Blink brings peo­ple to­gether

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

When Win­tec Me­dia Arts alum­nus and writer-di­rec­tor Paige Lar­i­anova ap­proached pro­ducer Chris Wil­liams with the idea of a short film, he jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

The two Hamil­to­ni­ans en­vis­aged a team of 25 work­ing on the zero-bud­get project, but since then the crew has grown to over 70, equalling a sum even greater than its parts.

The mem­bers come from Hamil­ton, the greater Waikato, Auck­land and there are five cast and crew mem­bers from the United States.

‘‘The thing I re­ally liked was, to her, it was all about tak­ing ev­ery­one on a jour­ney,’’ Wil­liams said.

Blink, writ­ten by Lar­i­anova, is set in the con­fines of an un­der­ground club scene, with the for- mer dairy fac­tory at Matangi pro­vid­ing for many of the scenes.

It cen­tres on a bat­tle in a broad sense, in­volv­ing a male and a fe­male char­ac­ter, with oth­ers in the club plac­ing wa­gers on who will win.

An­other char­ac­ter also plays a big role in the story, too, and Lar­i­anova par­tic­u­larly likes her as she is ‘‘the dark horse’’.

Wil­liams said the idea of the film was orig­i­nally in­tended as a showreel to get fu­ture fund­ing, be­ing a project with no bud­get.

But Lar­i­anova, who had also founded the Waikato Film Hub to bring lo­cal as­pir­ing film­mak­ers to­gether, had a wealth of con­nec­tions that en­abled Blink to be­come much big­ger.

‘‘There’s lots of lit­tle pock­ets of film­mak­ers around the Waikato, so it’s sort of try­ing to get peo­ple to come to­gether to show peo­ple that we need more fund­ing and with the film in­dus­try down here there’s an econ­omy for it,’’ Lar­i­anova said.

The re­sult­ing cast and crew was also very di­verse.

With over $20,000 of equip­ment hav­ing been loaned to the crew by Win­tec, and much other para­pher­na­lia brought along by crew mem­bers and lo­cal busi­nesses, Blink is set to be a highly pol­ished film.

Some of the cast and crew of Blink, a short film in the mak­ing with strong links to Win­tec.

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