New Zealand 2004 -- Rupert Reynolds Maclean
Rupert graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in May, and is now working at the Film Archives while at the same time he is trying to pursue film making. His music video of Eastcoastrumental bu the bank Rogue Element (produced by Rupert's company Doghouse Productions) was one of the finalists in the music video competition "Handle the Jandle" which premiered in Wellington shortly after Amy and Roger's arrival. So they got the opportunity to attend the competition along with the entire population of Wellington between the ages of 16 and 25. (They stuck out a little bit.) The video was also screened at the New Zealand Film Archive on November 20 (with Roger, Amy, Melissa, Grace, Seymour and Carolyne present!)
Amy and Roger also go the chance to see Rupert's basketball team (which has played together since high school) compete in the semi-final rounds of the Wellington City tournament. No prizes in either competition, but a good time was had by all. And then there was his performance in the hit theatre production (sniper), a Bats Theatre production, which was nominated for the Wellington equivalent of a "Tony," the Chapmann Tripp Theatre Award (the Allied Domecq Wines Award) for the most original production of the year, as well as earning nominations for most promising new director, set designer of the year, and outstanding composer of original music. Winners will be announced on December 5 at the Wellington Town Hall.
THIS JUST IN: SNIPER is the winner -- for both Most Original Production of the year, and Most Outstanding Composer of Original Music! Congratulations!
Stay tuned for the results of the awards!
And stay tuned: one of these days we plan to make Rupert's video available for watching online!
But, if you can't wait, you may want to catch the short film, The Flatmate Tree, which was a finalist in the 48Hour contest (a contest for films written, shot and edited within 48 hours). Try and find Rupert in the film (he played Kyle, as well as being the sound person). You can watch it by clicking here.