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  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and I have a special post due tomorrow from one of the TV journalists featured on Onscreen. I trust you'll find it interesting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • barnaclebarnes,

    Great work on NZ On Screen. I would love to see some kind of license employed for all new work that gets NZ On Air funding whereby it has to be put into some form of Creative Commons License after 15 years. After all most content doesn't have a long commercial shelf life but the cultural importance of the work as an entire body is something that we need to curate and allow access to future generations.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    i follow a particular tweet so i was lucky enough to see NZonScreen last night.

    Spot On is absolutely classic, as is the episode of After School, "MaoriMind".

    i say well done to all involved. it's a great site, looks slick, and is easy to use.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I would love to see some kind of license employed for all new work that gets NZ On Air funding whereby it has to be put into some form of Creative Commons License after 15 years. After all most content doesn't have a long commercial shelf life but the cultural importance of the work as an entire body is something that we need to curate and allow access to future generations.

    Yep. Even though it's appeared as a buzzword in the Digital Strategy, CC is still a sell to most stakeholders -- not necessarily a hard sell, but something that needs to be explained -- and marketed. Hopefully what we've been able to do will help a little.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Pah! Low quality spending destined for Mr. Key's razor gang!

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2214 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    NZ Onscreen, the living archive of New Zealand television and film

    Eeeeeeee! I am doing a lot of squeaking today, but this is great!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Oops. Hit "Post Reply" to soon. I should have added - that was the comment of my erudite, talented but extremely right wing advertising friend.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2214 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    Absolutely brilliant. A fantastic resource that I'll be pointing my Social Studies teaching wife at for sure.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Just noticed (in the photo gallery) a picture of the Redferns house.I remember my parents attending the Gloss Auction when it finished.It had many bargains. They still have the matching lights shown at the top and bottom of the stairs in the photo. I am constantly reminded of Gloss every visit home :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Sooo good to see these potential uses becoming actual and good to know you're aboard to get them there the good way Russell...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Wow - Patu! - the poster always claims "you may even be in it" - but I never had a chance to actually look at the crowd scenes in detail

    I once saw it at an anti-apartheid film festival in Berkeley CA in the old UC theatre (same place they did the live Rocky Horror midnight show) - I never really knew any kiwis in the US, we were few and far between - but when Muldoon made an appearance in the film there were scattered boos in the dark from around the theatre

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Media 7 was great. A very good evening at the filming, and I'm sure the show will be just as much fun for those at home.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Christiaan,

    Shame it's in Flash.

    London, UK • Since Dec 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    This is the best thing to hapen since ages ago.

    Does this mean NZOA is gonna re-brand? Raises an interesting question: where does NZOA really want NZ to be?

    A: On air
    B: On screen
    C: On speaker-cones
    D: I don't care where, as long as -

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    ...

    D: Just on

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen,

    <quote> you'll take advantage of the search engine optimisation built into the platform. You will do better in Google -- and it's free. </i>

    If i'll do better in Google, why use madefromnewzealand.com then?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen,

    'quote', 'italics'...there's too many!

    Auckland • Since Apr 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    You will do better in Google

    Meaning you as a company will rank higher in Google results, not that you as a searcher should use MFNZ instead of Google.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen,

    <i> Meaning you as a company will rank higher in Google results, not that you as a searcher should use MFNZ instead of Google. </i>

    Ooooooooooooh. Ta.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Don't worry. I got wrong-footed exactly the same way the first time I read it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Don't worry. I got wrong-footed exactly the same way the first time I read it.

    Thanks for the heads-up -- I've clarified that part of the post.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    This is the best thing to hapen since ages ago.

    Does this mean NZOA is gonna re-brand?

    No, but I think it's a major step in NZOA taking up the opportunities offered by the internet. The NZOA board was also commendably patient about it taking a little while for Onscreen to reach critical mass.

    The website was basically finished a while ago -- it's been securing the content that's been a long road, but I hope now that it's there, rights owners will see what it's all about.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Media 7 was great. A very good evening at the filming, and I'm sure the show will be just as much fun for those at home.

    Yep -- it's striking how much it adds to the show when there's a buzz in the audience.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Shame it's in Flash.

    It will still be in flash, but the latest [application redacted] will at least let you save it to your hard drive...

    [I'm not on commission - promise]

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I'm at home, sick. I just watched Gloss and I loved it!

    The big thing was just the pleasure of being able to enjoy an entire episode. Previously I'd only seen clips, and most of them were presented in a "Gah! Look how crazy things were in the '80s!!!!" So it's nice to be able to just get over the giant hair, shoulder pads and glasses and gleefully wallow in the drama.

    It's fun seeing famous names popping up. Brad Refern is The Guy Who Did The Telecom Voiceovers For Years, Carla the lawyer is Diedre Chambers from Muriel's Wedding ("What a coincidence!"). The episode was written by Rosemary McLeod, with Maxine dressed by Trelise Cooper (in her pre-flowncy days).

    Technology. We know Chelsea is a badass cool girl cos she's listening to a yellow Walkman. Every desk in the Gloss office has a typewriter. There's only one computer (probably the designer's!). In one scene, Magda is hung up on and does that phone hook tapping thing that people used to do in movies. You don't see that any more. Oh, and Commodore is one of the sponsors.

    The show seems to be filled out with many actors who speak in lovely mellifluous actorly voices. I think it wasn't until Shortland Street came along (a mere 5 years later) that people felt more comfortable speaking and hearing more ordinary NZ accents on the telly.

    Worst acting - Alex, played by model Brigette Berger. Especially in the scenes when she was arguing with Alistair Redfern, it sounded like someone had underlined the words in her script that she NEEDED to EMPHASISE. But she was very pretty and glamourous.

    I'll tell you what's weird - seeing panoramic shots of Auckland city and not quite being able to figure out where it is because the Sky Tower isn't there as a handy becon.

    Best lines:

    "Brad, when are we going to tell your mother about the baby?"

    "Who did your hair? A progressive kindergarten?"

    "God forbid that Paris fashion should cater to a Nigaraguan [Bianca Jagger]! They're barely out of the jungle!"

    Also, I love the crazy/motivated Gemma. She was my favourite back in the '80s too.

    My only complaint - the split between the end of part 4 and the closing credits. It totally ruined the dramatic underscoring that the closing theme tune provided to the shocking final scene!

    Also: MOAR EPISODES PLZ!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

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