KATE Sanders of Middle Swan has spent the past year or so working on The Decadent and Depraved recording stills and capturing the essence of what has been called WA’s first ‘gritty’ Western feature film.
Filmed in the remote outback of Western Australia, the movie stars WA actors Michael Muntz and Ben Mortley and is billed as WA’s biggest independent feature film to date.
The film industry has always been a passion for Ms Sanders – whether moving pictures or still photography.
Thus, the idea of combining the two and taking photographs ‘behind-the-scenes’ while a film was being shot was not a difficult step for her.
Ms Sanders has been taking photographs behind the scenes for Australian independent filmmakers for several years now, and says it has always been an area that inspires and motivates her.
She says it is an important part of her working life as the images she captures are used for a variety of reasons including continuity, recording events, marketing the film (posters and social media) and as part of the material used in funding applications.
The former swimsuit model and cancer survivor said her main focus on set was to take captivating images of the actors and team at work – as well as the ‘big moments’ that reflect the movie’s mood, emotion, action and colour.
She also records the most scenic and atmospheric shots when filming in unique and interesting locations.
Having grown up around horses and having ridden all her life when offered the opportunity to also be a stunt rider she jumped at the chance.
“The experience of galloping across the outback at full throttle was completely exhilarating,” she said.
Ms Sanders has won awards, including the NIFNEX Influential 100 award in both 2015 and 2016, for influential person of the year within Perth’s small business community.
She was also placed eighth in the Blipoint Source of Life Worldwide competition in 2011 and her work has been published in magazines worldwide.