Screen Auckland works with a number of valued partners, which ensures a smooth connection with other regional film offices nationwide, and the wider screen industry. Our membership of international organisations provides assurance that film production teams will experience global best-practice, and highly ethical services in Auckland.
Regional film offices
- Film Auckland – the region’s industry advocate membership-based organisation
- Regional Film Offices New Zealand
- Economic Development Agencies New Zealand
- New Zealand Film Commission
- Department of Conservation – which permits filming on New Zealand’s conservation estate
Screen Industry guilds and associations
- Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand
- Women in Film and Television (WIFT) NZ
- Script to Screen
- Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa New Zealand
- New Zealand Cinematographers Society (NZCS)
- Nga Aho Whakaari
- New Zealand Writers Guild
- Equity New Zealand
- Actors Agents Association of New Zealand (AAANZ)
- New Zealand Advertising Producers Group (NZAPG)
- New Zealand Game Developers Association
- New Zealand Screen Association
- Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI)
- Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet)
- Asia Pacific Producers Network (APN)
Auckland’s newest screen production site and complex, Kumeu Film Studios totals 27ha (67 acres) and includes expansive facilities located just 25 minutes from the city centre.
Studio features include:
- stage area: 4036m2 (43,448ft2), 9m-11m (30ft-36ft) in height
- workshop and manufacture space/secondary stage area: 6160m2 (66,305ft2)
- production offices area: 1215m2 (13,084ft2) with fibre connection and Wi-Fi-fit out
- 2 water tanks – Underwater Dive Tank and Ocean Surface Tank – the only tanks of this size in New Zealand
- permanent green screen wall: 70.6m x 13m (231ft x 42ft) with a surface area of 920m2 (9900ft2)
- 2 sound stages: 2336.3m2 (25,000ft2) each
- 12ha (30 acre) forest backlot.
During ATEED’s 2015/16 year, we helped facilitate many of the numerous productions based in Auckland. These included the second season of hit Australian TV series 800 Words – a co-production with Auckland’s South Pacific Pictures, the country’s largest production company – and the second season of Executive Producer Rob Tapert and Starz Entertainment’s cult TV show Ash vs Evil Dead.
Auckland-based animation company HuHu Studios is working on the 3D movie Beast of Burden, a co-production with China Film Animation.
The BBC filmed a new season of Wanted Down Under around Auckland, with British families considering immigrating being shown what a new life in Auckland could be like.
The filming of Warner Brothers and China’s Gravity Pictures feature film MEG, which finished in late 2016, was a massive boost to Auckland’s screen industry.
Our screen team helped the production come to Auckland, where it was shot at Auckland Film Studios, a specially constructed site in Kumeu, and on location in the Hauraki Gulf out from Gulf Harbour, and the Tamaki Strait at Waitawa Bay on Auckland’s south-east coast.
If you’re of a sensitive disposition, the gruesome horror props dreamed up by Auckland special effects workshop Main Reactor are far too lifelike – or rather, deadlike. But this macabre realism has proved to be the company’s calling card for screen producers, spinning a success yarn of its own.
Husband and wife team Roger Murray and Felicity Letcher and their 20 technicians have provided props, costumes and stage sets to a long list of feature films and television shows – The Shannara Chronicles (MTV and Sonar Entertainment) and Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz Entertainment) among the latest. The company is a key contributor to Auckland’s screen production industry.
ATEED has helped Main Reactor achieve its growth ambitions and is connecting the workshop with potential overseas markets for an exciting new venture – using its world-leading prosthetics in the medical industry and emergency training.