Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Show Me Shorts

New Zealand Short Filmmakers

The Show Me Shorts Film Festival is now calling for entries. The deadline is 5pm Monday the 5th of July.

This annual national short film festival plays Kiwi and Australian short films between three and 30 minutes long, made within the last three years.

Show Me Shorts will screen in cities and towns throughout New Zealand from the 4th of November. This year organisers are expanding the locations to include Tauranga & Waiheke Island. The successful short filmmaking seminars of last year will also be repeated with the addition of a short film development lab, details of which will be announced in the coming months.

Festival Director Gina Dellabarca who programs the festival says, “The whole team is always really excited at this time of year because we know those shorts are about to start rolling in. We all have our favourites, but the festival is open to any genre and we encourage both established and emerging filmmakers to send us their work. We are particularly looking for striking films with high production values and a strong central idea that will capture the audience’s imagination.”

Last year’s Kodak Best Film winner was Kiwi ex-pat Jacqui van Beek for the insightful childhood drama ‘Just Like the Others’. The other big winner was the CGI motion capture animated war drama ‘Poppy’, which took home three of the eight Show Me Shorts awards. The 2009 selection of films demonstrated the versatility of short filmmakers, covering a wide range of subjects and including a record number of world premieres.

For further information about Show Me Shorts visit our Facebook fan site http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8502010138&ref=mf or to enter your short film go to https://www.withoutabox.com/login/5217.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2nd entry for 48seconds comp...more in the pipeline.

If you've seen John Boorman's 1967 movie, POINT BLANK with Lee Marvin,
Then this will make sense ...if not , well, will just be ... odd.



Friday, March 19, 2010

My 1st stab at this years V48seconds challange

The idea is you pick a scene from a movie and recreate it , but it must contain a V beverage in there somewhere.

Much thanks to Maddy for playing along.

Hope you enjoy

(Oh by the way, I did a scene from Spanish zombie movie [REC].)

News and Stuff update.

New Zealand Film Commission

The position of Short Film Assistant has become available within the Short Film department of New Zealand Film Commission for a person seeking to advance a career working within the film industry.  The Short Film department focuses on the talent development of New Zealand’s up and coming filmmakers.
The Short Film Assistant reports to the Short Film Manager, to assist with the smooth running of the department through:
  • Preparation of short film festival submissions and the organisation and promotion of short film domestic screenings throughout New Zealand;
  • Organisation and despatch of short film materials for all requirements including international film festivals and sales; 
  • Day to day communication with international and domestic film festivals, filmmakers, television stations and educational institutions;
  • Managing the library of short film materials;
  • Regular website maintenance, including YouTube site;
To be successful in this role you will have/be:
- Knowledge of the NZ film industry;
- A passion for New Zealand film and filmmakers;
-     Highly motivated and hardworking;
-     Committed to working as a team;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills;
- Good time management and organisation skills;
-     Cool headed under pressure;
-     A relevant tertiary degree;
-     Strong computer proficiency in Excel and Word;
-     Photoshop knowledge would be an advantage;
-     Internet savvy.
All applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and referees.
Please forward applications to:
 Shane Green, Executive Manager, NZFC, PO Box 11-546, Wellington,
marked “Private and Confidential”, or email them to shane@nzfilm.co.nz;
For a complete job description please email shane@nzfilm.co.nz
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON Friday, 16th April 2010


