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 Õtautahi / 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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 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 →
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.
Improve your sound workflow with this formidable advice.
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.
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 →
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Artist Daniel Vernon Provides Commentary on Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 Outbreak through his Art
Põneke / Wellington-based writer and illustrator Daniel Vernon (@yeehawtheboys on Instagram) has gained attention for his scintillating and insightful comics this week depicting Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. After 102 days of no community transmission of the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced four positive cases on Tuesday 11th August, and subsequently the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland area (the location of the outbreak) moved to Level 3 lockdown restrictions, with the rest of the country moving to Level 2. Vernon’s sarcastic wit depicts tropes … Continue reading IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Artist Daniel Vernon Provides Commentary on Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 Outbreak through his Art →
In his latest release, Smithstreet Studios resident Mitch Cramer delves into the length of games and how their pace affects replay-ability, discussing the popular Resident Evil 3 remake and God of War (2018). Watch the video below:
Safety on set is paramount, and in the age of COVID-19 there are many challenges filmmakers are facing. We have compiled a handy list of Screensafe NZ’s resources for easy access – below is a list of services, suppliers, apps, forms, and posters to provide guidance for safe practice on set. SERVICES / SUPPLIERS / APPS FORMS Posters
A 12-year-old gospel singer has emerged as a powerful voice for justice this week in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Keedron Bryant’s protest anthem with the chorus, “I just want to live,” quickly made the rounds on social media as demonstrations exploded nationwide over the death of Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck as he lay handcuffed on the street. “Just singing what’s on my heart,” Keedron wrote in his … Continue reading KEEDRON BRYANT’S PROTEST SONG GOES VIRAL AFTER GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH →
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