Palmerston North-born Greg Page personifies the concept of multi-tasking. Alongside having directed 80 music videos (including 'Verona' by Elemeno P and 'Exit To The City' by The D4) and at least as many TV commercials, he is also a painter and has done stints as a drummer in three bands.
Page was attending Waikato Polytechnic's film course when he started making music videos for local musicians, including one of the bands he was drumming in, Rumpus Room.
"I made some dodgy VHS clips for local Hamilton bands by going to parties and filming them playing and just cutting stuff together. Then I went, 'Hey shit, this is a really fun way to do film school'. Unfortunately it meant I failed film school, because in my third year I made something like 10 music videos while trying to be a student!"
His 1994 short film claymation, Decaff ensured Page wouldn't be tempted back to finish the course. Based on an over-caffinated bad-tempered character who does "what you wish you could but never would", the four-minute short gained a cult audience and received Arts Council funding for general release. In 1997 Greg created Decaff II, a further five one-minute long claymations based on the character.
In 1996 the New Zealand Film Commission invited Greg and veteran filmmaker John O'Shea, to each create a 3 minute short commemorating a hundred years of New Zealand cinema. O'Shea, as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema, and Page, as one of the new generation, were considered representative of the past and future of New Zealand filmmaking.
Page's forays into animation attracted the attention of advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi who commissioned him to make a series of claymation commercials for NZ On Air. Greg was also attracting attention as a music video director and to date has filmed more than 80 clips (including promos for The Datsuns, The D4, Inchworm and P-Money).
In 1997, Page signalled a move away from claymation with the NZ Film Commission funded live action short, Sarah's Washing (winner of a Merit Award at the Chicago Film Festival).
Page made his first feature film, a supernatural horror called The Locals, in 2003. The film centered around two young surfers (one played by Jester's singer John Barker) who get stranded in the heartland, and find that rural Waikato is inhabited by more than cows and cabbage trees. The film was licensed for release in more than 60 territories.
Page currently works at Flying Fish Productions as a television commercial director, and is in development with his second horror feature, The Vent. In December 2009 Page was sole recipient of the 2010 Film Commission Writer Award, after proposing "three fresh and contemporary NZ story ideas" from different genres.
New TV series Bigger, Better, Faster Stronger sees Page appearing on screen; in the show he sets about remodelling household items to give them some edge, in competition with radio host James Coleman.