Gothic Zen Studios is a small film production house on the Gold Coast that was founded by us – Goran and Clare, a husband and wife team.
Boasting isn't our style. But we're happy to share that we're award-winning content creators, as well as cinematographers, writers, photographers and educators.
Mixing a little Yin with Yang in the production office, and then intuitively connecting with our inspiration, is the Gothic Zen approach. It's reflective of our personalities, and ensures we stay adaptable during the filming and editing process.
Experimenting with cameras, lighting, fresh editing techniques and collaborating with other innovative thinkers fills our down-time. For us, staying up with industry trends is just as important as the filmmaking techniques used by the filmic masters. When you work with us, you'll see this synergy creates original concepts and final productions that naturally connect with those who get your vibe.
About Goran & Clare
Goran: I draw inspiration from the old masters of cinematography, and combine this knowledge with modern approaches. My focus is, and always will be, on the best way to tell a story. Psychological realism is my native writing style, and I am a published author with 2 novels under my belt. My literary journey led me to film, as I questioned how I could express my fictional worlds in a visual format. Recognising film as my answer, I now hold a Bachelor of Film Production and share my knowledge via a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Clare: One of my fondest childhood memories is getting together with local kids to create short tv shows. My main roles were organising and directing, and we'd use an old camcorder to capture our creations. I wish I knew where those videos are now. My next foray in the world of film was when I got my first job, which was in a video store. I remember adoring being surrounded by so many movies and thinking that I loved the job so much I'd do it for free. Of course, I never told my boss this. As an early adult, I somehow forgot my interest in film and instead pursued a career in natural medicine, qualifying as a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist. I loved the industry for about 15 years, particularly when I was the writer/editor for international health magazines and newsletters. Soon enough, my creative drive got the better of me and persuaded me to change industries. At first, I thought I'd shift to a writing career and qualified as a Professional Writer and Editor. Then, I realised my future was in film and, thanks to training, on-the-job experience and an undeniable passion to create, I've now carved a place for myself in the industry. My natural flair is for organising, communicating and paying attention to the finer details.
WHY are we called Gothic Zen?
Gothic refers to the hauntingly-beautiful architecture found throughout Europe. Created to symbolise a bridge that connects one world to another, this architectural style inspires us to deliver more than just ordinary productions.
Zen simply relates to infinite potential.
In essence, Gothic + Zen honours the divine and mysterious individuality that lives within us all.