Read up on what's happening at The Film School. This is a collection of posts from students, tutors and staff.
4 July 2012
Following their graduation last week, the first person to score work was Jared Flitcroft, as grip asst for Bret Saunders (Crew 10) on a weekend job. Charlotte Dallison followed close behind -- she's doing Wardrobe on a Gibson Group dramatised doco. Looks like Scotty will also get some work from Gibsons, as a conceptual artist.
Nikita has finished her stint as cam asst/vid split on Shopping, and is about to work with gun DP Ginny Loane on a commercial. Ants Faifai is working on GG's docu-drama, as is Oren. Tim still in Auckland, tutoring in Sculpture and Production Design at the Cut Above Academy. James Carroll has just returned from his sound traineeship in Australia, learning the fine art of foley, and rumour has it he is about to start work on something large out at Park Road. Jesse is working in Toronto in the grip department on the second series of the acclaimed Suits.
Malcolm Weekes is working for an independent film company in Los Angeles, and he says it's a type of apprenticeship where he helps with editing and casting etc. A large proportion of c21 seem to have left Aotearoa - Isla in New York, Charlee and Kaylen in LA, Alastair in Melbourne, Sarah also in Australia. Amber is somewhere in the US and Emma is off to the UK. Tristan has been keeping the homefires burning and has had a couple of gigs with Gibson Group, the most recent on their Fresh Meat feature, directed by Film School visiting tutor Danny Mulheron, which wound up just before Xmas. Isla has just finished her first New York short as production designer - paid (unheard of!) - and is working as assistant to a set designer, which she says is mostly on magazine shoots.
Mark Jackson continues to do a stunning job as The Film School's technician, while possible cousin Paul Jackson spent much of last year lighting on The Hobbit, soon after winning the 2011 Kodak Filmschools Cinematography Award for his work on Devil's Door to Heaven. Josh K is now a rotoscope artist at Weta Digital, while Josh O has returned to the UK soon to take up a job offer as a DIT (details soon). Late last year Pavel, Helmut and Joe scored NZFC 'Fresh Shorts' funding for their next short, working title The God Painter in Kiwi Kingdom. They screened their most recent short, Weekend Graffiti at the Paramount late January.
Juliet Bergh's first feature, Existence will screen at Wellington's Film Festival (Paramount 3 August 7 p.m. and 6 August 1.45 p.m.). Existence was part of the Film Commission's low budget Escalator funding scheme, and stars Loren Taylor as Freya. Bergh maintains her early post-Film School success is a fluke. Others know better ...
Jonny Eagles and Jared O'Neale and a bunch of buddies crossed the length of India in 3 rickshaws a while ago. To see the trailer for the series they shot along the way, go to http://vimeo.com/39565597.
Judith Ritchie's website, www.purplehouseproject.co.nz, is the story of the house that Jude built, and a great collection of articles both by and about her. We look forward to the documentary ...
Rose Youmans is doing her second season on True Blood
(Hollywood!) in the art department. As a result of working for free on short films in the space between she is also being offered lots of other work - karma. See how it works? Good system. Most recent gig, art director on the indie flick Free Ride
, shot in Florida and starring kiwi Anna Paquin.
Jason Howden has now completed shooting on The Light Harvester
, for which he and producer Sarah received a Fresh Shorts grant in the 2011 funding round. It's been ages since his last film The
Veil, but his work as a rotoscope artist at Weta Digital doesn't leave him much time.