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Full time staff Gerben Cath – School Director Gerben joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1966 as a trainee Set Designer and became Design Supervisor at CHTV3 during the changeover to colour television and the Commonwealth Games in 1974. After being awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant to study overseas Gerben graduated from the Nederlands Film Academy and worked in the Belgium and Dutch Film industry as a feature film editor before returning to work in New Zealand as a Director. After initially directing documentaries for South Pacific Television Gerben formed his own production company Arcadian Films Ltd which produced over 200 TV commercials and promotional videos. He also directed numerous international kidult television series and action-adventure tele-feature films including “Flying Kiwi” and “Skycrane” for Portland productions UK; “My Strange Uncle” for IMAX USA, “Anagram” and “Counter Strike” for USA Cable TV; “Space Knights” for TVNZ; “The Early Bird Show” for TV3 and and educational programmes including the “Dorothy Butler Video Books” series. Recently Gerben was Executive Producer for three years of “Suzy’s World” children’s science programmes for TV3.

Nerida Cath General Manager, Administration

Kobus Schoeman

Film and Television Course Director

Following extensive television broadcasting and academic careers in South Africa, Kobus relocated to New Zealand in 2008. Positions in news and current affairs at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) included news bulletin editor, features editor, executive producer of the breakfast show Good Morning South Africa (GMSA) and later programme manager of GMSA and the magazine programme 6-on1. A freelance career in corporate, promotional and educational video productions followed after leaving the SABC. Extended freelancing in media production (print and electronic), marketing, advertising and corporate communications provided an appreciation of how effective media synergy can be in communication. Kobus holds a master’s degree in International Politics (University of Pretoria, South Africa). Current research and personal development interests involve Media Industry (broadcasting/production trends and media ethics, media law and media landscape); Cinematography (history, CGI and production trends); Media Education and Skills Training; Photojournalism; and Creative Writing.

David Coddington Associate Director David is a Bachelor of Science graduate with extensive teaching experience to bursary and scholarship levels. He taught science and drama in both England and New Zealand before leaving teaching in 1979 to train as a theatre director with Raymond Hawthorne through Theatre Corporate Workshops. In 1986 he became a trainee director at Mercury Theatre while completing his post graduate Film Studies and in 1989 he was appointed Resident Director of Mercury Theatre. His directing credits include the successful productions, ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’ and ‘Equus’.

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Nerida has worked as a Producer at Arcadian Films on numerous television commercials, corporate videos and documentaries before going to work at TV3 and Kids TV as Production manager for children’s television programmes such as “You and Me”, starring Suzy Cato and “The Early Bird Show”. In 1993 Nerida returned to work at Arcadian Films and South Seas Studios. In 1994 she took on the Business Management and Administration responsibilities of South Seas Film & TV School. Recently Nerida also managed to produce the community police children TV series “Bryan and Bobby”


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Full time staff Greg Chapman Animation Course Director and Tutor Greg Chapman is an experienced animator and artist whose work ranges from animator to designer to production supervision. Greg has worked in all these capacities for various leading New Zealand Animation Studios in a wide range of interesting animated programmes including:- Flux Animation Studio “Stains Down Drains” 2006 TV Series – Animator 1st Episode, Firehorse Films, “Bro Town TV Series – Animator (3) episodes & Cleanup Supervisor (4) episodes, Anim8 Productions “ Dave the Barbarian” Disney TV Series – Clean Up Director 12 Episodes. Greg is also an experienced tutor of Animation and Drawing who enjoys creating course material and tutoring that deliver effective outcomes for students.

John Givins – On Screen Acting Course Director and Tutor / Studio Directing Tutor John is one of the industry’s most colourful and energetic stage and screen directors. After initially training as a stage actor/director, he joined the TVNZ Avalon Production department in 1982 and worked on a wide variety of studio productions. In 1985 he directed a number of “Country GP” and “Seeker” drama series episodes, and gained a best drama director nomination in that year’s GOFTA awards. In subsequent years, he directed many episodes of the pioneering “Open Home” drama series and then became producer of the successful “Kaleidoscope” Arts doco series as well as producing and/ or directing numerous productions such as the “1989 Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards”, “RTR Countdown”, “Laughinz” and “3.45 Live” children’s show etc. Since leaving TVNZ in 1989, John has worked on contract for various production companies/broadcasters including Communicado, Kids TV, VIDCOM, TV3 and South Pacific Television. He has built up formidable experience in all aspects of television production including directing the successful “Shortland Street” television soap series.

