Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
11 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 10, 2013 Porirua Mega Centre - Semple St, PORIRUA Ph: 9225830 | 68 Queen Street, Upper Hutt Ph: 04 894 3654 28 Rutherford Street, LOWER HUTT Ph: 901-8030 Sb_[Vab_R 3 N]]YVN[PR` Sb_[Vab_R 3 N]]YVN[PR` EVERYTHING FOR YOUR HOME * DISCOUNT IS OFF OUR STANDARD RETAIL PRICE AND APPLIES TO STOCK ONLY. EXCLUDES APPLE PRODUCTS, BEKO WHITEWARE, GAME CONSOLES, MP3 PLAYERS, SELECTED COMPUTERS, CARPET, GOODS ALREADY ON SPECIAL AND SMART SAVER ITEMS. CRT & ATS CARDS ARE WELCOME, BUT NO FURTHER DISCOUNT APPLIES. NOT AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONAL OFFER. S N W Y R % OFF EVERYTHING OVER $199* 5- PROUDLY MADE IN NEW ZEALAND PAEDICREST QUEENSIZE MATTRESS & B Popular with those looking for a great value quality bed, the Paedicrest combines the durable Truflex heat tempered spring unit with eco-friendly Dreamfoam for a good nights sleep. *Trade-in is for your old bed in good overall condition Single $999.99 OR $599.99 WITH $400 TRADE-IN* King Single $1199.99 OR $699.99 WITH $500 TRADE-IN* Double $1399.99 OR $799.99 WITH $600 TRADE-IN* King $1899.99 OR $1099.99 WITH $800 TRADE-IN* $189999 OR $99999 WITH $900 TRADE-IN* 55" KDL55EX630 55" FULL HD 1080P LED TV WAS $229999 NOW $169999 SAVE $600 Film shot in hotel over weekend By KELVIN TEIXEIRA Pub set: Quarter Acre Cafe owner and first-time actor Neil Cohen, foreground, with fellow cast and crew members of the short film Just Joking, filmed in Otaki during the weekend. There were lights, cameras and plenty of action at an Otaki pub which became a film set during the weekend. In fact, the entire $2000 budget short film was shot at The Family Hotel over the two days, although the time frame was nothing new to most of the crew and cast. It was their experience in New Zealand s 48 Hours short film competition, held each year in May, and the camaraderie devel- oped between different team members which saw them unite to produce a short film of their own. Director of photography and editor Errol Maffey, of Otaki s Nimlin Productions, said there were people from six different 48 Hours teams involved, as well as some people completely new to film making. The real neat thing about it is it s a group of people from all over, who have come to Otaki to make a movie, he said. Titled Just Joking, it is a com- edy based on an Englishman, Iri- shman, Scotsman joke -- told by an American. The lead character is played by New York native Neil Cohen, bet- ter known in his day job as owner/manager of the Quarter Acre Cafe, based in The Garden Depot just south of Levin s town- ship. Mr Cohen said that despite hav- ing no acting experience whatso- ever, when Maffey offered him the role, he took the chance. I ve never done anything like this before, but I like to put myself out of my comfort zone, Cohen said. I really enjoyed it but it was more challenging than I ever imagined. Remembering your lines is one thing, but when you actually have to portray a charac- ter alongside others and create dynamic dialogue it is a whole dif- ferent ball game. Other local people involved were producer Diane Richards, whose day job is collections man- ager at the Kapiti Coast Museum, as well as actors including Otaki engineer Scott Truger, Otaki podiatrist Anne McCabe, and Levin cafe worker Michael Chris Christopher. Make-up was by Carra Deed, of Paraparaumu, and catering by Otaki s Vyvien Maffey. The film s director, Michael Gates, who has competed in five 48 Hours competitions, is a secondary school English and drama teacher in Wellington. I m more used to directing high school drama students quoting Shakespeare and such, rather than men in a bar drinking and swearing, he said. But the cast and crew have been brilliant, considering they didn t know each other before, and everything s come together really well. Gates said they were fortunate to have use of The Family Hotel, which allowed the filming as long as the pub stayed open, with Sunday patrons helping out as extras in the background of scenes. He said filming of Just Joking was limited to one weekend due to the availability of the cast and crew members. Some have come from as far away as Auckland and Rotorua and we can t afford to bring them back, so we need to film every- thing within the two days. But to help, we are taking eight camera angles to cover us for any little mistakes. Unlike the rules and regula- tions of 48 Hours, the team has had the luxury of planning and preparation time, and time for editing and other post-production. We raised the idea last July and will have it finished by June -- all 10 minutes of it, Gates said. The film would be released later in the year.
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