Sir Peter Jackson's Park Road Post Production launches new course for film makers

Park Road Post is owned by Sir Peter Jackson's company Wingnut Film Productions.
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Park Road Post is owned by Sir Peter Jackson's company Wingnut Film Productions.

Wellington's Park Road Post Production is starting an intensive 10 day course for aspiring film-makers.

The award-winning facility in Wellington behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies is organising a 10-day intensive programme that aims to give "the next generation of talent" a hands-on experience and training in film and television post production.

Built in 2003, the Miramar business is part of the Weta Group and incorporates picture, sound, and post production services and has been used by some of the world's most renowned film directors and producers.

Foley artist James Carroll will be teaching students how to make sound effects at Park Road Post Production's education ...
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Foley artist James Carroll will be teaching students how to make sound effects at Park Road Post Production's education programme.

It is owned by Sir Peter Jackson's company Wingnut Film Productions.

The course will be offered to about 18 applicants, who are enrolled in a film university degree or other related tertiary course, or have work experience in the film industry.

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It will be run internationally, in partnership with Education New Zealand.

Park Road chief executive Cameron Harland said the industry-first programme would give the next generation of talent an opportunity to learn alongside its Academy Award-winning engineers, technical practitioners and artists.

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It would cost about $2000, which would also cover the cost of contractors who would be teaching.

The business wanted to become more involved in the community and follow the other Weta companies into education, he said.

"It's not a big money making exercise for us. We wanted to offer our support to young film-makers. It's part of the company's commitment to the New Zealand film industry."

The idea came about after a conversation between Harland and Education New Zealand chief executive Grant McPherson.

They were discussing how Wellington was underperforming in the international educational space compared to Auckland.

Park Road was now having conversations about future projects with tertiary institutions, Harland said.

Education New Zealand business development general manager Clive Jones said the programme was an opportunity to raise the profile of education opportunities in the Wellington region and the capital's creative and tech companies.

Park Road sound manager Nigel Scott said students would gain an understanding of sound and picture essentials.

"The New Zealand film industry has a reputation for taking an innovative approach, and the filmmakers we work with demand the best from the people here. Those accepted into the programme will be working with people who are passionate about delivering the very best."

The inaugural programme will start on October 31 and the course is planned to run twice in 2017.

 - Stuff

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