Your Big Break in New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand recently announced the winner of their Your Big Break competition, a global search for the next great filmmaker. Participants in the context were invited to submit their script for consideration, with the brief of telling a good story while demonstrating that New Zealand is the youngest country on Earth. Barrie Osborne, known for his role of producer in the Lord of the Rings series, acted as executive producer for the top five scripts, arranging for New Zealand film crew, sound, music and post production. NZ film director Peter Jackson chose the top spot to be honoured at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.

Workman in Working Day short film


Winner was Working Day, by Argentina film director Andrés Borghi. Click on the image below to play the Working Day video in YouTube (HD)

Working Day was written and directed by Andrés Borghi with producer Catherine Madigan, director of photography Renaud Maire, editor Annie Collins, sound designer Dave Whitehead. Music is by Pablo Borghi. Post production was done at Park Road Post Production. Andrés plays the workman. The Maori chief is played by Inia Maxwell.

People’s Choice was “Sweet As”, a short film featuring NZ actors Kate Harcourt, Helen Moulder, Luke Hawker and Milo Cawthorne. Click on the image below to play the Sweet As video in YouTube (HD)

Sweet As was written and directed by Aya Tanimura, USA, with editor Jonno Woodford-Robinson, director of photography James Cowley, producer Catherine Madigan. Post production was done at Park Road Post Production. Music was composed by David Whitehead.

Something Special, by Kristin Simkins in Seattle, tells the story of man who collects stones in New Zealand’s wilderness areas, with a deep purpose. Click on the image below to play the Something Special video in YouTube (HD)

Something Special was written and directed by Kristi Simkins, Seattle, Washington, with director of photography Simon Riera, producer Catherine Madigan. Music is by David Whitehead.

Bruce Allpress and James Rolleston (Boy) meet up on the shores of Lake Wakatipu to eat ice cream and do a few bombs in Frosty Man and the BMX Kid by Tim McLachlan. Click on the image below to play the Frosty Man and the BMX Kid video in YouTube (HD)

Frosty Man and the BMX Kid was written & directed by Tim McLachlan (New Zealand) with director of photography Aaron Morton, editor Jonathan Woodford-Robinson. Sound was designed by Dave Whitehead and Tim Prebble. Music is One by One, the Black Seeds.

Dave (Dave Van Horn) climbs up to Mt Unknown in Otago with a plan to change the map in Blank Spaces, by Rajneel Singh.

Click on the image below to play the Blank Spaces video in YouTube (HD)

Blank Spaces was written and directed by Rajneel Singh with producer Catherine Madigan, director of photography Rewa Harre, editor Ken Sparks. Music was composed by Dave Whitehead.

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