I recently read an insightful piece written by producing legend John Barnett – the man behind South Pacific Pictures, Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Shortland St, Whale Rider, Footrot Flats and a host of other quintessential Kiwi classics.
This man knows production and especially local production. He’s in charge of big business and he’s a man who sees the big picture. Not only can he and other producing greats see it, but they can wield it.
Peter Jackson commands a crew and cast of more than 1,000 people on the Tolkein movies.
I think John Barnett’s comments that New Zealand has not developed enough creative producers are spot on.
But I think our industry is missing a massive opportunity. We need more than one or two new visionary producers with millions of dollars at their command. We can be so much more than a tax haven for Hollywood.
We need hundreds with thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of dollars and small agile crews.