Inside The Cloud is a mystical, coming-of-age short film about
how we see NZ folklore today. It was shortlisted by the NZ Film
Commission last year; since then we have been working on the story
and we're now ready to head into production.
Three young adults on a tramp discover that they have different
truths about the creatures of the forest. The film explores
different world-views that co-exist today, and how they collide -
it starts a conversation about how sometimes a western world view
can erode traditional belief systems, social ecologies and the
natural environment. How each unique view is important and a part
of our culture today.
Why it's important
The film raises our awareness of the damage we do by simply
walking on ground - physical, and conceptual. It is important for
all of us to connect to our own roots, and realise that we are more
than we think; we can have more impact - for good or bad - than we
suppose. Maybe when we become more conscious we can change the
way we relate so that we can all find a sustainable way to live
together. Treating the forest and the human differences of
perspective with respect.
Instead of passing judgement or taking sides, the film is designed
to get people thinking, discussing and exploring. It's also a
powerful vehicle for three young, very talented
and totally awesome actors to showcase what they can do. In
the end it leaves the audience with a feeling of liberation
and purpose. My hope is that this will be able to go
to International film festivals, and that we have made something
that has a bigger message through one little story of these three
young adults in NZ bush.
I really believe and want to talk about the more unsung beliefs
that exist today. In the words of Alan Rickman, "it's a human need
to be told stories. The more we're governed by idiots and have no
control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to
each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and
what might be possible."
Composer Ewan Clark and Taonga Puoro Composer Rob Thorne
are helping with the Music composition and production, we have a
wonderful DOP Jessica Charlton and costume
designer Charlotte Kelleher from CKFilmdesign. These are some of the key
players in creating this visual work with me. This film has been
written by Hanna Vel with Tremain Strickland.
Check out Kawakawa (Supporting actor in Inside The Cloud) who was
nominated for Best Regional Actor in our film The Super Galactic Space Cadets, which was a
Grand finalist in the 2017 HP 48 Hours Film Competition. This film
also won best regional Female Director for Wellington and best
regional Screenplay. Check out our film Spirit also written by Hanna Vel, which went on
to win the analogue film challenge Super8x8. Spirit was made on one
reel of Super8 film with no post production.
You can play a part
Your donations will be used for:
- Paying for our 4 days of shooting.
- Catering for the cast and crew.
- Hireage costs of gear including lights, rigs and camera
- Accommodation and flights for key members traveling from
- Hireage of 3 campervans.
- Wages for Actors.
We have sponsorship that is lending a huge helping hand, but
without extra funds for the above costs this film will not be
possible. Your support will make a huge difference to us. If you
can donate, we will make sure to have your name in the credits to
say a big thank you for your donation. And if I see you, I will
make sure to say thank you in person. To follow Inside The
Cloud check out our Facebook or our #insidethecloudfilm or check out our mood
If we can exceed our target, the additional funds will help with
post production costs. If we can raise $18,000 I will be able to
use my love for analogue filmmaking too! We will update you as our
Any extra funds will also help with:
- Special Effects
- Voice over work
- Sound Design
- Colour grade
- Music composition and production
Thank you for your time in reading this, if you would like to
contact me please do so through my website.