Cassie De Colling is an award-winning Australian director with a knack for impact-driven storytelling. She works around the world on projects spanning across documentary, advertising, and 360º / VR. Her approach is meaningful, brave and reflective. Creating cinematic films that inspire contemplation and connect us to new perspectives.
Every day is completely different for me; from pitching on a commercial to post-production of a documentary or figuring out an output issue for the latest 360 /VR camera. With so many different thoughts and projects, it can be tricky to prioritise and stay on top of everything. So every night before I got to bed I like to write an old-fashioned to-do list. This helps me envision what needs to be done and where it sits in the hierarchy of urgency.
Always Be Prepared. You can never be too prepared and being a filmmaker, scenarios and schedules often change suddenly. The more prepared you are the quicker you can adapt.
Do it right. Do it once.
Exercise for an hour. Even if it means running to my best friends house tonight to have a glass of wine.
What do you love most about Your City?
I am living across Melbourne and Vancouver at the moment. The two are quite similar in a lot of ways. I love that you can walk, skate, run, ride a bike pretty much anywhere.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Egg Florentine and bottomless coffee
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Looking at my clock waiting for 6:30 am if I am not on set.
10:00 AM – My mind is at its best in the morning. I like to use this time to have ‘get things done’.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Shandon Mama in Melbourne. The best-pan-fried dumplings in the world.
7:00 PM – I am an extrovert and need to have a good dose of social activity. My nights are filled with catching up with friends and finding new places to eat and drink. I also try see a couple of films a week and I like the 7 – 8pm time slot so I don’t get home too late.
11:00 PM – Hopefully writing my to-do list for the following day. But sometimes I am on my laptop working on international projects which are in different time zones.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee… maybe 2 in the morning. Water… At least a litre throughout the day. Wine…A glass.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Whatsapp I use almost more than the inbuilt messenger of my phone. IG: I just looked, I follow lots of directors and art galleries. There’s no favourite.
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Nowhere. The thought of being lost is petrifying.