THE DEFENDER

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.  


Synopsis:

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.


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Production 

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Writer Director Producer Editor

AIMEE HARRISON

Director of Photography

Cody Webber

Camera

Tim Hughes

Cody Webber

Sound

Sophie Grant

Crew

Ash Dorman

Lighting

Tim Hughes

Ash Dorman

Cody Webber

Sophie Grant

Makeup & Special Effects Makeup Artist

Shari LeStrange

Soundtrack

Ben

Foley

Aimee Harrison

Costume Design

Aimee Harrison

Cast

Alex-The Defender

Beth Connor

Drake

Matthew Scott Parker

Ethan

Lauchlan Wang

Gang Members

Briar Rose

Josh Haynes

Maria T

Nickolas

Ash Dorman

Citizens

Briar Rose

Josh Haynes

Maria T

Radio Presenter

Ellen O’Connor

Special Thanks to

Brie Trenerry

Adele Varcoe

William Duan

Ellen O’Connor

RMIT Fashion Department

RMIT AV Loans

The Smoke Machine