Whitireia Film School moves to Avalon Studios

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Students enrolled in the screen production programme at Whitireia will be learning in the heart of the production industry with classes to be fully run out of Avalon Film and Television Studios in Lower Hutt.

The move will see students immersed in a professional, commercial screen production facility while they learn.

"This is a great opportunity for our budding filmmakers," says Whitireia screen programme tutor David Brechin-Smith. "Rubbing shoulders with screen industry professionals based at Avalon will also help them network ahead of looking for work once they qualify."

Whitireia students had been doing screen production project work at Avalon Studios for a number of years before the decision was taken last year to base the programme at the studio full time and bring the students closer to industry.

Whitireia offers a year-long New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production, a level 5 qualification.

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Do male and female critics judge films differently?

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

The 'male gaze' is a complex topic which cannot be 'solved' using data, but film data hound Stephen Follows wanted to add to the conversation by looking at the areas in which data can be informative.

He built and crunched a vast dataset of film reviews and ratings to answer three questions:

What percentage of film critics are women?

Do female critics cover the same films as their male peers?

Do female critics like different movies to their male peers?

Click here to read what he found