I am a filmmaker.
My film Last Beautiful Friend is a good place to start, it illuminates my love of writing naturalistic dialogue and utilising choreography when directing performance. It runs for 25 mins and requires a bit of patience that is soon rewarded. You can watch on Vimeo or Youtube.
My love of choreography can be seen in other more abstract films that have allowed me to be experimental with my process and style. I love this one: Always, so suddenly, all the time.
I love to share the filmmaking process with students and other artists and often collaborate. Here is a film I made with Fling physical theatre on the beach: Fling
Overall, I write and develop long form narrative films while continuing to inform my style and process with playful experimental projects that involve dance, theatre and photography.
I keep a journal as a way to reflect on process and chart developments.
Mischa Baka is a Writer, Director and Editor.
His projects include Film,Theatre, Dance and Research
Mischa Baka’s recent research has used the study of casual conversation and notions of narrative therapy to develop a naturalist approach to writing and directing film dialogue. This research has had a particular focus on the analysis and study of casual conversations veiled ability to form and negotiate social contracts between groups and individuals.
Mischa Baka is a Higher Research Degree candidate at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film & TV.
Mischa’s graduate film Last Beautiful Friend, (2009) was awarded Most Daring and Innovative Production, Best achievement in Editing and Best Achievement in Sound. The film was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild Award in 2010.
In 2011 Mischa attended the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival
where Last Beautiful Friend screened as part of the international program.
Mischa was an editor of Tau Seru, a short film that premiered at Cannes Critics Week in 2013. And was winner of, Best Australian Short Film, at the 2013 Melbourne International Short Film Festival.
Over the past few years, Mischa has worked with Tracks Dance Company in Darwin as a guest artist developing film and photographic works with young and emerging choreographers (2009 -2014.) Mischa has recently worked with Stompin’ Youth Dance Company in Launceston, directing the voice component of My Heart is a Hall, (2014) winner of three Tasmanian Theatre Awards: Best original work, best technical, and best original script.