St David St Theatre Complex, University of Otago
Saturday March 27th
Seminar Room 2 ~ daytime
Local documentaries, Pioneering Animation, and Stunning Student work
- screenings of exceptional films from local film schools, high schools, and other films of note and
local significance with talks/ Q&A by the film makers (Schedule to be advised)
Seminar Room 1
Saturday 10.00am-12.15pm - Developing films for the Film Commission
a 2hr+ session on how to make it work.
NZFC Development Exec. Hone Kouka
NZ Film Commission
Saturday 12.45 - 1.45 – The Business of Television ~ 10 key points for survival.
Janine Morrell-Gunn CEO Whitebait-TV /WIFT Board member
Saturday 2.00- 4.30 – Finding Your Pitch
– a workshop on finding the heart of your project: is it a low budget feature, big budget feature, short, TV
show or novel. Register in advance if you want to try out your pitch ahead of the real thing and get
feedback and tips from a writer and a producer. (To register email baddock@earthlight.co.nz)
Kathryn Akuhata-Brown – radio & tv dramatist, short film maker, comedy writer, Shortland St
storyliner, script editor, author.
Philippa Campbell, Producer, writer, script consultant and development executive. Producer Swimming
Lessons, Via Satellite, Rain, No. 2 , Black Sheep, short films and documentaries.
Script to Screen, Nga Aho Whakaari, Philippa Campbell
4.30-6.00 Networking networking networking ~ Drinks & nibbles St David St Foyer
Saturday 6.30-7.30 - Writers Room: A Spirit of Independence, identity, and original thought
- a conversation between one of our most notable screenwriters, Graeme Tetley (Vigil, Ruby and Rata,
Out of the Blue) and MC, Kathryn Akuhata-Brown. Discussion will cover how to approach featurewriting
including making good early choices, the importance of research, finding a poetic voice, and
discovering the heart of your project, including short film clips, + Q & A.
Graeme Tetley & Katherine Akuhata-Brown
Script to Screen
Saturday Night 7.30-8.30 - Developing projects for the international television market
Craig Meade NHNZ Vice President Programme Development
Saturday Night 8.30-9.30pm –Date Night pitching session.
Speed pitch your ideas to film/TV producers - 6 producers begging to be blown away.
Matthew Horrocks, Philippa Campbell, Kristian Eek, Craig Meade, Zoe Hobson, Robin Murphy
Advance Registration required to pitch. To register contact steven@nzwritersguild.org.nz
NZ Writers Guild/SDGNZ
Saturday 8.30pm & 10.15pm SHORT FILMS ON A TALL WALL
Countdown Supermarket, Moray Place
The country's only drive-in short film festival party
~ a line up of the south's best short films blown up big on a carpark wall
Sunday March 28th
Seminar Room 2
Local documentaries, Pioneering Animation, and Stunning Student work
- screenings of exceptional films from local film schools, high schools, and other films of note and
local significance with talks/ Q&A by the film makers
Scheduling to be advised
Seminar Room 1
Sunday morn 10am-12 pm - "A Hands-on Guide to Casting and Auditioning"
how to prepare, what you’ll need and how it’s done - for actors and directors
Simon Marler & Barbara Power (Supported by Barefoot Casting & The Video Factory)
McDaniel+Power Actor/Profile Management & Barefoot Casting
Sunday 1.30 -2.30 An introduction to Te Paepae Ataata Maori Script Development Fund
Pita Turei, Katherine Akuhata-Brown, Simon Marler
Nga Aho Whakaari
Sunday 2.30- 4.00 Contracts for screenwriters and playwrights
what to insist on, watch out for, and understand about the person on the other side of the table.
Steven Gannaway (NZWG) & Cindy Diver (Producer, TheatreWorks)
NZ Writers’ Guild/Stage South
Sunday 4.30-5.30 - 3D or not 3D? How real an option is it?
- the practicalities of 3D film-making in the South ~ punching through the hype. An introduction
to what’s involved and what to avoid.
38 Pictures has produced 3D projects including behind the scenes content on Warner Bros Yogi Bear, 3D
IMAX film SeaRex, plus tourism promotional film for MidCanterbury and a film for Inside Victorian
Oamaru, working with Gallien Chanalet-Quercy, one of the world’s leading 3D producers, originally from
the Paris-based 3D specialist production house Cow Productions.
Zoe Hobson, 38 Pictures
38 Pictures
Countdown Supermarket, Moray Place
Sunday 8.30pm & 10.15pm SHORT FILMS ON A TALL WALL
The country's only drive-in short film festival party
~ a line up of the south's best short films blown up big on a carpark wall
VENUE: Countdown Supermarket, Moray Place

