Preparing for Mahana

Mahana posterI had the great pleasure of working on the Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper and Tama Waipara score for Mahana – a new feature film opening in cinemas on March 3. It’s directed by Lee Tamahori and based on the Bulibasha book by Witi Ihimaera. The best place to read more about it is probably the movie Facebook page, so check that out.

I was doing the music preparation, some orchestration and also flew to Wellington for the main day of recording to ensure everything worked a treat.

The score is really stunning, has a unique New Zealand flavour and it’s so great to see new voices coming through in New Zealand film scoring. It was my first time working with Mahuia and I definitely hope not the last.

Each new project brings new challenges and things to be learnt, and it’s always a great sense of achievement to be a part of such projects, even when in the scheme of things my contribution is only a small one.

Do ensure you get along to the film, I’ve seen most of it and it really is a goodie and of course quality New Zealand filmmaking needs to be supported.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s some images from the recording:

Mahana 1
Working in the booth with Graham Kennedy (Radio NZ) and John Neil (Park Road Post). Photo by Mahiua.
Mahana 5
Strings setup.
Mahana 3
Percussion day! Photo by Mahuia.
Mahana 4
My scores during mixing. Photo by Mahuia.

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