I'm a Wellington film maker. To supplement my film income....okay, there's no income in short films, so lets rephrase! In order to make films, I do paid work to bring in the dollars. I makes corporate videos, design work and create show reels for actors.
My philosophy around film making is to make films on a shoe string that have an organic feel. I like to think my scripts deliver a powerful story telling punch, based around the dark secrets people keep and the notion that what you see and know about people is just a veneer.
My passion for film makes me a perfectionist. So even when all the actors, half the crew and at least two of the caterers are confused, I'm still able to see with a clear vision, enabling me to make innovative films around challenging subjects. Trust me! You'll sit, silently watching my films, slowly shaking your head, but not averting your eyes as you whisper, 'ahhhhh, right, right!' when it all becomes clear!
I'm a private sort of guy, I love film and making film, and I'll chew your ear off about styles, actors, scripts, ideas and genres. However, you won't find pictures of me on this site. I consider my role to be behind the camera, not in front. My work does the talking. Happy to talk about my work, if and when required. (On the other hand, don't get all excited, I'm not bloody Stanley Kurbrick, I've been seen by people, there's no need to ask if John Malkovich wants the lead in Colour me Mike.) In my film life, I've made three shorts and I'm currently editing another short and working on a feature script.
If you'd like to contact me, please click on the contact page. Yes, that's pretty obvious, but it never hurts to be obvious from time to time!
I'm of Ngati Poru, Irish and Scottish decent. My mum's family are Paenga's from Whangara, North of Gisborne. And I'm third generation Irish/Scottish Kiwi on my dads side.
My childhood stomping ground was Porirua and it was here that I first fell in love with film, after a trip into Wellington on a train with my Uncles and cousins, were the life changing experience of seeing Annie opened my eyes to the magic of cinema. Perhaps not the movie that wooed every young lad from the Rua, but it takes all sorts. Truth be told, Annie opened my eyes, but it was seeing Return of the Jedi, that sealed the deal.
Many summers were spent in Whangara, with extended whānau. We'd roll in the dunes, or ride trailers as Uncles drove us to and from the Paenga family farms and Marae.
Like many young men, I was going to be a rock star when I grew up (I'm a drummer, guitarist and singer), but that was back in the days before YouTube, when record deals ruled and band-mates needed to turn up for rehearsals......I'm still waiting for them.
I worked for Air NZ for a number of years at the Wellington airport. While there, I thought back to Annie....sorry, Return of the Jedi, realizing, those seeds planted many years ago for film, had taken root. So I left Air NZ to attend the NZ Film School; going from a nice steady income, to a student flat with a load of people who kept thinking someone else would eventually do the dishes....they didn't.
After graduating, I worked part time while directing and producing two short films. In 2008 I joined Weta Digital, but again returned to study, focusing on design and video production. I began freelancing in 2012, working with clients on design projects and produces corporate videos and design work.
Of course my first love is still film, but those electricity bills just don't pay themselves!