I would like to personally thank the cast and crew who worked very hard to create Love Hurts. Everyone gave up their weekends, some travelling from Sydney and Melbourne and despite the long hours, the team were all very professional and extremely talented - all sustained by the amazing catering (the best I have had on a film set).
In no particular order i'd like to thank...
I want to thank my wife Nikki Kerehona who bounced this idea around with me for years. She did an amazing job as official runner and looked after Abby Dobson and made her feel like a star, thus, making me look good as director.
Thank you to Jono White. You did much of the essential heavy work like transporting the gate and you were also script supervisor, not mention an extra.
Thank you to Monica Penders for your encouragement and the opportunity to be part of the Locks of Love Film.
Thank you to our esteemed cast Colin Lane, Cal Wilson and Abby Dobson. You all agreed to collaborate on this film because of the script's refreshing simplicity...I'm relieved it worked. Thank you for being so patient with me, being a first time director!
Thank you to Rohan Taylor for the quality sound mix and making the film sing. Not only mine, but several other films as well. Long hours.
Thank you Andy Marriott for the computer generated composite of the girl splashing into Lake Burley Griffith! That scene sold the gag and consequently, the whole film.
A big big cheers to Michael Easter decoding and the digital Cinema Package. We gave you 25 fps - you said you wanted 24 fps. But you didn't complain. Considering the workload you endured, I am sure you are now ready for feature films!
Thanks Adrian Muscat for producing the film. For your first time, I think you pulled it off in under four weeks - considering the cast we managed to get, it was a fine job.
Thank you Annette Hurder, your experience in the industry was felt on our newbie set and no matter what, you stuck to your guns and pulled the thing through.
Thank you Bronson Wilson for being the rock of the shoot. Not only did I feel safe in the knowledge that above all else, sound was king and so are you.
Thanks Luke Gresham for the considerable effort you went through to get the cleanest sound from multiple participants. I see why Bronson holds you in high esteem! See you around the Memorial.
Thank you to my favourite photographer Kate Travis who provided all the spectacular behind the scenes shots. Kate, you rock and I am glad that I have you to count on for moral support.
Thank you to Harvey Welsh who composed the tune 'Love Hurts' especially for this film. I love it and it works perfectly with the tone of our main character's state of mind.
Thank you so much to my friend Steve Moxey for absolutely stunning imagery. Your best work yet.
Thank you to my mentor Greg Evans - a veteran editor who turned rushes into gold and colour graded. You saved our film and you are a legend.
Thanks Katarina Erceg for your extraordinary efforts in choking down capsicum-spray pizza and for the high pitch screams which concerned my neighbours.
Thank you to Talia Baussman for allowing me to use her screen talents before everyone else! And for dealing with the cold - you were shivering so much in that barn. Thank you Jocaine and Peter for giving Talia the opportunity to experience filmmaking, I think she loved it!
Thank you to Caspian Scott for your professionalism and for dealing with sib's claws! you didn't even cry! Thanks Elizabeth Scott for allowing us to use Caspian - you and James Scott trained him well.
Thank you Janine Jeffrey for the amazing costume and art department, from the beautiful dress on Abby and Cal, to the vintage outfits of Caspian and Talia in the barn scene. You also did a great job hand crafting the 'Paul & Sally' lock, and, finding the special key necklace for Abby.
Thank you Tracey Lazanski for making our cast look fantastic - especially Colin Lane's missing tooth and the scrambled egg. You did a great job!
Thank you so much to Dale & Yvette Braynard from Sweet Copper for providing catering at their own expense. We also filmed interior and exterior scenes at Sweet Copper.
Also thank you to Craig Starr of Gold Creek Station for providing your venue for filming in the kitchen and the barn.
Thank you to David Nelson for the management of safety and moral support.
Special thanks also to Jane Easthope, Chief Executive Officer of In the City for allowing us to shoot the film in your beautiful office. This was where the majority of the film was shot - and we went over hours and thanks for being understanding.
Thanks to Melanie Coombs for investing your time in opening my mind to the creative approach to filmmaking.
Thank you to John L. Simpson for believing in Canberra filmmakers.
Thanks to Bruce Davie for Camera Assist - Bruce directed his own film Scars and still managed to find time to help us.
Thanks to Jeffery Truong, words escape me how good you are at focus pulling, camera assist and I have since discovered, cinematography.
Thank you Aaron King for filming the behind the scenes footage...I see big things for you. I said tis only to one other person years ago - his name is Andy Trieu.
The film is complete but I'll always have great memories about my directorial debut thanks to all of you.