On Brandon Te Moananui’s first day at film school, he was one of the only people to raise their hand to show an interest in cinematography — "everyone else wanted to be a director!" Although the camera is Te Moananui's first love, his career has seen him traverse a variety of roles, across many genres. To name a few — cinematographer of indie feature Hang Time (2019), co-director of documentary series Te Waiora (2020), and co-creator, producer, editor and cinematographer of web comedy The Māori Sidesteps (2016–2021). In this ScreenTalk interview, Te Moananui discusses everything from the social impact of documentaries and his love of anime, to the nitty-gritty details of lens choice...with many stops between.
This video was first uploaded on 30 September 2021, 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 by Rosie Howells, Camera by Chris Terpstra, Directed and Edited by Morgan Hopkins
You kind of have to walk in and you have to really use your skill ... I love docos because it's on the fly, and you're really just pulling ten years of yourself into that moment.– Brandon Te Moananui on filming documentaries