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Student horror film breaks new ground

Oct 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, News

THE Blair Witch Project and TV2 programme 20/20 have inspired three Porirua students to create their own horror film.

Budding Aotea College film-maker Corey Fuimaono was joined by classmates Shea McBride and Danny Bultitude to create The Botanical Hanging Tree.

Fuimaono said the mockumentary film was based around a news show and two paranormal investigators.

Last week The Botanical Hanging Tree won the Best Foreign Film category at Kapiti College’s version of the Oscars, the Koscars.

It won in the foreign category because Fuimaono, McBride and Baltitude were not from Kapiti College.

Aotea College head of media studies Laura Gage said the students put in long hours at night and during weekends.

“They made their own way to the Botanic Gardens, where it was set,” she said.

“When they felt footage was not up to standard they would go back in and try again.”

Gage said the movie was not quite what she expected when she set her class an assignment to make a documentary.

“They wanted to make something different and funny,” she said

“The movie was technically just flawless… you can see aspects of their personalities in the finished product.”

Fuimaono said the film would be available to view on YouTube this week.

He has applied to do a film course at the Southern Institute of Technology so he can become a professional film-maker.

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering Porirua, Titahi Bay, Mana and Plimmerton. He has a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University.
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