Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wanaka Film Trust is delighted to announce the Dec 17th world premiere screening of MAY E Films "RABBITS".
Directed by  Wanaka local ,Greg Von Heraud Parker  and starring Lance Boyd and Nola Sims.

The Dec 17th release date is to coincide with the release of James Cameron's "AVATAR" , a film on which Greg also worked.

"RABBITS" is a short film which has probably had a longer gestation period than most shorts as it was begun a number of years ago.
It would have taken a lot longer to get to the big screen were it not for the overwhelming support of the local community of both filmmakers and regular folk who offered up their weekends to help out or their properties as filming locations.
It is safe to say that "RABBITS" is destined to become another  Wanaka cult movie , much like Von Heraud Parkers previous classics, Woollyman and Woolyman 2.

"RABBITS"premieres at the Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka on Thursday December 17th at 8.30pm (this will be after the screening of Avatar).
Entry is free but seating is limited.

For more information please check out the May E Films website
or contact May E Films .
MAY E Films Ltd. 
14 Old Racecourse Rd
Office +64 3 443 1317
Greg +64 21 139 3049
Kaz +64 21 129 4991
Workshop +64 3 443 MAYE (6293)
Greg Von Heraud Parker -

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Hi all,
Round up some friends and come on down to Paradiso on Thursday at 6.15pm for the - 'Gone in 60 Seconds' - screenings and audience voting! 
There will be a flippin' hand crafted trophy! 

We will screen some other bits and pieces also.

There will be a chance to chat also.

It will probably be free entry but bring a couple of dollars just in case.(and to buy a yummy cookie!)

Screening will begin at 6.15 prompt! so get there by 6 if possible.
We have an hour exactly so DON'T BE LATE!

Look forward to seeing you all.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shooting Rabbits

As some of you may know , our own Greg Von Heraud Parker ( worked on James Camerons new movie, Avatar, which opens in New Zealand on the 18th of December.
What you may not know is that he has also been working on his own short film called Rabbits for the last 27 years*.
Greg and his cast and crew are going to attempt the
impossible and try and get Rabbits finished by the Avatar premiere ,so it can screen at The Paradiso alongside Avatar.
We think It can be done but Greg is going to need HELP.
Greg is looking for any volunteer's out
there.He promises to work you hard and pay you nothing.But, don't forget , this is the man who brought you the stuff of legend that is WoollyMan and WoollyMan II !!
Mere association with this cult director can almost certainly guarantee you fame and immediate attractiveness and a Rabbits branded beer mug full of unicorn tears (probably).
Greg has a shooting weekend planned this 14th/15th November but any help at any time would be wicked.
If you can offer any help,in any capacity - Greg and the team would be very grateful to hear from you.
Flick him an email to greg followed by @ and then .


*(may not actually be 27yrs)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Good work you guys!

Some fantastic entries for the Gone In 60 Seconds comp.
Details of screenings etc to follow soon.

If you didn't make the deadline - I would encourage you to make something anyway -
You won't be eligible to compete for the coveted Gone In 60 Seconds trophy but we will surely screen yer movie.

By the way , anyone interested in the RED cameras might like to check out some of the new announcements about their new cameras here



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kanye Reviews [REC]²

Please feel free to link to this or embed it from youtube, It's all part of my attempt to win the Prize!

Cheers .


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Last calls for last minute entries !

Okay Folks ,

there is about a day to go before you need to hand in your "Gone In 60 Second" entries.
If you haven't even started yet ... well , it's still doable! - get that movie made!.

I just might enter ,as an extra entry, the 60 second webcam video I just shot of my dog playing with a puppy ,a little soundtrack of me , whistling badly , embedded behind it - and there you go - that's how simple it is to make a movie to enter!

C'mon ,you can do it.

All entries are to be returned to Paradiso Cinema by close of business tomorrow, at the latest.
Clearly label everything.



Monday, October 19, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hey! ,Last Minute Larry.

Well, there's nothing like working to a tight deadline.
I know it spears me on and you must all be the same as we only have four entries, so far,in the
Gone In 60 Seconds film comp and the deadline is only one week away !

So come on grab your camera, your cell phone,or anything and make a
movie. Or jump on the computer and weave up a interesting collage.

There are no rules, so this is a time for you to let your hair down and
experiment. Just keep it seemly and no longer than 60 seconds. Go to to enter.
All entry's have to be handed in (on disk,tape or whatever you have - we'll work with whatever) at the Cinema
Paradiso before it closes on the 22ndn- NEXT THURSDAY - Clearly label everything and include contact details.

So go on do it,
do it, get a perm, dare ya to , or are you chicken? bok , book!!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Don't wach this if you are a kid/are offended or disturbed easily / don't want to.

I threw together a 30 sec clip for Vendetta Films 10th anniversary of 24hr Movie Marathon .
This is 24hrs of movies screened back to back - think grindhouse/b-movie fare but also some "proper" films.

Anyway - there are some prizes up for grabs.

This is not suitable for everyone - use your discretion if viewing.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Hi Folks,
Robert here,

Below is a message from Mr. Ant Timpson (48hrs film comp etc.)
If you guys can read it and then check out my proposal after the [REC]2 trailer.

"Indie films wage an ongoing war with major releases for awareness and promotion in a cluttered market space. It’s a war independent films are losing. Some cool films deserve to be seen in cinemas with an audience of fans. Films like REC2, the terrifying sequel to the horror hit REC.

REC2 will be released in a few New Zealand theatres on Black Friday (13 Nov), and I’m helping the distributor – Vendetta Films – to get the word out. The catch? They only have a few thousand to market it.

So I pitched Vendetta to let me give away 75% (Five Thousand Dollars Cash) to any individual(s) who promote (Buzz) the movie REC2 in the boldest and most innovative fashion. They said yes.

To be in to win the $5k all you need to do is use the untapped power of your mind. How’s that for a recession buster? For more information, read here."

— Ant Timpson, Filmhead

My Proposal .
If all you people can send links to this WFT page to all your friends / facebook /twitter /myspace etc. and get some buzz going for the Friday 13th release of [REC]2 ,
and if by some stroke of luck - this strategy wins me the $5000 on offer - I hearby commit to write and shoot a macrobudget horror feature film by November 13 2010 , using the $5000 prize as the budget (and any extra cash I get my hands on ).

It will be called "HUT" and it will be shot locally in the Wanaka and surrounding areas.
There will be plenty of cast and crew roles to go around for all y'all .

I have Horror Movie director blood in me - My Granddad was a respected Horror director and I like to think something got passed down ( it may have just been an ability to grow a beard though!).

It's a simple plan folks - lets see if we can make it work.


Robert Holt

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Enrollment Form

Hi folks
Greg has created an online enrollment form for the "Gone In 60 Seconds"
Or if you have trouble using that link - just copy and paste this into your browser and hit return .
Remember , all it takes is 60 seconds of screen time , and you are a film maker!
Watch the results of your work on the big screen.
Cool eh!.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Good News and Disappointment-Special Post from Greg

I rushed my boy off to sleep and zoomed into town to the screening
last night at the cinema.
It was an awesome doco,
well worth the trip.

When the lights came up I was astounded to find there was only Rob,
another couple and myself sitting there.

And when I came to hand in
mine and Phil Martins entries to the Gone In 60 Seconds film
competition and found that we were basically the only ones that did
anything I was a bit disappointed to say the least. "To busy to do it",
I hear you say. Well that's Bull*#@t .I run and work in three
businesses and have a small family and still managed to bang one out
and help with another.

The good news is I have managed to convince Rob to extend the "hand in
date" to the 22nd of October. So that gives EVERYONE time to do that
little something you have always wanted to do.That one point, that
one angle, that one experiment.

Go on, do it I dare you to. It would be
a good night if we could all sit in the cinema and see a bit of work
from all of us.

So go on make a movie!!!
There will be a trophy up for grabs and some prizes too.

Greg Von Heraud Parker

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

17th September WFT presents a screening of RIP:A REMIX MANIFESTO

More Details Shortly .

Interesting comparison video ...


... For anyone thinking about buying one of the new breed of DSLR/Digital Cinema cameras -

Red One, Canon 5D Mk II, and Panasonic Lumix GH1 Footage Comparison.

(for HD version , watch at

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Zealand Based Internet TV

Free (excluding your regular broadband charges) New Zealand based web tv site ZILN , goes live soon , (already some content working).

I have had a look around , it's early days yet but there seems to be some of the freeview channels like Aljazeera etc available for both live streaming and VOD. The site promises a fair bit and hopefully will live up to those promises .

I was looking at Freeview recently as my "parents in law" have just had it installed, and while I'm tempted , I like having the choice of online viewing .Certainly some of the news channels interest me.It remains to be seen what Ziln will bring to the table in the coming months.

Check it out , some of the channels are already working.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


WFT is chuffed with the level of co-operation amongst the community that showed itself over this past weekend .
The kind loan of cameras, equipment and time (and offers of these) by WFT friends , helped local band Mercury Brigade get their entry DVD shot and sent off to Smokefree RockQuest 2009 for consideration of a place in the National Finals .

A pleasure it was for all involved too , I'm sure .

You can check out edited versions of the finished product on their myspace page - as soon as they have a chance to load them up .

If you can't wait 'til then, just pop "Mercury Brigade" into Youtube search and you'll find 'em straight away .

Here's a taster .

Friday, August 7, 2009

Goodbye John Hughes :(

Saddened by the news of the sudden death of film maker , John Hughes .
I recommend you all go rent out one of his movies for the weekend in tribute .

Thanks for my teenage years John.

GONE IN 60 SECONDS film making jamboree

Great turnout at last nights screenings folks . A full house!
As time was tight , unfortunately we didn't get a chance to speak with any of the directors or time to launch the GONE IN 60 SECONDS film making jamboree .

Let me right some of those wrongs here .
First off , all the directors of last nights films are WFT blog readers and so , I would encourage anyone who may have questions or comments for those good folk , to either use the comments box here or a reply all email (to the mailing list) containing your comments.
I can easily create a blogpost with the comments in also .

So go ahead , I'm sure the film makers would be delighted with feedback and happy to answer questions .

Now , regarding the GONE IN 60 SECONDS film making jamboree ...

All you need to know is mentioned in the following short clip .

WFT will have a movie night at Paradiso in a month (exact date tbc ), that will be the hand in night .
Return of your 60 second movie on that night is mandatory - no late returns!
Label every single thing CLEARLY that you turn in with your director name / film name / and contact info .
You may enter as many 60 second films as you like as long as they are each different films (no clever 2 minute films divided into two parts!)

Grand screening will be one month from that return night , enough time for you to drum up publicity for your premiere!

Any further questions , details etc. will be covered in WFT blogposts and emails - so please encourage anyone you may know who would be interested , to send me their email address so they can be added to the mailing list.

So , I will shut up now and let the pictures speak .

cheers all,


Thursday, August 6, 2009

It's Tonight .


Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Slick film noir that should warn you about loose lips sinking ships!

Okay folks , that's all I have for you for now .
I hope to see you all tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm . Get there early to secure your seat!
Bring some friends.



Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Around the campfire with the Whanau, Granddad who loves to tell a tall tale, tells of a recent adventure with Riwi his favourite grandchild.

The waters of Sandy bay have long been a source of livelihood for the Whanau. Granddad and Riwi choose to ignore the law and continue to fish in this marine conservation area as their Tupuna(ancestors) have done for hundreds of years.

They don't go unnoticed ...

2009 : NZ : 12mins : Comedy

"ONEYEAR" Free Snowboard Premiere

Presented by The Lighthouse

Free Snowboard Premier - ONEYEAR

THIS Sat 8th Aug @ 8pm @ Mint Bar!

