Category: Films

Desktop Mag x Dis / sect

Dis / sect now featured on Desktop magazine’s website.

Check it out here:

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RUSSH Exclusive: Dis / Sect Premiere

On Monday, leading Australian fashion magazine RUSSH launched the exclusive premiere of my fashion film Dis/Sect which was shot for my good friend Minette Shuen’s graduate collection. I had a blast shooting this and working with Minette on the day. It’s always great to collaborate with other designers who are able to give you creative freedom and trust that the end result will be great. Massive praise also to Katy, our incredible model who was excellent at taking art direction from us on the day. Definitely a model to watch!

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In case you missed it, you can still watch the film here:

or here:

Minette Shuen: Dis / Sect AW2013 Fashion Film from Gabriel Virata on Vimeo.

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet

For some reason I had this random urge to start listening to the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack last week which prompted me to start looking at film stills of the movie.  I’ve always thought Baz Luhrmann was a genius and I’ve always listed Romeo & Juliet as one of my favourite films but never really appreciated the soundtrack until now.

I thought I’d dedicate a post to the stills and songs that have been inspiring me over the past week.

The Studio

By now, you would have probably heard of Koskela’s incredible design showroom that’s opened up at Rosebery. You would have also heard the hype surrounding  ‘it’ restaurant Kitchen By Mike … but did you know the wondrous showroom also has an attached studio space available for hire?

Now you do!

Once again, I collaborated with Koskela’s creative director, Pat to create a short video that took users through the space adjacent to the showroom. Rather than send out boring PDF documents outlining facts and figures to clients, the video was created as a fun piece that actually showed the space off.

To check out the video, pop over to their website:

Cruel Intentions

I remember the first time that I saw this trailer as a kid I knew instantly that I had to do whatever it took to watch it. I remember the day that I finally went to the movies to try and see it before being told by the attendant that I wasn’t allowed to get into the cinema because it was rated MA 15+ ( I was only 10 at the time.)

3 months later and I was  finally able to watch it thanks to the good old Blockbuster franchise and to this day, it still stands as my favourite movie. I’ve read Choderlos De Laclos’ original novel, watched the 80’s film and even written 10,000 word essays on it and yet it still manages to affect me on every viewing.

Follow Your Heart. Trust Your Judgement. Do It With Joy

So proclaims the motto that drives Koskela – an incredible Australian company who’s Rosebery showroom officially launched last month to a stellar crowd.

I was fortunate enough to be approached by Koskela’s creative director Pat to help in producing a series of videos that would be played on the launch night –  encapsulating the journey that had been undertaken in launching such an impressive space.

One of the perks of the job was having a lunch ‘meeting’ in the restaurant attached to the showroom – ‘Kitchen by Mike’ which is currently receiving rave reviews all round for it’s delicious food and concept (trust me you WANT to go here ASAP. I highly recommend the almond croissant!)

It was an absolute honour to be apart of a project like this – where I was able to witness first hand the passion the owners Russel and Sasha breathed in order to bring what they loved to the public.

What Pat wanted to achieve with the video was a tongue-in-cheek visual that would allow guests to go through the journey – highlighting the blood,sweat and tears that was invested in delivering the final product.

Personally, it was really interesting working on this project because it came exactly at a period when I was getting a lot of advice from friends myself to return to creating projects in the hand craft aesthetic I seem to have developed.

I was really fortunate in this case that Pat knew and loved the works I had already created in that style so it was great to work  alongside someone on the same wavelength. Pat’s final cut of the video was exceptional, the imagery was just perfect to the text that accompanied it.

Anyway, enjoy the final videos and be sure to pop down to the showroom yourself if you get the chance.

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