Each of our interviewees were important in coinciding with the content that we wanted to explore in the doco. Our doco attempted to adhere to a three part structure. The first part focused on the goals of our subjects. It was important to begin with Ian who spoke alot about his personal history with his cinema of over thirty years. Ian was particularly clear about outlining what he wanted from his cinema and what he wanted to offer to his clients. In this sense we based our structure around the strongest moments of our individual interviews. Whilst each interviewee speaks broadly about independent cinema, there were moments that were more fitting than others.
Part two focused on the passions of our subjects. Ghita Lobenstein exerted her passion incredibly well. This section aimed to include the passion our subjects possessed for film and to share this with the community. Moreover, it aimed to distinguish how independent cinemas are important in offering individuals with a broader range of more specific content. It demonstrates how independent cinemas offer different experiences to multiplexes. Ghita had a number of interesting points to contribute, especially concerning why she started up perhaps the most independent venue featuring in our interview.
The third part of the documentary looks at the threats to independent cinemas, specifically downloading threats and VODs. These threats were articulated incredibly well by Natalie Miller and also moments from Ghita. The decision to end the piece focusing on the threats was decided on primarily because of a strong and beautiful analogy given by Natalie concerning cave men. Her final comments were particularly inspiring for the industry and concluded the piece quite inspiringly.
Each venue was chosen with alot of meaning attached to it. The decision to interview Mornington Cinema owner Ian Williams was important in gaining insight into personal nature and passion behind entering into the business. We also wanted to get an insight into a cinema with a small amount of screens that continues to exist outside the city. Conversely, we wanted to gain insight into a larger independent and successful cinema such as Cinema Nova that possesses fourteen screens. Moreover, the decision to interview Ghita was based on the fact that her screenings are not held in cinemas but rather throughout pop up screens in the city. We wanted to capture the diversity of independent cinemas and their importance to avid film goers in Melbourne.