Nations Foundation's first major release, ONEYEAR, gives an accurate account of the exceptional lifestyles of some of the worlds most talented snowboarders ever!!
By Nations Foundation

Featuring Kelly Clark, Eric Willet, Matt Hammer, Andy Finch, Tommy Czeschin, Plus Plus Plus

ONEYEAR Trailer #1 from Nations Foundation on Vimeo.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Details of Pick Up .

Director: Robert Holt

Producer: Greg Von Heraud Parker

Writers: Greg Von Heraud Parker, Robert Holt, George Thoroughgood, Maria Arnoletto, Neil Cobb, Melissa Murcherson, Phil Martin, Martin Gally .

Actors: Robert Holt as Enis and Maria Arnoletto as Alex

Editors: George Thoroughgood, Robert Holt, Neil Cobb .

Cinematography: George Thoroughgood, Greg Von Heraud Parker

This info has been covered in previous posts , (scroll down to check 'em out).

Basically , though - this was made for entry in this years 48 hrs Furious Film making Competition .

I had co-directed with Darren , an entry last year that was disqualified from competition due to a technical error ( forgot to check the audio box on exporting out movie!!).

So this year, despite a busy schedule having just come off the shoot of Darrens short , Fishy Tales - (on which Greg and I operated cameras and which I went on to edit) - Greg and I , with the help of WFT , rounded up a crew and took it from there .

Despite the crazy turnaround time of writing,casting,shooting and editing a movie in 2 days - we had lots of fun and Pick Up even went on to make the regional finals!

There are 2 sequel scripts ready to shoot ! Watch out for Pick Up 2 : HEINOUS
and Pick Up 3: DIABOLIK , made to make you laugh...(by laugh , I mean SCREAM IN FEAR! ).

Robert is also working on a short western called Misery Whip and a hay fever nightmare called Glue .(both shorts).
He is also working on a stalker movie called HUT .

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Mi Mujer (My Woman)
Directed by Maria Arnoletto

Based on the short story
“Mi Mujer” from the book “Son todas suposiciones”
by Diego Mariano Ramallo

... In Gusatavo’s life, death was always present.
He met his wife at the cemetery ...

Description of Production

Independent 35mm film, shot in Buenos Aires, during Autumn 2008.

"I wrote the script , with Diego’s co-operation , over a year. On February I spoke to the Director of my university and left him a copy to read.
I graduated in March as DP ( director of photography ) and after that day I got my interview with him and started the pre-production. The university provided light, grip, and camera equipment. Looking for all that you can find in the film, from Crew to costumes, from toys to characters, graves and flowers.

The university also provided the online editing and sound post-production. When we got our shooting date the team started to get complete. Friends from the university were our voluntary team. Lots of people helped to make this film possible, because we all love to create and more , when we had something to say.

Diego, the author of the monologue and the main actor was leaving at the end of April and I wanted to travel to New Zealand as soon as I could.

I decided to shoot before leaving so we had one month of pre production, 8 days shooting in a cemetery, a street and a wake.

It was hard; locations were fragile, people ad-honorem, lots of lighting, grip, 5 cakes of film and a 35mm camera.

As on lots of independent short films, most of the things we got were happily given and the money we used came from my family, Diego and me.

We finished and we sent it to the lab, after 4 weeks I saw it. The image was there, it was as I thought, tidy and happy.
Post-production started 1 week after and took about 4 months. Lots of work, more people involved, emotions, situations, all of a world.

Finally I finished and I bought my flight to NZ with a film to share.

The support was amazing. Now I'm in charge of making this story travel around."

Maria Arnoletto.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Short film showcases Central Otago landscape

Central Otago’s distinctive landscape provides the backdrop for a short film about the consequences of violence .

Eden was shot in a vineyard in Bannockburn, a small grape-growing community near Cromwell, and is the story of two itinerants, each damaged by a troubled past, who re-learn how to trust again.

The film was written, directed and produced by Dunedin-based writer Rebecca Tansley.

Crew members were recruited from both Central Otago and Dunedin.

“The story doesn’t relate directly to Central Otago – it could happen anywhere – yet I set the story in that location very deliberately,” says Ms Tansley. “The landscape around Bannockburn is scarred from its goldmining history, a little like the characters are emotionally scarred by their pasts. It’s also a very raw yet beautiful place. There are the qualities I wanted to capture.”

The film, shot in High Definition, features the cinematography of Emmy-Award winning cameraman Mike Single.

Music was written by Graeme Downes, founder and frontman of the Verlaines and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Rock Music at the University of Otago.

“Both the landscape and the music are very important elements in the film,” says Ms Tansley, “so I was very fortunate to have Mike and Graeme involved. They’ve really helped to make Eden what it is.”

Eden is a Short Film Otago film which is funded by Community Trust Otago.

For further information please contact:
Rebecca Tansley
021 423570

Friday, July 31, 2009


(Brian Kilkelly plays Colin Molloy, the main character in "A Runner".)

(Some of the toga party getting ready.)

(Matt Tane and Nigel Waters play the other 2 cabbies "Bullsy" and "Rob". Nigel also wrote "A Runner"!)

A Runner

An aging cabby defies all expectations in the struggle to reclaim his dignity.

A Runner
Written by Nigel Waters
Directed by Sina Walker
Starring Brian Kilkelly

“As yet another customer does a runner, and alarmed at the prospect of fading away in a retirement village; an aging cabby defies all expectations in the struggle to reclaim his dignity.”

“A Runner” is one of the short films made under the auspices of Short Film Otago. It is totally written and produced in Dunedin, and features all Dunedin actors.
Because “A Runner” is all about a taxi driver, the crew had to create three cabs from the fictional “Taxiland” company. However, they were so realistic, members of the cast and crew were stopped several times over the course of shooting by people wanting to hire a cab.
90% of the filming was done at night, which meant spending a lot of time on Dunedin streets after dark. The crew witnessed one police chase, quite a number of drunken passers-by wanting to feature in the film, a drunk loudly abusing a taxi-driver (a case of life imitating art), and pretty much every boy racer in Dunedin.
Friends and family were called in to help out in all sorts of ways, from lending a car trailer to dressing in togas to holding onto large lights during gale-force winds to being stunt drivers.
“A Runner” has been made on a shoe-string, and this was only possible because of the incredibly keen and dedicated cast and crew, who gave their time and energy voluntarily.
We hope you enjoy it.

