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.

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