My name is Darius Devas and I’m a filmmaker who got into filmmaking through Bodyboarding (surf) films. During this time two things happened that seeded the foundations for Within:
The first was Billy, my childhood next-door neighbour and surfing friend, took his life very unexpectedly when he was sixteen. Billy was part of a small group of surfing friends who all grew up together in our small community. My other great surfing friend was Luke, my next-door neighbour who lived between me and Billy. When Billy took his own life I was shocked. I kept asking myself Why? His death shook my foundations and for the first time I began to seriously ask questions about what my life was really about.
The second thing that happened was that I saw a surf film called Echoes by George Greenough, made in 1973. The film took the exploration of the surfing experience to another level through these incredible images inside the barrel of the wave. After seeing Echoes I knew that one day I would like to make a film exploring similar terrain - but only when the HD video camera technology reached a level that made a camera capable of shooting at a super slow motion speed, while being small enough to strap to the front of my board. Finally, after a decade of waiting, the technology has caught up and I have found an HD video camera—the name and model of which we are keeping under wraps for now!—that shoots 720 frames per second, which is super slow motion and is also small enough to strap to the front of my board. So, to mark the 10-year anniversary of Billy’s passing, it is time to make Within.
The aim of the campaign is to raise $10,000 to fund the production of Within as well as The Making Of Within.
Within is a short film consisting of a series of images shot in the ocean and inside the barrel of a wave, from a camera strapped to the front of my board, shooting in super slow motion. Inside the barrel, borders dissolve, time shifts and another reality opens. Within will give us the space to linger, in vivid vibrant detail, dwelling on the water in movement, flowing through the majestic fold of nature. Cutting through and into the waves, seeing them beyond merely a body of shifting water but as a life form unto themselves. The images will be accompanied by a spoken word narration that I will write, inspired by my favourite poets, including Henry David Thoreau, Hafiz, Rumi, Goethe, Rilke, Saul Williams and David Forster Wallace, enriching the visual expressions with a simple message of hope.
The Making of Within
The second part will be a short documentary, exploring the making of Within. To shoot the film I will travel with Luke, my remaining childhood surfing friend, to a remote coastline of Australia to capture the film’s footage. 2013, the ten-year anniversary of Billy’s passing, marks an incredible opportunity for us to remember how lucky we are to be alive and how blessed we were to grow up in the ocean.
The campaign aims to raise $10,000 to fund production costs for Within. This is less than half the budget we need to accomplish what we have in mind, but it's a great start. The money raised here will be spent on the following:
- International transportation of camera gear to Australia
- Travel and accommodation for production team
- Camera waterhousing
- Documentary Cameraman
- Production equipment
- Lens kit
- Hardrives (we are going to need a lot of these, the files are massive!!!)
What YOU can do to help beyond $$$
If you can’t contribute financially but you still want to support, share the Within campaign with your friends and like our Facebook page Being Here, which will also allow you to keep track of the development of the project.
Life is short, you never know what is going to happen and we all take things for granted here and there. For me these timeless yet ever changing images serve as this beautiful metaphor for our lives. By supporting this campaign you are helping share a simple yet potent message of how precious these moments we have here are.
Darius Devas – Director / Producer / Camera Operator
After starting out in surf films, I have gone on to make many different types of films, including a feature film Further We Search and the interactive documentary series Goa Hippy Tribe, which won the 2012 SXSW Interactive Award Film & Television Award. Here are a couple of links to my work that have a similar flavour to this project:
Luke Morgan – Wave Wrangler
Since childhood, Luke’s passion for the ocean has never wavered and he has continued to chase swell after swell and ride waves for no more than the absolute contentment the experience offers him. Exploring unique ways to film the experience of wave riding over the past few years has landed Luke a sponsorship with GoPro Cameras and Rossi Boards, which has lead to some outstanding results. Luke has a very knowledgeable understanding of the various locations that will be used for filming and he will be leading the search for the best waves.
Caleb Graham – Documentary Camera Operator
Caleb is a filmmaker with a passion for ocean and music related filmmaking. It was also the ocean that initially prompted Caleb's interest in filmmaking, and many years later it is still his main inspiration, having just released his latest bodyboarding film Early Morning Social Club. Caleb is a long-time collaborator with Luke having filmed and travelled with him on many adventures over the past decade. Caleb’s other film work spans into fashion and music, working closely with the band Parkway Drive on their music videos and documentaries and has also worked with different fashion designers and brands creating their campaign videos.
Ben Lee – Photographer
Ben Lee is a photographer based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Raised in a competitive swimming environment, a young life which revolved around bodyboarding and most importantly, a love and appreciation of all things "art", it was only a matter of time before Ben's attention turned to capturing the ocean and all the beauty that surrounds it. For the past six years Ben's photography career has taken priority above all else, his work has been published in a number of leading magazines and work has taken him all over the world. Through these avenues Ben has formed a close friendship with both Caleb and Luke.
Team on This Campaign:
Director / Producer