Alex Galvin

Film tutor

Students are involved in all aspects of a horror movie being directed by tutor and local film-maker Alex Galvin.

Pre-production. Storyboarding. Location scouting. Photography. Live action shooting. Visual effects. Poster design. Marketing and promotion.

“They’re getting a taste of all the different jobs in the film industry and seeing what works for them,” says Alex.

The film has the backing of Hollywood film producers, who visited WelTec twice in 2015 to develop the project and give advice to students.

“In our industry, what’s really important is that you have a real passion, that you’re reliable and that you’re good at what you do. You can learn those skills here," says Alex.

“If you have specific passions, this opportunity can help you really tailor those so you can work towards them in the film industry.”

The Kiwi director’s 2013 sci-fi thriller Eternity won awards at the Madrid International Film Festival, California Film Awards and was screened at the Cannes Antipodes, St Tropez Antipodes and Boston Science Fiction film festivals

“The best bit about it is that we’re working on feature films, we’re working on a finished film. These are not exercises so it gives the students something they can really aim towards,” says Alex.

Part of the programme involves students making props for the film. They’ll be working with WelTec tutor Gareth McGhie who was previously a workshop supervisor at Weta Workshop. He worked on major blockbusters including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, King Kong and Avatar.

“It’s such a unique opportunity and most educational establishments don’t have this kind of opportunity. I certainly didn’t when I was studying many years ago,” says Alex.

“One of the huge benefits for students is that once they graduate, they will have a feature film credit on their CV.”