CHRIS PRYOR is a filmmaker with a background in stills photography. He has made feature films, documentaries and short films as cinematographer and sometimes co-editor. In 2008 he was a finalist for Best Technical Contribution to a Feature Film (Budget Under NZ$1m) for his work as Director of Photography for Rubbings from a Live Man. In addition, he was a finalist for Best Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature at the NZ Film Awards for both Woodenhead (2003) and Kaikohe Demolition (2004). He attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004 and was Director of Photography of Zia Mandviwalla's short film Clean Linen (2006), which screened at both the Melbourne and NZ Film Festivals. He is currently shooting two documentary series for Maori Television, Kete Aronui and Kaitiaki. Chris worked with Kirsty MacDonald as DOP on BLACK AND WHITE in 2006 and for the three years of shooting ASSUME  NOTHING.


DORTHE SCHEFFMANN began her filmmaking career on the 1976 New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs. In the following decade she amassed credits as varied as continuity, props buyer, assistant director and production supervisor on many of the seminal New Zealand feature films of the 70s and 80s. The 90s saw Dorthe making internationally recognized commercials, and many award-winning short films both as a producer on Avondale Dogs and as a director on The Beach which was selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 1996 and won the François Ode prize at the 1996 Hamburg Short Film Festival.

     In the last decade she has executive produced 15 short films through her roles with the New Zealand Film Commission short film fund and as a thesis supervisor at Auckland University Film, Television and Media studies department. She has also Line Produced a New Zealand Feature film Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous. While maintaining her work as a Producer and as a Director of television commercials, her focus has been the writing of her first feature film, Belinda's Notes in development with M.F Films and the New Zealand Film Commission.


JAMES FRANKHAM is a documentary director, photographer and designer. In the last seven years he has visited 50 countries on seven continents; writing, filming and photographing the world’s diversity. He navigated 45,000 nautical miles of open ocean over two years as Media Specialist on the Starship Millennium Voyage and wrote the book “Wildlands” (New Holland Publishers, 2003) about the experience. His documentary Tanim (2002) was broadcast in primetime on SBS Television Australia, Maori Television Service (NZ), RFO-France, RFO-Polynésie, screened at numerous film festivals from New Zealand to Italy and is used as teaching material in universities throughout the world. Frankham directed Pacific Solution in 2005, a documentary exploring the lives of the Afghan refugees that sought residency in New Zealand, and his photographs and articles have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world.



PRPVFX is an Emmy Award nominated company based in Auckland, and

is the second largest VFX company in New Zealand behind Weta Digital.


PRISCA BOUCHET  is  a  freelance  editor  based  in  Auckland.  She worked on

Briar March’s documentary There Once Was An Island (Jury Grand Pize at Fifo

2010,  Natural Facts Award  at  Big Sky FF 2010) and on various New Zealand

TV  shows.  She  has  also  worked as a freelance editor, camera operator and

assistant   director   in   both   France   and   New   Zealand  and  has  shot  a

documentary in China. Prisca has a degree in media studies and is passionate

about documentary as an art form that allows social commentary.


CLAIRE COWAN is a composer and performer of instrumental and electronic music, with a particular interest in combining music with film, theatre, and dance. Her works have been commissioned and performed by many New Zealand and International ensembles and orchestras. In New Zealand she has won numerous awards and competitions including the Douglas Lilburn Prize (University of Auckland), and The Auckland Philharmonia Young Composers Competition. In 2006 Claire was the Composer in Residence for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and during this period MacDonald filmed her “body performance” piece “Bus-stop” which Claire composed for the National Youth Orchestra Percussionists.


JAMES WEBSTER of Maori and European descent, is as a well known and talented Maori arts practitioner, working with many mediums including wood, bone and stone (sculpting and carving) as well as paint, fibre and metal (mixed media) and Ta Moko (body adornment / tribal tattoo). One of Webster’s passions is the making and playing of Taonga Puoro (singing treasures / Maori Musical Instruments). Taonga Puoro, like the Maori language, reflects the sounds and rhythms of nature and the environment. One of the traditional uses of taonga puoro was in the art of healing through music. These traditional instruments have whakapapa (genealogy) and purakau (origin stories). Webster is a member of the group Haumanu which is dedicated to the revival - teaching and sharing of these taonga through instrument making and musical and artistic performances.

Above: Assume Nothing Production Stills courtesy of Chris Pryor and Rebecca Swan

Below: “Drag Animation” from Assume Nothing


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