Bringing Back the Birds and Bush

by Vanessa - 12 Feb 2017

Manawa Karioi is a 25 year old restoration project in Island Bay run entirely by passionate volunteers.

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Beyond the Battalion

by Vanessa - 17 Jan 2017

Beyond the Battalion is a story about a little known documentary called Sons of Tumataenga to be screened on Māori Television on Anzac Day

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The Story of Judgment Tavern

by Ruth - 16 Oct 2016

Watch Judgment Tavern short film - an ambitious story set in a medieval world. Producer Ruth Korver gives her account of how the project came about.
 
 
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Mentoring Film Students

by Vanessa - 9 Oct 2016

I was brought on board to mentor the students through the documentary process from pre-production, production, post production through to completion.

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Working with Child Cancer Foundation

by Vanessa - 6 Sep 2016

At a recent fundraising event where the video was premiered the fundraising income doubled previous years totals, it broke a national fundraising record making a spectacular $165,000. I truly believe we would not have made half of that if we had not made the video.

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New Poster - The Inbetween

by Vanessa - 17 Aug 2016

Fresh of the shelf - New Poster for our newly completed film project - The Inbetween

 

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

by Vanessa - 18 Jul 2016

The original inspiration for Judgment Tavern came from an image in Director Dean Hewison's head. It was an image of a young girl carrying her father's living head searching for his body. We interviewed Nova about the experience of acting in Judgment Tavern and what it was like working with her dad.

 
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Do you need a video made, but don't know what steps to take?

by Vanessa - 27 Mar 2016

We find that we often ask clients and collaborators the same set of questions when we sit down to talk a project through. We’ve made a handy list for you to start thinking about.

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Artist Residency in Lochmara

by Vanessa - 8 Jan 2016

I arrived by boat with one week to make some new photography work. I had some advice from a colleague not hold onto your original idea and to be open to reacting to the environment.

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Vaka in Wellington

by Vanessa - 12 Nov 2015

I caught up with the Vaka and it's crew when they arrived in Mana Marina. Here are some of the photo's I took during their stop-over in Wellington.

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The Music of Judgment Tavern

by Vanessa - 3 Nov 2015

The score was composed by Tane Upjohn-Beatson, and this video is about how Tane worked to provide the emotional punch that the film depends on.

 

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Judgment Tavern - The VFX

by Vanessa - 3 Nov 2015

There was some complex camera moves and blending of shots that kept them on their toes when it came to compositing.

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NZ Drug Foundation Feedback

by Vanessa - 3 Nov 2015


The Ochre Project

by Vanessa - 3 Nov 2015

I was immediately struck by the colour of the ochre she had collected and it was fascinating to hear her process. She allowed me to photograph her in action in her lab.Read more...

Taking an Astro Photography Workshop

by Vanessa - 1 Nov 2015

I woke up at 6.00am on Saturday to get to the airport on time; rushed around like a maniac double-checking my camera and camping gear and made a mad dash for the airport.

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Congratulations to Abby Damen!

by Vanessa - 1 Nov 2015

Useful Media is a proud sponsor of the 48 hour film competition and is partnering with Kelly Dare for the Wellington best actress award, a $500.00 prize.

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Photo Shoot at Gun City

by Vanessa - 1 Nov 2015

The brief was to showcase a new product which was Weatherby Firearms with cool graphics on them.

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Using the Serene

by Vanessa - 1 Nov 2015

We had a visit from David Paul from Camera Works, who lent our D.O.P Kirk Pflaum a Flowline Serene. 

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VFX for Candy Rose Music Video

by Vanessa - 31 Oct 2015

Director, Dan Lynch's vision was to create a music video that was like a short film, in which a man who is hopeless with real women tries to live out his fantasy relationship with a doll.

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Timelapse of the Crew - Candy Rose

by admin - 16 Jul 2015

Candy Rose Music Video for Wellington Band Supermodel was shot in a disused studio in the heart of Naenae in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

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