Jack Viljoen’s shoot­ing star cap­tured on film

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JACK Viljoen is quite at home on the stage, but the lo­cal mu­si­cian found him­self in front of the cam­eras this week as film­ing be­gan for his first mu­sic videos. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve waited so long to do this, lit­er­ally 25 to 30 years, and now it’s fi­nally hap­pen­ing.”

With the help of a Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund grant Mr Viljoen was able to hire lo­cal film di­rec­tor Clifton Schulke and pho­tog­ra­pher Brad Fry.

“I’m re­ally glad to be us­ing lo­cals to pro­duce the videos,” he said.

“Clifton has won prizes in the Capri­corn Film Fes­ti­val and re­ally knows what he’s do­ing.

“The guys have been so great and have given me a lot of con­fi­dence.”

“They’ve cre­ated a very re­laxed at­mos­phere so be­ing in front of the cam­era wasn’t daunt­ing at all.

“I’m in­ter­act­ing with the cam­era like I’m telling a story to some­one.”

The team will pro­duce three mu­sic videos.

“We started film­ing My Friend the Fiddler to­day,” Mr Viljoen said.

“It’s a very per­sonal song I wrote about my mate Stu Wat­son who is a mem­ber of Bul­la­makanka and played with Slim Dusty and Anne Kirkpatrick.”

Nu­mer­ous lo­cal spots will be the back­drop this week­end for the videos for songs As Cool as Johnny Cash and Rain.

“Satur­day we’ll be head­ing out to the Boyne Val­ley to film at the his­tor­i­cal cot­tage in Ubobo and Many Peaks Ho­tel,” Mr Viljoen said. “To­mor­row night we’ll be shoot­ing at the Ubobo Hall with a crowd and we’ll have a bar­be­cue and a sing-song af­ter­wards. Sun­day morn­ing we’ll be in the old ho­tel at the Cal­liope His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage.”

Iron­i­cally, they will have to wait un­til the dry sea­son re­turns to film parts of the third song, Rain.

“To find the right land­scape for that video we’ll need to wait un­til it dries out again,” Mr Viljoen said.

The videos should be ready for re­lease early next year.

“We’ll have the pre­miere at the Gladstone Art Gallery, then I’ll start pro­mot­ing them pub­licly and on Youtube and see where it takes us,” Mr Viljoen said.

“The wheels are turn­ing slowly, but we’re get­ting there.”

Photo: Frycandy

SHOOT­ING STAR: Jack Viljoen is mak­ing three mu­sic videos which will be re­leased next year.

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