This documentary showcases some of the tricks of the trade used by Peter Jackson in the making of his first feature — the aliens-amok-in-Makara splatter classic, Bad Taste. Compiled following the film's 1988 Cannes market screening, it's framed around an extensive interview with a 25-year-old Jackson at his parents’ Pukerua Bay home. These excerpts offer fascinating insight into his ingenuity: from building a DIY Steadicam, to the making of the infamous sheep-obliterating rocket launcher scene, to PJ musing on the impetus that being an only child provided him.
The idea with most special effects, I reckon, is to keep them as simple as possible. If you’ve got to have a machete going into somebody’s head, it’s easier to have a real person’s head with a fake machete, so you knock something together like this with a bit of cardboard and some ice cream sticks …– Jackson on DIY special effects
Made with funding from the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Music taken from the movie Bad Taste, composed by Michelle Scullion.