Award-winning film-set Bush Telly welcomes ‘Coaster’ to Christchurch
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IntroductionBush Telly is excited to welcome West Coast-based Conservation Officer Ian Gill to the 2010 Bush Telly crew as co-director and cameraman.
Date: 19 February 2010
Bush Telly is excited to welcome West Coast-based Conservation Officer Ian Gill to the 2010 Bush Telly crew as co-director and cameraman, says Mike Peters.
“Ian is no stranger to film, having been actively using this medium to spread messages about 1080, successfully putting to rest some of the myths around this controversial poison,” says Mike, Bush Telly producer and co-director.
Ian Gill with his DIY bird microphone,
used to capture post-1080 dawn choruses
At least 40 of his latest clips can be viewed on YouTube, where Ian describes himself as a part-time electronics designer, and former mainstream journalist, working for conservation.
“Getting the chance to work on an award-winning set with such an amazing crew is a dream come true; I'm counting the sleeps,” says Ian Gill.
Set construction for the Bush Telly exhibition is well underway with seven trucks delivering the film set on Monday and Mr Peters says the scaffolding is now completed.
“Three carpenters from DOC have now put up the musterers hut, dunny and wood shed. It’s looking great and I can say that no-one got hurt and nothing got broken - a safety record to be proud off!”
“There will be some old favourites returning from last year’s set such as the potting shed. But the main set is new and exciting, and will profile a landscape that Cantabrians will instantly connect with,” says Peters.
“Many of the conservation interviews planned for this year will talk about the special features of this distinctive landscape - but I can’t say much more without ruining the surprise!”
Bush Telly, the Christchurch-based natural history media unit of the New Zealand Ecological restoration Network (NZERN), filmed more than 50 interviews on various conservation topics during the five days of last year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show.
Bush Telly recorded the interviews before the live audience of visitors to their exhibit which won Gold, the Supreme Award for Design Excellence and the overall Supreme Award.