By dan

GetUp 2013: Three Videos I’m Heaps proud of

This past election season I had the great opportunity to
work with the sharp brains and bleeding hearts at GetUp!. GetUp!
are a fantastic non partisan lobby group who fight for progressive
change in Australian politics. Since
2006 I’ve been creating communications that cut through and educate
the electorate on policy often using the sharpest most pointed
It’s been a wonderful synergy. This year I took a
more hands on role in content creation. Two days a week I
worked on strategy, writing, directing, and producing bits of
content throughout the election campaign with my producer, Peter
Slee, at Motion Picture Company.

Often the brief would land in our inbox 3
days before it was to air or be published. That kind of turn around
is really exciting, but also terrifying, and compromises always get
made to get the final product over the line in time, but the work
is truly fulfilling. Working with such a passionate, beautiful
bunch of people who are slaving their guts out to make our country
better everyday is a privilege. Here are three of my favourite
spots I worked on for Electapoolooza 2013.

Bad Designs –
Manus Island

(Write/Direct/VO) When Kevin announced the
expansion of Manus Island, I was with one of the GetUp team in the
car listening to the announcement on the radio. We made a few dark
jokes about how only way this policy could be more palatable is if had been on Grand Designs. Two weeks
later we delivered this sketch. (I’m particularly proud of my Kevin
McCloud Impression… and I know.. the word Bespoke is missing)

Game Of Seats

(Write/Direct) The brief here
was to create a spot about how to vote and inform people about the
senate. It’s a notoriously difficult subject to do properly, and
get the information across in a short space of time without boring
people to suicide. We tried many different scripts, from simple
explainers, to nude sketches, to hip hop raps, to Game of Thrones
hip hop raps. We finally settled on this Game Of Thrones inspired
sketch. It
came out about two weeks before Juice Media’s Rap News
Theirs blew up due to the Assange factor. I
was totes jellz. This was an epic production, we shot in a 70’s
besser block castle on the sunshine coast, that on first glance
looked hokey, but one screen came up a treat. We started rolling at
9am and finished at 6pm, and delivered the edit to GetUp two days
later. Big thanks go to our wonderful cast, production designer,
and team at Motion Picture Company.

Progressive Australia

(Direct) This spot was
made with real Getup members to remind the membership base what
GetUp does and why they do it. After we made this super
positive spot, Labor put out a spot about two weeks later that
looked very similar that was all negative. Bravo.

By dan

A Rational Fear on Radio National

Someone at ABC Radio will probably lose their job for this… but A Rational Fear is moving to RN for a limited season!

From humble beginnings as a live to air comedy radio program on FBi, A Rational Fear caught the ear of ABC’s Radio National and will be recording every thursday night in June in front of a live audience at Sydney’s Laugh Garage.

Normally we bang out a show filled with a particular style of bullshit once a month, but since this is an election year I’m fairly confident we can deliver the high levels of bullshit each week. We can be serious too, we’ve covered organ donation, climate change and even what it’s like to be a mexican drug lord in Sydney

Joining Me on stage each week will be Chris Taylor (The Chaser) and Lewis Hobba (Hungry Beast/Triple J) as well as a mix of Sydney’s sharpest minds including Tom Ballad (Triple J) HG Nelson (Roy and HG), Heath Franklin (Ronnie Johns’ Chopper), Veronica Milsom (Mad As Hell), Josh Lawson, (Anchor Man 2), Chas Licciardello (The Chaser) Alice Fraser (Nerd Nite) Jazz Twemlow (The Roast), Cameron James (Late Nite Zoo) Scott Abbott (The Checkout) Michelle Lim (Mayor Of Easy Street) Nina Oyama (Erotic Fan Fiction).

A Rational Fear is a tightly packed format held together by the slick musical stylings of DJ Tom Loud, with a combination of sketch, standup, and interviews. Past special guests have included Kamahl, Tim Flannery, Chris Taylor, Mark Colvin, Guido Hatzis, The Bondi Hipsters, Wil Anderson and Leila McKinnon.

A Rational Fear will be on stage every Thursday night in June at Sydney’s Laugh Garage, tickets are $20 on the door. (Doors open at 7pm, 8pm show)

OR BOOK HERE: http://arationalfear2.eventbrite.com/

GetUp 2013: Three Videos I’m Heaps proud of
A Rational Fear on Radio National