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About the Film Project

The Two Little Boys film is based upon the novel of the same name by Duncan Sarkies, and was shot in over 50 locations throughout Southland over summer 2010/11.


As part of the production for Two Little Boys, Tent Pole Films partnered with Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to run an internship programme for nine SIT students, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the film industry.


Sixteen ‘webisodes’ released on YouTube during September/October 2011. The webisodes were produced by SIT film school students and followed the experiences of four of the student interns on set - the Director’s Assistant, Wardrobe Assistant, Production Runner and Art Production Runner. The series is called ‘Four Little Interns on Two Little Boys’.


Producer Vicky Pope said, “One of the toughest challenges for graduates of film courses is the first step to get their foot in the door of the professional sector of the industry. Because of the fast turnaround, high stake nature of the work, film HODs generally appoint people they have worked with previously, who they know they can rely upon to deliver. In this sense, the programme was a fantastic opportunity for the student interns to demonstrate their capabilities to other professionals and begin to build a foundation of contacts for future work.”


Graeme Mason, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission said “I’m really impressed by the motivation of the course organisers to help get students real life experience while they are studying. We’ve worked with the SIT to provide opportunities for interns on films we’re supporting – it’s a win-win for the students and for the productions.” .


Bachelor of Digital Media graduate Hannah Ley was a Production Runner for the film, and with this experience, she subsequently gained her first professional role on Wellington telefeature ‘Rage’ as a Unit Assistant.  ”Getting into the internship is biggest thing I achieved at SIT.  Through that I got to work on another movie, and from that I got to work on another movie.”


Bachelor of Digital Media student  Ash Bartlett’s internship as a Lighting Trainee also translated into further work, with the opportunity to join the Lighting Department of NZ Film ‘Sione’s Wedding 2’ in Auckland.   “SIT gave me the skills I needed and the internship gave me the foot in the door to make contacts.  It was a huge step up.”


CEO Penny Simmonds said, “Because SIT is so industry focused we are always looking for opportunities for students to get involved in actual industry projects which enable them to get relevant industry experience. The Two Little Boys film provided an excellent opportunity for this.”

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