Tom Hern is a film producer who began his screen career as a junior reporter on children’s television show What Now?. He went on to star in The Tribe, where he met his future business partner James Napier Robertson. Hern acted in a number of other TV shows such as Shortland Street and Power Rangers, before producing his first feature film I’m Not Harry Jenson. Since then Hern has produced features Everyting We Loved and The Dark Horse.
In this ScreenTalk, Hern talks about:
- How confidence as an 11-year-old got him a job on What Now?
- Meeting his hero Ben Harper on the show
- Failing his first audition to play the villain in kidult hit The Tribe
- How the show led to meeting his long term business partner
- Playing his first adult role on Shortland Street
- The changing nature of his character on the soap
- Being in the ‘deep end’ producing I’m Not Harry Jenson
- Using acting relationships to help cast the film
- How Everything We Loved was the smoothest film he’s worked on
- Working with director Max Currie to set the tone of the film
- The long hard road making feature film The Dark Horse
- Being blessed by a dream cast, from Cliff Curtis to newbie Wayne Hapi
- Feeling privileged to do the work he does
This video was first uploaded on the 31st of March 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
As the founder of production company Desert Road, Steven O'Meagher has produced a long list of documentaries, films and television shows. His documentaries include The Understudy, Million Dollar Tumour, and Reluctant Hero. O'Meagher executive produced TV drama This is Not My Life; his latest dramatic project is Harry, featuring Oscar Kightley in the lead role.
In this ScreenTalk, O'Meagher talks about:
- Throwing away the scripts while working with Paul Holmes on The Way We Were
- Bringing an opera singer's "fantastic ego and sense of theatre" to documentary The Understudy
- How feature film Out of the Blue challenged the people of Aramoana
- Showing a personal journey towards death in award-winning documentary Million Dollar Tumour
- How a phone call led to the documentary Reluctant Hero about Willie Apiata
- Selling This is Not My Life to an American production company
- Being disappointed with how the show rated in New Zealand
- How producing Harry has been a 20 year dream
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
James Anderson and Nick Ward are the brains behind Auckland based production company Two Heads. They've made a name for themselves producing fresh and quirky documentaries and TV series such as Santarchy, Making Tracks, The Cheerleaders and Funny Roots. Two Heads are also the creative force behind TV ONE’s hit show The Food Truck.
In this ScreenTalk, Anderson and Ward talk about:
- How a $5000 doco about an anarchic troupe in Santa suits got them their first commission
- Taking Kiwi music to the world in the series Making Tracks
- Having to avoid young thugs with guns in Brazil during the shooting of the show
- Bringing stand-up comedy back to TV in A Night at the Classic
- Poking fun in a gentle way at mustachioed men in Movember
- Taking healthy fast food to the nation in The Food Truck
- How chef Michael was the perfect quirky fit for the show
- Finding the origins of comedy in TV series Funny Roots
- How their different strengths and abilities have led to a great partnership
This video is available on YouTube
to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence