Last Beautiful Friend is a good place to start,This film 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.
Mischa holds a Masters by Research degree from the University of Melbourne entitled Writing Dialogue: Stance, Space and Emotion (2018), and his practice-led research incorporates dance, linguistics and screen writing. Mischa holds an undergraduate degree and honours from the Victorian College of the Arts film school where his 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, which was winner of Best Australian Short Film at the 2013 Melbourne International Short Film Festival. Mischa Baka is also a producer of Yogini Melbourne, a popular Yoga YouTube channel.