TWENTY YEARS OF FILM INDUSRY MUSCLE. BREAKING NEW GROUND EVERYDAY
Two young men, armed with a singular vision and a hand-levered La Pavoni espresso machine, decided to take over a basement office beside a student pub in Auckland, New Zealand.
The year was 1996, and they knew this much – they were passionate about filmmaking, and partial to a good coffee.
Since then, Film Construction has grown beyond the bounds of a basement and into one of Australasia’s most creative and awarded film production companies with head office in Auckland, and outposts in Sydney, Singapore, and Wanaka.
Widely regarded as a nurturing home for filmmaking talent, dozens of filmmakers have called it home. Todays roster is a film family of inventive Film Directors, and energetic Producers.
And while Film Construction has always been passionate about filmmaking, we’ve never been more excited about things than we are today. With the explosive evolution of technology, we can now shoot in many formats, and for many different screens. We work with advertising agencies, direct with marketing and communications departments, as well as broadcasters.
And of course we work with offshore production companies wanting to shoot their projects in New Zealand.
WELCOME TO OUR PRODUCTION SERVICES ARM - PLACE.
Place has been specifically created to handle production services for offshore productions. As highly experienced line producers you can be confident that you'll be filming in the right locations, with the best crews, maximising your budget and getting the best onscreen value for your project. All whilst enjoying the delicious food, wine and coffee that New Zealand is renowned for.
A competitively priced destination for basing your next offshore production with very favourable exchange rates. Making your production dollar go that much further.
For more info on filming in New Zealand hit the link here www.filmconstructionplace.com
THE ENGELBERT STRAUSS EFFECT
This year we have had the absolute pleasure to produce three epic shoots for German Workwear brand Engelbert Strauss.
The first, a five day shoot in February where the expansive Central Otago landscapes could not have imagined a world that was about to be taken hostage by a pandemic.
With a 2nd shoot in the pipeline before boarders closed we needed solutions. Preproduction and remote streaming tests began during New Zealand's six week lockdown. Carefully designed Covid19 Health and Safety protocols were put in place.
Our courageous clients Engelbert Strauss and LA Production Company, Concrete Images embraced the tactic of remote production. As soon as alert levels lifted we were back down in the Otago region, one of the very first New Zealand shoots to test out production practices and live streaming during a pandemic.
Same crew, same clients, just a continent or two apart.
The previously sun kissed landscape was now transported to winter, often delivering below zero working conditions. With expert connectivity through The Rogue Unit internet was created where none existed before. Live streaming the shoot in real-time. Picture perfect from our remote icy landscapes to a summery Los Angeles and Frankfurt. Flawless connectivity enabled LA based Stylist Melanie Sommer to be in constant communication with her team on the ground. Making the most detailed adjustments. From hair styles to shoe laces. The ocean between the three continents disappeared as we worked collectively.
The third shoot was completed in September, and is still under wraps until 2021. This shoot took remote production up another whole notch. Simultaneously streaming multiple drones, a motion camera and stills back in real-time to Frankfurt. We look forward to sharing that adventure with you early next year.
It's such a privilege to work with a brave and progressive brand such as Engelbert Strauss. Placing trust in the process of remote production. Keeping crew, cast and their brand safe, whilst still delivering a guaranteed result.
With the world in shutdown mode, remote production has made community and connection even richer as we work to deliver high production values to our global clients. Not to mention forming friendships along the way.
Enjoy our behind-the-scenes film with Photographer - Chris Sisarich, Lead Stylist - Melanie Sommer and Creative Director - Dom Antelme. Supported by an amazing New Zealand cast and crew. What a team!
Central Otago & Mackenzie Country Regions/ New Zealand. BTS/ Shoot One/ February/ 2020
Client - Engelbert Strauss - Henning Strauss & Kerstin Strauss. LA Production Company - Concrete Images - Executive Producer/Hani Selim. Blush - Deidre Rymer Rivard. Line Production - Film Construction - Producer/Jozsef Fityus. BTS Film & Stills - Belinda Bradley/EP/Film Construction