Thank You For Not Smoking

Thank You For Not Smoking

Something any old weather-beaten filmmaker tends to pride themselves on is the ability to always get the shot, no matter what might go wrong. And with this attitude I was standing by on location on the beautiful Kapiti Coast this lunchtime, primed to film the lovely Gail Mann make a demonstration voter registration call as […]

Unreal Films business profile wins national competition

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Unreal Films company news | No Comments
Unreal Films business profile wins national competition

A profile of Unreal Films, in which Tony Sutorius speaks about the way ultra-fast internet is changing the landscape for community businesses, has won a national award from Chorus Communications in the Gigatown “The Business” video competition. You can see the winning interview here. The win means Porirua City is 250,000 points closer to its […]

Deadly Serious Production Tool. Honest.

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Unreal Films company news | No Comments
Deadly Serious Production Tool. Honest.

As a part of our ongoing quest for awesome we have recently acquired and, after a distinctly shaky start, learned to fly a high definition video-equipped quadcopter. Its a remarkable wee thing, and the pictures it takes are frankly quite amazing. Above you can see the view from 200m directly above our studio in Camborne, […]

Power To The… Person

Power To The… Person

India’s Gujarat state election administration has adopted a policy that no voter should have to travel more than 2km to vote. The New York Times reports that, despite their enormously dense population, this is having some interesting unintended consequences. Mahant Bharatdas, the sole resident of Benej, will luxuriate in his very own personal polling station, […]

Congratulations Annie!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Unreal Films company news | No Comments
Congratulations Annie!

We are completely excited to congratulate regular Unreal Films editor Annie Collins on her unprecedented recent feat in having been editor of both the Best Feature AND Best Documentary Feature in the recent New Zealand Films Awards. Editors are the secret rock stars of filmmaking; second only (and that’s debatable!) to the director in authoring […]

Victorian Electoral Commission chooses Unreal Films

Victorian Electoral Commission chooses Unreal Films

We are delighted to announce that the Victorian Electoral Commission has chosen  Unreal Films to renew their frontline election officials training DVD, to be used in November’s Victorian State Election. This’ll be our eighth film for voting centre staff, which is a foundation we’re delighted to be able to stand on; but of course we’re […]

Oops! Azerbaijan Election Results Accidentally Released Before Voting Begins

Oops! Azerbaijan Election Results Accidentally Released Before Voting Begins

Demonstrating the challenges faced by electoral commissions in more adventurous democratic environments than our own, the poor old Azerbaijani Central Election Commission seems to have accidentally released the results of its current election 24 hours before polling opened, reports the Washington Post. Hate it when that happens…

Stan Crichton: Making it count since 1953

Stan Crichton: Making it count since 1953

Meet Stan Crichton, overseeing the 26 staff conducting the Hunter & Patterson fresh scrutiny (having first been OIC at a Pre-Poll Centre, then a PPLO on election day). Stan tells me he started working in elections SIXTY YEARS ago, as a dec issuing officer in the NSW State Election in 1953. Now a boyish 87, […]

Federal Election Day

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Unreal Films project news | No Comments
Federal Election Day

Well, Saturday 7th September finally arrived. Here’s an account of my adventures… For me it’s a perpetually weird experience to work for months in preparation for an election then not be involved in the election itself… it’s like helping organize a party then not turning up! So I was sincerely delighted when we were awarded the contract […]

Hive Minded

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Unreal Films company news | No Comments
Hive Minded

We are very pleased to announce that Unreal Films has been re-signed as training and community outreach film supplier to the New Zealand Electoral Commission for another three years, starting now and heading through the expected late-2014 General Election. Its a delight working with old friends at the NZEC, where this peculiar line of work […]