Bright outlook for young film-maker

01:39, Dec 11 2013
Mason Cade Packer
Proud moment: Mason Cade Packer with his award, presented by film-maker Andrew Adamson, left, and Chris Gray, of Adobe.

Young Kapiti film-maker Mason Cade Packergot to pick the brains of an industry heavyweight at an awards ceremony in Auckland.

The 14-year-old last week won an award for his short film Predator at The Outlook for Someday awards. The five-minute documentary on shark finning won the Adobe Digital Media Award for a film with outstanding editing or animation.

Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Adamson, of Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia and Mr Pip, presented Mason with his award, and was guest speaker at the event.

''We had a Q and A  and I asked him heaps of questions, he was really helpful.

''I asked him about storytelling in film and I asked him about his experience on the set of Mr Pip , and working with Hugh Laurie."

Mason won a swag of prizes, including $200 worth of vouchers, and subscriptions.


Predator looks at shark finning in New Zealand. Mason started working on it in June and completed it about a month ago.

The documentary features footage of shark finning and interviews, including with shark scientist Riley Elliott and Merlin Scott-Smith, of Shark Fin Free Auckland, who Mason interviewed at their homes in Auckland.

Adobe Australia and New Zealand video solutions consultant Jon Barrie said Predator had ''great production values and fantastic story-telling and left him with ''a clear and powerful perspective'' on the subject.

Mason credited Kapiti College's film school for building his skill, and his older brother Cody , who is studying film in Chicago after winning the Chicago CineYouth International Student Film Festival.

In its seventh year, The Outlook for Someday is a sustainability film project for young people, including workshops and the challenge for under-25s to make a sustainability-related film up to five minutes long

Predator from The Outlook for Someday on Vimeo.

Kapiti Observer