Thursday 26 April 2018

Diamond Spellman Productions Studio

Diamond Spellman Productions Studio Place Post 3

Diamond/Spellman is a small production company situated in the upmarket Sydney suburb of Windhill. The studios are modest in size, because it really is a shoe-string operation, specialising in Australian documentary of the warts-and-all variety. 

Diamond/Spellman is run by Jasper Diamond and his cousin Tam Spellman, and established in the late 1990s. Jasper's wife Aberdene works there part time. The cameraman is Rod Bowen, Tam's boyfriend, and Steve and Stew the roadies and Elodie Campbell the PA round out the full time staff. 

Diamond/Spellman walks the tightrope between polished content and breaking the budget. When things go wrong on-screen--and they do-- Jasper generally finds a way to make it a part of the show. The films and short series are shown on TV and at film festivals. Not much has been heard of them in the past eighteen years, but most likely they're still plugging along, with a small cult following and just staying on-budget. No doubt some of the staff moonlight from time to time, but hey-- Jasper won't mind. He'll probably arrange to make a doco about what Rod does when making a doco for someone else!  

The studio appears in Mix and Match and Triple Treat

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)
The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far! Since April 22nd I'm adding in places!

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