In 2005 I was given a great opportunity to work on the feature film '2:37' a contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven. No stranger to the beginnings of '2:37' I met the films writer and director Murali K. Thalluri after he was introduced to me in late 2003 by a industry connection in Adelaide. I remember reading copious amounts of draft screenplays which Murali would send me each one eventually forming its way to his debut feature film '2:37'. To cut a long story short Murali originally wanted me to DP '2:37' and help bring his vision to life. My skill set and knowledge on the other hand was limited in this field as I was still trying to find my way in the industry. I hadn't shot on film or any camera system higher than a PD-150 at the time. Breaking ties time passed and Murali eventually began principle photography on '2:37'.
Then out of the blue towards the end of 2005 Murali called me asking if I would consider working in the camera department of the two week additional shoots for '2:37'. I immediately said yes and worked as a camera trainee on the film. This was an eye opening experience for me as I got to work closely with the steadicam operator and 1st assistant camera person. I learnt the ins and outs of set etiquette, tips on focus pulling and even how to load a Super 16mm film mag. The biggest takeaway from the shoot was the advice DP Nick Matthews gave me. Between takes Nick ran me through the basic operation of a Arriflex Super 16mm camera and the ins and outs of mag loading. Nick's advice was "I can't teach you a hell of a lot, that's pretty much the secret to any part of filmmaking." We all have our own journey to take, how well you use those opportunities on the journey is up to you. You are the one in control of how much you learn and experience, what you decide to pursue and what you choose not to. Working on '2:37' was an eye opener, an experience I will always remember.
'2:37' was written, produced, and directed by filmmaker Murali K. Thalluri and starring an ensemble cast including Teresa Palmer, Joel Mackenzie, Frank Sweet, Charles Baird, Sam Harris, Marni Spillane, Clementine Mellor and Xavier Samuel. '2:37' was filmed in Adelaide, Australia on location at St. Ignatius’ College. The film had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in Australia on 17 August 2006.