So tonight is our Auckland information night. Again, such a huge turn out. Amazed at how many people are interested in being part of this project. We need all the help we can get as there is a lot to achieve. Looking for anyone who is keen to help from actors / extras and crew right through to ladies who are interested in donating their baking (let’s be honest this is definitely what we are hoping for, a fed crew is a happy crew).
We have had two days of packed audition schedules and have been amazed at the Gisborne talent that has showed up. We had fully choreographed fight scenes, beautiful singing and Gisborne city turned on the stunning weather for us to explore. Headed into town for a drink and to enjoy the water view before heading home.
We started the day with a big list of locations to scout and made our way around town.
Thinking that this could be a fantastic exterior for our Mad Bulls, gang pad. Right on the train tracks, cool graffiti and old bricks … perfect! What do you reckon?
We then headed up the coast to check out the exquisite Hinetamatea marae at Anaura Bay where the site manager showed us around. It’s absolutely beautiful and right on the water … I can’t believe we may get to film here!
View from the Wharenui
Our volunteers information night went really well and we had a great turn out. So many, talented local people keen to be involved in the project. Feeling very grateful for the Gisborne community!
So we are on a flight for our first reccie for the movie. I (Sammi) haven’t been to Gisborne since I was a child, so looking forward to seeing one of the most beautiful parts of our country. We have a few friends to show us around. Exciting times!
Here is a cheesy picture of Tarry enjoying some early morning breakfast… he’s gonna need it!
Our awesome friend Pila took us on a tour of the area… the view from Kaiti hill is so stunning. Spending a month here is going to be very easy!
Andrea studied makeup and special effects makeup design at the Samala Robinson Academy in Auckland where she went on to become a lecturer for three years after her graduation.
Andrea is a woman of many talents and since discovering her love of teaching, has decided to further her learning to be come a teacher.
So today miraculously Tarry was driving in the city and felt to drive one more time down Custom’s street and there, busking on the side of the road was Wayne Hapi who starred in the incredible New Zealand film, “The Dark Horse”. Tarry parked his car and jumped out to talk to him.
I (Sammi) got a text from Tarry saying … “Guess who this is?” and then this photo.
Tarry “Hey you are Wayne Hapi aye!”
Tarry “Do you want to be a movie.”
Wayne “… yeah.”
And that was pretty much it. From there Tarry sent him an email with information and the script. Amazingly Wayne commented on how he really connected with the script and was keen to be involved. Incredible.
This is a bit of a run of events as recorded by Sammi our producer and production manager.
So after back and forward with scripts, getting budget and me (Sammi) kind of quitting my day job. We are now going to be making a movie. It’s all very exciting, and very daunting. The process ahead of us is absolutely massive but we are keen for the challenge! So much has come together already to get us to the point. It is now all on. Here we go…