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COVID-19 has had an upside for NZ. Lots of overseas production companies are heading here. I recently did a couple of self-tape auditions; one for a big international TV thing, and one for a movie. Of course, I hope I get both, but I really, really want the movie gig!! It's only a small part, just a few lines, but I read the whole script and it's a beauty. I loved this guy's last movie, and this one looks every bit as good. That's all I can tell you, but I'm crossing fingers and toes. I'll let you know either way...
After the success of Nevermore in Oamaru in another of our signature venue-tailored pieces, we'll be doing it again later this year at the Oamaru Heritage Festival! Excellent audience feedback included, "That took chops!" I'm well pleased!!
Meanwhile, sometime in October, I will be performing in Dear Jane, NO Productions' award winning play about the life of Jane Deans. The venue will again be Riccarton House, home of the Deans Family.
My neighbour is a student at Ara and was working on a mobile game as part of his course. I helped him as a voice, dialogue and story consultant, and inevitably ended up voicing some stuff for it. Still trying to get my hands on some video screen grabs so I can make a vid and post it here.
I've done a few things now for the Christchurch based escape room group, Codebreakers. I recently shot some video pieces for their new escape room adventure, Art Heist, in which I play a shady art gallery owner. This escape is up and running, and someone who did it recognised me at work. Going to the launch party for their new premises later this month.
The very talented Mark McNeill, creator & producer of the TracPoint promo, has asked me to do another, similar promo for the Red Cross! We shot a trial run at the start of this year and it's working really well. Hoping to shoot it for real later this year. COVID permitting, that is...
Next year, by popular demand, I will be reprising my role in Lover Boy as the hapless strippagram, for Brick Road Productions! Not sure of venue yet, or exact dates.
Related to Lover Boy is another long term project: I've rejoined the gym, in an effort to reclaim my body from ageing and so I won't feel so bad when performing in Lover Boy. Eeek. I'll let you know how I'm getting on...
UPDATE: All was going well until lockdown happened. Then I put back on all the weight I lost. I'm now back to where I was just before lockdown, but a good bit more muscly... though not good enough to want to show pics of them yet.
If you live in NZ or Australia and you haven't seen the awesome movie I was in, The Stolen, head over to YouTube. Go to Stan Walker's channel and you'll find it there for a limited time. Not only was he in the movie, he also wrote and preformed the beautiful song at the end of the movie.
A few days off between Christmas and New Year has allowed me to sit down and do some video editing. Among other things, I've updated my Showreel to include the TracPoint promo. Click on the pic below to see the full promo, which ended up raising over NZ$210,000 and will apparently be dubbed into Japanese!
After several years voicing ads for NZME I was 'downsized' last year, as they're voicing most stuff 'in-house', so it was great to get an email from my studio guru there, asking what my rates were, as Lamb & Hayward's new ad needed re-voicing by me! It's currently getting a LOT of play on local radio, and I got more for recording those 30 and 15 second ads that I used to get from NZME for a whole session of 8 to 10 ads. Revenge is sweet!
Late last year, I participated as an actor in a DEGNZ workshop on Directing Intimacy, hosted by the awesome Louise Leitch. Wow! I cannot recommend this process highly enough! It is a must for all Actors and Directors working in the intimate zone. The framework it provides creates a wholly repeatable scene yet with an amazing freedom for the actors to really be deep in the moment without hesitation, nerves or surprises. I can't wait to participate in another such workshop.
It was also a real privilege at the workshop to work with Writer/Director Rachel O'Neill on a scene from her script which is currently in the pipeline. No spoilers, but it's a beautiful NZ story.
We re-shot the video for my Cask of Amontillado reading, and it's now up on my YouTube channel. Head up to my Reel page and you'll find a link to it.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Victoria Leacock Hoffman, I had a fantastic time in London for the reunion of our Mountview Theatre School class of '84! Probably time to start thinking about the next one...