Robert Catto

Canadian photographer in Sydney Australia, specialising in arts, events and locations.

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Just added a gallery of images from the launch event last night for Unscripted, an exhibition showing off the hidden talents of Wellington’s film industry - designers, crew, everyone from runners to drivers to top makeup artists and sculptors. 

Sir Richard Taylor and Gino Acevedo welcomed guests and artists to the event, heaps of the artists themselves were there as well of course!  Great night at the first floor gallery in the St James - I was happy to come on board as a supporting sponsor of the event to help these good folks out.

The exhibition is on until Saturday 9 Sept (except for Sunday), so do stop by & see what’s there - and most works are for sale, if they haven’t already been bought!


Unscripted Exhibition Opening 11 - Images by Robert Catto

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An estimated 1000 film technicians, directors, producers, actors and artists met tonight to discuss the situation surrounding the production of The Hobbit, which has been delayed and endangered by a worldwide actors boycott started by New Zealand Actors’ Equity / MEAA; a meeting of Equity was scheduled to take place the same evening, so it was decided to protest outside the meeting, which then failed to take place.

Having attended the meeting myself as an interested member of the film community (not as media), I agreed not to report on what was said; but the situation overall is not good.  Put it this way, if Sir Richard Taylor feels strongly enough about this to call an emergency meeting of the entire industry, well - that’s not a good sign.  We’ll see how it progresses from here, but I’m not optimistic myself.  It’s also telling that the meeting had so many concerned people from the industry in attendance, considering it was called in Miramar on only 3 hours’ notice

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And another Avatar video, this time talking to Jim about his vision for the whole planet…does look pretty cool overall!

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Okay - new Avatar trailer, but I still can’t see myself in any Biolab scenes…but there’s a lot more story in this one, and it’s drawing on Jim’s previous action films (by name-dropping all of them!), rather than just Titanic.  Much more promising than what I’ve seen of it so far - oh, and apparently it’s in 3D, as well?

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“What’s with the tan?” Cameron asked him. “No one’s supposed to have a tan here. We’re in here fourteen hours a day. We see the sun as we drive to work, and not again till the next morning.”

“I fell asleep by the pool in Vegas yesterday,” Landau said. Cameron looked appalled…