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Learn with World-Class Filmmakers

Learn with World-Class Filmmakers

APPLY NOW for the Park Road Post Production – 10 Day Industry Intensive course. Kick-start your filmmaking career by working alongside some of the best talent in the business learning post production techniques in New Zealand.

You could be among 18 students gaining practical, hands-on experience at Park Road Post Production, an industry-leading facility in Wellington.

For 10 days, students accepted on the Park Road Post Production - 10 Day Industry Intensive course will be given unsurpassed real-world insights into the technical skills and creative vision required to bring sound and picture together.  

Built by Sir Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Park Road has state-of-the-art digital equipment, industry-leading production suites and a stunning 176-seat cinema.Students will work in small groups with world-class technical practitioners gaining an in-depth understanding of sound and picture essentials in VFX, mastering, sound effects and mixing. 

Sound Manager Nigel Scott says the course offers students an unprecedented opportunity to work alongside professionals who have helped make some of the most successful films of the past two decades.  

“The New Zealand film industry has a reputation for taking a very innovative approach, and Sir Peter Jackson demands the best from the people he works with. You’ll be working with people who are passionate about finding solutions to problems.” says Nigel. 

“No matter what part of the filmmaking process you want to specialise in, understanding post production will be incredibly valuable in helping you understand how a film is put together."

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As a foley artist, James Carroll manipulates props to create everyday sounds. To simulate the sound of injuries to flesh, for example, he has snapped or plunged knives into celery, leeks, cabbages and watermelons. To replicate the noise made by crunching bones, James crushes pebbles and gravel in his fist. 

“It’s a very creative process - you have to be able to think out of the box to work out interesting ways to create the sound,” says James. 

Colourist Damian McDonnell spent six years in Hollywood helping to make films such as the Iron Man and Captain America franchises before returning to New Zealand to join Park Road. 

He’s looking forward to showing students how colour can be used as an aid to visual storytelling.  

“When I worked on the recent film Born to Dance, each dance sequence had a different colour grade to give it a distinctive mood and tone.” says Damian. 

“Colourists are the last stage in the filmmaking process, and we play an important part in creating the final look. We also solve any continuity issues, right down to changing a character’s eye colour."

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As well as being an exceptional behind-the-scenes experience of the filmmaking business, and a chance to make important industry contacts, the course gives students an unforgettable adventure in New Zealand.

Students will have a Park Road host to support their study experience and show them around the beautiful Wellington region.

Park Road Post Production - 10 Day Industry Intensive
will run from 31 October – 11 November 2016, and twice in 2017. Students should be currently enrolled in a relevant university degree or other tertiary course for film, or have previous work experience in the film industry.

Applications are now open - APPLY NOW

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By Park Road Post Production

Updated 8 months ago

Park Road Post Production is an internationally renowned and award winning sound, picture and visual effects facility. Located in Wellington Park Road has provided post production at the highest level and quality to filmmakers all over the world. If you've enjoyed the Hobbit Trilogy, The Adventures of Tintin, District 9 or King Kong you've enjoyed Park Road's work. 

*Views expressed are the blogger's own

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