Farmhand Films works with talented and committed creatives - we believe a film is only ever as good as the team behind it.
We feature key collaborators here, and are proud to call them our Associates.
Richard Mueck (Conceptual Artist, Sculptor, Actor, Story Consultant)
After dropping out of High School to join the circus, then playing football with the Fitzroy Football Club Richard created his own company (The Fantasy Workshop) and accumulated over 30 years of experience in the film & television industry as a sculptor, model-maker, performer, puppeteer, comedian, writer & producer.
Richard has worked on movies from Star Wars to Where the Wild Things Are, played George's best friend 'Ape' in George of the Jungle 2, created the all-puppet children's TV show Li'l Horrors and most recently has designed and made marquees for the Creature Technology Company and their award-winning live shows Walking with Dinosaurs, How to Train Your Dragon and the live theatrical version of King Kong.
Joe Blanck (Conceptual Artist, Scenic Painter, Puppeteer, Fabricator)
Joe Blanck has been working full time as a professional artist for the last 15 years. Late in 2013 Joe decided to focus on his own studio and left his position as Head Scenic Artist at The Creature Technology Company, a world leading animatronic and creature workshop. Joe moved the A Blanck Canvas workshop to a shared 140 sqm shop front studio at Docklands with artist Felipe Reynolds, titling it AMPERSAND STUDIO.
A Blanck Canvas focuses on bringing the unimaginable to life through 2D and 3D art forms; building, painting, sculpting and designing unique and bespoke products commissioned for every desire. Anything that is imagined can be created, from fine art on canvas or an outdoor mural, to large props, puppets, sets and backdrops for film theatre and events. The options are endless.
Shyam Ediriweera (Cinematographer)
Shyam Ediriweera is a Melbourne based freelance cinematographer with a wealth of experience in independent short films, commercials and online screen content.
Meticulous in his preparation and unflappable on-set, Shyam combines a keen eye for detail with strong story-telling instincts. He strikes the balance between perfection and productivity - capturing quality images to schedule, in all manner of shooting conditions.
Daniel Nixon (Composer)
Daniel began his career as a farmhand slashing bracken in south western Victoria. Several head injuries and many years later he is now a competent heavy vehicle operator, well versed in the ways of cattle and currently scoring film and theatre across five of the world's continents. Some of his previous roles include work with Flash Gun Films, Rough Diamond Pictures, Playdate Media, Likerish Productions, Little Ones Theatre, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
And he loves wombats.
Cisco Caesar (Band)
Cisco Caesar's music is classic Americana. James Cisco grew up smack bang in the middle of Illinois, at a crossroad of sorts. Halfway between the Chicago and St Louis blues scenes (and their differing styles), it was a part of the world as steeped in bluegrass as it was hair rock. Add to that the sounds of Chess, Sun and Stax Records and there are more influences than you can comfortably list. You can hear the echoes of it all in their music. Cisco's songwriting seems almost elastic, pulled by Jason Torrens' rock drumming heritage (Bugdust, The Reefers), Caesar Slattery's funk and soul background (Pornland, Moreland City Soul Revue), and Jocob Cole's impressive blues and alt-country chops (The Portraits, Sal Kimber & The Rolling Wheel).
"Cisco Caesar are pure quality. They sound like they've been beamed in from the mid seventies, a time when you had to be absolutely amazing to get noticed as a serious live band. Tight isn't the word. Effortless - that's the word." - Horsham-Rocks.co.uk, August 2013