Monday, July 19, 2010

That Wonderful Sinking Feeling

Das Tub. Here's a fun little story and the fun little story behind the story. A little while ago a myself and a group of my mates where sitting around at a BBQ and we started rifting on a rather silly little idea. Why do aliens travel millions of lightyears to visit our planet? From this simple premise we came up with a series of very funny ideas. Ideas that I took away and wrote into a fun little short film.

Just an exercise in fun really. Anyhoo then I started thinking about how could I get my alien story on screen. It wasn't the usual dark, depressing kiwi short film. No poor Maori children being beaten by their drunk father. Nobody commits suicide. And their was a distinct lack of a quirky loner. So chances of getting it funded and made? Zero.

Then I remembered that my friend James Cunningham was teaching at the Media Design School here in Auckland. It's an excellent course and then end products come out looking pretty dam flash. Added to this James himself would be directing it. James is the director of the outstanding short "Poppy." So cheeky sod that I am I gave him the script. Maybe his class could make it as a project?

The answer was yes. James liked it and his class loved it. Just one small problem. They didn't have enough time or manpower to make it in it's original form. Any chance we could cut it down? As a screenwriter we live in a world where we watch our babies being interfered with on a daily basis, so since I was donating my work for free naturally I wasn't interested in compromising it.

However the doorway was open. They wanted a film and I wanted to write one for them. So I went over to James' house and we sat down over a few beers and came up with a whole new story. Something they could make in the time and would offer a suitable challenge. Das Tub was the short film we created. It was strange, fun and most importantly it was short. Sidebar: too many short films aren't short at all, sorry but fifteen minutes isn't short! I think short films should be ten minutes max.

Right putting my soap box away now.

So the class liked the new script and we were away. We were also lucky enough to attract the acting talents of two of our countries finest actors. The devilishly hansom Craig Hall and the multitalented Gareth Reeves. These guys brought their A game.

The finished result speaks for itself I haven't been this proud of something I've produced for a while so please sit back and enjoy...


  1. XD

    Nick I remember you telling me about this, and it's Bloody Fantastic!!! Just exactly as you described it. I think you were the best actor :-) Awesome. Gonna show everyone at work.


    PS - I'm looking forward to Saturday.

  2. That was great Nick - actually laugh out loud! Played it at uni and got a few people from round my office coming to have a geez :)

  3. Hey Nick, thanx for an awesome script mate,was fun to work on and even better to watch the fruit of our collective labours.

    Kirsten Pretorius

  4. Gorgeous bro. Have sent this one around the traps...

  5. Dear Nick -

    I am emailing you this way as I don't have your direct contact.

    Two things -

    Congratulations on getting the NZFC to cough up some development cash for Cold Storage. Good to see.

    Secondly, it appears we have someone in common besides the delightful Steven G :), my dear dear friend Gareth Ruck from Wellington informs me that he is acquainted with your good self. Gareth and I have known each other for about 22 years! Since his Taupo Radio days with Craig Robertson (whom I have known for 31 years). He says hello.

    See you next time we are both in the same space time continuum at Script to Screen. If you go out in public, remember to remove the periscope first.

    Tanya :)