Marco Hidalgo – Digital Photography Course Director and Tutor Marco Hidalgo has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and a travel writer since 2003. His passion for photography started after graduating from Universidad IberoAmericana, in Mexico with a BA degree in Graphic Design, Art history and Photography. Marco then worked as a university photography professor for 3 years before starting work as a professional photographer. Using a 4”x5” large format camera to shoot transparency film for advertising work he went on to build his own large commercial photography studio in Mexico City. Soon he was lighting large sets with 6000 w/s of Norman power packs and multiple flash heads and his client list grew to include many top international companies including Esteé Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle Foods, Clinique, Dove, Tommy, Bausch & Lomb and Coca-Cola. In 1993-94 he travelled abroad to attend lectures and photography workshops in New York while further extending his commercial photography skills in various NY city studios. Marco’s strong interests in travel, the outdoors and writing then inspired him to expand his documentary and travel photography skills. In 2003 he started publishing his own travel articles and 6 years later he has published over 160 travel articles and has Air New Zealand and Aero Mexico amongst his many travel clients. Thanks to meeting his Kiwi wife Tara during his travels he came to live in New Zealand where he has been drawn back to teaching photography because of his ongoing commitment to providing quality training to young people wanting to learn the rewarding craft of photography.

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Full time staff Jenny Stark – TV Production Tutor Jenny joined TVNZ Dunedin in 1981 as Producer’s Assistant on a variety of programmes such as ‘Spot On,’ and ‘World of Sport’ and then joined the The Natural History Unit as Production Manager on ‘Wild South’ documentaries such as Kakapo and Yellow Eyed Penguin. In 1987 Jenny joined the Eyewitness News team in Auckland and also worked on ‘60 Minutes,’ ‘Assignment,’ ‘Marae’ and ‘Waka Huia,’ before working for TV1 on outside broadcasts, such as the Olympics and World Cup Rugby. After going freelance in the late 1990’s Jenny worked for various production companies and projects such as the TV3 children’s science series ‘Suzy’s World’ before joining South Seas in 2005.

Ben Jones Camera, Lighting and Audio Tutor After graduating from South Seas as a Camera Operator, Ben worked in the industry for over 10 years. He has had an interesting career so far and has worked on feature films and commercials, music videos, corporate videos, short films, reality television, documentaries, sports coverage, news and even occasionally getting to work on big American shows. Ben has mainly developed his skills in the camera department, working as a professional camera assistant as well as an operator and director of photography. Over the last three years he has also worked in the lighting and sound departments.

Paula Jones

Documentary Development Tutor & Curriculum Advisor Paula is a trained teacher and Bachelor of Arts graduate with Diplomas in Drama, Design and Film Studies. She taught English, Media Studies and Drama to scholarship levels before joining TVNZ in 1989 as location researcher and storyliner for the “Holiday” series. She was promoted to Public Relations and during the Commonwealth games seconded to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as researcher, production coordinator and storyliner. Paula joined South Seas in 1994.

Santo Giuliano – Assistant Tutor

Post Production

Santo originally trained in the mid 80’s and then worked in Multi-media in Canberra, Australia. In 2007 he decided to upgrade his skills in film and television production at South Seas. After majoring in Post Production, Santo was invited to stay on at South Seas as an assistant tutor. His job at South Seas includes technical operations and mentoring of students to help them gain the skills they will need in the industry. Santo finds it very satisfying when the students have learned enough technical skills so they can then concentrate on their creativity.

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Full time staff Allie Simpson – Art Department Tutor Allie is a qualified Adult Tutor and Assessor with a certificate in Commercial Art. She began her career in 1995 working in the art department on quick turn around television productions and commercials. Working on such productions as “Shortland Street”, “Sale of the Century” to Comedy Productions and main stream commercials. Allie also runs her own Design business and has designed Product Lunches, national campaigns and live shows for Corporate Clients including New Zealand Lotteries Commission and L’Oreal New Zealand. In conjunction with her television career she has taught to diploma level in subjects including design for special effects and Conceptual design, holding the position of head of Department for Special Effects Make Up and Production Make Up. Allie joined SouthSeas in 2003 to establish and run the Art Department.

