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"Place To Be" Wins New Zealand Music Video Awards

"Place To Be" Wins New Zealand Music Video Awards

Goodshirt's "Place to Be", directed by Joe Lonie, won Best Video at the The New Zealand Music Video Awards at the Paramount Theatre in Wellington last night. Rhombus' Hello Dub Pie, directed by Chris Graham came in at number two.

Lonie, who was unable to attend the awards due to the recent birth of his baby, was "surprised and pleased to win the award when there have been many good videos made in the past year," he says. "Although we made things difficult for ourselves (1 shot, 2 takes, 30 cast members) we actually ended up making a fairly different video to the one we set out to make, which was probably a good thing because the response has been amazing. Which is great because we put ourselves through hell to make it (sleeping overnight in a derelict building in the middle of winter!). I think a lot of the success of the video has to be attributed to Goodshirt as a band and an appealing and very "camera-friendly" bunch of guys.

Taking place concurrently with the Wellington Fringe Film Festival, the New Zealand Music Video Awards ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the craft of making music videos.

The Black Seeds video for "Hey Son" picked up an award for Best Cinematography for DOP Chris Matthews and Sam Tozer won Best Editor for Salmonella Dub's "The Bromley East Roller". The Knack award was presented to Richard Hobbs for Cloudboy's "Red Rubicon" which lacked a production budget but made up for it with competence and ingenuity. A Special Award was also presented to Wade Shotter and Jamie Dower for Tadpole's "Better Days" which judges felt needed recognition because of its high quality animation.

The Wellington Fringe Film Festival wraps today following the Fuji Film Making Forum at E-Vision. Topics include Directing Performance, presented by Robert Sarkies, writer/director of "Scarfies", the 3 P's of Production - Passion, Persistence and Patience and an industry debate on censorship. Some fantastic spot prizes can also be won on the day. Tickets are $10 for the day or $5 per session.

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