Writer: Nigel Waters

Nigel was born and raised in Invercargill, moving to Dunedin in the mid-eighties. He has lived in Port Chalmers for the past several years. After having the opportunity to experiment quite freely at Allen Hall Theatre at the University of Otago, he has made a living combining various jobs, including being a postie, a stonemason and now a primary teacher, with working in local theatre for the past twenty years. Apart from a couple of short plays written in the early-nineties, in recent years Nigel started taking a more serious interest in writing. His first full-length length play Hymn was performed at Silo Theatre, Auckland, in 2001 and at the Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin, in 2003. His second The Whole Sun has had professional readings at the Fortune Theatre in 2006 and the Court Theatre, Christchurch in 2007. Short Film Otago’s initiative enticed a first attempt at screenwriting – A Runner.

Actor: Brian Kilkelly

Brian has appeared in 'As You Like It' and 'Children of the Poor' at the Globe and at Wellington's Fringe Festival. He has also played Capulet in 'Romeo and Juliet". Brian was in the highly successful 'Jerusalem Jerusalem' which played to capacity houses at Dunedin's Globe and Fortune Theatres and Wellington’s Circa Theatre before travelling with that play to Edinburgh, Belfast and Cheltenham in the United Kingdom.
Brian played in Equus at the Fortune Theatre and in more recent times has appeared in 'Man for All Seasons', 'Daughters of Heaven', 'The Seagull', 'Glide Time' and 'Proof' at Dunedin's Globe Theatre. He played Mr Frank in 'The Diary of Anne Frank' at Dunedin's Playhouse Theatre and most recently played the part of Charles Dean in a new play about Minnie Dean.

Brian made his film debut in the acclaimed 'Out of the Blue'.

Director: Sina walker
Dunedin based Sina Walker is a writer, director and sometimes editor. She currently works as a post director and associate producer for documentary producers NHNZ.
'A Runner' by Dunedin writer Nigel Waters is her second digital short made with SFO. Her last digital short 'Paradise' has been selected as one of 6 shorts in the 'Homegrown Drama on Video' programme for the NZ International Film Festival.
Paradise will also screen on Thursday.
Her current independent projects include writing a script about James MacKenzie and a producing a series of short documentaries about quirky Dunedinites.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Director Ian Lawton

Still from Shut The Fuck Up.

Director bio:

Name: Ian Lawton

Coming from a background in animation for television and short film, Ian currently works as a freelance producer, director and editor for television. His knowledge of animation filmmaking techniques has been an invaluable asset to his work in postproduction.

His eclectic workload covers anything from drawn animation, commercials directing, radio advertising, documentary to short film, as well as corporate video and also music videos. As a screenwriter, his work has been short-listed on several occasions; has doctored scripts for advertising, copywriting & movie trailers. His work as a director has also been screened in many International Film Festivals.

• A member of the Irish Screenwriters & Playwrights Guild.

• Alumnus of Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenwriting course.

• Has had tenure at producing promotional content for television broadcast, one of which earned a prestigious Shark Award for his campaign for the US TV series: Friends for Channel 6 in 2007.

• Holds an honors degree in Film from IADT and also a graduate of DLCAD

In a previous life Ian was an animator, worked on many tv shows, shorts and commercials. He won a couple of awards for his trouble, yet still spending his free time making music videos for mates bands, eventually becoming more fluent in the world of live-action and has since went on to direct commercials, promo’s, corporate videos and even more music videos (some of which earned awards for his trouble), anything at all really to earn his chops as a director.
Ian, sick of jumping through hoops for the funding of his films, invested in some gear, collaborated with actor friend and "soap celebrity" Tom O’Leary and shot "Shut the Fuck Up" early one morning in Bray with no crew and no money.
Ian got the idea for the short while on location in Bray shooting yet another f**king music video, seeing the lone phone booth by the car park, he was inspired.
Enthused by the result, Tom and Ian decided to dust off an old script, (previously short listed but ultimately refused funding) put together a small crew and spent three days with cheap German processed food and shot The Other Marty, which is currently in post-production. The food still hasn’t gone off.

Trailer For Shut The Fuck Up and IMDB Entry

Check back this time tomorrow for next profile.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Programme of Movies for 6th August Screening at Paradiso

Hi Folks , below are the films to be screened at the next WFT movie night .
Over the next week or so, I will post up some details on each film - 1 film/1 post per day.
Please pop by each evening for a new update.

Also , I hope you folks are thinking about your movie ideas for GONE IN 60 SECONDS !

I hope to see you all next week .

( Click On The Below Picture For A Larger Image)

Short Film Otago funded films

Fishy Tales
NZ 2009. Director: Darren Simmonds: 11 mins
A comic cat and mouse tale about Granddad and Riwi as they attempt to outwit Kent, an overzealous Fisheries officer.

The Somniloquist
NZ 2009. Director: Stephen Downes : 14 mins
Somniloquism:the affliction of talking in one's sleep

NZ 2009. Director: Rebecca Tansley : 14 mins
The story of two itinerants, each damaged by a troubled past, who re-learn how to trust again.

A Runner
NZ 2009. Director: Sina Walker : 14 mins
An aging cabby defies all expectations in the struggle to reclaim his dignity.

Also screening

NZ 2008. Director: Sina Walker : 10 mins
A rite-of-passage tale about a young boy on the opening day of the duck shooting season.

This film made last year with SFO funding is also playing as part of the 'Homegrown' short film selection in this year's NZ International Film Festival.

And to give the night a bit of international flavour we have two foreign films to add to the programme .