Jono –

Post Production Tutor

Geoff is a highly motivated and much-nominated animation artist. Having trained in New Zealand and Australia, Geoff began his animation career in 2001 at Slightly Off Beat Animation (later to become Anim8). More recently he was employed with Walt Disney Animation in Sydney where he worked on six animated feature films, including “Brother Bear 2”, “Cinderella 3” and Mickey, Donald and Goofy’s “The Three Musketeers.” Geoff says his favourite part of animation is when a character that he has been working on (sometimes for months at a stretch) as a series of hand drawn pictures, finally comes to life and starts moving around and acting with a life of their own. “It’s very rewarding to finally see the result of all of the hard work you and the other artists have put in.”

Dennis Brooks – Script Writing Dennis developed his love for theatre while earning his BA in English Literature at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. During his four years of study he performed in more than 30 stage plays and then spent a year in New York acting and writing plays. After moving to Los Angeles, California Dennis attended UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV, where he graduated with an MFA in Playwriting. At UCLA he played one of the lead roles in director Luis Meza’s feature film, “Staccato Purr…” In 2004 Dennis made his play “Goodnight Joseph Parker” into a feature film, starring Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Dennis has also been a freelance screenwriting instructor, a film competition judge and has been a panellist at the Global Entertainment and Media Summit. In addition to “Goodnight Joseph Parker”, Dennis has also written screenplays for “The Organ Donor”, “The Sissy Show” (television pilot) and “House of Buggin” (comedy/variety show).

Geoff Ind –

Animation Tutor

Geoff is a highly motivated and much-nominated animation artist. Having trained in New Zealand and Australia, Geoff began his animation career in 2001 at Slightly Off Beat Animation (later to become Anim8). More recently he was employed with Walt Disney Animation in Sydney where he worked on six animated feature films, including “Brother Bear 2”, “Cinderella 3” and Mickey, Donald and Goofy’s “The Three Musketeers.” Geoff says his favourite part of animation is when a character that he has been working on (sometimes for months at a stretch) as a series of hand drawn pictures, finally comes to life and starts moving around and acting with a life of their own. “It’s very rewarding to finally see the result of all of the hard work you and the other artists have put in.” SOUTHSEAS|67


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Full time staff

Lauren Clarke –

Promotions Manager

Lauren joined the South Seas team in April 2006. She comes with a varied employment history and most recently worked in the print media industry. Lauren is an essential member of our marketing team and the contact person for our popular Intro courses. She is also our high school and STAR Liason officer and an integral member of our administration staff.

Kathy Golds – Accounts / Administration Kathy came to the school in December 2001 having spent the previous 10 years in an Auckland Chartered Accountants’ practice preparing annual accounts and tax returns for a wide range of businesses.

Kent Nolan IT Assistant

Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly.

Kent comes from a strong IT background and joined the South Seas team at the end of 2009. He enjoys team-working closely with Matt Dwen to ensure that the schools IT requirements are met and troubleshooting where his illogical logic comes in handy. Kent also enjoys working on challenging projects for business or creative media application, just for fun.

Tonie Hands – Student Liason and Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly.

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Her role at the school involves tracking student fee transactions, payment of wages and suppliers, day-to-day banking transactions and preparing accounts for management and annual audit purposes.

Alejandro Davila – Student Liason and Reception Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly. students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the


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Part time staff Haare Williams – Rongo Course Founder/Director Coming out of teaching and into the radio broadcasting, television news and current affairs arena, Haare Williams then pioneered Maori Radio as the GM of Aotearoa Radio. He has worked closely with iwi claimant communities collecting and preparing oral testimonies for presentation before the Waitangi Tribunal and this in turn lead to his work as a facilitator in oral histories working with iwi groups and for The NZ Libraries. Haare is a published poet, Watties Book Awards judge, and has held five solo art exhibitions. He has worked with the former Race Relations Office to deal with issues of cultural sensitivity, was a two term city Councillor in Papakura and a member of

the Board of Governors for Queen Victoria School. He was an Executive Director of the New Zealand 1990 Commission especially responsible for waka construction and their assembly at Waitangi in 1990, and is currently the Chairperson of ProMa, the Maori advisory committee to ProCare. For five years, Haare held the position of Pae Arahi, “The first in the country,” as he put it, at Auckland’s UNITEC. Now an independent consultant in Maori aspects of education, health, business, art and the media, he is the Course Leader of our Mahi a Rongo – Maori Film & Television Broadcasting course and South Seas Kaumatua.

