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Digital Film Making

I tailor my courses to fit the school's curricular and programme needs. I take all participants from concept through pre-production, production to post production and final release/ delivery to a designated audience(s. With my own film making kit in conjunction with school and community resources we use what hard and software we have to: INCREASE SKILL LEVELS CREATE TEAM PARTICIPATION/ WORK ETHIC MAKE FILM/ART FOR DESIGNATED AUDIENCES

Artist Information

Barry Thomas


Phone: 04 3841674 or 027 7473748

Email: barthom33@hotmail.com


I am a professional artist and film maker. I have concentrated increasingly over the last decade and a half on community and arts education... more people, less commerce.

I trained at the National Film Unit as a film cameraman. I studied fine arts at Ilam, Christchurch under Rudi Gopaz. I ran my own film, video company from 1983 till 2000 - YETI productions where I was awarded five ITVA awards, Best Car Ad 1993 (Gold Axis) and invented a new form of art - rADz - radical art advertisements. I managed to sell 120 of these provocative, haiku short films to TV4 and the Sundance Channel to screen across the schedule in otherwise unpaid ad time - giving the mainly younger film makers exposure to large audiences. rADz were internationally acclaimed through participation and invitations to speak at many festivals in UK, Italy, France in 2000 and 2001.

I also paint, have always made art and sculpture. I was recently included in the history of Wellington sculpture book for my 1978 planting of Cabbages - as a work of art, initiating the Artists co-op etc. I am subject of the doctorate Marcel Duchamp's influence on New Zealand art. I created the re-branding of Cuba street into the region - CUBA and ran two carnivals in the nineties.

I make my own paints and run paint making and painting workshops/ classes.

Between 2000 and 2004 I made around 200 short films in mainly poorer communities and mainly working with youth throughout the UK and was awarded a Tokyo video festival award for one of these.

I offer two artists in schools "classes"...

1. Film making - digitally based. I take students from concept to DVD output and everything in between. (to be taylored for each school - high school and or primary). The courses use my film making expertise gained in communities here and abroad to increase skills, develop teams and working ethics of participants.

2. Paint making and painting. The antithesis of digial media! This "school" has run successfully at the school of mines in Thames and at the Aro Valley Community centre in Wellington where I now live. We simply source and make our own paints from local earth clays then on specially sourced paper pulp card - paint to our hearts content. This is a very messy, fun, rewarding process for all aged participants giving them personal access to simple art making techniques and processes... a real return to basics! It is very empowering to not have to buy expensive art products.

I have many refferences, Police checks (NZ and UK) and am willing to speak, present teach, and taylor my skills to fit your educational timeframes and needs. I am also available to upskill your staff in film making skills should they desire.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Visual Arts

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Film making using animation - claymation, computer graphics, cell animation (drawing/painting) to stop motion. I also love making drama, comedy, documentary and have made manifold music clips from soul to hiphop - often creating new music en route.

Languages Spoken: English, Some French

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Nelson, Wellington, West Coast, National

Space and Resources Required: Microphone, camera(s) editing hard and software, Materials, Microphone, Datashow, Computer, DVD player

Indicative Costs:

  • $neg per hour

Mode of Delivery: In class daily/weekly and Staff training as well, Presentation, Workshop, Performance

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori


Specialises in documentary style portraits, generally community-based projects. Exhibited widely in West Auckland and Edinburgh Scotland.
Currently working on picture story project on global democracy, travelled to Argentina to photograph and interview socialist activists.
Excellent communication skills, committed to social justice.
Have experience in running workshops for children, taught darkroom stills. Still using film (anologue), no digital experience.
Work part time at Corban Estate Art Centre as exhibition assistant.
Have an HND in Photography gained in Edinburgh Scotland.
Commissioned to produce portraits most recently by Waitakere City Council.Please visit this website for more details:http://www.ceac.org.nz/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/exhibitions_2006.aspx

Programme Information


Thames South School GREY STREET, THAMES NZ Phone 07 8686594 Fax 07 8686170 Barry Thomas and Catherine Allison of BAC ART were invited to work with selected children from each of the Thames Cluster schools on a movie project to complete several short films using the students as researchers, script writers, actors, lighting and camera operators and finally film editing. Barry’s moviemaking skills combined with Catherine’s drama and writing abilities created the perfect team to enable these young budding actors to not only learn about this art form but also create a series of short films which started from scratch on the Monday and were completed on disc a week later. The experience was described as “AWESOME” by the students and totally inspired their fellow classmates to put up their hand next year to have a go at becoming an actor and film maker. Mike Lander, Principal, Thames South School Vorry Mahal Community coordinator Aro Valley 04 3848499 Dr. Vicky Compton Senior research fellow Auckland UNiversity 04 8024353

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

Photos of Relevant Work by This Artist

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