Movie teaser in theatre

Bay News - - Front Page - By STUART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

It wasn’t a huge trans­for­ma­tion, but Litt Park Theatre­was con­verted into a cinema re­cently.

The home of Te Puke Reper­tory be­came a film set for Pon­gakawa film­maker, 17-year-old Rose McMa­hon and her crew, to shoot a teaser for an up­com­ing web se­ries.

“We’re go­ing to go­ing to UK and Amer­ica at the end of June and wanted to make some­thing I’d be able to take to show peo­ple whilewe are trav­el­ling around,” she says.

The se­ries, to be re­leased on the in­ter­net towards the end of the year, will be called In The Rainbow.

“It’s been in­spired by true sto­ries about LGBT youth and their re­la­tion­ships,” says Rose.

There will be seven dif­fer­ent sto­ries, but re­cur­ring cast­mem­bers.

“Each episode is set in the same place and there will be a cou­ple of peo­ple whow­ill­weave in through­out the story, but each episodewill fo­cus on a dif­fer­ent main char­ac­ter.”

Rose says mak­ing a se­ries is a move for­ward from the short films she has pro­duced so far.

”[Short films] are lit­tle seg­ments of some­thing, but with aweb se­ries, for me, it’s a bridge tomak­ing a fea­ture film. Even though it’s telling dif­fer­ent sto­ries there’s still a con­tin­u­ing story arc that, if you put to­gether, could­make a fea­ture film.

“It­would have been a big jump from mak­ing short films to mak­ing fea­ture films.”

Rose was aware of the pos­si­bil­i­ties Litt Park Theatre of­fered as she had ap­peared in three pro­duc­tion­swith the reper­tory the­atrewhen she was younger.

Cam­era op­er­a­tor for the teaser was An­drew Tay­lor.

“It’s my first time work­ing­with him but I’ve know him for a very long time and he will prob­a­bly be in­volved in theweb se­ries as well.”

Last week­end was the world premiere of Rose’s lat­est short film, Once More with­Much­ness, in Tau­ranga.

The short film and the teaser for In The Rainbow will soon be avail­able to watch on Rose’s web­site twin­kling­bat.com

Her over­seas trip­will com­bine a hol­i­day with net­work­ing and catch­ing up with peo­ple in­volved in the film in­dus­try and film fes­ti­vals.

Rose McMa­hon (right) has been film­ing a teaser for a web se­ries at Litt Park Theatre. Act­ing in it are, from left, Phoenix Cross (fe­male lead), Theo Spargo (male lead) and sup­port­ing ac­tor Isa­iah Kokiri. The cam­era op­er­a­tor is An­drew Tay­lor and Si­mon...

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