Mi Mujer (English title: My Woman)
Argentina 2009. Director: Maria Arnoletto : 14 mins :(Spanish Language with English subtitles).
"How the level of love rises among people at wakes."

And from Ireland,

Shut The Fuck Up
Ireland 2009. Director: Ian Lawton : 3 and a half mins
A kidnapping goes a bit wrong...

Now , if you're good,we will also screen the first film, in what is sure to be a cult new series of films *, featuring Heinous Enis

Pick Up
Somewhere 2009. Director: Robert Holt : 7 mins
..Stranger Danger! , Stranger Danger!..
( * may not actually become a cult new series of films - but we can hope!)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Films , Film Makers and Making Films!

Still from A RUNNER

Hi folks,

Hope you are all well .

I've just finished the first draft of the script for the sequel to Pick Up. It's called Heinous. It's taken on a bit of a more sinister direction than the first instalment,but I just let it take me there.I'll give it a bit of a polish, and hopefully we can get the Pick Up crew back together sometime in the near future and shoot it .

So , like I mentioned in the previous post,on the 6th of August WFT will be having a screening night.Look on it as Wanaka's own mini version of the International Film Festival.Well actually the headliners will be the four films made with funding from Short Film Otago.So they are pretty local actually.

These are, Darren Simmonds Fishy Tales,Sina Walkers A Runner,Rebecca Tansleys Eden and Stephen Downes The Somniloquist, (more details on these films soon). There will,however,be some international flavour ,with the inclusion of a short from Irish filmmaker Ian Lawton called Shut The Fuck Up (more details soon) and ,hopefully,WFT friend Maria Arnoletto will allow us to screen her Argentinean short,Mi Mujer, (again,more details to come).
We hope to have one or two other little things to show also.

We will also take the opportunity,on that night ,to announce the details of the "Gone In 60 Seconds" film making jamboree .

Basically, though, this is going to be an opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to to make a movie and see it on the big screen at the cinema,to do so.

Imagine,you will legitimately be able to announce to your friend ,"Yes , I am going to my film premiere tonight".

And all you have to do is make a 60 second movie on any subject you like , on any equipment you can get your hands on and you will have roughly a month to do so.

Then,after I have a chance to organise and collate the material,there will be a gala premiere night at the Paradiso cinema,where you can come and watch your movie (along with everyone elses) on the big screen and you get to vote on the best movies , not some judging panel.

Okay, so that's it for now.
Stay tuned for more details and start thinking about your movie idea .

Cheers all,


Friday, July 17, 2009

Brett Gaylor on RIP : A Remix Manifesto National Radio Interview

Interesting radio Interview with Brett Gaylor , film maker behind RIP : A Remix Manifesto .
WFT hopes to screen this movie very soon.


Trailer for RIP

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Next Screening Night

Hi folks ,
Okay , some updates for you .

WFT board met up last week to chat about stuff .

First up, keep 6 pm , August 6th free . WFT will screen a short film programme at Paradiso that Thursday evening .

This should be a nice event with a Q&A session afterwards (some of the film makers will be present) .

The screenings should run about an hour and a half and we will then convene in the Paradiso cafe for some chatting etc.

In addition to the screening , this night will also be the official announcement of the "GONE IN 60 SECONDS" film making
jamboree .

All details of "GONE IN 60 SECONDS" will be announced and any questions you may have about this will be answered then.

There will be a small cover charge of $5 on the night to cover costs .

Please bring along anyone you think may be interested .

Keep an eye on the Messenger closer to the date for a reminder .

Please feel free to comment over there on the left .

Don't forget to sign your comments to be in to win a prize .

In the meantime , I recommend you watch some classic movies this week .I mean films that are your own personal classics .

This week I will be watching from my personal collection the following...(trailers may not be safe for work)

River's Edge

The Breakfast Club

Ghosts of the Civil Dead

and Henry : Portrait of A Serial Killer

(These take me back to late 80's / early 90's)

Friday, July 3, 2009

May E Machine

Check out WFT friend May E Machine for all your film related engineering needs

Some photos from the "Pick Up" shoot.

Please excuse the low quality and subliminal flash frames , I need a new mac!.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Look For Now!

Hi all , I had to make some adjustments to the blog so that I could post larger videos and so the comments (now over there on the left) would fit in the template .

Change can be tough to adjust to , so if you are feeling a little odd due to the different look , here is a calming picture to relax you .

New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

Hi all ,
A quick reminder that NZ Mountain Film Festival begins tomorrow , the 3rd , and runs until Tuesday 7th July.
Venue is the Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore Street , Wanaka.

What to expect? well , to quote the official website

Activities scheduled include

Viewing of the 51 film finalist
Awards night with films, winning film previews and live Music
NZ & International Guest speakers
Auction to get Quentin Smith back on skis
Free Adventure gear trade show
Art exhibition
Ice Sculpturing Demonstration
Heaps of giveaways
And of course, lots of general socialising

The programme for the festival can be downloaded from HERE , which will also link you to the main website .

Ticket prices are very reasonable and you should find some time to fit in a viewing .

Oh , and incase you haven't looked's snowing right now! yay !

chat later.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You Shoot , He Scores!

WFT friend Barratt is currently experimenting with writing movie scores.
If anyone has something they would like scored or just to chat some ideas , then
give Barratt a shout . (His email address is in the address field of your WFT mailing list email.- you'll know his when you see it ).

I'm going to work on a skills directory for a future mail out / posting .
If anyone would like to be listed with a particular skill/offering etc. let me know .

Basically , a database of cast/crew etc and their contacts .

Inclusion or exclusion at your request .
Get on it .

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell

Hi all,
I thought I'd take a moment to alert you to a great film related audio programme .

