The TV series I have been working on at Butobase, Ngāti NRL Series 9, premiers on Māori Television this Friday, 9 October, at 9pm.  If you are home, please watch it, if you are out, set your DVR to record it!

Ngāti NRL is a 13-part series that charts the aspirations of young Māori and Pacific Island rugby league players who have left New Zealand for Australia to follow their dreams of playing first division in the world’s toughest rugby league competition.  Stories follow individual players, relating their challenges, shortcomings, and successes as they move up the ranks from U20s and feeder clubs looking for their first grade break.  The format combines observational documentary and sports highlight formats, documenting trainings, home life, social interactions, and cut-downs of the games to chart their development into professional players.  The show is bilingual, with voice over is in Te Reo Māori (Māori language) with interviews mostly in English.

For this project, I edited a number of the game montages and player interview stories.  I also peformed all the episode finishing, including colour grade, final QC, checking for double-uped edits, bad cuts, glitches, adding basekeys, soundtrack, and layback.

We are presently working on Series 10, so stay tuned for more!

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