Featured on shortoftheweek recently, Steven Chow's 'Munkie' is a confronting, thrilling short, reminiscent of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' in its ability to allow space for audiences to empathise with immorality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3fWv7Pqa5E We've been keeping quiet for a while here at Smithstreet - but with good reason! With the post-lockdown recovery of the Creative sector, we've … Continue reading THE LATEST: ‘MUNKIE’
2021 has been a hard year for musicians, between lockdowns and cancelled gigs - but one thing is clear: the kiwi music scene remains as strong as ever.
Filmmakers are calling for a ban on having guns on set after the Cinematographer of Rust, Halyna Hutchins, was tragically shot and killed during a misfire while shooting. Director Joel Souza was also seriously injured. Inquiry over the following days has uncovered that concerns over safety were raised multiple times prior to the tragedy, including … Continue reading Calls for Action After Loss of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust
CALLING ALL KIWIS… The Aotearoa live music, entertainment and concert sector needs your help! With the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak our much-loved traditional summer of music, entertainment and festivals is in danger, and we are urging music fans and those who love going to any form of gigs to go get vaccinated now so we … Continue reading #VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love
With the new iPhone 13 Pro, filmmakers finally get access to a real recording format without the drawbacks of H.265 in camera. Today, Apple rolled out a new iPhone, the iPhone 13 Pro, that has a feature we've been waiting for for a long time: better recording formats for video. Right now, even if you … Continue reading The iPhone 13 Is Here with Internal ProRes in Your Phone
Girls Rock! Aotearoa has been helping young women, transgender, intersex, and gender diverse youth form bands, build instrument skills, and write original songs since 2018. We are proud to announce that our Tāmaki Makaurau programme is back for 2022 with a new name: To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau.
Aotearoa / New Zealand is a hub for creative talent, and representation is important. We asked the Smithstreet team about some of their favourite local queer talent - read about them here: PICKLE DARLING Ōtautahi / Christchurch musician Lukas “Pickle Darling” Mayo is making waves with their unique sound. Their latest album release, Cosmonaut, is … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH: 10 Local LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Follow
New Zealand Music Month is a great time to celebrate the immense musical talent that comes out of our country. We asked our residents about their favourite kiwi music videos of the last few years, and selected a few for you to enjoy: 10. The Beths - 'Jump Rope Gazers' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRMoE02hp_s&ab_channel=TheBethsTheBeths 9. Departure Party - … Continue reading 10 of Our Favourite Kiwi Music Videos to Enjoy this New Zealand Music Month
Smithstreet resident Heavyeyed (Mitch Cramer) discusses how Silent Hill 2 changed the audio game not only for horror, but for the medium as a whole and even beyond. This video looks at what makes good sound design and why Silent Hill 2 was the 'ushering in' of a new era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L-zeXAuojM&t=32s Check out Mitch's other … Continue reading NEW RELEASE: HeavyEyed (Mitch Cramer) Talks Audio in Games
The VistaFoundation 48 Hours Competition is a staple of Aotearoa / New Zealand's Screen Industry at this point. Operating since 2003, teams who compete have just one weekend to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a short film, with the added curveball of technical and story elements that must be included. This year, an extra challenge … Continue reading VF 48 Hours 2021 Grand Finals – Winners