Jamie Gardner - Editing Tutor - Technical Operations - Profile Jamie Gardner is one of those multi-talented people who thrives on complicated challenges and he certainly gets plenty of those as he designs, builds and maintains all the post production and technical resources at South Seas while at the same time enjoying the creative challenges of working freelance as an editor. Jamie

completed the 2000 South Seas FTV course and was encouraged to develop his multi-skills by Rob Verhoeven his editing tutor who also enjoyed both technical and creative challenges. Since then Jamie has edited a wide range of top rating NZ TV shows and worked as outside broadcast engineer for various national and international productions.

Somehow he has also found time to set up Group 6 Technology, an innovative broadcasting technical design and installation company with partner Matt Dwen. His continued support and dedication to South Seas has enabled the school to develop its advanced industry post production and technical support facilities.

Maya Dalziel – Onscreen Acting Tutor Following three years, experience as a Primary School Teacher Maya began a thirty-year career within Professional Theatre, Film and Television. In these fields she been employed as an actor, tutor in Acting Skills, Theatre Director, Casting Director, and Child Actor Coach on location. She is currently working freelance as a Professional Actor and Acting Skills Tutor.

Maya has had experience in private practice as a student counsellor followed by a further years, experience once graduated. During this time she has also been employed part-time as Supervisor of the acting team within the Undergraduate Medical Education Programme for the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at The University of Auckland.

After graduating with a Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling in 2003

Mike Westgate – Audio Recording One of New Zealand’s most experienced sound recordists’ who has worked on a multitude of Kiwi feature films, television documentaries, dramas and commercials. His credits include “Smash Palace”, “Angel Mine”, “Starlight Hotel”, “Soldier’s Tale”,

Sean Rundle – Camera, Lighting Sean Rundle is a lighting cameraman with wide experience in both multi and single camera shooting. He has completed assignments both in New Zealand and overseas in documentaries, news gathering, comedy, drama and corporate programme making. While based in the United Kingdom for two years, Sean completed a wide variety of assignments, including jobs

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for Greenpeace, London Weekend Television, Carlton TV, TF1 and Virgin Vision. His recent work includes; “The Topp Twins” TV Special, which was nominated for the 1994 TV awards, “That Comedy Show”, “Clash of the Codes”, “Shortland Street”, “Plainclothes”, “Suzy’s World” and “Jackson’s Wharf” as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos.

“Quiet Earth” plus over 60 documentary credits for major TV networks including CBS, NBC, PBS, and the BBC. In recent years, Mike has serviced a large volume of episodic drama shot in New Zealand for North American productions, totalling 193 episodes

which include 80 episodes of “Hercules The Legendary Journeys”. Mike has been at the forefront of developing the New Zealand use of the latest overseas advances in audio recording technology, especially in the field


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Full time staff

Lauren Clarke –

Promotions Manager

Lauren joined the South Seas team in April 2006. She comes with a varied employment history and most recently worked in the print media industry. Lauren is an essential member of our marketing team and the contact person for our popular Intro courses. She is also our high school and STAR Liason officer and an integral member of our administration staff.

Kent Nolan – IT Assistant Kent comes from a strong IT background and joined the South Seas team at the end of 2009. He enjoys team-working closely with Matt Dwen to ensure that the schools IT requirements are met and troubleshooting where his illogical logic comes in handy.

Tonie

Kent also enjoys working on challenging projects for business or creative media application, just for fun.

– Student Liason and

Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly.

Jeanine – Student Liason and Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly.

Jodie – Student Liason and Reception Tonie started in November 2007 as the receptionist at South Seas. Her smiling face is usually the first one to greet students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the day, and generally keeping the South Seas wheels running smoothly. students and visitors when they come to the South Seas campus. Tonie’s job includes answering the phone, welcoming visitors, keeping track of where students and staff are during the


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