Hightail follows a father and a son on a road trip through rural
New Zealand. We find out that this roadtrip isn't what it first
seems when the pair are revealed to be outlaws living on the run,
committing a string of armed robberies at rural gas stations and
convenience stores as they go.
Henare, the father, is an ex-convict and struggling to fit back
into regular society. He is convinced that society is against him,
and holds a perpetual grudge against the law and anyone who doesn't
share his views. He tries his best to raise his son, Teina, to have
pure morals and become a functioning member of society, but has no
idea how to do that. Instead, living life on the road and
constantly on the move, the son has adopted his father's views and
has become enthusiastic about the dangerous lifestyle that they
lead. Karma eventually catches up to our wanted duo, and ultimately
their reckless lifestyle leads to their demise. Hightail will be a
homage to a lineup of classic New Zealand films, following a
similar style and tone, as well as showcasing some amazing New
Right now, we are in the midst of pre-production, finding
perfect locations, perfect actors, and perfect props. This is our
graduate project, so we want to make it really special. We don't
want this project to become 'just another student film' with no
budget, and we want to raise this to a professional standard and
exceed the expectations that people might have of us. Getting this
film into the international film festival circuits is our goal,
showcasing New Zealand scenery and young New Zealand talent.
Help us get there!
We aim to raise $4000 dollars for our project, which will
primarily go towards paying our actors for their work, feeding our
whole crew on set, and transportation. It will also cover some
speciality equipment such as car mounted camera rigs, vehicle
rentals, and props.
The team began with the two of us - Andrew and Kahu - and our
common interest to create something great. We are both graduating
Massey University this year and were first introduced to the film
world through our acting experience, being part of some the biggest
film productions in New Zealand and seeing some huge names at work.
We've experienced productions on the highest end, and learned as
much as we can at Massey to finally step on the other side of
production in our first major project. Along for the ride are
several other graduating students whose diverse interests and skill
set are going to help make this vision a reality, as well as the
experienced staff at Massey who can guide us.
This is a New Zealand story for the world stage and we
need New Zealanders to help us get it there. Thank you for
Photoshoot with Teina
1 WEEK AGO
Here's a photoshoot/ test shoot we did with our child actor, Teina. We were lucky enough to find a burnt out car on the side of the road, and it turned out to be the perfect location. These pictures give a great idea to how the final film will look and feel!