Movie makers want good stories
Two Emmy award winning filmmakers will use the extraordinary tales of ordinary Kiwis in their latest web series – and our community could be the star.
David Stubbs and Thomas Robins, of KHF Media, are about to start production on an interactive, trans-media, part-drama, part-documentary series called Road Trip, that real Kiwis can help to shape.
Stubbs and Robins have partnered with stuff.co.nz as the broadcast platform for the series.
The fictional drama element will follow two characters, uptight Canadian, Sarah, and overly relaxed Tongan, Benny, who are forced to travel the length of the country together.
The documentary element will see the two characters visit local towns and tell the quirky and interesting stories of New Zealanders which may have been heard by local communities, but not by the rest of the country.
If you know someone in our community who you think should get the chance to share their story or achievements in Road Trip, you’ll be able to nominate them via stuff.co.nz from September 29. Readers will vote online for the best story from nine regions across the country to feature in the show.
‘‘We want to tell first and foremost a great overall story of our two characters and their great drama,’’ Robins said.
‘‘As important as that, is also these great stories of New Zealand and great interesting people to get a view of New Zealand that doesn’t normally make the mainstream.
‘‘Some examples might be the guy from the small town who does a great Elvis impersonation, or the group of women in the small town who might have a community garden which makes a difference to the local school.’’
The project is funded by New Zealand on Air’s digital media fund.
KHF has teamed up with a Canadian producer to promote the show over there and have managed to secure the services of Canadian actress Meghan Heffern, who has starred in Rookie Blue, American Pie Presents: Beta House and Blue Mountain State.
They hope that will help the show, and the Kiwi stories in it, reach an international audience.
‘‘Be part of it, help us make this great show and a show we can all be proud of and that will put your stories on the map,’’ Robins says.
‘‘Don’t be intimidated by the idea of a film crew coming into your town. It will be a bunch of nice guys, a couple of great actors coming to your part of the world, why don’t you invite them into your lives and tell a few stories with them.
‘‘We want people to be proud of being involved in the project and we’re going to do our best to tell the stories well.’’