Behind the scenes on Event Zero. Photo: Clark Carter
Giles Hardie, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports
Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey are more used to guerrilla filmmaking than warfare, yet they dabbled in a little of both on Tuesday as a temporary office space in Gladesville was transformed into a terrorist crafted train crash at Circular Quay for the purposes of making movie magic.
An idea born out of the Tokyo sarin attacks, Event Zero is a web series funded by the pair's successful 60 second pitch in the Movie Extra Webfest competition that will consist of seven three minutes webisodes, each a different perspective on one story that begins with a terrorist attack on Sydney, spiralling from crash, to chemical warfare to conspiracy theory. "It was just an idea that we had kicking round the back that we thought was really cool," Harvey said on the set.
As far as career trajectories go, Harvey and Tedeschi's is oddly counter-intuitive. Having taken the mantle of torrent-funding pioneers last year to fund their feature film The Tunnel, a horror film about a monster lurking in the tunnels beneath Sydney, they now have an actual budget of $100,000 to make less than thirty minutes of story. And now they have money, they yearn for more screen time. "You've got this really restrictive parameter, so you have to be creative and every little detail counts," said Harvey.
City Rail aren't involved in the series - hence a credit for a Gladesville industrial estate in the role of Circular Quay train station - as the crash itself is digital and the stories rapidly move away from the train, but wannabe extras might find the crew filming around Circular Quay in the next few days.
Given that a generic location would be easier, crashing a train in Circular Quay is oddly a perverse love letter to Sydney. "I have a personal gripe with Aussie film makers who go out of their way to make it not be Australian," said Tedeschi. "It's one of the most awesome, readily identifiable cities in the world it's no different to using New York or Paris or all those cities that get used."
In fact the pair are so in love with the city, they've now put a monster underneath it and attacked it with terrorists. "Next time it will be aliens destroying the whole city or something like that," promises Harvey.