Rare filming experience for students at Motat

AUT student Charles Johnson and Western Springs College student Zac Johnson are getting look behind the scenes.
Alastair Lynn/ Fairfax NZ

AUT student Charles Johnson and Western Springs College student Zac Johnson are getting look behind the scenes.

Working behind the scenes on the set of a web series can take some getting used to.

Wires cover the floor, there are lights to bump into and expensive cameras to trip over. 

But AUT student Charles Johnson and Western Springs College student Zac Johnson are loving it. 

The pair have been working as interns on the set of the science comedy web series Jiwi's Machines.

An opportunity to work on a live exhibition for the Museum of Transport and Technology was something the students could not pass up.

"I've always been really really interested in film," Zac Johnson says.

"It's awesome being part of something like this, it's like a big family."

Filming of Jiwi's Machines began in early July and is due to wrap up on August 14. 

The series follows Grey Lynn-born Joseph Hersher as Jiwi, who builds and uses Rube Goldberg machines.

These are overly complicated contraptions with lots of moving parts that ironically perform very simple tasks.

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Charles Johnson says the experience has been a big learning curve.

"We've been doing anything and everything," he says.

"Whether it's waiting to pull a string at the right moment, filming behind the scenes or sweeping up. We were put out of our comfort zones but there's no way we could be put off."

The interns' day usually begins at 3:30pm after school or lectures and often runs right through to midnight.

"It doesn't feel like a job, it's just like having fun all day," Zac Johnson says.

However, in the vast range of odd jobs there have been a few that are not so fun.

"There was one where they had a fake cake full of shaving foam that we dropped on Jiwi,"  Zac Johnson says.

"I had to clean it up afterwards, it took a lot of scrubbing."

Jiwi's Machines is set to be released online in November. 

Workshops with Joseph Hersher and the machines will be held at Motat throughout September.

Visit motat.org.nz for more information.

 - Stuff

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