Fashion Design Studio 5
The Defender is a short 5 minute Super Hero Film created for my major Fashion Design Studio "Screening Fashion" run by Adele Varcoe and Brie Trenerry for Third Year Semester One. It was shortlisted as part of ASVOFF - A Shaded View On Fashion Film - An international Fashion Film Festival. I wrote, Directed, Produced, Edited and Designed Costumes for this project. I worked with other Actors, a Film Crew, Audio Engineers, Makeup Artists and other students. Full Credits below. Please enjoy some imagery from Production and Screenshots and a short trailer of the film.
The Defender is a Super Hero story set in a Dystopian Future of perpetual night, strictly controlled by glorified gangs of enforcement officers to ensure a crime-free city. Colour and clothing was blamed for crime and heavily restricted to ensure peace but not all the citizens agree. Alex, a young woman rebels against the oppressive darkness wanting the freedom to wear whatever she desires without the fear of being attacked abused for it. Things go awry when she is followed by the enforcers and her life is changed forever…
Fashion to me is a creative outlet of self-expression that represents identity and is more a reflection of emotional self and a way of expressing that.
Film, in its most basic sense, is a form of storytelling.
Therefore fashion film to me is the telling of a story combined with fashion. They are intrinsically linked and are crucial to each other. Fashion is used to tell the story and the story is used to showcase the fashion and I think this is exactly what I have created.
The Defender is a superhero fashion film with a statement that anyone should have the freedom to wear whatever they want without fear of repercussions. Statistically in 70% of sexual assaults the perpetrator is known to the victim and it has nothing to do with what they are wearing.
Writer Director Producer Editor
Director of Photography
Makeup & Special Effects Makeup Artist
Matthew Scott Parker
Special Thanks to
RMIT Fashion Department
RMIT AV Loans
The Smoke Machine