Michele Konrad

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Hello, I’m Michele Konrad. I’m an independent filmmaker living and working in Sydney.

I believe that story can change the world.

I still remember the day I discovered its power. I was four years old, running around the playground with my friends, when suddenly out of nowhere I found myself saying:

“Let’s say…”

“Let’s say…I’m a unicorn!”

“Let’s say…we can fly!”

Let’s say…what ever you can possibly imagine!

It was magical: I could be anything! We could go anywhere!

From that moment I was hooked. Story - all kinds of story, from fiction to documentary and from visual to musical - would be the central focus of my life.

But despite that, I never planned to be creative in my career. In my early years I was more interested in adventure. And so I joined the Army, learned Russian, and eventually became a project manager in the oil industry. That gave me the opportunity to work in some of the most remote and fascinating parts of the world, including Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Kurdistan and Papua New Guinea.

Visiting seismic lines in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Visiting seismic lines in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Outside Suleimaniyah, Kurdistan.

Outside Suleimaniyah, Kurdistan.

Traveling in Central Asia.

Traveling in Central Asia.

All of these wandering years I was writing stories and tucking them away, figuring that someday I would be ready to do something with them. Finally that day came. In 2007, I took a career break to dedicate myself to writing. A year or so later I found myself in Hollywood, learning to write scripts. I had fallen in love with filmmaking: the perfect combination between a story and a project.

I studied screenwriting at New York Film Academy and producing at the University of California Los Angeles. Moving to Australia, I studied filmmaking at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

 
In the studio at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

In the studio at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

 

These days I am focused on developing my craft as a writer, director and producer. I’ve created short drama films and music videos which have been shown in festivals around the world. I also produce professional content for organisations through my work with Nous Group.

On the set of  If I Were You .

On the set of If I Were You.

Whatever the project my work is characterised by story, heartfelt performance, and a collaborative approach.

Thank you for visiting, and feel free to get in touch.

Best regards,

Michele


What people say about working with me….

Michele has one of the keenest eyes for detail, combined with a finely tuned story sense. And a fabulous way of getting the very best out of her actors and crew.
— Paul J Warren, Director of Photography
 
I have had the pleasure of working with Michele Konrad on two film projects. Michele has formidable skills as a producer, writer and director. She is a dream to work with and can happily balance between others’ creative input and her own artistic vision. She is a highly organised, gifted and daring filmmaker.
— Jonathan Zwartz
 
I have had great pleasure in sharing in Michele’s passion for film making and have admiration for her approach which is strategic as well as creative with a firm eye on optimising her budget.  She is one to watch and I look forward to a long working relationship.
— Jane Corden, Managing Director, Moneypenny
 
Michele is extremely good at being able to talk to all levels of crew and cast and clearly articulate her needs and wants. She was very patient, supportive and aware of what her cast needed in order to do their best work and then provided that environment within the rehearsal and location shoot. Her direction and ability to give notes that were both constructive and delicate ensured she got what she needed out of me. I am in awe of her drive and passion for film making and storytelling.  I would imagine anyone who gets the opportunity to work on one of her projects would have the same experience. I look forward to my next one with her.
— Melinda Dransfield, Actor
In my time with AFTRS Open there have been many outstanding students pass through the doors, but Michele stood out. She has an infectious dedication to her craft and the necessary charismatic demeanor to overcome any obstacles, business or artistic. If only more creatives had such a desire to constantly be moving forward. Watch this space!
— David Fedirchuk, Program Manager Industry, Australian Film Television and Radio School
Working with Michele was a thoroughly rewarding experience. She was open to discussing and exploring ideas that forward and serve the narrative, whilst maintaining a strong concept and idea at its core. I found working together akin to a partnership where ideas could be freely expressed and debated in an open and collaborative manner. She has a passionate dedication to producing a quality result in all that she turns her attention to.
— Daniel Lê

Films

 

Two Lives

Jannawi Family Centre, a non-profit organisation that supports families at risk of domestic violence, provides expert and compassionate assistance to help children and parents change their lives. I had the privilege of working with some amazingly talented actors, and a dedicated volunteer crew, to create this narrative video to help support their work. (2 minutes)

I shot and directed the film, to stay within our (zero) budget.

I shot and directed the film, to stay within our (zero) budget.

Call sheet and Shot List for the shoot.

Call sheet and Shot List for the shoot.

Shooting the heart-warming final scene with David Hooley and Katherine Shearer.

Shooting the heart-warming final scene with David Hooley and Katherine Shearer.

First-time actor Caylan did a terrific job with a critical role.

First-time actor Caylan did a terrific job with a critical role.

To capture a good angle, you squeeze in anywhere you need to.

To capture a good angle, you squeeze in anywhere you need to.

We had a good time on set, despite the serious subject matter.

We had a good time on set, despite the serious subject matter.


if i were you

‘If I Were You’ is a story about two people who love each other, caught in a repetitive argument over something neither of them can fix. Their connection, which means everything to them, has become a dead end.

The cinematic style created by Director of Photography Paul J Warren (‘The Cup’) draws on 1950’s photographs of Hong Kong by the Chinese photographer Fan Ho, as well as the classic films of Hollywood’s black-and-white period.

The original score was composed by Jonathan Zwartz, with a lineup of notable Australian players including Barney McAll, Tim Firth, and Afghani vocalist Ustad Sarshar. Edited by Daniel Lê. (12 minutes)

 
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Director of Photography Paul J Warren on set.

Director of Photography Paul J Warren on set.

Working on set with sound recordist Mark Blackwell and continuity Chantel Cabrera.

Working on set with sound recordist Mark Blackwell and continuity Chantel Cabrera.

Kelly Cruz working with the on-set armorer

Kelly Cruz working with the on-set armorer

Reviewing the shot list.

Reviewing the shot list.

Kelly Cruz and Daniel Cowley

Kelly Cruz and Daniel Cowley

Micheline Siou on hair and makeup.

Micheline Siou on hair and makeup.

Veteran sound recordist Mark Blackwell.

Veteran sound recordist Mark Blackwell.

Director of Photography Paul J Warren creating the cinematic lighting.

Director of Photography Paul J Warren creating the cinematic lighting.

Mixing the original score in the studio.

Mixing the original score in the studio.

Sydney jazz legend Jonathan Zwartz composed the score.

Sydney jazz legend Jonathan Zwartz composed the score.


sliding/falling

This music video highlights the multiple musical talents of Sydney jazz musician Carl Dewhurst to tell a tale of ghosts and sorrows. (5 minutes)

 
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lost at sea

For Martha Marlow, the iconic voice behind the Qantas ‘Feels Like Home’ campaign, I worked with Director of Photography Paul J Warren to create a music video highlighting a song from her new album. (3 minutes)