Cotton's colour skills on show in four NZIFF finalists

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Images and Sound's Alana Cotton, whose colour grading skills can be seen in no less than four of the six films selected by Leon Narbey as finalists in the NZIFF's annual New Zealand's Best Short Film Competition. In case you were wondering just what a colourist does (we were!), here's a short job description: colourists create the final look of a film or video by correcting any errors in colour or exposure, matching shots captured on various days or different cameras, and creating style and depth. The films Cotton worked on are: Charmer, Falling Up, No Shame and Run Rabbit.


IMAGE/ a still from No Shame

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Phillips wins best director gong at the SOFIES

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

June really was April Phillips' month. The multitalented WIFTer won the Best Director award at the Short Film Awards, New York (SOFIES). Her film R.E.M. was nominated in seven categories including Best Editing, Outstanding Technical Work, Best Actor, Best Narrative Short Film, and for Phillips herself; Best Director, Actress and Writing. R.E.M. was up against steep competition including the Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child.  Phillips self-funded her low-budget horror, which has already garnered several other awards and international screenings. She credits the film's success to a talented, tight-knit team of supportive film practitioners. Phillips is currently in pre-production on her fourth short film, a sci-fi titled The Last Man on Earth, which will be shot at Wellington's Avalon Film & Television Studios.

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