New Zealand’s favourite vegetable-based drama-crime-comedy-online-web-series is back with a new one-off special episode, this time tackling misinformation.
Misinformation online can be camouflaged, making it hard to tell what’s real, and what isn’t. This is a big issue for our rangatahi, especially with the country being in lockdown and young people spending more time online as a result.
The episode is part of The Eggplant online mini-series, written specifically to help 13-18 year olds navigate the harms and issues they encounter online.
Motion Sickness Executive Creative Director, Sam Stuchbury, says: “With everything that’s been happening in New Zealand recently, this episode, and the subjects it tackles, feel incredibly timely. We’re so pleased with how the initial release of The Eggplant performed, and we’re hoping to keep up that momentum. Aside from the millions of views, the series has received an 8.7 on IMDB. Shortland Street has a 4.8, so we’ll take that.”
The new episode launches on TVNZ OnDemand and YouTube. The original cast returns, including Principal Morris played by national treasure Karen O’Leary, along with some new cast members including Joe Damond, Jack Tame and Justine Smith.
In this episode, a conspiracy theory is brewing at Hilltop High, and the school tries to find out ‘the truth’ behind the giant papier mache eggplant on the rugby pitch.
Agency – Motion Sickness
Client – Department Of Internal Affairs / The New Zealand Government
Directed by – Sam Stuchbury
Written By – Will Macdonald, Jolin Lee, Sam Stuchbury, Alex McManus, Hilary Ngan-Kee
Produced by – Joseph McAlpine
Director of Photography – Alexander Glucina
Art Director – Anna Maxwell
Editors – Jolin Lee, Pete Hansen
First Assistant Director – Chris Short
Production Coordinator – Alex Schofield
Script Supervisor – Will Macdonald
Costume Designer – Miranda Raman
Costume Assistant – Jacqui Whall
B Camera Operator – Freddy Riddiford
1st AC – Willy Pearce
2nd AC – Natsuki Arai
Digital Video Technician – Conrad Armstrong
Gaffer – Craig Muirhead
Best Boy – Matt Kofoed
LX Assistant – Josh Wijohn
Key Grip – Pablo Stevenson
Grip Assistant – Noah Timpson
Sound Mixer – Craig O’Reilly
Boom Operators – Jackson Weeks, Sofiane Tib
Make Up Artist – Guillermina Gentile
Post Production Supervisor – Jolin Lee
Audio Post Production Services – Franklin Rd
Colourist – Matic Prusnik
Visual Effects – Jolin Lee, Fraser Macedo
Photographer – Jordan Stent
Graphic Designer – Anna Hughes
Media Buyer – Josh Hawke
Head of Strategy – Hilary Ngan Kee
Executive Creative Director – Sam Stuchbury