Te Manahuna Aoraki

Te Manahuna Aoraki is a huge environmental project to conserve the biodiversity of the Upper Mackenzie and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

It aims to create the biggest mainland predator-free area in New Zealand to date.

We were stoked to be asked to produce a film for the launch of the project!

Paparoa Track and Pike 29 Memorial track video updates

For the last couple of years we’ve been shooting regular video updates on the construction of New Zealand’s newest Great Walk here on the West Coast.

Here is the announcement and the reaction by the families and other stakeholders:

The first part of the process was to flag the route through the bush…

… and along the tops…

Then the construction teams got going… through the mud

… and the snow!

The Power of 2

We recently got to shoot this long form thought track with the inspirational Al Bramley (CEO of Zero Invasive Predators).

He talked about how key partnerships allowed his company to start to bring the goal of a Predator Free NZ by 2050 to reality.


Predator Free in the Perth Valley

NZ has the ambitious target of getting rid of all introduced predators by 2050. But in the Perth Valley in South Westland it is already happening!

We recently shot a short video for the ZIP team who are getting set up to run the first first large scale trial to get rid of predators over 12,000 hectares of the West coast forever using their 'Remove and Protect' model.

Tourism Icons of the West Coast

For the last 4 months we've been shooting an ad campaign for Tourism West Coast to promote their six tourism icons.

The shoot took us to six incredible locations and we spent a day shooting in each. Working around bad weather and very busy locations proved to be a fun challenge and the feedback since the videos have been released has been exceptional.

Part of the project involved building up a stock library for TWC so excpect to see our footage winging it's way far and wide!

Old Ghost Ultra 2018 - Drone video

We've been working with the Lyell Mokihinui trust for a number of years as they built and now run The Old Ghost Road (see our doco on the amazing project at film.oldghostroad.org.nz) - an 85km single-track mountain bike and walking track on NZ's South Island.

Every year they run an ultramarathon event - the Old Ghost Ultra. This year around 250 competitors took on this mammoth challenge and we went along to capture the essence of the event.

Here's a quick edit of some of the drone footage we shot

1080 to Zero with ZIP

The use of 1080 in New Zealand is incredibly polarising but one thing most people can agree on is that getting to a point where it’s not needed would be fantastic news.

So when ZIP got in touch about helping them tell the story of their latest trial in the ongoing battle to rid NZ of invasive predators we leapt at the chance! 

Find out more and read the detailed findings at http://zip.org.nz/findings/2017/11/1080-to-zero-trial-in-south-westland

Behind the Scenes at Westland High School's community production

Every year Westland High School puts on a musical for the community. Students from the school join with members of the community and other students from some of the primary schools to put on a show that is always a hit with locals.

This year we went along to have a look behind the scenes and meet some of the people involved. We expected the people involved to be keen, but the passion and fun they have blew us away. Since we are definitely 'BEHIND the lens' kind of people. It was so good to see these kids and adults getting the opportunity they crave to get on stage and perform!

Documenting NZ's new Great Walk

We were delighted to be asked by the Department of Conservation to produce a series of short films on the construction of NZ's newest Great Walk - the Paparoa Track and Pike 29 Memorial Track on the West Coast.

The first video in the series has just been released and sets the scene telling the story of how the track project came about and the importance of the project to the Pike 29 Families.

More videos showing the progress on track construction will be release int he going months and the track is due to open in 2019.

Sustainable Forestry - Windblown Timber on the West Coast

We recently spent a day in the bush near Hokitika filming Jon Dronfield from Forever Beech. He wanted to capture the last of the windblown timber from Cyclone Ita to be salvaged.

It was a big day filming as we had to climb up the hill with all of our gear and getting around was really hard because of all the windblown trees and regenerating bush. By using a drone close to ground level we were able to get dynamic shots that gave a sense of the scale and devastation the cyclone left in it's wake. 

Here is a short cut we made for them to use on social media.

NEXT Foundation Cacophony project video

We were stoked to be asked to make a video on an inspiring project that the NEXT Foundation is funding called the Cacophony project.

As part of the Predator Free 2050 vision they have funded inventor and entrepreneur Grant Ryan to work on using artificial intelligence and sound lures to improve trapping operations and open new doors for predator control in New Zealand. 

The NEXT foundation also produced this great wee video ad (featuring some of our footage of course!)

Old Ghost Ultra Event Video

We just finished shooting a video of the incredible Old Ghost Ultra event - a gruelling 85km run along the Old Ghost Road. It was massive day lugging drones, cameras and tripods up the mountain but we certainly had it a lot easier than the competitors!.

This is a long edit for the competitors which includes as much of the footage we shot as possible.

If you haven't seen our award winning documentary about the creation of the Old Ghost Road then check it out here