OREN GERASSI

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Project Managing

Public Art installation of two large scale cob and steel sculptures for Dark Mofo 2021 in Hobart, Tasmania. Including budgeting, staffing, suppliers and stakeholder communications with designer, engineers, builder and the Artist - Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

Technical Project Managing

Revolutions Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum - evaluating, scoping, budgeting and drawing plans for a large scale, multi projection installation synced with an immersive, location based audio experience.

Consulting

Royal Mint Canberra gallery redevelopment. Audio visual functionality and integration for all multimedia exhibits.

Multimedia Installations

New and existing galleries across Museums Victoria and TarraWarra Museum of Modern Art. Caballing, installation and calibration of projectors, screens, sensor based electrical circuits assembly, multi speaker audio installation and gallery software integration. Examples include Museum of the Moon at ScienceWorks, Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, Melbourne Story, Jurassic World and Biomedical Breakthroughs.

Developing

Assisting in the Development, Programming, integration, deployment, and troubleshooting of digital media systems network using Max MSP and Python within a gallery management system (Nodel), developed specifically for Museums Victoria.

Technical Co-ordination

Of The Wheeler Centre for Books Writing and Ideas annual events program of ~250 talks, conferences, lectures, book launches, festivals and corporate events. Negotiating service agreements, recruiting and managing staff, filming using a five camera system, recording live sound and managing technical requirements for multiple off-site events Including the Victorian Premiere's Literary Awards at the Government House, Children’s Book Festival at The State Library of Victoria and various regional events. (2011-2016)

Radio Panelling

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2016-Current)

Live-To-Air Radio programs for ABC Radio National, 774, Radio Australia and Radio Hobart. Operating Stagetec and Klotz radio consoles in a dynamic on-air environment, following announcer scripts, launching cues, liaising with producers, connecting talkback calls and managing multiple sound sources simultaneously including news rooms, weather reports and remote guests via Skype and other radio studios nationally and internationally.

Operating ABC Melbourne Radio MCR

Radio Master Control - monitoring transmission and switching all ABC networks in Victoria and Nationally. Investigating and resolving transmission faults and maintaining broadcast continuity.

Recording, Editing and Online Publishing

Radio Programs for Radio National using Netia, Wavelab and Logic Pro. Following editorial guidelines and liaising with producers and announcers to meet quality standards. Program examples include The Law Report, Books and Arts and National Afternoons. Sound design including music sourcing and sound effects. Recording Live Music Performances for Triple J, Double J, Radio Melbourne and Radio National using SSL mobile recording truck and multi channel audio recording technology such as Sound Devices and Merging Technologies with Ravenna, Dante and AES data protocols. Large scale live music recording examples include Florence and the Machine at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl and Parkway Drive at the John Cain Arena.

Outside Broadcasting Operations / TV

Radio Melbourne and ABC Grand Stand. Setting up remote broadcast equipment and amplification in a variety of field conditions, ensuring sound quality and remote links meet the quality standards of the ABC. Live sound operation for Double J Paul Kelly Special at the ABC TV studios and TV sound for Missy Higgins Special at the Melba Spiegeltent.

Project Managing

City wide sound installation for Dark Mofo 2021. Five-day sunrise and sunset work and one-off Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra live broadcast, all audible within 4km radius from Central Hobart. Devising Risk Management and Health and Safety Management Plan, Stakeholder communications management with Hobart City Council and sensitive recievers. Noise management plan deployment and engagement of acoustic consultant. Co-ordinating CBD airlift using a helicopter. Liaising with artist and technical specialists.

Operating and Installing

Sound systems and production crew for large scale music festivals and events such as Falls Festival in Lorne for 9 years, Port Fairy Folk Festival for 8 years, Festival Indonesia, South American Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and countless smaller venues in Melbourne and Israel.

Tutoring

Master Class design and delivery for Audio Production Students at Abbey Road Institute Melbourne. Public Speaking and presentation. Read Abbey Road's blog post here

Recording and Mixing

Albums, Eps and songs for independent artists in commercial studios and non conventional recording spaces in Melbourne and Tel Aviv.

