The Start Up Files is a series that aims to find out where good ideas come from and how they happen. Each fortnight we chronicle the journey of someone who brought their idea to life through the Renew Adelaide program. In this article, we chat to Laura Franklin from House of Spaghetti, a collective of filmmakers.
Laura Franklin was a freelance filmmaker working out of home. Her friends, both named Tim, were also freelance filmmakers working out of home. Knowing that there were many young filmmakers in a similar position, the three came up with an idea to create a space where young creatives could work and connect with a community of likeminded people.
“We wanted a space to take that next step and get out of our houses and have a space to collaborate and provide more work for young people in the creative industries by meeting new people or getting people to work on projects together or pitching ideas.”
Already familiar with the Renew Adelaide program, they kept their eye out for the perfect rent free space to become available. That perfect space ended up being the first floor of a former bank building on Hutt St. The space consisted of a large open area as well as several smaller office rooms. The flexible nature of the space allows them to rent out spaces to creatives for a variety of projects, whether they require a desk, an office or an entire film set.
“It’s really versatile in what we can do with it. We’ve had students come and shoot films in there so we transitioned the space into a film set. We’ve also had people hire it out to use it to audition for their films, there’s a range of different areas that can be used for things.”
The group branded themselves as ‘House of Spaghetti’, named after a film they created for the 48 Hour Film Project. Since they’ve been in the space, Laura has found it has been easier to work in an environment of like minded people.
“Now that I have a space if I’m working on my own independent project there’s always someone just across the room I can get feedback from or ask for advice. If I’m not sure how to do something I can upskill by getting the people around me to help me with that kind of thing. Some of the other tenants have created short films so we get together and do little screenings to provide feedback on their projects.“
House of Spaghetti has also allowed for the opportunity to collaborate on more ambitious projects. Earlier this year the group transformed the open area into a stage and seating area so they could put on Fringe shows.
“With the Fringe show I worked on, we wrote and performed and rehearsed in the space. If we didn’t have the space then projects like that wouldn’t happen as we’d have to find other spaces which would cost a lot of money to hire out.”
In the time where they haven’t been able to come into the office, House of Spaghetti have kept connected through collaborative online projects. These projects include a 48 hour film challenge and ‘Exquisite Corpse’, which involves one person shooting a minute of footage and sending the last 10 seconds to the next person, who then continues the film based on that footage. House of Spaghetti have also been hosting ‘Spaghetti Satudays’, online screenings of their Fringe shows followed by live Q&As.
“We’ve been doing these kind of projects to stay creative and busy but I guess if we didn’t have that space that’s not something we’d be doing because we wouldn’t be House of Spaghetti as a group.”