Debut screening for Murdoch-made film

April 4, 2017

Damian Fasolo made Broken for just $15,000 thanks to the contributions of Murdoch students and staff

Damian Fasolo made Broken for just $15,000 thanks to the contributions of Murdoch students and staff

Murdoch University screen production students gained precious experience helping to shoot a debut feature film by one of their lecturers.

Broken, a five year labour of love by School of Arts filmmaker Damian Fasolo, will be screened for the first time for cast and crew on Monday 10 April at Luna on SX in Fremantle.

Mr Fasolo was the writer, director, editor, cinematographer, colourist and co-producer of the film, which tells the story of a young couple’s marriage breakdown, the ensuing pain and destruction, and ultimately their road to redemption.

Students had various roles in the filmmaking process, including production, management, camera, lighting and design.

Among the students to take part was the late Western Australian actor Wayne Davies, who was a co-producer on the film. Tragically, Wayne committed suicide in early 2016 just before he graduated with a Bachelor in Media from Murdoch.

“There would not have been a film without Wayne,” said Mr Fasolo. “He found all the locations we used in Denmark and worked incredibly hard to help me realise this work. The film is dedicated to him.”

Murdoch staff were also intrinsic to the production with former Pixar animator Simon Allen providing visual effects, Dr Leo Murray helping with sound design, Dr Glen Stasiuk supervising the script and Ben Morton composing the music.

The film will form part of Mr Fasolo’s PhD on independent filmmaking.

“We worked with virtually no money and a skeleton crew, a filmmaking approach which is becoming more common in the industry. A lot of my research is into multi-skilled filmmakers and the best way for me to learn about this was to do it myself,” he explained.

“It took me two years and 30 drafts to hone the script, and then 28 days to shoot Broken in 2015. A lot of people on the production worked for free – their incredible generosity ensured the film only cost $15,000 to make.

“I have loved the process and the challenge and am incredibly proud of the film. The experience has also made me a better teacher because I now have years of hands-on experience to share with students coming through both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.”

Mr Fasolo has started the process of entering Broken into various film festivals so that it can gain a wider audience, help him to build industry contacts and maybe even find the film a distributor.

“My main piece of advice for students looking to embark on a career in filmmaking is that things may go wrong, but the way you handle the setbacks will be what sees you through,” he said.

“You will have to be flexible and make compromises, but utilise your contacts and the talents of your friends and colleagues – they will help you to realise your dream.”

More information and news about Broken is available on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brokenamovie.

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