John Milligan is an award-winning producer, director and writer who has worked on a wide range of shows for television. His many series credits include Maggie’s Garden Show, Epitaph, Shipwreck and Mucking In. Milligan was also producer and director of the documentaries Trio at the Top, New Zild and Von Tempsky’s Ghost.
In this ScreenTalk, Milligan talks about:
- Working on live, non-commercial morning show Weekend
- Commanding 14 cameras on his first documentary Monza Monaco Macau Wellington
- Not knowing anything about plants when he began on Maggie’s Garden Show
- Being surprised at how long it took to make Kiwi bach documentary A Summer Place
- Digging into history for his motor racing documentary Trio at the Top
- The challenge of creating battle scenes in the rain for Von Tempsky’s Ghost
- Convincing people Kiwis have an accent when making New Zild
- Thinking there’s too much TV nowadays
This video was first uploaded on the 13th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Emmy award-winning producer/director Denis Harvey cut his teeth on TVNZ information shows Dig This, Kaleidoscope, and Science Express. Later he moved into sports. Harvey has gone on to make a significant contribution to television sports coverage both nationally and internationally, particularly in America’s Cup coverage and Olympic yachting. In recent times, he has also produced Asian and Israeli versions of The Amazing Race.
In this ScreenTalk, Harvey talks about:
- Being a trainee director on classic garden show Dig This
- Creating the garden for the show at the Avalon TV studios
- Remembering the great people and locations on Country Calendar
- His regret that long-running arts show Kaleidoscope disappeared from TV
- Showcasing scientific innovations in Science Express
- Taking Sir Edmund Hillary back to Everest in Hillary: A View from the Top
- The challenges of creating live TV coverage for the America’s Cup
- Making sure coverage of the event is as bipartisan as possible
- Dealing with Team New Zealand’s loss while still on air
- How cutting edge 3D graphics transformed coverage of sailing
- Showing the heroic efforts of the crew in two Team New Zealand documentaries
- Taking up the challenge to cover Olympic yachting
- Winning a Sports Emmy award
- Why working on The Amazing Race was so challenging
This video was first uploaded on 29 September 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Originally from Holland, world famous “Bug Man” Ruud Kleinpaste has called New Zealand home for over 30 years. His TV career began in 1990, hosting farming documentary series The Enduring Land. He soon made a name for himself talking about bugs on children’s programmes The Early Bird Show and What Now?. Kleinpaste was then a primetime regular on TVNZ’s long-running gardening series Maggie’s Garden Show. Making the documentary The Bug House with producer Bryan Bruceled to international success with Animal Planet’s World’s Biggest Baddest Bugs.
In this ScreenTalk, Kleinpaste talks about:
- How bugs are really our overlords and that’s why he loves them
- Having to attend elocution lessons for The Enduring Land
- Hating having to learn the script verbatim
- Talking about bugs with a hyperactive chicken on The Early Bird Show
- Educating a generation on What Now?
- Adding science to ‘garden porn’ on Maggie’s Garden Show
- Explaining why insects infest our dwellings in The Bug House
- Wearing a beard made from killer bees on World’s Biggest Baddest Bugs
- Scaring a fellow guest with a scorpion on a US talk show
- How hosting the Dutch episode of Here to Stay reinforced his love of New Zealand
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.