What makes New Zealand a fertile ground for a filmmaking boon?
As a moviemaker you need to be resourceful and adaptable and perhaps due to our isolation -- or having to make do with what we have -- we Kiwis seem to be able to do a lot with a little.
On Friday, my film "Good for Nothing" -- the first Western shot entirely in New Zealand -- will be released in New York. We used the Kiwi landscapes as a stand-in for the Wild West, similar to the way Sergio Leone used Italy and Spain in his famous spaghetti Westerns from the '60s starring Clint Eastwood.
We were able to shoot our film on a budget of about $60,000, while getting all the high production values similar to a large studio-backed film. We weren't able to pay for large amounts of studio time, or the cost of re-creating the Wild West on set, so we had to use the actual landscapes...