Andrew Quaile is Creative Director of IdeasBanQ, a creative production agency in Launceston. He has written and directed TV programs and commercials that have been aired throughout Australia and internationally. An active member of the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS), and producer of short-form comedy, Andrew loves seeing big ideas come to life. He most recently picked up a Gold and Silver at 2016 ACS Awards, was commissioned by SBS Comedy to make Apocalypse Events (SBS On Demand, 2015), and his short film The Grim Experience (2012) was awarded first place at the Breath Of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival. Andrew is also a partner in the Star Theatre redevelopment, due to open in Launceston in Summer 2018.
Interview with Andrew Quaile:
So far it's been great! It's exciting to see the big ideas, and level of quality that has come from different students around the state. (Oh, and the little box of treats was a nice touch too - thanks!)
When I watch a film, i lose the plot pretty quickly because i'm too busy looking at all the technical aspects. The camera angles, the types of lens used, the pace of the editing. To me though, a great film starts with a great idea. That means a good script, with a creative storyline.
All in one go normally. I take notes, then go back and re-watch any bits i particularly enjoyed. Or get frustrated by the bits i can't work out how they've made.
While studying Commerce at Uni, I think. That was pretty dry. But I had a keen interest in advertising and, using a borrowed video camera and a couple of VCRs, started making my own short films.
If you want to get better as a filmmaker, just get out there and make films. Theory's great, but it's never as good as learning from your mistakes.
Anything by Steven Soderbergh, Guy Ritchie or David Fincher. I'm not sure I have a favourite. That's like trying to pick your favourite child, isn't it?
I love watching Pixar films with my boys. It's nice having an excuse to watch kids' films. WallE's a great example of good film making, which doesn't rely on dialogue to carry the story. The first half of the film is all about two robots falling in love, which they do purely through sound effects, music and subtle actions.