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Calls for Action After Loss of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust

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 a walk-out, after the prop gun in question misfired on several occasions. But this isn’t the first time a cast or crew member has been hurt or killed during … Continue reading Calls for Action After Loss of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust

#VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love

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 can all enjoy some awesome live tunes together again asap! Aotearoa has been lucky in the fight against COVID-19 to say the least. The first half of 2021 has … Continue reading #VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love

The iPhone 13 Is Here with Internal ProRes in Your Phone

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 use a great app like FiLMiC Pro (which is the best way to record video on your phone and comes with the least processing), you are still stuck recording into the … Continue reading The iPhone 13 Is Here with Internal ProRes in Your Phone

PRIDE MONTH: 10 Local LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Follow

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 aptly named, with an out-of-this-world spacey indie-pop sound, with a distinctive Kiwi twang. A talented singer-songwriter, Pickle Darling shows an incredible ability to shoehorn complicated, messy emotions into hushed, … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH: 10 Local LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Follow

10 of Our Favourite Kiwi Music Videos to Enjoy this New Zealand Music Month

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’ 9. Departure Party – ‘Doing Better’ 8. Balu Brigada – ‘Nightshift’ 7. Villainy – ‘Beggar’ 6. Eliezer – ‘Down’ 5. Chelsea Jade – ‘Laugh it Off’ 4. beachware – ‘the Arcade’ 3. Reb Fountain … Continue reading 10 of Our Favourite Kiwi Music Videos to Enjoy this New Zealand Music Month

NEW RELEASE: HeavyEyed (Mitch Cramer) Talks Audio in Games

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. Check out Mitch’s other work here.

VF 48 Hours 2021 Grand Finals – Winners

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 was thrown competitors’ way – Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland were plunged into a Level 3 lockdown the week of the competition weekend. So, being the great crisis managers the … Continue reading VF 48 Hours 2021 Grand Finals – Winners

VISTAFOUNDATION 48 HOURS 2021: AN UPDATE

This weekend marks the annual 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking Challenge for its 18th year. Teams from all around the country are preparing for the madness of writing, shooting, and editing a short film in just one action-packed weekend. However, the snap announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that Auckland would spend seven days at Level 3 after the emergence of several community cases of COVID-19 in Papatoetoe, has thrown a spanner in the works for Auckland teams competing in the 48 Hours. See their … Continue reading VISTAFOUNDATION 48 HOURS 2021: AN UPDATE

LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN: How to Stay Motivated in a New World

Life in a world dealing with COVID-19 is difficult, no doubt, and it looks like we have to adapt to a new normal. While some are enjoying being back to work and getting into routines, many creatives are struggling to sum up the motivation in what seems to be a write-off year. We chatted to some of our resident creatives and here’s what is helping them to beat the slump: Jordan Ross: Your Workspace Spending time setting up and keeping a tidy workspace can … Continue reading LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN: How to Stay Motivated in a New World

EVENT: Film Auckland Annual AGM

Thanks to the lowered Level 1 social distancing restrictions in Aotearoa New Zealand, Film Auckland Inc. invites all FAI members to join them at the annual Film Auckland AGM and catch up.

Infographic: Take a Tour of the Top Logo Trends for 2020

A new infographic runs down the biggest logo design trends from 2019 moving into 2020, complete with best-in-class examples to explore. This infographic is the final design in a three-part series on logo trends, and it goes beyond the basics to home in on more advanced techniques and experimental designs we’re starting to see more and more of.

DoPs Share the Advice Their Mentors Gave Them About Cinematography

From Jo Light of Nofilmschool Are you an aspiring cinematographer? These experts have some important tips for you. Sometimes the best way to learn is to act like a fly on the wall and listen as people discuss their work. How do they talk to each other? What do they all like, or dislike? What tech is working or not working for them? What other experts do they admire? Thankfully, we have roundtables for that. CookeOpticsTV hosted a discussion with a few cinematographers from … Continue reading DoPs Share the Advice Their Mentors Gave Them About Cinematography

NEW RELEASE: Loading Docs Season 7 Sees Filmmaker Ashley Williams Honour her Late Uncle by Learning to Fly

An inspiring group of eight documentaries were released this morning under Season 7 of Loading Docs, a Notable Pictures initiative that produces short documentaries, with an aim to develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent. This season’s release sees filmmaker Ashley Williams embarking on a journey to celebrate the adventurous life of her late Uncle Clive by taking a leap of faith and learning to fly. A decade after his death, Ashley takes off on an emotional journey of reconnection. Following in her Uncle’s … Continue reading NEW RELEASE: Loading Docs Season 7 Sees Filmmaker Ashley Williams Honour her Late Uncle by Learning to Fly

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