Angie Black: disnature

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Angie Black is a film maker and academic based in Melbourne.


Angie Black produced the short experimental film disnature in response to the research exploring the effects of fire on native animals. Using the still images made available through the research, Angie experimented with an in-camera technique of projecting the images of the animals on to smoke and capturing the image. Specifically, disnature investigates emotional responses, through movement, of native animals engulfed by smoke, disoriented and confused, trapped in a dystopian landscape, surviving the carnage after the fire.

The project explored ways to capture a shooting style that emulates an animal moving through the landscape, ideally creating empathy through an animal perspective rather than a human perspective. Transporting the native animals and natural indigenous Australian landscape to inner city urban locations, as either projections in galleries or exterior city locations, was one of the most exciting aspects of this work, as it reminds us as urban dwellers just how disassociated we have become from the natural environment around us.

disnature was selected as a finalist film in the IPAF 2013 Australian Teachers Of Media (ATOM) Awards Best Experimental.

Angie Black, a graduate of VCA Film and Television, is a recipient of Film Victoria's 'Independent Filmmakers Fund' for which she directed the award winning short film Bowl Me Over. Angie is a multi-award winning filmmaker. She has been a script reader and development head for several prominent feature film and television producers and a television commercials director for the production company 'The Directors Group'. She is a Lecturer in the Media: Screen + Sound program at La Trobe University where she completed her MA in Media and is currently undertaking a creative PhD in Media.