I don't know about you , but I often get annoyed when I read a review or listen to an interview with a filmmaker because i find that , usually , the interviewer hasn't really bothered to do proper , in depth , research .
It frustrates me when the same old boring questions are asked by someone who doesn't really know a lot about the subject/artist they are dealing with .
I'm sure it must be boring for the interviewee also .
This is why I was so delighted to stumble across Elvis Mitchell and his film programme , "The Treatment".
I found this as a podcast on iTunes , but it is also a radio show on KCRW, Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate and available in a number of online formats from that link above .

Elvis is an interviewer who knows his subject well .
He is comes across as a gentle and intelligent interviewer . His guests ( writers/directors/producers/ etc.) seem to really enjoy their time with him on the show and it's not hard to see why .
He seems to know every obscure film or filmmaker referenced by his guests and is able to discern even the most vague influence on any given film .

Anyway , enough speaking . I'll let Elvis speak for himself .So do yourself a favour and check out the podcast (just search for it in iTunes or follow the web link above) , be sure to check out some previous guests as they all prove interesting .

Thursday, June 25, 2009

NZFC picks up "Charlotte"

Great things can come from a weekend shoot!

Read about 48hrs film being picked up by New Zealand Film Commission HERE

Monday, June 22, 2009


Hi folks ,

The previously mentioned Billy Stoneking Marshall Workshop is on , but , in Dunedin .
contact details below.

".......If you'd like to participate in an inspiring one-day film drama workshop with legendary screen guru, Billy Marshall Stoneking, please contact

Dell McLeod at or ring
+64 (0)3 479 4274

MUST BOOK TODAY!!! Tell your colleagues & friends!!!..."

Please note , we are currently in the process of organising other speakers/workshops to happen here in Wanaka in the future .
Stay tuned .


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Grand Final Winner of 48hrs

Huge congratulations to The Linemen for their well deserved win with their beautiful animated short , "Charlotte".
This film won the Dunedin City Final prior to the Grand Final win and I said it before and I'll repeat it now , We were very privileged to find our own WFT team in the company of a film of this standard at the city finals .
Much respect to all involved .
That's 48hrs over with for another year .
Best get cracking on another filmmaking excuse .



Saturday, June 20, 2009

Looking for authentic costumes

Hi all ,
I'm working on a script at the moment for a short film and I will need some assistance with some costumes .
I am looking for 2 authentic looking costumes for a couple of Native American characters , women , in their 20's .

I will also need to dress a older cowboy character , again, as authentic as possible , old weathered geezer , who's been riding the range for a few months. I'm thinking , well dressed but dusty and dirty .

Also all the gear to go with their horses ......and a couple of horses.

Well , i guess 1 brown or black horse and 1 piebald pony .

Please chip in if you have any suggestions.



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Musical Interlude

Our Friend Benjamin James Eastwood asked us to shoot some video for him recently , here is a bite .
(Some of you may know Bens music from The Beer Whisperers movie "Lovers Rock".

Remember folks ,
Ask a local musician for music for your films or youtube videos . Most would be happy to oblige I'm sure .


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Drama & Writing Workshop

Hi everyone (welcome, new mailing list folk),

First a quick follow up on Wanaka's own 48hrs City Finalist "Pick Up" . Although Pick Up unfortunately didn't make it any further than the Dunedin City Finals , I have just received info that it was nominated a runner up for BEST USE OF LINE (the compulsory dialogue line "It doesn't fit!") and our own Maria Arnoletto was nominated runner up for BEST ACTRESS .

Congrats to all involved .

WFT friend Ian Bowmer has informed me that Billy Marshall Stoneking will be bringing his Drama & Writing Workshop to New Zealand in early July .

Here is some info from New Zealand Writers Guild:

"...a possibility has arisen to stage some local workshops with Australian-based drama and writing coach, Billy Marshall Stoneking. (here is his Wikipedia entry)

Some people will know Billy from his writers workshop a year or so back for Shortfilm Otago.

They were nothing if not inspirational, and for people with limited theatre or other dramatic training, an excellent opportunity to explore the difference between words on a page and the potency of words delivered well.
Billy has formerly been a tutor at the Oz Film & Television School.

He's coming over to the Oamaru Film Fest in July. There is the possibility of adding other regional workshops ..."

OK , I paraphrased that last line . I believe if there are a sufficient number of people interested , there will be a workshop in Dunedin , but if ,perhaps , there are enough interested parties here in Wanaka , then a local visit could be arranged .

Here is a link to the one of Mr. Marshall Stoneking's blogs , which should give you some info and an idea of what might be involved LINK or watch this youtube video (below) .

If you think you would be interested in attending such a workshop , please email me soon (thairocksuperstarATgmailDOTcom) with "INTERESTED IN WORKSHOP "in the subject box and I will pass the numbers on to Ian .

I imagine there would be a fee involved and I gather it might be in the region of $25 , but don't take that as gospel , please.

Thanks again, Ian, for that info .


Sunday, May 31, 2009

"That was terrible" (only kidding)

Hi everyone ,

Hope you are all staying warm this long weekend.I know my toes are a little chilly .

Well , like I mentioned , a bunch of us headed down to Dunedin as finalists in the Dunedin leg of the 48hrs Film competition .
There were 12 films in total that made it this far and now was the time we were gonna see them on the big screen with a very sharply dressed audience .

Alas , Pick Up , our film didn't manage to win anything , but I have to say , we feel privileged to have been in the finals with some amazing movies .What was cool was that these films were not just cool 'cause they were made in 48hrs , but that they were cool full stop . Some of them would have definitely held their own amongst shorts that had no such time restrictions .

The winning film was "Charlotte" by Line Men - Big Twist Genre and the runner up was "Girl from Sweden, Maori from Dunedin" by Know Idea Productions - Politically Incorrect Genre

CHARLOTTE in my opinion was a deserved winner. An animated film that was simple , clean and very nicely put together .

I though that "Girl from Sweden, Maori from Dunedin" had a lot of great elements , not least of which was the great swedish character , she was very funny and well acted .

