Production Blog

The tale of the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Pre Production: Week 2

15 April

As of today we only have 1 week left of pre production before we start shooting!

Last week was another week full of location recces, the highlight of which was visiting quite a few of the tunnels that run beneath buildings int he Adelaide CBD. A lot of them had been converted to house utilities for the buildings above them, so weren’t exactly “Wasteland ready” but it was interesting to check them out all the same.

We eventually found a wasteland-esque one on some private property outside the city.

Later in the week we got a call from the forestry service, letting us know that the scrub burn-off areas we’ve been wanting to check out were safe to enter. It was very odd turning a corner in a national park and seeing a big black patch in the middle of it.

While this was all happening, the cast came in for costume fittings, and our brilliant panda head maker Matt put the final touches on the new Pandas. We’ve had to get new ones made as after multiple trips out to the Flinders Ranges, and a few bouts in a fight pit, Arcayus and Isaac were looking (and smelling) a bit worse for wear. It’s been great this year to have our head maker in Adelaide. Being able to tweak them on the fly means we can keep them as comfortable as possible for our actors. The longer they can stand wearing them on set, the longer we’ll be able to shoot for.

Not long to go now!

Final Cast Announcment: Varrick and Rose

11 April

We’ve saved the big guns ’til last: Chantal Contouri (Varrick) and Lily Pearl (Rose)

Call For Extras

10 April

Want to come and be a part of the Wasteland?

We need extras on Tuesday the 29th of April and Monday the 12th of May.

We’re looking for both males and females with natural hair colour and require a range of ages from children through to adults.

To apply, send us an email at with the subject heading EXTRAS CALL and include your full name, contact phone number, a recent photo yourself, your age, and the day(s) you’re available (please note you must be available for the whole day).

Also note that you’ll need to provide your own transport around the Adelaide area and anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on set at all times.

Casting news: Pandas!

10 April

The last remaining pandas of the Wasteland

Cast Announcement: Helm Clan

09 April

Say hello to the Helm Clan. You’ll be seeing a lot more of them soon.

Cast Announcement: Legion

07 April

Week 2 of Pre Production has started! Over the coming week we’ll be introducing you to our new cast. Here’s John Doherty (Legion Official) Holly Brindley (Mae) and Mara Koutsouridis (Uraila)

Back To The Wasteland

01 April

It’s been a big couple of weeks on Wastelander Panda. We’ve now officially started pre-production and the shoot is only a few weeks away!
Last week, we set off on a bunch of location recces across the Adelaide area. This time around, we’re aiming to keep as much of the shoot as close to the city as possible to save time and money. We’ve got a lot to cram in and not a lot of time to do it in.
First stop was another trip to Second Valley, a great spot off the coast that we’re hoping will stand in for a wasteland fishing village.

It might look like Viv’s taking a selfie, but he’s actually doing really important cinematography things.

Then it was off to an abandoned mine. A slice of the wasteland close to the city.

Director for scale.

We also went back to one of our previous locations in Port Adelaide, which we’re keen to use again (just in a different part). We also took a trip down below some of the other old buildings around the Port, which was frankly, terrifying.

Spot the DOP.

The Costume department in full-swing.

On Monday, we officially started pre-production! We’ve all moved down to a studio space so we can keep Production, Costume and Art departments close together.

For the rest of this week we’ll mostly be scheduling the shoot and having heaps of meetings to make sure everything’s ready to go by the time we roll.
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