City film company aims for festival recognition

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Animator and Southern Institute of Technology student Nik Bartlett works away on computer animation for the Neon Shrimp Production's short film, M.U.M.

A SOUTHLAND student-led film company is aiming high for its latest project which explores the conflict between health and safety versus human productivity.

Invercargill film company Neon Shrimp Productions will premiere its short film M.U.M at Invercargill’s Centrestage on Friday, June 21, with the intention to enter it in film festivals.

The story followed Sophie, a toy factory worker whose boss introduced the mother of all machines – the “Minimising Undue Misfortune” bot. With M.U.M making it impossible for her to do her job, Sophie decided to take it on.

The project involved 17 third-year Film and Animation students, as well as Postgraduate students from the Southern Institute of Technology.

The team had extra help from first and second-year Film and Animation students, international students, fashion graduates, national composers and sound specialists.

After more than five months of planning, production and post-production, the cast and crew were working hard to get it polished for the premiere. The strong cast includes lead actress Sophie Worner, from Grease and Wicked, and Conrad Broad, who was a Shakespeare Pop-Up Globe actor.

Neon Shrimp Productions lead producer Jacqui Bree said it was a “big endeavour”. Without “massive” support from the community and SIT, none of the work would have been possible, she said.

The team’s solo projects would be on display in the Raw Gallery at 25 Don St, 5.30pm, followed by the premiere at Centrestage at 6.30pm – admission to both would be free.

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