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Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider Television (Excerpts) – 2003 Documentary Māori

Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

Television (Excerpts) – 2003 Documentary Māori

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Jonathan Brough’s insightful documentary on the making of Whale Rider travels from East Coast town Whangara, where the mythical whale rider Paikea landed - to Hollywood. This excerpt concentrates on the movie’s vital special effects component: nine whales, brought to the screen through a combination of life-sized models and digital effects. The largest model measured 65 feet in length. Star Keisha Castle-Hughes reflects on filming the challenging whale-riding scenes.