Filming has been a passion since about 1970. In those days I belonged to the Wellington Cine Club in New Zealand and won awards from best documentary to Kodak Top 5 best films for NZ (any category) with a film “Food For Thought”.
I took on small paid filming jobs from documenting kennel clubs annual shows to recording yacht races. I had a small business together with a professional photographer filming weddings, but this was all back in the 70’s and all done on 8mm (standard 8).
or Super 8 film.
I owned one of the first video camera’s when they first arrived in NZ. It was Black and white and extremely bulky. It was also very basic and lacked any form of sophistication. It was way ahead of its time, but I lost interest as the equipment was so basic and I thought anyone could do it.
I spent a few years in front of the camera in various roles form an on camera TV presenter to quiz show host to lead roles in a few TV commercials and smaller parts on Hercules and Xena.
In 2009 I embarked on a full time Filmmaking course and then set about Directing my first movie in many years. “The Puzzle” is a period thriller set in New Zealand’s most famous gothic home. Highwic House. Then a year later I received a call asking me if I would be interested in submitting a film to “Magic” film festival in Las Vegas.
“Antonio’s Secret” was the result of that call to which we were fortunate enough to win Best Director and Best Actor awards.