Composing

Independent self-released music. Playing various string instruments, precussion and programming of electronic elements. Visit Borcho.com

Initiating, Directing and Producing

The inaugural Melbourne 48 Hour Film Project. International short film competition from Washington US. Setting up small business and transitioning to a non-for profit after the first year. Leading the board, negotiating sponsorship and partnership deals with businesses, guilds and association. Successfully applying for and managing grants from Film Victoria and the City of Melbourne. Setting up judging panel with industry professionals. Liaising and directing hundreds of filmmakers and dozens of teams to produce short films within the competition guidelines. Organising screening events and award ceremonies. Overseeing the marketing campaign and budget. This initiative between 2009-2011 provided a platform and launched the careers of local, independent filmmakers, some later received international exposure at the Cannes film festival and other distinguished International events as a result of participating in the 48 Hour Film Project Melbourne. See press here and here

Designing Sound, Composing and Producing Music

Independent short and feature films - The Ballad of Des and Mo - Sound Designer, Feature Film - Melbourne International Film Festival (2010), Wasteland - Sound Designer, Feature Film - Nominated Best Sound Design - Maverick Movie Awards (2009) Duet - Music Producer, Short Film - Winner Best Original Music Award 48 Hour Film Project Tel Aviv (2007), Ghost Train - Sound Designer, Short Documentary, Official Selection HotDocs (2014) Winner Best Short Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival (2014) Nominated Best Short Film, Guanajuato International Film Festival (2014) Winner Best Short Film, Human Rights and Arts Festival (2014) Winner Audience Award Best Australian Short, Official Selection Palm Springs International Film Festival (2014) Chicago International Film Festival (2014) Winner Gold Plaque Jury Award. Vis A Vis - Sound Designer, Short Film, London Independent Film Festival (2014) Winner Best Short Film, Official Selection Palm Springs Film Festival (2014), Lurujarri Dreaming - Sound Designer, Short Film (animation) - Heart of Gold International Film Festival (2013) Winner Best Indigenous Film, Costa Rica International Film Festival (2013) Offical Selection. ABC TV, SBS.

Technical Consultation

Melbourne International Film Festival 2019. Providing advice, overseeing and coordinating delivery of screening events with Q&A sessions across multiplele festival cinemas and event venues.

Writing, Directing, Producing, Filming

Independent short Music and Art Videos. Visit Borcho.com

Production Managing - Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2018-2020) Planning and overseeing technical delivery of performance and ancillary spaces within festival managed venues (50 venues in total, 300 daily performances over a month). Managing related expenditure within the production department. Managing relationships with key suppliers and venues. Negotiating and securing all permits required for compliant operations across festival venues. Managing production staff and responding to emergencies while acting as Deputy Chief Warden during festival time. Co-ordinating the festival’s overall safety and risk management delivery. Planning and managing festival build and de-construct schedules - a two-week process involving 80 production staff, over 20 suppliers, road closures and complex logistics.

Production Managing - Theatre and Dance

Melbourne International Arts Festival 2019 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Planning and production managing selected projects across the three major theatres at Arts Centre Melbourne, ensuring successful production delivery, within schedule and budget. Interpreting technical drawing and complex production specifications and communicate to venue. Managing staff - ACM Production Coordinator and Production Assistant. Performances included Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, The Rite of Spring by Yang Liping, Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company, The Shadow Who’s Prey the Hunter Becomes by Back to Back Theatre, The Nico Project by Manchester International Festival and Anthem, a local theatre premiere.

Tutoring

Designing and delivering an up-skilling program for Roarhouse community organisation’s volunteers focused on live recording and editing of theatrical performances by artists with special needs. Program included information about pre-production, planning logistics, technical theory and practice.

Lighting Design

Lighting design and operation for the independent play - She’s a little Finch. A play by Elise Hearst.


Human Resources - Mandatory Military Service

Israeli Air Force

3 Years of planning Human Resources deployment and rotational duties of up to 3000 people of all ranks. Advanced Excel skills and extensive use of Oracle database systems practiced to evaluate, predict and manage workforce loads. Negotiating with high ranking officers in various sub-units and operating discretely with personal information. I refused to carry weapons due to personal values and beliefs.

More about why, in this blog post. Additional thoughts about how war effected my life, in this blog post.

Formal Education

Diploma of Technical Production, Music Industry (SAE Institute Melbourne). Fundamentals of Chemistry (University of Melbourne). VCE Physics 3-4 (Box Hill Institute) All as adult learner. Music Major in High school.

Hospitality

5 years working in a café, juice and sandwich bar in Israel. Serving costumers and having existential conversations.

Farm Work

8 Months working in a small hobby farm in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Planting and harvesting vegetables for personal use, caring for farm animals and assisting with general maintenance.

Certificates, Licenses, Languages

Electrical Testing and Tagging, Elevated Work Platform (up to 14 meters). Construction Induction Card. Full Driver's License. Bilingual - English and Hebrew.

Recreation

Rock climbing and bouldering in nature and indoors, reading books and writing stories.