NZ On Screen is clearly looking for a fight. To mark the 120th anniversary of the first public film screening in New Zealand, the industry body has compiled a list of the top ten Kiwi films ever made. Let the arguing commence.
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Wonder what the future will look like? Hyper-Reality, a short film, takes a look into the crystal ball to reveal a world in which technology envelopes every aspect of human life.
Auckland’s Karangahape Road, known to locals simply as K road and formerly the hub of the city of sails’ seedy underbelly, has long been a subject of curiosity and ten short films soon to be released will tell stories inspired by one of New Zealand’s most famous locations.
As mobile phone technology has improved, there have been quite a few films and ads (like Bentley and Apple) made on them. But Land Rover and Y&R New York have taken it a step further recently with its 5 x 5 film project.
Misplaced golf balls, unbalanced dominos, a fraction of a hair’s width short of hitting the basket – all the pitfalls of creating a Rube Goldberg Machine. They’re whimsical contraptions designed to complete the simplest tasks in the most complicated way possible, and one Kiwi’s made art out of it.
When Apple first contacted the producers of 'Sunday', an independent film set in post-earthquake Christchurch, made by a group of New Zealanders and Australians, the producers weren’t surprised. What they’re doing is a world first in film distribution, and an experiment in tackling Internet piracy. As of 7 December, 'Sunday' will be the first independent film to be launched over five different distribution platforms at the same time.
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Only a few days after picking up a few lions at Cannes, Saatchi & Saatchi's creative director Corey Chalmers found himself among the winners at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Pitted against over 300 entrants from across the world, Chalmers' film 'Whisker', which tells the story of man trying to win a beard-growing competition, walked away with the prestigious Future Filmmaker Award. The film was a collaborative effort, in the sense that it was written by Chalmers and then directed and produced by Steve Saussey and Yoland Dewey of Stuff and Nonsense Ltd.
Two of New Zealand's four shortlisted entries picked up gongs in the film category at Cannes, with Clemenger BBDO's 'Mistakes' winning a gold lion and DDB's 'Be the Artist' winning a bronze.
Four Kiwi entries have been shortlisted for awards in the Cannes Film category, with DDB, Clemenger and Saatchi & Saatchi all in with a chance to pick up some silverware at the ceremony.
As traditional boundaries around production and advertising start to blur, some of the more progressive companies are doing much more than just filming pretty pictures. Motion Sickness Studio, which kicked into gear in Dunedin around 18 months ago, could be placed in that category. And now it’s moved north to try and get a slice of the content creation market in Auckland. Co-founder Sam Stuchbury sits down for a chat.
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Video content is still something of a teacher's pet in the world of marketing and, in an age of sharing, the best of it lives on online. So drink in the ads and brand-funded video deemed to be the world's best: the main winners from the Film and Film Craft categories at Cannes.
DraftFCB's having a brilliant Cannes Lions, DDB's doing better than expected and took out one of the biggest awards on the roster, and usual top performer Colenso BBDO hasn't had much to write home about. Now DDB's in line for three more awards after the release of the Film shortlist.
Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia has teamed up with upcoming Super Man movie Man of Steel (out here in New Zealand 27 June) to coat tail on its coolness – and boy is it cool.
Coat-tailing on the success of The Hobbit trilogy is paying off for Tourism New Zealand and it says it's a strategy that will feature heavily in the organisation's three-year plan for marketing the country to the rest of the world.
Creative folk are always coming up with ideas and finding ways to execute them during the day and then going home and doing the same thing at night, whether it's a business, an app, a film or some other diversion. Saatchi & Saatchi's digital creative director Nathan Cooper is certainly in that category, and, with the help of a few industry friends, he has just released his first short film about "a perilous journey across the gulf of booze-induced amnesia" called The Beer Scooter.