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Yes, yes and yes

They loved it. They laughed and laughed and afterwards I almost cried. Ok I may have cried on the phone. I guess I was still pretty tired. Overwhelmed with emotions. Yipee. Yipeeeee. The movie played at the Sommerville Theatre in Boston as part of the 41st Sci Fi Film Festival. We had a good near full […]

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Update from Boston

Man Boston is cold. But cold is exciting when you come from the Auckland summer. But shit this is -15 and I am still wearing shorts from the trip. Better get out my long johns. We are staying in a nice Air B&B. We can walk to the  Somerville Theatre in 20 minutes. Pity it’s […]

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Boston here we come

Well we made the plane with the DCP in hand. It was pretty close though. We had checked our bags in and I was waiting for Peter from RPM to deliver the hard drive it to me at the gate. That’s close. Too close! Thanks so much to Gareth from Northwest Digital, Alana from Images […]

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the update 2015/1

Forgive me for it is so long since my last …blog. I am just not a blogger. But you deserve an update. The news is we have finished all principal photography. Yippee. I have released my actors of the bonds so they can finally get a haircut or shave their beards after nearly two years […]

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Update 21/05/14

The crew are on the job! So another day out filming some outdoor action scenes and some pickup shots, unfortunately the weather wasn’t as agreeable as we would’ve liked, but we still got a lot done, and had our very own gymnast do some flips and stunt for us, which was very cool to see! […]

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Production Update 5/5/14

Well it has been a VERY long time since the last update and that is because we have been so busy making the movie! For the last few months we have been filming all the outdoor scenes in the film. Many many locations around Auckland have served as the exotic landscapes of mysterious planets, and […]

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Filming Has Started

It’s official. The movie has begun. We started our first shoot in the weekend and it went great. Not without its hitches but we got over them and pushed through. Mainly it was time. It took too long dressing the extras and the light held us up at the crucial moment. This scene was a […]

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Strategy

This crazy movie project is now starting to gain some momentum. I have moved back into movie mode again having got most of my other big jobs behind me. Josh, Sam and I got together and made a list of things to do and looked at redoing a bare minimum budget. We need to figure […]

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COSTUMES

I have arranged to meet up with the costume artists to finalise the main costumes. They are both quite busy so to speed things up they are going to hand over the production to me. As I don’t know the first thing about sewing and failed in my last attempt to sew on a button, […]

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The team

After Andrew and I wrote this thing and came a close second in the make my movie competition I decided it was worth keeping going and making it regardless. I approached people all over the place looking for help but in the end it came down to one thing. Me. So now I have decided […]

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actors

At the moment I have three of the main parts spoken for with Karen Pistorius as the lead female called Emmanor. Campbell Cooley as Gotlieb the half man half fish computer Genius, and Grae Burton as Lord Froth. The three male leads however have yet to emerge. I have temporarily cast myself as Tom the […]

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scooter

Hooray I have a scooter. Art collector James Wallace has agreed to lend me his scooter for the movie. I explained to him that I would be adding jet wings and painting it silver and will probably never work again. His one condition is that once I have finished it goes back to him and […]

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gotlieb

Gotlieb is one of the main characters in the movie. The actor who we decided would be perfect for this role was Campbell Cooley. He is already american and is great with funny voices. So why haven’t we used him in the promos so far. Gotlieb is an alien creature with a head like a […]

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Spaceships

Yup Dean is the man and he’s done it again. Look at this new spaceship he has made for the movie. Definitely got a train thing happening in this one. Love the paint job. I will find some way to use this one. Even if I didn’t need it. It always helps to have a […]

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Crowdfunding Part 2

Well it looks like a few people could resist quite well. We never made the target. But amazingly we made about $7000 of almost money. yes that’s quite a bit of real support and I really thank all those people who pledged the bickies for the movie. Next time I think I will set a […]

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New promo

So I had this great idea to do a new promo right in the middle of my major exhibition of the year and two major sculpture shows. But I felt I needed to somehow integrate some of the characters in with some dialogue. I love the other trailer but it doesn’t have any words. This […]

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Josh

The other day Josh and I went out to Bethels to use the sand dunes as a backdrop for the robot part of the trailer. It also involved me playing Tom and remembering my lines.To my surprise I did and believe me this is a first. The footage looked awesome but further emphasized the importance […]

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Music

Well I have almost finished my album and at least two songs are to be used in the movie. It’s not going to be a goonfest but I did write the lyrics with this in mind. All in good time though. It’s still a wee way off releasing. Andrew is working on the intro music […]

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Crowdfunding

Well here we are crowdfunding again. This is not the first time. But this time it’s all or nothing. If I don’t make the target of $60,000 then I get nothing. A few months ago I went to a crowdfunding seminar and was introduced to a hosting company called pozible. They were based in Australia […]

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Props

I love making guns and robots. I can’t help myself sometimes. They had the inorganic collection around the north shore and I was constantly stopping and picking through the most unsavoury items of discarded odds and sods. Now my backyard is even more filled with junk for this movie. I should be concentrating on my […]

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SPFX

Special Effects TRUE TO THE SPIRIT OF THIS MOVIE, EVERYTHING IS going to be DONE OLD SCHOOL. SPACESHIPS ARE REAL MODELS, EXPLOSIONS ARE PYROTECHNICS, MONSTERS ARE MADE OF LATEX AND GIANT BOULDERS ARE OF COURSE PAPIER MACHE. SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING EFFECTS PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY are going to be working on this movie. […]

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The Escalator Part 2

Bastards. they didn’t go for the idea. The Escalator Fund turned us down. That was my last hope of proper funding and I thought it would be just perfect. The other major bummer is that this is apparently the last year they are doing this programme. They have had quite a few people start their […]

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Trailer 2

Behind the scenes Just to give the escalator people a bit more of an idea of my style I decided to compile a behind the scenes look at the trailer which shows the screen tests of the actors. It’s funny and this is a good thing. yes ward fwoff.

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Trailer 1

Well I just finished the trailer for the movie. Its not perfect and it is more like a music video but for some reason that’s the way I want it right now. I have too many limitations and this is the best solution. The last thing I need is to be shown up by bad […]

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The Escalator

Well what a mission that was. I just applied for the escalator grant. Man that took some paper work but actually it felt pretty good to do it all. It gave me a bit more insight as to what’s involved on a big scale. The grant is for $250k. This is $150k more than the […]

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