If you haven’t heard of it, Loading Docs is a short-film project full of “small stories which pack a big punch”.
The initiative, funded by NZ On Air and made with support from The New Zealand Film Commission, is back for the third-year running.
It sees 10 film-makers get the opportunity to work with some of New Zealand’s best in their field to make three-minute documentaries to fit a theme – this year’s theme being “change”.
Loading Docs’ co-founder and executive producer Julia Parnell is an award-winning producer and documentary director who works with the film-makers on the project.
Gina can’t see, is bedbound and has to avoid light and sound as they are painful to her eyes and ears.
The story of Loading Docs began in 2010. Julia Parnell was a documentary producer striking out on her own with a new company called Notable Pictures, seeking new opportunities to make creative documentaries, inspired by the possibilities online.
I had just started my PhD in Melbourne, where I was exploring multi-platform and trans-media documentary production. Here in New Zealand we seemed very far behind, slow to embrace the opportunities of online content.