Broadcasting students’ capital gains
“Listening to influential voices such as those from Women in Film and Television (WIFT), Park Road Post Productions and Avalon Studios gave us the opportunity to hear what it is really like in the industry, straight from the horse’s mouth,” NZBS student Catherine Brebner said. “Long hours, grueling work, problem solving . . . the sheer amount of effort involved in pulling together any production is phenomenal.
“As a class, we were stunned by Richard Taylor’s surprise guest at Weta Workshop -Stephen Fry; were able to sit metres away from Brendon Pongia and Sarah Bradley as they geared up to go live for Good Morning; watched reels of incredible old film footage at the Film Archive; and talked to the staff of the Film Commission on how to get our ideas funded and launched. The team at NZ on Screen and Gibson Group let us preview special footage and technology currently in development and we even managed to squeeze in a festival film screening at the beautiful Embassy Theatre.
“The time our speakers gave us was invaluable, along with the tips and hints for breaking into any of the areas we were interested in.”
The trip was organized to coincidence with earthquake strengthening repairs to the NZBS building.