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Brendan Donovan: On hopes and dreams...

Interview – 2011

Award-winning director Brendan Donovan cast Lee Majors in his debut short film. It was a success. Then after eight years working in New York, the Howick native returned to New Zealand, where he has directed and written for television and cinema both here and in Australia, including making feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell.

In this ScreenTalk, Donovan talks about:

  • How he cast Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man) in his debut short film Here
  • Details from the making of short film Grasp
  • His initial reaction to scripts for The Insiders Guide to Happiness
  • How The Insiders Guide to Happiness footage was captured and techniques used to achieve visual effects
  • Delightful insights into working with Australian actor Bryan Brown on the Aussie TV series Two Twisted
  • Behind-the-scenes details of special effects used in tele-feature Aftershock
  • How feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell was created

This video was first uploaded on 24 January 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, Camera and Editing – James Coleman

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