Another stand out film was "Nuclear Family" by team Rorschach . This film won quiet a few prizes but somehow didn't make it to the final 2 . No disrespect to the team behind Girl from Sweden, Maori from Dunedin , but , I think Nuclear Family deserved that runner up spot .
There is always the Peter Jackson wildcard draw , which can bring an otherwise unsuccessful team to the Grand Finals .
Watch this space to see if that happens.

C4 will begin screening some selected 48hrs shorts in the next week or two, so tune in if you have that channel and watch.There will also be a YouTube Channel dedicated to 48hrs shorts , which I will post the link to once it is up to speed.

Pick Up will screen for WFT fans along with some other bits and pieces, soon .

Okay , so the next thing to do is to get this "Gone in 60 seconds" film making jamboree up and running .
I'm keen on getting people making movies , not necessarily "in competition" but what I am gonna put out there is this ..

...If there is anyone reading this that can offer any kind of prizes for a film making competition , however small , be it a physical prize , a cash prize or a goods and/or services prize , voucher etc . then please get in contact with me at thairocksuperstar(Then simply add @ and gmail followed by a DOT and a COM) then I would greatly appreciate it .

If you know anyone who can offer any prizes , then , also get in contact, please .

There will be audience voting and raffles and stuff too , so think on .

I will let you know dates etc soon.

This competition is open to anyone , so spread the word.

cheers everyone

take care


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great Night at Wanaka Premiere

Hi everyone ,
I'm just home from the Wanaka premieres of both , Lovers Rock & Fishy Tales . Well I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who had turned out on a chilly midweek evening . They were an enthusiastic crowd and it was splendid to see so many film fans in our small town .
I'll post recap over the weekend, but I would really like to encourage any readers who were in the audience to send me their reviews of any or both of the films screened for posting here on the site .

A bunch of us are off to Dunedin (again) tomorrow for the City Finals of the 48hrs film competition .
WFT's entry "Pick Up" made the cut , so we will be getting our glad rags on and representing the town.
So many movie shindigs , so little time!!

More screenings coming up at the Paradiso in the next couple of weeks . Stay tuned for details .

Thanks again to all readers and viewer for your valued participation .

Soon you will all hopefully be getting busy on making your own 60 second flick .
Start thinking about it now and I'll get more info out to you soon.

Night , night all .

Please post reviews / questions etc. either in the comments section or via email to thairocksuperstar(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Thanks and Bye.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Venue Change

Ok Folks ,

Venue for tomorrows screening has changed to The Mint Bar.

all other details remain unchanged.

Times etc

Happy Hour etc

See you all there



WFT 48hrs entry makes it to the City Finals

So Pick Up , one of the Wanaka entries to the 48hr film comp has made it through to the City Finals! . The Only film from it's heat to do so and the only Horror from Dunedin to do so.

City Finals Gala details

THURSDAY MAY 28th (yup , that's this thursday)

Doors Open 7pm
Advance Tickets from Wild Pair, 241 George St from Tuesday 12th May, $15
The Top 12 Shorts selected by the Judges will screen
Screening venue: GLENROY AUDITORIUM, Harrop St, Octagon.
Always very popular, book in advance. The finals are not free admission.

Congratulations to the team involved.
Glad rags picked out for the night?

Pick Up will screen in Wanaka as soon as the Grand Finals are over .

(watch this space , regarding Wednesdays premiere of Fishy Tales and Lovers Rock , Possible venue change to Mint Bar , details posted as soon as confirmed .



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Free Premiere Screening On Wednesday 27 May

I am pleased to announce the Wanaka premiere of Darren Simmonds & Wanaka Film Trusts FISHY TALES at The Local Bar on Wednesday 27th May from 7.30ish (with happy hour from 7pm - 9pm) all welcome. First short LOVERS ROCK will screen at approx 8pm to be followed by Fishy Tales .This is a free screening for all interested , but please feel free to show your support for our kind hosts by purchasing a beverage or two at the bar...but drink sensibly and don't drink/drive etc.
See you all there .


Now Twittering (for films sake!)

Follow WFT twitters here (If you like).

That is all.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Getting Back Up To Speed

Hi all ,

It's been a long week .

Things coming up .

Wanaka  Premiere  of " Fishy Tales" 

We are hoping to have a confirmed date /time/location for the Wanaka premier of Darren Simmonds short film in the next day or so , but it looks likely to be mid week , next week .
It is hoped that The Beer Whisperers entry for this years 48hr film comp "Lovers Rock" ,  will be the opening act at this screening .
(Those guys did an amazing job , to make a fun and accomplished  short in such a limited time - unfortunately , due to technical difficulties , they didn't qualify for the competition, although they did get to screen the movie , to a great reception , at the Dunedin Heats last week .)

Details coming soon

Wanaka's other 48hrs entry ,  "Pick Up" ,- which did , luckily , qualify for comp , also screened in Dndn last week and , while a more straight style film than most  48hrs entries shown at the heat , got a good reaction also .
We will find out if it progresses to the City Finals on Tue 26th May . Fingers crossed!!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got stuck in to these Wanaka productions . It is very heartening to see all these folk working together and sharing their abilities in the name of local movie production .
Some new alliances were undoubtedly forged during these productions and I look forward to seeing the results of these  over the coming year .

Lets keep the momentum going folks  .
WFT screenings coming up include shorts from over seas as well as more local fare , also , we hope to screen  feature length documentary    "RIP: A Remix Manifesto "

This is an open source  film , but we may ask for donations at this screening to support the filmmakers . 

Details soon.

Keep well , warm and safe folks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Notes Of A Filmmaker

A quick shout out to Ian Lawton , filmmaker and oldest buddy of mine ( In fact , we made a short together ...I guess , over 20 yrs ago - which I can't really remember much of , and I'm sure was terrible , if it ever even got finished - Ian?.
He lives in Ireland . He makes films , and he has a blog
called Notes Of A Filmmaker which contains some cool links and valuable info on film making , but more than that , it's kinda like a production diary of a filmmakers ongoing projects .
Check it out , it's a nice slice .

