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Aussie filmmakers talk high-def

We took to the Tropfest 2007 red carpet to ask some of the finalists and film industry guests for their thoughts on shooting films in high-definition format.

High-definition formats are becoming an increasingly popular choice for filmmakers, with one-quarter of this year's 600 Tropfest entrants shooting their stories in HD.

We took to the Tropfest 2007 red carpet to ask some of the finalists and film industry guests for their thoughts on HD. Click the play button to hear what they have to say.


Who's who

Clayton Jacobson
Clayton Jacobson

Clayton Jacobson is the director, co-writer and producer of the 2006 Australian comedy Kenny, which starred his brother Shane as a plumber who plunges portaloos with pride. The film was mostly shot using a handheld camera, in keeping with its mockumentary style. A hit at the box office and with the critics, Kenny received an AFI award for Best Actor.

Jayne Montague
Jayne Montague

Jayne Montague's dialogue-free drama, Still, was one of the 16 short films shown at Tropfest 2007. Shot on HD, it is her first short film, and tells the story of a son being left aside when his parents choose separate paths.

Jayce White
Jayce White

A comedy about the Cronulla riots? Sounds like a tricky task for an amateur filmmaker, but Jayce White's Between the Flags took out the Best Comedy and Best Actor awards at Tropfest 2007. A Web animator by day, Jayce designed the animated smileys for Yahoo's instant messaging application.

Catherine Martin
Catherine Martin

Production and costume designer for worldwide hits Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom, Catherine Martin has received multiple honours for her work, including two Academy Awards. Her next project is the Baz Luhrmann epic Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

For more video from Tropfest, check out this week's Tech Talk, where we ask the punters about shooting videos and sharing them online.