Logan Mucha is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for exploring human rights issues.
Logan's five-month project will see him research, write and develop a hybrid documentary anthology - Dark Tide - that tells a story of a fictionalised climate change event. Logan will undertake research into the potential impacts of climate change on Victoria including connecting with historians, scientists and experts from organisations including the CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research team. Logan will also work with collaborators to produce a proof of concept film that can be shown at film festivals or gallery settings and presented to potential investors and distributors with a view to producing the full anthology in the future.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
The Creators Fund grant has provided the confidence and credibility I needed to undertake my ambitious project Dark Tide. The concept had been buried in my head for years, but needed a dedicated period of research and development to make it a reality – something I would never have been able to afford without this grant. It has provided me with an amazing opportunity to develop my storytelling skills and film craft, essentially creating a body of film work that will help launch me into the next stage of my career.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
As a freelance director, I am constantly between gigs, spending extensive time hustling for work and creating commercial content. It’s a juggling act that extends into my evenings and weekends, and affords very little time to focus on my creative projects. The ability to spend time – even one full day – uninterrupted, and without other commitments just to focus on creative development, is extremely rare. I think it’s one of the most unfortunate things for artists being so busy trying to make ends meet, that we fail to dedicate sufficient time to our own creativity.
What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creator's Fund grant?
This sounds a bit cliché, but I did have a bit of a cry – luckily no-one else was home. I read the email a few times over thinking that it had to have been a mistake. It was a validation that my creative ideas had merit, and that I’m on the right path with my career. It was a very special moment for me.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
It’s rare to be given an opportunity to explore my creativity without any constraints or distractions, to just put everything else aside and develop something of this scale. So, I’m looking forward to spending some serious time and commitment immersed in what I love. I’m fascinated with the science and sociological implications of climate change, so to speak with experts, and work with the data behind this will be a rewarding experience. I’m excited to see where this research takes me and what hypothetical storyworld unfolds from it. I will be creating a short film at the end of the process as part of the grant, and it’s cool to not know exactly where that might take me.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
I want to demonstrate that I’m an ambitious artist who can innovate with their approach to film. This grant will give me the confidence and work to take my career to the next level, and the ability to showcase a newly refined and distinct visual style. I will also be developing a storyworld bible to initiate a further anthology of films, so Dark Tide will be an ongoing project well past the grant completion. The Creators Fund will truly help ground my career as a filmmaker and I’m excited to see what the future holds.