Special Thanks to this amazing crew for being such an amazing group of people and for putting all their love and passion into visually bringing this song alive.
C R E W
Director, Producer & Editor: Emily Dynes
Choreographed and performed by: Sian Kelly & Jazz Miller
Production Manager: Annabel Clayton
DOP: Hannah Sinagra
1st AC: Liv Bunting, Sarah Fraser, Bonita Carzino
2nd AC: Tenzin Orlando
Gaffer: Jaz Goodrich
Colourist: Rae Ashley
BTS: Abbie Pobjoy
Production Assisants: Tegan Rodgers & Nikita Dunovits-Ferrier
Unit Manager: Maddie Westbrook
Special thanks to Eliza Dynes and Judy McArthur
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T W E N T Y – T W O – STORY BEHIND THE MAKING
By Bree Tranter
When Emily Dynes from Impel Pictures first approached me about wanting to make a music video for my music I was hesitant. Hesitant because I had no new music for her to make a clip to, I had gone over her work from the past and saw that she was indeed a talented professional who captured story telling narratives with cinematic tones that emotionally represented everything that was deep and meaningful. I felt honoured she felt the same about my music and also overwhelmed she would want to work with me.
If you don’t know much about me I have been a musician for the past ten years, I first started making music with my friends in Townsville where we formed a band called ‘The Middle East’. Little did we know we would be touring the world together and making a name for ourselves, which would in turn later lead me into working as a session musician for other artists such as Passenger, Thelma Plum and Matt Corby. In between everything I moved to Sydney and managed to write, record, fund and produce my own debut album with the help of my friends; half The Middle East band members, half the friends I lived with in Sydney and Matt Corby. Recorded in eight home studios and one official studio due to money and obscured planning. When I was writing this album I was going through the ups and downs of being in the musician industry, living in a busy complicated city, having no money and struggling with love. This album was about reframing, release and saying goodbye.
This history is important because it connects us back to the present, I sadly informed Emily I had no new music and when I did I would contact her. However the struggle of moving to another new city and having no money added to the list of reasons of why I didn’t feel the desire to write music anymore. Finding your purpose in art is hard and I struggle with my position as a solo artist a lot. I informed her that I wouldn’t have any new music for her anytime soon. Emily suggested using one of my old songs and decided to pick twenty-two from my debut album, which I had released in 2016. I had informed her at this point that I had no money and wouldn’t be able to afford her. She proceeded with wanting to go ahead with the vision and understanding of the harsh realities of the industry but her love for bringing narratives alive and being creative whilst supporting other artists was enough to keep her going.
These opportunities don’t come up much in life and I was overwhelmed with tears that someone as talented as her would want to help someone like me bring my music to life. It isn’t easy always remembering why you do what you do as an artist, especially the older you get. If you have no income to live off, you most certainly don’t have the money to pay for filming, recording, crews, PR, touring, writing days, musicians, recording and the days off to create. For each artist in any industry it is a struggle and it takes it tole, but we do it for the stories to reach hearts and heal souls. Fast forward a year later and Emily sends me the music video that her and the team of all female and non-binary crew had made for me. What an honour!
This song represents the struggle of understanding love. Love for yourself, forbidden love, love for another and understanding what others go through in their journey of love. For who are we to say where love should and shouldn’t exist. The two girls dancing in the clip choreographed the dance together, they also met in high school and they also fell in love. I imagine they struggled through falling in and out of love and the demand society has on others and their expectations to dull their feelings can be overwhelming as young teenagers. They depicted perfectly through their movements, the ups and downs of what they must have gone through as a couple. I love that film, art, poetry and music allows an individual to be heard and understood. It is extremely powerful and I feel very lucky that Emily and I got the opportunity to deliver such an important message to the world.
This isn’t just a release of an old song; this is a bookend to a chapter. The start of new beginnings and conquering of the harsh reality of how much money it takes to come up with what we do as artists. The chapter of my debut album, which I have been sitting on for three years, is closing and I am so happy that I can leave it on a cinematic note of love. For 2019 I will be touring again with Matt Corby and Timberwolf and I will be focusing more on writing music with my partner this year. I hope you enjoyed my story and I hope this encourages you to support love and artists of all kinds.
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E M I L Y D Y N E S
FILMMAKER PHOTOGRAPHER COMPOSER
Emily Dynes is a Melbourne based multi-disciplinary artist who specialises in directing and composing for the screen. Her graduate short film ‘St Elmo’ had it’s world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 where she was selected to participate in MIFF’s prestigious Accelerator program; an intensive platform for emerging Australian directors. Emily’s work has been awarded multiple accolades, both on the local and international film festival circuit and often features her in the dual role of director and composer. She was recently nominated as Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year at the Byron Bay International Film Festival, was a finalist for My Queer Career at Mardi Gras 2017 and was featured in St Kilda Film Festival’s ‘Under The Radar’ competition for accomplished filmmakers under 21. Emily has written for Ramona for Girls Magazine, online platform Girls will be Girls and her photography was recently featured in ‘The World We Live In,’ an art exhibit for Under 25’s by the City of Port Phillip.She is inspired by authentic and diverse Australian stories, and is excited about getting female and non-binary filmmakers behind the camera.