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Hi all .


The weekend has passed and we all survived the 48hr film comp .
Pics and details soon .
Congratulations to all who participated in Wanaka teams .
Best of luck in the heats.

Fishy Tales

A last minute date change has Darren Simmonds FISHY TALES premiering in Dunedin tomorrow (13th May) .
Best of luck to Darren and all the team who worked on this short .
Wanaka screening details as soon as I have them .

Ok , folks , I'll end it there tonight and will follow up with a fuller post later in the week.
Keep well all.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Calm before the storm

Hi all ,

Thanks for stopping by .
Just a quick post to say that 48hr weekend is almost on us and therefore , there will probably be little in the way of a blog update till middle of next week .
Not only is the weekend filled with film making for some of us , but also WFT's first production , "Fishy Tales" will have it's premiere in Dunedin on Tuesday ,(some late night action in the sound studio over the last few nights has been noted!)
Best of luck to Darren and the Fishy Tales gang , hope the red carpet gets rolled out for this one .

I believe there will be a Wanaka premiere in the not so distant future also . Dates will be posted as soon as confirmed .

Film Festival News

The 7th Annual New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is on in Wanaka from July 3rd - 7th .
This is a great opportunity to see some outdoors/ adventure etc.themed films and lots of other cool stuff .
Check out the full details on the WEBSITE.

A last note to all the folk who have taken the time to email , letting us know a bit about themselves . Thank you for keeping this ball rolling .
It's appreciated.

A quick suggestion

As i hope there will be new visitors to this blog over time , may i propose that , in addition to cc to all other email addresses ,
that you post a copy of your email to the comments section in this blog , or just add the word PUBLISH in bold capitals at the end of your emails and I can then copy them and paste them into the main body of the blog .
You can , of course , do what you like with your emails but this way , everyone gets to read what you have to say .

On a side note , can you all please note that Emma's email address is listed in your emails as - when it is of course .
If you could change that in your contacts , she will then also get your mail .
I have one email address from the first WFT screening night signup sheet that I can't read - I have tried a few different versions but keep getting a delivery failure .If anyone knows Antonio's (stop motion chap) email address , can they let him know the error and have him email me or leave a comment .

Thanks all.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Hi all ,

Emma has kindly taken the time to drop me a line .
She asks for any recommendations on screenwriting software.

Here is my reply to her

"...I've usually used Final Draft , which I find good - it takes a bit of getting your head around , but once you do , it's worth it .
I believe it is considered the industry standard also .
It's not cheap , US$249 , but they offer a free download-able trial from their website .

If you have a Mac , Apples desktop publishing application, Pages , has , in it's latest version (Pages'09), a template for screenplays .
I haven't used it yet , as I've only just upgraded to '09 - but it looks good , easy to use and pretty self explanatory.
It costs NZ$179 but you would qualify for Apples education discount .

A mate of mine in Ireland recently mentioned Celtx which is (unlike the other two mentioned) a free open source suite of production software , which includes a
screenwriting application .
Again , I haven't used it , but free is good ....."

Please folks , add your comments and recommendations here for Emma , as , I'm sure some of you have used something I haven't mentioned .

Cheers for now .

Thursday, April 30, 2009

48hrs registration closing in about an hour!!

Ok folks ,
If you haven't registered a team by now , well you're too late for this year .
In just over a week , those of us who registered (thanks Greg) , will be waiting to hear what our surprise genre/prop/line/character will be . Then , we won't sleep for a couple of days as we will be immersed in film making .

If you wanted to partake in the 48hr comp , but weren't able to register for some reason , I urge you to go ahead and make a movie that weekend anyway .With or without the 48hr criteria .

I'll talk more about the "Gone in 60 seconds" film making jam at a later date , but keep the concept in your mind and start thinking of possible ideas for a 1 min movie .

If that works out , and if people have fun , well , I have another fun idea up my sleeve to follow up with .Stay tuned.

I've added a new link to the links area on the right of the screen .
it's to , who, in their own words, "( is a behind-the-scenes Web portal that provides an intimate, fresh look into the process of making a movie by the insiders themselves. MakingOf’s mission is to champion the art and craft of entertainment creation.

It's an interesting new site .

I want to put together some movies for screening at the next meeting ( where we will have more time and space to chat and mingle ) , so if anyone has a project they want shown , drop me a line .


Be sure to try and find time to check out the Wild South Film Festival on at the PARADISO cinema over the next week or so . Screenings are reasonably priced and run from early in the day .

What's are some of your favourite movies?

Remember to leave a comment here so I know I'm not writing to my self . Don't make me sign up to Twitter!.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Welcome to WFT

By Robert Holt

Hi everyone ,
Welcome to the Wanaka Film Trust blog .
In time , we hope to have a website up and running , but this will suffice for now .

I'd just like to thank everyone who came out to the first public WFT meeting at the Paradiso Cinema on Thursday .
It was great to see a good turnout .
I must apologise for not getting to speak to everyone , but would hope that we will get the opportunity to do so in the near future.

Thanks to Darren Simmonds for speaking on the night . He's a much better public speaker than I am and I think , given the time constraints we were under he did an excellent job of introducing and explaining WFT .

Also special thanks to Callum and all the lovely Paradiso crew , for , not just providing a good venue for our meeting , but for having an awesome cinema . I urge you to spend plenty time there , both for movies and good grub , but also as a place to hang out and meet up with friends .

But mostly thanks to you guys .

Y'all seem like a talented bunch and I look forward to seeing examples of your work , both past and future.

Topher - you sounded good on the radio on Friday!

Maria - I checked out your website - really cool pics!

Ian - Thanks again for those links - I'll add a links section to this blog (if I can work out how).

Katharine - I hope you found your Cinderella .

I will email a link to this blog to you all but if I have misread anyones email address and they fail to get this
and you know them , could you please ask them to email me at the address in the email you recieve .

Please everyone , leave comments regularly so I know I'm not alone! .