Split Screen’s director Peter Aquilina has been jetting back to work in the overseas commercial market now that international travel has returned to normal. Aquilina relocated back to Perth two weeks before the world went into lockdown.
“Luckily the local market welcomed Peter and his 30 years of directing and editing experience, back into Perth at that time. It kept him, and me, busy during COVID,” said Producer Lee Guy-Wallis.
“We were also fortunate that a handful of our national and international clients continued to use us to remotely shoot here in WA, but the fun of working on set with them face to face just came to a grinding halt.”
Over the past 2 months international work has opened back up with Aquilina being flown back to the warmth of Vietnam to direct a three day TVC shoot for U.S company Abbott.
He then jetted back to Perth, whilst remotely overseeing the post production for Vietnam. With two local campaigns to complete, both with some regional content, Aquilina was back on the road. One production included heading north with Split Screen’s Producer Lee Guy-Wallis and crew for a three day shoot in the Wheatbelt. The team filmed around the towns of Dandargan and Morawa before heading back to Perth for another one day local shoot.
Aquilina was then back on a plane to Frankfurt, Germany to direct and shoot video content for an international start up company. Whilst in Germany, Aquilina was still able to work on the post production for the Perth client with the only delay in supplying to the client being the time difference.
“This sometimes proved to be an advantage, because as we were sleeping, Peter was working, so by our morning, the Perth client’s changes were complete,” said Guy-Wallis.
“It’s fabulous living back in Perth after 30 years. Perth was where I originally started in the industry and it’s now great to be back working with the WA creatives and clients. Sure, as I am approached to look at overseas work, it will be considered, but I am here to stay for good in WA,” said Aquilina. “ I am hoping my experience will bring something different and unique into the creative arena.”
The past few weeks have proved the experience of the Split Screen team allows for them to be working overseas whilst still being able to provide world class production experience and support to client’s locally.
“So whilst Pete might be off doing the occasional jetsetting to exotic filming locations, my feet will be firmly planted on WA terra firma, ready to start on his next production here,” laughs Guy-Wallis.
For a meet and greet with Aquilina touch base with Split Screen’s Producer Lee Guy-Wallis – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0411 888 651.