Auck­land land­marks in fea­ture film

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

For­get the bright lights of Hol­ly­wood.

The sights and sounds of Auck­land have beck­oned a group of bud­ding film­mak­ers set to show­case their first fea­ture film.

Adam King and nine other stu­dent direc­tors have com­bined their tal­ents to pro­duce Auck­land Je T’aime, which will pre­miere at the Academy Cin­ema.

French for Auck­land I love you, the idea for the film came from Paris Je T’aime, a movie re­leased last year that puts to­gether scenes made by dif­fer­ent direc­tors.

Adam loved the idea so much he sent an email to other bud­ding film­mak­ers say­ing, “lets make our own”.

“A lot of us make our own short films all the time and we thought it would be good to all make sim­i­lar ones and piece them to­gether into a fea­ture,” he says.

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent is in his sec­ond year of film study at Auck­land Univer­sity and at 19 is the youngest of the stu­dents in­volved.

Each di­rec­tor was tasked to write, shoot and edit a seven-minute film us­ing a range of hu­man emo­tions.

Each short film also had to have an Auck­land land­mark in it as well.

“They were told to be as imag­i­na­tive as pos­si­ble,” says Adam.

The stu­dent direc­tors also had the sup­port of vol­un­teer crew mem­bers, ac­tors and sound track com­posers.

Univer­sity staff have also helped out by al­low­ing the stu­dents to use some equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties.

Once all of the films are fin­ished, Adam will link them to­gether as a fea­ture with short in­ter-scenes that he’s been busy shoot­ing so char­ac­ters from one film meet char­ac­ters from an­other.

“What this does is en­force that th­ese peo­ple all live in this world of Auck­land and not ev­ery story is sep­a­rate from the oth­ers,” he says.

Academy Cin­ema op­er­a­tion man­ager Gina Dellabarca knows the im­por­tance of en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal film­mak­ers and is look­ing for­ward to pre­mier­ing Auck­land J’Taime in the Lorne St theatre.

“Who knows, they may be the next Peter Jack­son”, she says.

Adam re­alised he wanted to make films the minute he walked into his first me­dia class and al­ready has film ideas he would like to pitch to the New Zealand Film Com­mis­sion.

“I don’t mind wak­ing up at 4am to get to a shoot at 5am and shoot un­til the sun goes down. Then I go home and pass out,” he says.

– Carly Tawhiao is an AUT jour­nal­ism stu­dent

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

On film: Adam King chose the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum as his land­mark for the film Auck­land Je T’aime.

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