Penny Black (Astra McLaren) in Napier

w/ Steadicam op Moehau Hodges-Tai and DOP Ben Woollen

Production Notes


Days Filming: 27

Weeks Shooting: 16 (2 full time)

Vehicles: 4 (3x Wicked Campers ~ Cast, Camera, Art Dept, and an RV for unit/production)

Cast: 38 (3 Principle, 10 Supporting, approximately 25 extras)

Crew: 10 (6 core crew)

Road Trip Distance: 1385Km

Police warnings : 3 (swinging hockey stick out window of the Zebra van, lying in van with no seat, recording sound in a suspicious manner)

Speeding tickets: 1 (plus 2 for in the week before filming)

Parking Tickets: 1 (Fiona made it as a prop)

Cars honking at us: 30+ (not sure why)

Highest number of takes: 14 (Hitting Cam Op Moehau in the head with a tennis Ball)


Penny Black Movie was filmed French New Wave style; we put a Red Camera on a Steadicam and followed talent around the North Island of New Zealand.


We shot with professional crew on locations that were determined on the road, and filmed real people in the background instead of extras (with their consent).


The result is an unusual mix of realism and absurdity.


~ Joe