Press Release – The Film School
New Zealand’s next wave of talented filmmakers graduated from the New Zealand Film and Television School with an exclusive ceremony at Paramount Cinema in Wellington last night.24 November 2011
Lights, Camera & Action for Latest Film School Graduates
New Zealand’s next wave of talented filmmakers graduated from the New Zealand Film and Television School with an exclusive ceremony at Paramount Cinema in Wellington last night.
The 20 graduating students from Crew 22 were among the 350 guests who attended the ceremony, among which were friends, family, cast, crew and industry members who supported the students through the demanding 12 month course.
“The Film School is very proud of Crew 22. Each student has come a long way over the past year, and they’re all very talented individuals with a bright future ahead,” says Sashi Meanger, the Film School’s Director.
For their final assignment, Film School students are required to make two short films showcasing the range of skills and expertise acquired from the likes of Head Tutor John Reid and visiting tutors such as Geoff Murphy (Goodbye Pork Pie).
The two student films created by Crew 22 premiered at the graduation to a highly-anticipating audience, many of whom were involved in making the Magnus Opus of Crew 22’s Film School portfolio.
The Importance of Having Breakfast, directed by Jen Metcalfe and written by Kate Hooker, told the tale of two quirky neighbours bonding over breakfast while Squash, directed by Sky Adams and written by Priscilla Rasmussen, was set at a roadside stall where some passers-by never quite knew who they might run into.
“The calibre of The Importance of Having Breakfast and Squash clearly illustrate the level at which Crew 22 can perform, and the New Zealand film industry should feel privileged to have these graduates starting out in what is a fast-growing and exciting industry,” added Mr Meanger.
For more information, visit The New Zealand Film and Television School’s website www.filmschool.org.nz.