Senior professionals from New Zealand’s world-leading film industry say the country’s innovative, high quality education system can give film students a great start.
We asked some of the top talent behind the epic new blockbuster Mortal Engines why New Zealand is a great launch pad for international students aiming for a future in film.
- Liz Mullane, casting director for Mortal Engines, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Narnia series
- Brendan Heffernan, an art director for Mortal Engines, Thor: Ragnarok and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Cath Maguire, extras’ hair and make-up coordinator for Mortal Engines. Her other credits include The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies
1. What’s the best thing about studying filmmaking in New Zealand?
Liz: “Everything! Kiwi actors and film crew are highly regarded around the world for talent and work ethic.”
Cath: “Most make-up educators in New Zealand are working artists who are still immersed in the industry. They give up-to-date training, and are able to offer hands-on work experience on films.”
Brendan: “A New Zealand education prepares graduates to adapt and be all-rounders.”
2. What are some of the benefits of studying filmmaking?
Liz: “You see the bigger picture and gain more confidence.”
Cath: “Training is fantastic for giving you the confidence that you know the basics of how a film works and what your role is within the film.’
Brendan: “Film design requires technicians and artists to be self-driven. Tertiary education is useful preparation for the independent practice required for the film industry.”
3. How did your New Zealand education help you succeed in the film industry?
Liz: “Studying introduced me to different ways of thinking and of processing information. It was a very nurturing yet stimulating environment. It also provided a networking framework, which has been invaluable.”
Cath: “My course gave me a great base of product knowledge and application techniques, as well as an idea of the hours of film work and what would be expected of me as a make-up artist.”
Brendan: “A background in art, composition, manufacturing processes and visual storytelling has prepared me well for a career in film.”