Young Porirua film-maker gets foot in the door
Porirua’s Corey Fuimaono is nearing the end of his film degree and wants to follow in the footsteps of acclaimed New Zealand director Peter Jackson, who came from Pukerua Bay.
Fuimaono was given an opportunity to gain valuable work experience at a Wellington freelance film company thanks to support from a Porirua City Council and New Zealand On Air joint partnership.
The scheme was devised last year to encourage the filming of music videos outside the main cities.
Called Bring It Home, it gives artists or companies more funding if they film their video, hire people or buy goods and services in Porirua.
Fuimaono was selected for his interest and desire to work in the industry, and his Porirua roots.
The 19-year-old has long enjoyed video and film-making and is now studying at Southern Institute of Technology.
‘‘For a long time I’ve heard the analogy that I could be the next Peter Jackson. It would be good. I’d love to end up in the film industry. It’s something I love,’’ Fuimaono said.
He was part of two projects during his month at Village Video Co. He helped put the finishing touches on a music video for New Zealand artist Coco Solid and the web series, Aroha Bridge.
‘‘The animation side of things was completely new, but something I really enjoyed. The work on the music video was challenging but fun.’’
One of Fuimaono’s highlights was working with Simon Ward from Village Video Co, and learning new skills.
‘‘The thing is, it’s not just about making a film, it’s about the skills you pick up along the way.
‘‘Knowing I have played my part in the post-production of the projects, even if it was a small part, is a good feeling.’’
The former Aotea College student said the Bring It Home scheme was important because it was a new and interesting way to get people involved.
Ward said he knew about Fuimaono’s love of video-making. He remembered seeing him video a performance at Wellington Botanic Gardens in 2013 on a giant VHS camera, and had been following what he’d been making since.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he knew Porirua was bursting with talent and hoped the scheme would be a way to back local musicians and film-makers.
Corey Fuimaono has gained some valuable work experience over the last few months. He hopes to put it into practice this year.