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Romance is just another world away
Starting out: Amit Jain is about to start filming his first feature-length film.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By EMMA WHITTAKER
A novice film director hopes his
romantic comedy will have what it
takes to make it big.
Production is about to get under
way on Amit Jain's QOM.
The feature-length original film
tells the story of a computer hacker
who finds love online with a woman
from another world.
It's a combination of science fic-
tion and fantasy but ultimately it's
a romantic comedy. In today's
world, everybody is so stressed. I
want to make people relax, make
them laugh and focus on the lighter
side of life,'' Mr Jain says.
The film is the culmination of an
18-year career in television which
started with the Discovery Channel
in India and more recently involved
producing a boxing show for Maori
But Mr Jain's success was not
enough to drown out the call of the
Film is where my heart is. When
I came to New Zealand it was my
only goal to make one.
It's taken a bit long but I got
there,'' he says.
Mr Jain does not have the budget
of the likes of James Cameron and
Steven Spielberg so he will be doing
half of the post production work
himself in the tiny studio he has set
up in his lounge.
Industry friends will be on hand
to help with the most technical
aspects, along with his wife Chipra.
These days with the software
you can do most of what you need
from your own work station unless
you're making something like The
Hobbit. The last film I did, I did
completely at home,'' he says.
Please Forgive Me was the Mt
Albert man's first film and was
released on DVD in February.
The short silent movie is also a
romance and like QOM gets its
story line from what the director
sees around him.
It is about a young couple who
have to overcome the pressure of an
overbearing parent in order to be
There is always some sort of con-
flict between the old generation and
the new generation. Sometimes
there is a lack of communication.
This story sort of shows a lot of
things can be resolved if you com-
municate well,'' he says.
Mr Jain plans to enter Please For-
give Me in a number of up-coming
Rare bird found on isle
Rare find: The sparrow-sized New Zealand storm petrel, thought to be extinct for
more than a century, is breeding on Little Barrier Island Hauturu in the Hauraki
Gulf Marine Park in what is being labelled as an ''internationally significant'' find.
Photo: NEIL FITZGERALD PHOTOGRAPHY
A rare seabird thought to be extinct
for more than a century has been
found breeding 50km from Auck-
land's central business district on
Little Barrier Island Hauturu in
the Hauraki Gulf.
Researchers led by Chris Gaskin
and Dr Matt Rayner from the Uni-
versity of Auckland say they are
elated to find the sparrow-sized
New Zealand storm petrel, thought
extinct until 2003, is breeding in
the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
The seabird is listed as critically
endangered by the International
Union of the Conservation of
Nature and finding the breeding
site is vital for their conservation,
In order to find the bird the team
of researchers camped on the Poor
Knights Islands, the Mokohinau
Islands and Little Barrier Island,
using radio receivers to zero in on
the breeding site.
It was like looking for a needle
in the haystack,'' Mr Gaskin says.
A critical breakthrough came last
year when the project team found
incubation patches on birds caught
This determined the timing of
incubation and the best time to find
breeding birds on land.
The site being monitored is very
fragile with birds at a delicate stage
in their breeding cycle, Dr Rayner
We are using automated equip-
ment for the most part and main-
taining a hands-off approach.''
Members of the research team
will remain on the island over the
coming weeks. Aerial surveys are
being used to try and establish dis-
tribution and size of the population.
External lighting gives
ferry building a night glow
New look: The addition of external
lighting on the Auckland Ferry Building
is designed to enhance the overall
nightscape of the city's waterfront.
The iconic Auckland Ferry Build-
ing has had a makeover including
new external lighting to enhance
the architectural values of the
heritage building and add to the
overall nightscape of Auckland's
Salmond Reed Architects pro-
posed adding external lighting as
part of its engagement to under-
take general maintenance work on
the building and the idea was sup-
ported by the building's owners,
Auckland Council, Heart of the
City and the New Zealand Historic
The new LED lights are con-
trolled by an iPlayer3 and can be
adjusted to provide a crisp, white
light or a warm, soft light, and to
dim the lights as required.
Philips Lighting provided all
aspects of the project including
design, installation and program-
Both the marine environment
and the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust protections on the
Ferry Building added complexities
and meant that every element of
the project needed to be executed
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