Georgia spends a sunny Melbourne morning in Collingwood with Paris Thomson, talented filmmaker and founder of SIRAP, a motion production lab.
G: When did you start filming?
P: I started shooting through Uni. I was studying at RMIT, Professional Communication, and I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I thought I would just throw myself into everything, and also figure out what I didn’t want to do. I was writing for some online publications and doing radio production at Triple R through RMIT. I loved it, but it wasn’t something I could do full time.
G: Were you working at the time?
P: I was working at Network Ten in production; I really loved it, but didn’t like the formulaic nature of commercial TV. Friends of mine were creatives and said “hey, lets do some projects together, I’m shooting a fashion launch, or I’m shooting something at fashion week, come and shoot some motion”, so I did. One thing led to another, and it just got to a point where people loved what I was doing, I was getting paid to do it, more work came in, then I decided that if I was going to do this, then I needed to give it 100%. I did, and I haven’t really looked back!
G: You have travelled to New York a lot, all for work?
P: A bit of play, a bit of work, I try where I can to take pockets of time away from shooting and plan a trip around it. I was actually in Europe before New York; I went to Paris, London then straight over to New York to shoot for The Design Files. I was gone for about 6 weeks; we just had the best time.
G: Where is your next big trip?
P: I’ll be in Shanghai with our client Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and then possibly London and Vienna.
G: Vienna! Have you been before?
P: Yes, it’s an interesting city. I was there for the wedding of a friend of mine who got married to an Austrian photographer. That was great; we went over Christmas so we had a bit of time there and were able to see it from a local perspective. There’s some really cool contemporary art, and the thing I love most about it is that it’s a city that’s rooted in such tradition and history, but underneath there was this really interesting contemporary art sub culture.
G: Favourite Melbourne local?
P: I love Marion Wine bar on Gertrude Street, it’s a little wine bar that is part of the Andrew McConnell group. It’s a really nice fit out, right next to Cutler and Co. It’s that little pocket that used to be the Supernormal pop up. Great wine, great food, its really cool. I love it there.