The story revolves around Cameron, a developer, whose company aims to dry out one of the few remaining wetland areas of New Zealand in order to build luxury houses. In a forest near the future construction site he encounters a Patupaiarehe, an elve-like woman from Maori-mythology, who sends him on a spiritual journey in which he sees the world through the eyes of the diverse fauna of the wetlands. This experience makes him understand the importance and beauty of this threatened environment.
The theme of Patupaiarehe is the preservation of nature, particularly the NZ wetlands. This is explored through Cameron’s experience of losing touch with nature and thus with part of himself. Additionally, Patupaiarehe offers a tiny glimpse into the rich mythology of the Maori people.
Our s3D short film aims to showcase the expertise of New Zealand filmcrews in creating immersive stereoscopic 3D, while at the same time giving young talent the opportunity to get familiar with S3D workflows and equipment.
From the start the goal has been to create a collaborative project involving the Auckland Film Industry and Post Production houses, to celebrate Auckland filmmakers, while calling attention to a topic that we all care about: the preservation of what is left of the NZ wetlands.
Our cast and crew have worked on include: Spartacus (TV-series), The Chronicles of Narnia, Xena: Warrior Princess(TV-series), Power Rangers (TV-series), the first Slovenian s3D short film „Coming Home“, and The Hobbit.
The film explores the Auckland wetlands which are privately owned and preserved; however, other NZ Wetlands have not been as lucky and only a precious few are left unexploited. By capturing the diverse beauty of the Auckland wetlands we hope to call attention to the importance of these environments and why the nature around us should not be taken for granted.
On the film side of things, film sets are typically not an ideal place to learn a new format or technology due to the constraints of time and personell. We have developed this project with this in mind, as a way of allowing young talent to learn about stereoscopic filmmaking.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to contribute yourself please forward this page to others or help out in a preservation organisation in your local community. You can contact any of the members of our crew and they will be happy to give you further info on what you can do to help save the wetlands of New Zealand.
Thank YOU for helping this project become a reality!