Sci-fi space film made on shoestring budget and upcycled junk from Auckland streets

Scenes from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy.
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Scenes from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy.

Artist Christian Nicolson has a shipping container filled with home-made movie props in his back yard.

Nicolson spent five years putting together his debut film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy​ and he is rather attached to the creations he made for the movie.

Mad on a shoestring budget all the props, from ray guns to latex monsters, were created with upcycled materials from Auckland's streets.

Christian Nicolson spent five years putting together budget sci-fi film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually ...
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Christian Nicolson spent five years putting together budget sci-fi film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy

The movie will have its Wellington premiere at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday.

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"Somebody was talking to me last week and he was very excited and he wanted to include the props in a museum," Nicolson said.

Scenes from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy.
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Scenes from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy.

It would be good to put the props on display but they might come in handy in the future.

"I may make a sequel."

Nicolson grew up fixated with sci-fi, soaking up the action and atmosphere of outer space in classics like Dr Who and Star Trek.

A scene from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy
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A scene from This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy

A short version of his film was a runner up at the Make My Movie competition five years ago and following that he used his own money and time to put it together.

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He didn't need to worry too much about creating authentic looking space stuff.

Instead he created props that wouldn't look out of place in a 1960s B-grade space flick.

He said lots of filmmakers sit on their hands waiting for funding before starting their film. His philosophy was "build it and they will come".

He also sold artwork to fund the passion project.

This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy is an action comedy in the vein of Galaxy Quest meets Monty Python. 

It tells the story of three ordinary guys thrust into a space film of the 60s.

This film has already been enthusiastically received at international festivals, and now will tour New Zealand.

* This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy will screen at Paramount Cinema, Courtenay Place, September 27, 7pm. 

 

 

 - The Wellingtonian

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