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Rob Tapert: On Hercules, Xena and more...

Rob Tapert: On Hercules, Xena and more...

Interviews - 2009

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American producer Rob Tapert first heard that New Zealand was 'an undiscovered production treasure', in a studio carpark. He was later responsible for bringing the internationally popular syndicated TV shows Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules here to realise that vision.

In this ScreenTalk, Tapert talks about:

  • His beginnings in the industry: dropping out of grad school in Michigan to make films with long-time business partner and Hollywood director Sam Raimi
  • Making blood mixture on their first feature Evil Dead
  • The inherent difference between feature films and television
  • His involvement in Hercules and the challenges of juggling global productions
  • His commitment to local cast and crew and the impact of the movie Desperate Remedies on Hercules’ casting
  • His inspirations for Hercules’ spin-off Xena and the internet’s influence on Xena becoming a pop culture icon
  • The fact that local actors and directors have succeeded on these productions, but NZ writers haven’t managed the crossover, and why post-production effects were done in the US
  • The inspiration for Legend of the Seeker

This video is available for distribution on YouTube as Part One and Part Two

Interview - Clare O'Leary, Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann