Smog is a dystopian short film set in a near future where a
thick layer of smog shrouds the outside world. Our story focuses on
the relationship between a man and a woman in a secluded farmhouse,
and the woman's attempts to escape the man's mental and physical
abuse when she discovers there might be someone or something else
out there in the smog.
Smog is a haunting short film written and directed by
Alex Liu, and produced by Ben van de Laar. The film was written to
hold a mirror up to modern day society and question the darker
aspects that have become reluctant normalities. Smog is a
suspenseful thriller, and uses the genre to exaggerate its themes
to get its message across to the audience in an effective and
CAST & CREW
Kali Kopae, the Woman
Calvin Tuteao, the Man
Writer/Director: Alex Liu
Producer: Benjamin Luke van de Laar
Director of Photography (DOP): Simon Godsiff
Production Designer : Ben Milsom
Art Director: Rehua Wilson
Editor: Betsy Bauer
Smog has already garnered financial support from the New Zealand
Film Commission based on the quality and vision of the script
alone, and they have agreed to match fund this Boosted campaign up
to the value of $8000. That means every dollar you donate, the New
Zealand Film Commission will chip in a dollar too!
We have also gained the support of Avalon Studios, where the
film will be shot in its entirety. The crew out at Avalon believe
in the film and have been incredibly supportive, offering advice
and many resources along with the studio itself to help make Smog a
HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF MAKING THIS FILM
Because of the cinematic scope that we hope to achieve
with Smog, we are inviting you to participate in helping us bring
this special film to life. While the support we've received so far
will go a long way, your donations will make a big difference.
Funds raised on Boosted will help cover the costs of materials
and experienced production and set designers to bring the dystopian
world of Smog to life. Your donations will also pay for more
camera, lighting and sound equipment, accomodation for actors,
travel and food for cast and crew, as well as props, costumes and
We believe that with your help, Smog will be a top contender on
the international film festival circuit.
Boosted is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, which means
if we don't reach our goal in 30 days all donations are refunded.
Help us even further by sharing this page with friends and family,
as we can only gain support if people know about the film!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CAMPAIGN ENDS?
If we reach our goal of $18,000, we will be able to make
an AMAZING film! Throughout the film's production, we will keep you
updated and share images/videos from behind the scenes at various
stages, as well as sneak-peeks into the world of Smog. We are
grateful for your support, and hope you will join us on our
NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit on their
donations from the IRD with a receipt provided by The Arts
Thanks for your support!
SMOG has wrapped production!
3 MONTHS AGO
SMOG has wrapped principal photography! That's right, we did it! In five days out in a fog-filled Avalon Studios, we shot the film.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated, shared and supported the film in it's early stage.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page as head into the editing room for updates on how it is shaping up: https://www.facebook.com/smogshortfilm/
Video update + 66% with 6 days to go!
4 MONTHS AGO
We are 66% of the way there with less than week to go! Amazing! And thank you again to everyone who has donated, shared or even taken a look at the page.
BUT-the dreaded BUT...we are not there yet! We need to hit 100% in 6 days otherwise we don't get a single cent of the money donated! Please, please, please to spread the word about SMOG and tell them we need their help!
Here's a little video update from writer/director Alex Liu as we continue to work towards the shoot.
62% of the way there - SMOG's Director of Photography
4 MONTHS AGO
62% of the way there with 13 days left! Amazing progress, but we still have a bit to go! Please continue to share this page, as well as invite others to like our Facebook page and follow writer/director Alex Liu’s blog here.
A key person in helping to create the unique world of SMOG is our Director of Photography Simon Godsiff.
Simon is a cinematographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Having worked in the industry now for fourteen years, his film career began at the award winning Weta Workshop, where he worked for seven years on many feature films including 'The Chronicles of Narnia’, 'District 9', ‘Avatar', ‘Elysium' and 'King Kong'.
He has built a reputation as an experienced and talented Director of Photography, shooting many short films, commercials, and international art projects including Joseph Michael’s ‘Antarctica Project'. Simon is currently the Director of Photography on the latest ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ TV series, where he has collaborated closely with all of the eight directors throughout three seasons of the hit show. Simon also directed the CGI lighting look development on the show-with his passion in creating inspiring cinematic imagery being echoed across both the live action and CGI worlds of ’Thunderbirds'. Simon’s commitment to quality film making and emotive lighting is reflected through all his work, no matter the size of the project
Check out his website and showreel here to see some of his amazing work in action, as well as the images below.
32% donated! And meet our awesome production designer!
4 MONTHS AGO
32% of the way there! Thank you so much to all that have
donated-but we're not there yet. Remember, Boosted is an
all-or-nothing platform, so if we don't hit our target we don't get
a single cent! Please continue to share this page and our Facebook page around to friends, family
or whoever, and you can also follow writer/director Alex Liu's blog
Interested on who's working behind the camera on SMOG?
Here's a little profile on our production designer:
SMOG production designer Ben Milsom has worked in the film and
television industry for almost 18 years in numerous roles.
Recently, he took on the role of director and production designer
for series 3 of ITV's 'Thunderbirds Are Go' in Wellington.
In his time in the art department, Ben has worked as New
Zealand's key stand-by props on numerous medium and large scale
international movies including 'King Kong', 'Bridge To Terabithia',
'The Waterhorse' and 'Avatar'. He then transitioned into art
direction, tackling productions such as 'The Lovely Bones',
'Spartacus: Blood and Sand', 'Yogi Bear', and was the main unit art
director on 'The Hobbit' Trilogy. More recently, Ben was the
supervising Art director on the VFX motion-control-miniature-shoot
unit for Dennis Villenueve's 'Blade Runner 2049', working alongside
miniature VFX DOP guru Alex Funke.
We are very happy to have Ben onboard as production designer for
SMOG. His wealth of knowledge and experience across all parts of
filmmaking will ensure we will bring the world of SMOG to life!
Check him out in this making-of video from the set of 'Blade Runner
Off to a flying start and the cast of SMOG
5 MONTHS AGO
Wow!! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the film so far, we're off to a flying start.
We'd like to share with you a bit more info the two actors we have cast to play the main roles in SMOG:
The Woman - Kali Kopae
Acclaimed NZ stage actress Kali Kopae will be playing the role of The Woman. She is well known for her role in the solo theatre show ‘Not in our Neighbourhood’, for which she won best actress at the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards. Her other credits include Frida Kahlo in ‘La Casa Azul’ and Christine in ‘A Doll’s House’.
The Man - Calvin Tuteao
Calvin Tuteao, playing the role of The Man, has been a professional actor for over 25 years. His first role was that of gang leader Taka in ‘Once Were Warriors’, where his heavily tattooed face was also used as the main image on the film’s iconic poster. Many Kiwis will also recognise him as Dr Victor Kahu, a character he played on TV drama Shortland Street from 2000-2004. He has recently been seen playing Turangi in Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake’ and Joe in NZ feature film ‘The Last Saint’.
And those are our actors! We have 27 days left to reach our goal, so please continue to share this page. Remember, you can also keep updated via our Facebook page or writer/director Alex Liu's blog that is updated every week.