think the whole team. We were introduced to a world that few get to see, by a women who has owned the place with her twin sister for longer than any of our crew have been alive. Her mother owned the hotel before that and her grandmother before that - the history of the Gatwick alone is an amazing story but unfortunately the negativity surrounding this location doesn’t really pay homage to what those sisters are trying to do for the weak, the weary, addicted and down trodden in this world. As the crew huddled in alarm at the behaviour of the inhabitants, the owner embraced it with care and acceptance and stern guidance. In the end, we realised the location would not be ideal for our purposes and gladly left that world behind exchanging one claustrophobic environment for another…

Pentridge Prison 

Pentridge Prison 

...Pentridge Prison has been around since the 1800’s, another iconic and infamous spot in Melbourne’s history, what little remains of the prison, remains intact and unchanged from the days when prisoners walked down it’s long sections and huddled in its wet cells. This was the go to prison when it was operational, there was even a women’s and children’s division back in the day. Aside from some cute little feral kittens wandering about the premises, the place is a haunting reminder of an old system that took in everyone from petty thieves to the worst criminals Australia has ever seen, arguably the most infamous of which, Ned Kelly, still calls it home, albeit, six feet under. We tried a few cells on for size but the creepiness took over and we hightailed it out of there.

Oslo Hotel   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

Oslo Hotel 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

Returning to more familiar territory, we found ourselves back in St Kilda and checking out two more locations, the Oslo Hotel and Day of the Dead bar. The Oslo was very popular back in the 90s but has since become a little worse for wear and now spends its days as a retreat for backpackers from all over the world. With its narrow corridors, wobbly stairs and a nice view of St Kilda, it certainly has a lot of character!

Day Of The Dead   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

Day Of The Dead 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

The Day of the Dead Bar gives you a true Mexican vibe as you walk into it and we soon agreed that we wanted to use this location for one of our scenes, tempted to stay and order a few rounds of tequilas for the crew, we thought better of it and settled on staring out the massive front window that looks out onto Fitzroy Street and across to one of the two apartments we checked our for another scene in our film.

Just a few blocks away was our next location, STK Apartments - sitting high in the sky with an amazing view, our potential apartment location took our breath away and though it requires a lot of work by our Art Department, it was too good a location to pass up.

STK Apartments - St Kilda  Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

STK Apartments - St Kilda

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

One of our last scouts for the week was back at the Docklands Studios - Rosie and Rod made us feel very welcome and their support of Indie film is second to none. We are very fortunate to be able to call Docklands home for a month during our shoot and the various locations it provides will be a tremendous help in getting our film made. The Studios are beautiful, well equipped, spacious with offices, makeup rooms, green rooms and everything you could ever need on a film set, we're very excited to be filming there!

Studio 4 - Docklands Studios   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

Studio 4 - Docklands Studios 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

1st week of PrePro

What an awesome first week of Pre-Production on Choir Girl so far!! 

We started our week with an amazing day of auditions with ACOPA Studio providing the space and our Casting Manager Bridget Bordello providing the amazing talent.

Our main cast members Krista Vendy (Polly) and Peter Flaherty (Eugene) joined us for the readings, along with Co-Producer Lucinda Bruce, taking the readings to another level, we had a lot of fun and Director, Michael Wormald, and Producer, Ivan Malekin, along with the rest of the team can't wait to announce the rest of our cast.

Snap of Michael Wormald - writer / director of @Choir Girl   Photo Credit Daniela Ercoli

Snap of Michael Wormald - writer / director of @Choir Girl 

Photo Credit Daniela Ercoli

Our 3rd day of PrePro finds us in a production meeting with our Director, Production Designer, Art Director, Producers and our "in film photos” Film Photographer and then heading to Dockland Studios in the afternoon to check out a potential space for building our sets. We’re all excited about the project and can’t wait to share our progress and end product with everyone!!

Written by: Dani Ercoli & Lucinda Bruce

Production Meeting means a crowed NPG (Nexus Production Group) Office.

Production Meeting means a crowed NPG (Nexus Production Group) Office.