Script to Screen

A Spirit of Independence: Graeme Tetley

Continuing our discussions on the spirit of independence, identity, and original thought, Script to Screen is proud to present a conversation between one of our most notable screenwriters, Graeme Tetley (Vigil, Ruby and Rata, Out of the Blue) and screenwriter and script consultant Kathryn Akuhata-Brown.
With reference to the iconic New Zealand films written by Tetley, the discussion will delve into how to approach the feature-writing process including making good choices in the early stages of developing an idea, the importance of research, finding a poetic voice and discovering the heart of your project.
5.30pm, Saturday 27 March, St David St Lecture Theatres, University of Otago, Cnr St David and Castle St, Dunedin

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some Of The Movies I Have Requested From OpenIndie

If you want to see any of these, or perhaps some of the other movies available - go to openindie.com and request a film! - If a film gets enough requests for a screening ,here, in our awesome little town - then we get to screen it!
Simple as that.

Everyone wins.
You get to see some great movies that you might not otherwise get a chance to see,
and the film makers get to earn a few bucks back.

It's like having your own custom built movie festival right on your doorstep.

Enjoy the trailers here and be sure to request some movies that you'd like to see here in Wanaka.





Children Of Invention

Somewhere Between Here And Now

The Book Of Caleb

Friday, March 5, 2010

Also Some Crew Members Needed!

Hi all,

A note from Quentin re: previously posted Harraways tv commercial.

"We are looking for some volunteers/ helpers for some assistance with the following jobs on saturday the 13th march and sunday the 14th march.

- Art department assistance
- Location assistance
- General gofers

Perfect opportunity for people interested in exposure to and experience in the film industry.

Please contact Darren at Reel Dreams 03 443 2849.



Again, this is being filmed in Wanaka.

So folks, If you want to warm up for V48Hours or get your foot in the door of the blossoming ,Wanaka based, commercials and film production industry - well, here's your chance.



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

....And This Porridge Is Just Right!


Hi folks,
Any actors amongst us?

I have info on two commercials for Harraways Oats, being shot in Wanaka on 14th March.
These are paid jobs, so if you are interested, read on and see if you might fit the bill.


There will be auditions in both Wanaka and Queenstown,this coming Friday (5th March).

Wanaka Audition Details

  • Friday March 5th 6pm-7:30pm @ 102 Tenby Street - Wanaka .Reservations not required.

Queenstown Audition Details
  • Friday March 5th 1pm-3pm @ Queenstown Performing Arts Centre (QPACT) Ballarat St (up hill, past carpark on left, large yellow building)
  • Reservations Is required.PLEASE  EMAIL FOR CONFIRMATION (Contact details below)

commercial #1

  • [KID 1] Male. 8-10. Cute - On-set experience preferred.
  • [KID 2] Female. 6-8. Cute – on-set experience preferred.
  • [MUM] Female. 30-35. Motherly looking, attractive, and in control.
commercial #2

  • [PROFESSIONAL MAN] Male. 30-35. Successful and good looking.
  • [BEAUTIFUL WOMAN] Female. 25-30. Jaw dropping beautiful. A professional on her lunch break.
  • [ATHLETE] Male. 23-28. Tall and fit. Ready for adventure.

If you have a headshot, resume and full body shot ,please email before hand,  to Topher (Click on link for address)

For Further Details


Producer: Darren Simmonds / 021 43 77 44
Director: Topher Straus / 021 07 44 888

As V48Hours shoots are coming up in April (weekend of 16th-18th)..

...There will be actors/performers required.
Keep watching this spot for details , but if you'd be keen to be involved in a fun and crazy weekend of film making , contact me or join the mailing list.
Wanaka Film Trust Contact details on your left 
over there.(Well, over there and then up a bit ...y'know,in the comments section.I'm sure you'll find it.)

Cheers all.