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