Welcome to Rams, filmed in and around the delightful town of Mount Barker, situated in the south west of Western Australia. Ian Brodie is a unit stills photographer attached to this motion picture. Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Wayne Blair, Leon Ford, Travis McMahon, Asher Keddie, Hayley McElhinney, Kipan Rothbury and newcomers Asher Yasbincek and Will McNeil co-star for director Jeremy Sims. The Jeremy Sims (Last Cab to Darwin, Wayne) directed film commenced its shoot on Monday, October 1 in Mount Barker and surrounding areas in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Rams is produced by WBMC’s Janelle Landers and Aidan O’Bryan, written by Jules Duncan, and will be distributed by Roadshow Films.
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Next week I return to Mesna in Norway, to take part in Birkebeinerspelet 2018. The following is an interview I undertook for the programme. Photographer and author Ian Brodie has many years’ experience in the film industry. He has specialised in film location tourism, and has published a number of location guidebooks that showcase the beautiful places in his native New Zealand where both the the Lord of the Rings and the The Hobbit film trilogies were shot. In 2012 he was invited to speak at a film tourism conference in Lillehammer, having never been to Norway before. At the conference he met representatives from the Norwegian film industry including Paradox Film. In 2014 they asked him to be unit stills photographer on Birkebeinerne. The rest, as they say, is history. Ian now spends many months every year in Norway working on a number of varied projects. – I fell in love with Norway immediately, says Brodie. – To me, it was a lot like home, like New Zealand, another Middle-earth, but with a long history and a broad mythology that actually inspired Tolkien. – The people, too, are similar: sensible, practical, reserved till you get to know them, but […]
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When I was 14 I read The Lord of the Rings and I couldn’t put the book down. When I discovered that New Zealand was going to be the location for Middle-earth in the film adaption I began to consider that there might be a few people who would like to know where the locations were.
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Being a unit stills photographer on set is one of the most exciting aspects of my work. I love the process of film making and how so many people with just extraordinarily varied talents work together cohesively as a team to create movie magic. Watching a film being created is an aspect few people can experience. I consider myself very fortunate.
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