This Short Film Explores the Desire to Create with Artist Heath Wae

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‘Gifts of Unknown Things’ is a short film that resulted from a curious exploration to see a little deeper into the inspired mind of Australian artist Heath Wae. This visual narrative provides an insight into Wae’s unique approach toward painting, which has an air of mysticism and a deep connection to the earth.

Words and Photography by Jared O'Sullivan

I first met Heath at the beginning of last year when I arrived home from Mexico. I was on a photo shoot at his house in the Northern Rivers and he was preparing works to be sent over to London for an exhibition. After the shoot wrapped at his house, we all headed out for a drink and immediately connected. Discussing concepts of creativity, inspiration and ways of the universe that affect our lives and art practice. 

In a time where carefully curated images fill our experience, this film celebrates the process of creation.”

“I wanted to translate his art into a film but at the same time tell a story that blurs the lines of life and art.”

Towards the end of last year, we both had some time between projects and decided to collaborate on this short film idea. Without too much pre-production we set out to document the natural environment, the artists interaction within it and the influence this has on the creative flow. 

Place is central to this film, where the shots attempt to emulate the composition of painted spaces. Inspired by Heath’s aesthetic I wanted to translate his art into a film but at the same time tell a story that blurs the lines of life and art. 

Rather than to focus on the final completed works, this film provides insight into Heath’s philosophy and approach to art-making. In a time where carefully curated images fill our experience, this film celebrates the process of creation, the thought processes and underlying ideas behind Wae’s practice. 

Shot on a Canon 1-N Film SLR with a Canon 24-70mm lens. Shot on a Canon 1-N Film SLR with a Canon 24-70mm lens.

The film documented an important shift in Wae’s work, adopting the use of natural pigments and Bundjalung ochre that blends tones in his upcoming exhibition; “Pavilion of Dreams” which is now open at the Harvey Gallery in Sydney until the 17th of March 2020. You can see the finished works on Heath’s instagram

Shot on a Canon 1-N Film SLR with a Canon 24-70mm lens.

To tell the story of Heath’s inspiration and creative process the film was shot on a variety of cameras and formats to translate the tone of his work into a film narrative. 

The detail shots, scenes rich in colour, and slow motion takes were shot on a Sony FS7 Mark II with Canon zoom lenses. The Ariel shots were shot with a DJI Mavic Pro with Polar pro polarized filters to bring out the rich colours of the land and ocean on what was quite a softly lit scene. The tracking shots and movements were shot on a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24-70mm lens and a Gobe variable ND filter.  The painterly textured film shots were shot on a vintage super 8mm camera with Kodak film. This was used primarily to break up the digital feel of the other cameras and to provide an analogue aesthetic. The accompanying stills were shot on a Canon 1-N film SLR with a Canon 24-70mm lens. 

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Jared O'Sullivan

Jared O’Sullivan’s diverse portfolio traverses commercial fashion, lifestyle and documentary projects. O’Sullivan’s ability to construct high-concept shoots and find meaning in his surrounds has been influenced through his experiences working and living in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, and Mexico City. Currently completing his Masters of Creative Industries, Jared is working commercially while compiling a photographic book due for release mid 2020.

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