Media Design School Student Film Recognized Nationally and Internationally

“Over The Moon”, a film created by students and faculty from the Media Design School, has been selected for the prestigious Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego July 24-27 and has also been recognized as a finalist for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s Best Short Film Competition.

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival showcases the very best films in their genre from around the world. Director James Cunningham (“Shelved”, “Rotting Hill”) and writer/creator Karl Wills from Media Design School will attend as invited speakers. Cunningham, a senior 3D lecturer at the Auckland-based school, was quick to congratulate the 15 Media Design School students and New Zealand film industry contributors who brought the project to life including musician Gray Bartlett (“Return of Zero Man”), composer Jason Smith and the actors; Anna Jullienne (“Shortland Street”), Calum Gittins, David Van Horn and Damien Avery.

“’Over The Moon‘ was Media Design School’s most ambitious project to date, with 15 Bachelor of Art and Design students working for 23 weeks and 18,000 hours to complete the film. Achieving this recognition from Comic-Con is incredible and a testament to the hard work and creativity of the faculty, students and industry partners who worked on this project,”

says Cunningham.

Several of the students who worked on the film have just been snapped up by Weta Digital where they will work on the last of “The Hobbit” trilogy.

With more than 130,000 visitors pouring through Comic-Con’s doors each day, the four-day entertainment convention is the largest event of its kind in the world. It is also an opportunity for fans to hear the latest film and television announcements, often from the stars themselves.

Closer to home, “Over The Moon” will make its New Zealand premiere in the New Zealand International Film Festival after it was selected as a finalist for Best Short by Andrew Adamson (“Mr Pip”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”).