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Why you should Launch Your Filmmaking Career in New Zealand

Are you thinking about a career in film?

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.

Hear from:

  • 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.”

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Recent graduate Eric Christianson worked on Mortal Engines. Watch how studying in New Zealand helped his career.

Linley

By Linley Boniface

Updated 1 year ago

Linley Boniface is a contract writer for Education New Zealand. She is based in Wellington, her favourite city in New Zealand. A former journalist, Linley spent a year in Montreal, Canada, as a secondary school student. 

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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