Issue date: 
Wednesday, 12 July 2023

He putanga wai, he nohonga tangata, He nohonga tangata, he putanga kōrero

Where there is nourishment, people will gather, when they gather, stories are generated.

Te Rautaki Māori along with Ngā Aho Whakaari held two masterclass events in June and July. Oscar and BAFTA Award Winning Documentary maker Professor Carol Dysinger screened her award winning film, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) and the session was attended at the Silky Otter in Ponsonby Auckland by Māori and Moana practitioners who were thrilled to be given the opportunity to learn about Carol’s experiences shooting this and other films in Afghanistan. “My three key takeaways are understand your audience, profluence – give enough away but not the whole lot and lastly specific to actuality shooting is to favour reaction shots” Whatanui Flavell, producer.  

The second workshop was the opportunity with Matewa Media with Park Road Post in Wellington where Monica Govey, Head of Mixing, Pinewood Group Ltd shared her time and her work as an audio engineer of many of Disney’s international language versions. She was here to complete the te reo Māori version of Disney’s Coco Reo Māori. She spoke about her extensive work practice and answered questions from the industry attendants. “It was an incredible enriching experience as I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the fascinating world of Disney Reo Māori films, and speaking with Monika on the steps involved in preparing these films was awesome” Maaka Gair-Houia, Māoriland Audio Engineer.

Both events were arranged at very short notice at the request of Ngā Aho Whakaari and Matewa Media with Te Rautaki Māori, to reach out to Māori practitioners who responded to the invitation to attend. NZFC would also like to thank Doc Edge and Matewa Media for allowing us access to Carol Dysinger and Monica Govey respectively in their busy schedules.

“Working with the industry to access and gain exposure to specialists and their craft in this way is one way we can serve the Māori and NZ Screen Industry – Mahia te mahi hei oranga mō te Iwi – Do what is needed so that our people thrive” Te O Kahurangi – Pouwhakahaere o Te Rautaki Māori.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 12 July 2023