Central makes the cut

Film crews move camera equipment to a spot along Clyde's Sunderland St yesterday. Photo: Adam Burns
Film crews move camera equipment to a spot along Clyde's Sunderland St yesterday. Photo: Adam Burns
An international feature film production helmed by a ''master storyteller'' converged on Clyde yesterday.

Details of the film budget and plot are being kept under wraps by New Zealand film producers, but it has been confirmed the film is being directed by Chinese film-making veteran Xiaogang Feng.

A crew of about 110 people are working on the Chinese film which has been shooting for the past seven weeks.

Filming was based in Auckland before the project shifted south, where scenes were shot in Aoraki on Monday.

Production moved to Central Otago yesterday as crews began setting up around Clyde in mid-afternoon.

Oliver's restaurant and the Clyde Bridge would be used by film crews during the 10-day shoot.

Producers have confirmed filming would also occur in Ranfurly.

Curious Film producer Matt Noonan said the director ''fell in love with Central Otago'' when scouting for locations.

Feng has made ''close to 20 films'' during a long career, including 2010's Aftershockwhich earned $US108million ($NZ166million) at the box office and was the Chinese entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Although the film was a smaller production for Feng, it served as a great opportunity for New Zealanders working behind the scenes, Mr Noonan said.

''He is one of the master storytellers of Chinese cinema, documenting some of the tremendous change in China over the past 30 years, through accessible cinematic storytelling.''

The film's makers aim for a quick turnaround in post-production as it is scheduled for release in December.

adam.burns@odt.co.nz

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