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Gary Scott: From Kiwi culture to cults...

Gary Scott: From Kiwi culture to cults...

Interviews - 2011

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Producer/director Gary Scott has spent time in the newsroom, the museum, and on location. Trained as an historian and journalist, Scott has been producing with Wellington company Gibson Group for more than a decade - though he began his screen career as an assignment editor, in the stressful world of primetime TV news. Alongside his TV work at Gibson Group, Scott also helps the company develop multi-media experiences for museums.

In this ScreenTalk, Scott talks about:

  • How TV producing involves mediating between art and commerce
  • Starting off
  • Working on one of his earliest directing projects, documentary Flight 703: about a 1995 air crash in which survivor William McGrory played a key role in guiding emergency services to the downed plane
  • 'Career highlight' Here to Stay, and how the show explored stories about NZ’s social history, including the roots of Kiwi humour and stoicism
  • Working as part of the producing team on a trio of police shows: Undercover (about undercover police), Line of Fire (the armed offenders squad), and NZ Detectives
  • How the stresses of producing can be a sign you have got something wrong in the mix
  • Dealing with the Church of Scientology for doco How to Spot a Cult
  • The differences between producing and directing for TV

This video was first uploaded on 21 June 2011, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview - Ian Pryor. Camera and Editing - Alex Backhouse