These multi media projects were produced before Multi Story Media was born. They are here because we want to show you where we've been and what we've been doing.
These projects represent the quality of work we do and the variety of people we have worked with. They represent our creative approaches to collaborative work, both on a small and massive scale, and our broad experience of creative community engagement.
For more video history, click on the Vimeo icon at the bottom of any page.
Aarli means 'fish' in Bardi Language.
Kevin George and Kevin Dougal are Bardi Jawi rangers, based on the Dampier Peninsular in the West Kimberley. In this video, they demonstrate traditional and modern ways of fishing in their country.
This video was made in a workshop, run by Alex for ABC Open. It was shot by Alex and the two Kevins on iPhones and a Canon EOS 7D. Kevin George directed a good part of this video. Kevin Dougal recorded all interviews.
Produced / co-directed / edited by Alex for the ABC Open Project, 'Mother Tongue', and First Languages Australia. You can view the video on the ABC Open website here: Aarli
The Paper Cutter
Jacky Cheng cuts paper. She creates shapes and patterns that become incredibly complicated paperscapes over time – works of art.
Alex mentored Julia Rau, the director and camera person, during the making of this film, for the ABC Open project, 'Makers and Creators'. The precision in the camera work is extraordinary as Julia had never shot video before, or directed a film.
Produced and edited by Alex for ABC Open. You can view the video on the ABC Open website here: The Paper Cutter
Jared. Boxing. Broome.
Alex found Jared at the Broome PCYC, where he was training some of the local boys to box, in forty degree heat.
Canon EOS 7D
Produced / directed / edited / camera by Alex Smee for the ABC Open project, 110%. You can view the video on the ABC Open website here: Jared. Boxing. Broome.
In the remote Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, a local Aboriginal family took on the challenge of animating one of their dreamtime stories. The production was part of of the Art Therapy programme at the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre, which was run by award winning animator and artist, Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman.
Lynley Nargoodah was driving the project on behalf of her elders, so that these dreamtime stories would appeal to the younger generations.
This video gives an insight into the project, the processes, and the passion for traditional story telling that is driving the family members to engage with new and complicated technologies.
Canon EOS 7D
Produced / directed / edited / camera by Alex Smee for ABC Open. Additional footage shot by contributors. You can see the story on the ABC Open website here: Animating Lurrpungu
In The Saddle On The Wall - Exhibition
The In the Saddle - On the Wall project was a four year collaboration between ABC Open and Aboriginal Art Centres across the Kimberley. It brought together thirteen leading artists and more than 20 arts-workers and their extended families, to record the artists' experiences of cattle station life. The digital stories were hung alongside an exhibition of powerful artworks that toured the country.
The exhibition opened up a dialogue about the unsung contribution of Aboriginal people to Australia's cattle industry, and revealed a legacy of loss, of identity and land, that lives on through their work.
Alex worked with Beth Neate to produce all digital stories for this exhibition - for ABC Open.
Adam worked with Kimberley Aboriginal Artists to coordinate participant recordings, curation and delivery of artwork, catalogues, and the installation of the exhibition's Broome launch - for Warmun Art Centre.
The video stories can be viewed on the ABC Open site here:
For exhibition catalogue and artworks:
Not Dead Yet
This story is told by a local Broome man who has lived with HIV for 18 years. It was made for World AIDS Day 2013.
The survivor talks about what it means to live with HIV in a place where access to lettuce can be a problem, let alone treatment and medication.
For some people, being part of a close knit community is not always a pleasure - for people who are HIV positive, discrimination is still real, so anonymity is a necessary defence.
So the teller of this story remains anonymous, but the telling is no less true.
Stop motion on Canon EOS 7D
Produced / directed / edited / camera by Alex Smee for ABC Open. Script by anonymous contributor. You can see the story on the ABC website here: Not Dead Yet