A woman of many talents (photographer, videographer, director, producer, editor and dancer), Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore is behind the music videos of many acclaimed Australian artists, including Holy Holy, Meg Mac, Odette, 360 and more.
Teaming up with Michelle Grace Hunder, Claudia worked on a major personal project called “Her Sound, Her Story” celebrating Women in Australian Music, across all genres. Claudia and Michelle worked with over 80 women, both artists and behind the scenes in the music industry, across all genres, shooting portraits and interviews for this highly ambitious project. Their passion and drive to document these women is not only to celebrate their achievements, but to inspire future generations of young women to achieve greatness themselves.
The full length documentary of “Her Sound, Her Story” premiered with huge industry acclaim in May of 2018 and is currently touring the country.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I don’t sleep a lot at the moment, my working days have been averaging about 14 hours a day for a while now. Even in sleeping I dare say my imagination is still on overdrive. Work could be anything from editing to directing, dreaming up new creative ideas, answering hundreds of emails and phone calls. I wear pyjamas all day and walk around with bluetooth headphones on, talking on the phone loudly in public places. There’s some eating in there too, I love cooking even if it’s at 1am in the morning. Right now I daydream about being in my garden planting, sipping tea, swimming in the ocean and drawing pictures all day.
Which artist do you relate to and why?
I am fortunate to have been born with parents that are both highly creative. Over the last couple of years, my dad (Sonny Dalimore) and I have been living together again after 15 years apart. He is a prolific master painter, it’s beautiful working and living in the same space together. I often wander down to his studio to see what he is up to. He helps bring me back to the source of creative essence, as I watch him create new work from scratch. A quick sketch to a full canvas. It’s much the same as my own process – just minus all the very toxic and sometimes distracting technology. Both my parents have that capacity to turn mud to gold, so that they gave me no limitations on playing and dreaming my way through life. My brother is one of those highly talented beings that has chosen a path of the hard-working labouring life, raising kids and keeping a family home. His sacrifice inspires me and reminds me to just how fortunate I am. I’d be hard-pressed to name a friend of mine who isn’t an artist in some form. It’s rare I get to spend a lot of time with them, but just to know that they are there in my peripherals on their own journey keeps me going as well. I try to be able to bring us all together to work and play as much as possible. Shout out to my long time friend and music producer James Mangohig, he was one of the first people I met outside my family to truly believe in my capacity as an artist.
What have been some high notes (highlights) in your journey?
For now, life feels fast without much time to stop and recollect just how wonderful the journey really is. I’m grateful for the memories being made in the venture of Her Sound, Her story, I look forward to being an old lady sitting with a cup of tea looking at all the pictures. It’s lovely to be able to spend more time working in collation with women to make art. Making a full feature length doco would be my greatest labour of love – for now, we are right in the thick of that momentum but that too, I am sure I’ll look back on being one of the most important parts of life.
What have been some low notes (challenges) in your journey?
I tend not to dwell, I count on the new day, a warm shower and sleep to bring change. It’s taken me a long time to really understand the worth of my skill set. I grew up thinking it was a normal thing to be great at many things. So without that thinking, it’s often been hard to place true value on my skill set. Challenged and inspired by this era of 20 something year olds who forge their careers straight off the bat being self programmed professionals. In my own words, Michelle (Grace Hunder) at times really dragged me though the making of Her Sound, Her Story. It’s no easy feat to make an documentary on your own so her loyalty and patience with me is a true testament to why we have been able to create something of this scale together.
When things get tough, which songs do you turn to for inspiration/motivation?
I love drama in music. I am a dancer as well, so music is my saviour. It could be anywhere from a pop love song to classical soundscapes. Countless times I put headphones on, music turned up very loud and dance around my lounge room, tears streaming down my face. My body knows best, so whatever gets me moving is what I turn to, limitless of genre.
How does music keep you motivated?
Music makes images in my imagination, if that doesn’t come out then chances are the beat drops and off I am dancing around the room.
What film tips can you share?
Take refuge in attempting to be honest as you tell stories. Film is such a powerful medium. The combination of sound, colour, movement and timing. That creates great capacity for entertainment, communication and understanding like no other format.
What advice can you give for those interested in pursuing film?
Be kind to those you come up against. If someone is rude or offends you, know that it’s because of their conditioning that sparks that kind of behaviour. As a creative, there is a lot of room for empathy in the industries we work in. Take your time in trying to say the things that are important to you. Don’t be afraid to not understand everything right away, ask questions. Laugh a lot, smile at strangers and yell loudly in a quiet room.
What’s currently playing on your Spotify?
Ecca Vandal, Khalid and Andrew Bird seem to be on rotation at the moment.
Find out more about Her Sound, Her Story, click here.