Mudskippers can be spied along the banks of the Brisbane River (including the mangroves surrounding QUT Gardens Point campus) and Moreton Bay. They are quite active when out of water, feeding and interacting with one another, and defending their territories.
Phoebe Hart grew up in Townsville in far northern Queensland. Her parents were trawler operators and she often watched mudskippers dancing in the mud of the Ross River next to where the boats were moored. She thought it would be wonderful and messy if humans danced in the mud like mudskippers. Years later, she decided it would be great to make that very thing a reality for the film ‘Mudskipping’.
The film itself combines the talents of filmmakers, composers, designers and performers, many of whom are graduates of QUT or currently teach at QUT and have an established creative practice background. There was also a small army of QUT Creative Industries students who helped out behind the scenes as assistants and runners.
Making 3D video is more challenging than shooting regular 2D video and the team did a lot of testing with the equipment before going into production. It’s part science, part art. Filming in areas such as mangroves also poses several challenges. The team had to work with the tides and weather, and take safety precautions to avoid stings, bites and cuts. They also had to consider and protect the natural environment, as well as local residents and users of the area.