Young film-makers get advice from an expert

The chance to talk to the producer of one of the most anticipated films in New Zealand this year doesn't come around very often.

That is why budding young film-makers from several Dunedin secondary schools have welcomed a visit to Dunedin by David White, one of the producers of Shihad - Beautiful Machine.

The documentary/film follows the New Zealand rock band, giving an all-access pass to its extraordinary 23-year story, charting its fight with fame, fortune, the industry and finally, itself.

Mr White, from Pacific Light Works (Wellington), is in Dunedin for several days visiting Logan Park High School, Bayfield High School and Kavanagh College.

He started as an actor with guest roles on New Zealand-made television shows The Strip and The Tribe.

Since then, he has turned to producing and directing.

He started with music videos, which won an array of awards, before producing the Independent feature film The Last Great Snail Chase (2007), and has just finished directing two other short documentaries for BBC knowledge and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Mr White said his best advice to the young filmmakers was to persevere.

"Keep making stuff, even if it's bad, because it will get better.

"A big part of it is perseverance. It's such a big industry - you're not going to get a high-paying film job straight out of school.

"It's going to take time to build up to that. I did a lot of my first jobs for no money," he said.

Shihad - Beautiful Machine will be in cinemas around the country from May 17.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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