A Brief History

Year Event Duration
2003 September 19th, DMFilms is founded. Logo is created.  
2004 The short film The Dead of Night is completed. Although mostly filmed in one night during 2000, it wasn't edited until 2004. Despite the $50 budget, using copyrighted music and having minimal production values, it is still the first film to be released under the DMFilms banner. 13 minutes
2004 The short film Jedi Heritage is filmed which is promoted as a "drama set in the Star Wars universe" to highlight its dramatic, less action orientated, storyline.  

2005

Darren is interviewed on Channel 31's Short Film Show about his experience directing Jedi Heritage.  
2005 Jedi Heritage is completed. It is submitted for online hosting to theforce.net but is rejected, it eventually gets an online release through the milneyfilms website. 28 minutes
2005 1st corporate video for Toyota Australia is filmed and completed IT Systems - The Toyota Way. This is the first of a number of corporate videos that Darren would be asked to make for Toyota. 11 minutes
2005 The short film ALONE is filmed and completed. It is submitted to MUFF but is rejected without even being watched and does not become a finalist in the 4th Angry Film Festival. Feeling despondent from these rejections, Darren turns his back on film festivals and opts not to enter them in future unless there is a viable reason to do so.

ALONE is Darren's first fully independent film production featuring all original material.

11.5 minutes
2005 www.dmfilms.net is launched.  

2005

Darren is approached by the director of the Australian Centre of Performing Arts to teach a non certified course on Film Directing. The course is unable to proceed as the minimum number of registrants is short by three people.  
2006 2nd corporate video for Toyota filmed and completed tJunction Showroom Direct. 5 minutes
2006 The short film The Psychology of Killing is filmed.  
2006 3rd corporate video for Toyota filmed and completed The Boardroom of the Future. 4.5 minutes
2006 4th corporate video for Toyota filmed and completed Showroom Direct Training v1.0. 50 minutes
2006 August 31st, DMFilms is registered as an official business and receives its ABN number.  
2006 Darren is interviewed by a 3rd year RMIT film student regarding film directing.  
2006 1st wedding video filmed and edited. This is for Dean and Julie Edwards. 1 hour + 4 minute music video
2006 The Tropfest film Continuity is filmed and completed. It is submitted into the competition with the view that it could do well based on its original concept rather than on production values or budget, but it does not make the short list. 6 minutes
2007 Darren is interviewed by a Deakin University film student regarding film directing.  
2007 The short film The Psychology of Killing is completed after 15 months of post production (one month for every minute of screen time). It is submitted to the Electric Shorts film festival - which is run by a film making friend of Darren's - but is rejected. This leads Darren to promote himself as the "the film maker every festival rejects". 15 minutes
2007 The short film Reality Check is filmed.  
2007 Darren conducts a two day training session called "An Introduction to Creating Corporate and Product Videos" for Viaarena. Viaarena mention to Darren that they wish to fly him to Thailand to teach their worldwide affiliates how to create their own videos but Darren declines the offer - though is very flattered by it.  
2007 A TVC for Kissphotos glamour studio is filmed and edited by Darren - 6 versions of the commercial are created of which the final choice was screened on the Arena Channel. 30 seconds each
2008 The short film Reality Check is completed. 14 minutes
2008 Darren edits the showreel for actress Sarah Breen which is then presented to a talent agent as a referral for further showreel editing work.  
2008 2nd wedding video filmed and edited. This is for Axel and Robyne Conrad. 53 minutes
2008 Darren creates his film making showreel and releases it on YouTube with the link to the DMFilms website. It receives 2,200 views within the first month and gets a five star rating. 7 minutes
2008 Continuity and Reality Check are released on YouTube under the DMFilmsOnline label and both receive five star ratings.  
2008 Darren edits 3 x lawn bowls educational videos called How to be a Skip for the secretary of the Ashburton Bowls Club. Various

2009

Darren's first "completed" short film Skyforce: The Movie is re edited and officially finished. Originally filmed in 2000 and edited in 2001, the film is recut and re mixed by Darren as per his original vision. Although technically a DMFilms production it is not advertised as such as it was made before DMFilms was founded in 2003. 21 minutes
2009 The short film Flair: The Psychology of Killing Revisited is filmed and completed and is entered into the 2010 St Kilda Film Festival but does not become a finallist. 15.5 minutes
2009 The short film Oneself is filmed and completed within a single week. It is released on YouTube and receives a five star rating. 5 minutes

2009

The short film Oneself Two is filmed and completed. It is released on YouTube and receives a five star rating. 7 minutes
2010 The short film Oneself Three is filmed and completed. It is released on YouTube and receives a five star rating. 6 minutes

2010

Darren commences pre production on Red, his last short film. The film is expected to take two years to complete and will be Darren's biggest and most expensive short film production.  

2010

Darren edits the Victorian Railways Industry Centenary DVD, featuring a number of photos from the VRI's archives. Various

2011

The short film Red is filmed.  

2012

The short film Red is completed, thereby officially bringing Darren's short film making "career" to a close and paving the way for him to move into feature film arena. 12.5 minutes

2012

5th corporate video made for Toyota, a tribute piece for a retiring staff member that Darren edited. 15 minutes

2012

Darren publically announces his plan to make a feature film called The Psychology of Killing and sets a timeline of May 2017 to complete the production. He creates a teaser trailer which is released on You Tube along with a new website.  

2012

6th corporate video made for Toyota, an introduction and tutorial on how to use the new Canon Uniflow printing (aka Follow Me Printing) solution 4.5 minutes

2013

7th corporate video made for Toyota, an instructional piece on how to use the new On Demand video conference solution 3.5 minutes

2013

Although Darren had intended to make a feature film based on The Psychology of Killing, the reality of how difficult and expensive the task would be, combined with the likelihood that it will never receive any form of distribution, prompts Darren to abandon the project. As the film was intended to be his last ever production, this effectively brings the film making side of DMFilms to a close, however, Darren will still work on other productions when required so at least this aspect of DMFilms will continue on.

In the 10 years DMFilms was in operation, Darren made: 10 short films, 7 corporate videos, 2 wedding videos and 1 TV commercial, so it was a pretty good run.

 

2015

Darren completes writing the feature film screenplay The Psychology of Killing as a personal project. Even though the film is not likely to be made, Darren feels that just completing the screenplay is an achievement in itself.  

2016

Darren directs and edits his first ever music video. Like the Sun by local artist Kevin Walton is unique in that the target audience is for the hearing impaired. Moreover, the video is destined to be shown in the USA as the sign language used is for an American audience. 3 minutes

2016

Darren finally decides to release some of his more dramatic films online. Both The Psychology of Killing and Flair: The Psychology of Killing Revisited are uploaded to YouTube  

2017

Darren commences work on numerous corporate videos for Toyota Australia. These productions contain animated training videos, live action promo videos featuring new technology, videos featuring interviews of staff and workplace relations videos Various

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