Two Little Boys interns prosper
There have been some big changes for the interns who worked on the film, Two Little Boys, particularly for one couple who now have a little boy of their own.
During filming several Southern Institute of Technology students were chosen to work on the film in various roles, and all of them have found work in the industry since.
James Wilkinson, who is in the final year of his digital media qualification, was in charge of co-ordinating almost 100 extras on the film.
Since filming wrapped last February, Wilkinson had worked on a couple of ads, The Weight of Elephants and the Jubjub Bird movie, all filmed in Southland, while working on his own film.
The experience working on Two Little Boys was invaluable and had created a lot of opportunities for the interns, he said.
"Watching Robert Sarkies [the director] work, to be able to be there and watch him was really, really awesome," Wilkinson said.
He did not think the same opportunities would had been available had he not worked on the film.
"It really opened up a lot of doors . . . it all sort of snowballed from that. It is like that for everyone who worked on it," he said.
"I have had heaps of offers of work but I'm too dedicated to finishing my studies."
Having a new baby had also meant a lot more time management.
Wilkinson and his partner, Caroline Ladd, who was an intern in the costume department for Two Little Boys, found out on the second to last day of filming they were going to have a baby.
"He is awesome, we are so stoked," Wilkinson said.
Ladd had worked on costumes for some Southland films since baby Auron arrived 10 months ago, and planned to finish the final papers to complete her course next year.
She was unsure what area of the film industry she wanted to work in in the future, as Auron had "kind of changed things around a bit".
Both were looking forward to seeing the final product at the premiere of Two Little Boys next week and catching up with the cast and crew.
Since filming wrapped Nic Widfeldt, who had a bachelor of sound degree and was working on his graduate diploma, has been working on The Hobbit.
Hannah Lay has been working on a TV series in Auckland, Natalie Johnston worked with the editor of Two Little Boys in Wellington, Matt Inns has been working on his own feature film, and Ash Bartlett, who is in his third year of the film course, has since worked on Sione's Wedding 2: Unfinished Business, The Weight of Elephants, and Jane Campion's Top of the Lake mini-series.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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