Making of Movies continued the tradition of quality independent filmmaking that David Muir established with his previous production companies, Point Films (Sydney, London and Hamburg) and The Write Direction (Sydney). Since 1961 David and his production companies have earned an impressive number of Australian and international awards as well as extensive television exposure. From its inception in 2006 until it wound up in 2017, his last company, Making of Movies, produced 40 quality videos. David is now retired from active filmmaking, but is still script-doctoring, mentoring, giving lectures and finishing writing his film memoirs – Two Case Man – for publication next year.
David Muir ACS BSC
As a documentary scriptwriter, director, producer and cinematographer David specialised in perceptive recording and sympathetic interpretation of the making of meaningful arts, community and educational projects.
His work has won many prizes at festivals around the world and the quality of his camera work has been recognised by two much sought after acronyms signifying his peer-approved membership of both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the British Society of Cinematographers.
As well as being internationally acknowledged as a filmmaker, David is a human rights activist. He also campaigns for gender equality in film production, encouragement of local screen content, fostering of ever-improving creative practice, interaction between screen profession organisations and an understanding of filmmakers' roles by the viewing public.
David's contributions to filmmaking, film production politics and screen culture earned him induction into the prestigious ACS Hall Of Fame in 2012.
David Muir as speaker and educator
David's public speaking engagements currently range from true story-telling about his experiences filming in 33 different countries and his friendships with film greats - such as Martin Scorsese and Raoul Coutard - to well-illustrated lectures on specific aspects of filmmaking. David's talks entertain, inform and inspire audiences ranging from community groups to academic staff and students.
Francois Truffaut and Raoul Coutard. Photos by David Muir.
Screen education is one of David's long-standing passions. He has taught at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Macquarie, Melbourne and Latrobe Universities and continues as a sessional lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television (UOM) where he engages with a wide range of students in the Foundation Year course. David's film and video teaching expertise covers theory and practice for students with all stages of prior experience (including absolute beginners) and aged from 16 to 70.
David Muir. Photo by Andrew Blogg.
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(Further information on the Education page.)
Some typicalMaking of Moviesdocumentaries
Grandmothers are Bold
Sometimes to help those without a voice, you need to raise your own. A group of active older women from Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children work hard to convey their humanitarian message through song.
"It was fabulous, it was really important because it showed the real heart of why the grandmothers started as a group and just very honest. You don't see things like that these days. It was very refreshing and good for the soul. Thank you David for taking the time to make this movie." – Sue Travers, Grandmother Against Detention of Refugee Children
Hamer Hall refurbished for the 21st Century (2010 to 2012)
Traces the heritage, creative and practical elements involved, from the initial 1970s iconic concept by Sir Roy Grounds, through John Truscott's famous interior iterations and ARM Architecture's outstanding design for the 21st Century - turning the forbidding cultural "fortress" into a welcoming social hub that is finally open to the riverfront.
"Technically image and sound are very good, but what really impressed me was the way they are structured, how the various facets of a large subject are covered, explained and developed. Interesting from beginning to end." – Fritz Suendermann, Associate of principal architect Roy Grounds during the original design of the Arts Centre
It's who we are
This TV half-hour documentary tells the story of the first twenty years of an amazing group of women who have had a remarkable influence in both the Jewish and GLBT communities.
Premiered at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2014.
"We would like to thank you and the rest of the team for producing such a quality product. We are certainly very proud of the result and are confident that viewers around the world will be likewise." – Sara Elkas, JLGV
Performance architecture trailer
With national and international expansion of their activities, innovative architectural practice ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall) needed a brief video of their work to use on the internet. David Muir and Making of Movies were pleased to create this.