MARK LAPWOOD ACS | DIRECTOR | CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mark grew up in New Zealand developing a passion for photography as a youngster. His career began as a sixteen year old Press Photographer, learning the art of storytelling with images.

His career now spans almost thirty years and multiple countries. He's won numerous awards internationally for feature films, commercials, music videos and documentaries.

In 2006 his passion, commitment and high quality work earned him the honour of Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) accreditation.

‘Eclipse’ his debut short film as Director/Cinematographer shot on the streets of Mumbai won several awards, most notably an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft (Cinematography)’ in 2007.

His work has played at film festivals internationally including Tribeca, Cannes, Toronto, Honolulu, Rhode Island, Palm Springs, Espression en Corto in Mexico, Sydney and New Zealand with exhibition screenings at MoMa in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Mark returned to New Zealand after living overseas for 20 years to embark on his passion project ‘Soul Places’, bringing a deeper message about the beauty of nature and humanity to the world. He now lives in Auckland with his partner Christine.
 

You can view 'Eclipse' (9m40s) here: http://www.marklapwoodacs.com/

 
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MICHAEL ASKILL | COMPOSER

Michael Askill has composed music for Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company (“Free Radicals”, “Salome”, “Air and Other Invisible Forces”) as well as occasions such as the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Opening of the National Museum of Australia and a recent New York launch for Tiffany & Co. 

He has a number of solo CDs and contributed to the “Buddha-Radiant Awakening” CD released as part of the current exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

He is Artistic Director of Synergy Percussion, Australia’s longest established contemporary music ensemble whose recent performances include appearances in Hannover for Expo 2000 and festivals in Warsaw and Geneva in 2001.

He was Musical Director for the Reconciliation Concert in the Sydney Opera House and in October 2001 was Musical Director of “pulse:heart:beat”, a Melbourne Festival concert in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Michael was formerly Principal Percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Head of the Percussion Department at the Canberra School of Music.

 
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AMY MOLLOY | PRODUCER

 

 

If you ever find yourself on a mountainside with a camera crew, fading light and blizzard fast approaching Amy’s the producer you want with you. 

Part producer, part aqua girl Amy has 16 years experience working in one of the toughest environments there is… the film and television industry.

In that time she has worked both in front and behind the camera, wearing a licorice allsorts of hats – producer (VFX, post, animation, digital, agency & line), actor, director, 1st AD, marketing and sponsorship.

Amy has produced everything from cinema to digital for some of the largest and most successful advertising agencies and clients in Australasia. Including banks, FMCG, telecommunications and retail. 

Amy’s experience and passion for storytelling doesn’t stop there. Frackman, a feature length documentary, she collaborated on about coal seam gas mining and fracking was released in early 2015, and she is about to depart on a research trip to Tonga for a mini-documentary about Cetacean aided Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (don’t ask, it’s something to do with whales, dolphins and healing). 

Inspired by New Zealand and Australia’s spectacular landscapes and the people who live in them, she has all the skills to bring Soul Places to life. Even if that means piggybacking Mark and crew down a slippery mountainside in a snowstorm. She will always go the extra mile to ensure the job gets done in the face of adversity, because she believes in the cause.

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