Sunday, 31 August 2014


Between playing rugby, family, and creating landscape plans for clients, Andy recently designed his own landscape architecture plan for his family home in Christchurch. Working closely with the products of Living Earth, Whero Films and Andy Ellis put a short clip together about Canterbury Compost's 'Red and Black Bag'.

As well as healthy living,
technically this is a short video about dirt.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Traditionally corporate health and safety videos have employed the best transitional wipes, fades, and crash zooms money can buy. To help create a safer working environment Whero Films and Canterbury Rugby have created a simple induction video to teaches the viewer the rolls and responsibilities at Canterbury Rugby's training facility, Rugby Park. It is probably safe to say no Oscars nominations are on the cards for the lads acting in it, but hopefully the new recruits watching this video will walk away remembering a few of the health and safety tips.

Much like the Crusaders Harlem Shake video we shot last year, this safety video was scripted to get a laugh from the team and anyone who is close to the Crusaders franchise. Earlier in the week the team played a longer edit of the video in a meeting  that featured a few more in-jokes. This version however still cracks me up and was so much fun to produce.

Youtube version viewable here
This has got to be one of the most light-hearted productions Whero Films have been involved with Canterbury Rugby.
With veteran hooker Cory Flynn off to Japan at the end of the season, Ben Funnell pays credit to his mentor by asking the warden if he can "get the boots Flynnie gave me" during the emergency alarm.

Mark Ranby (centre) is the man responsible for Health and Safety at Rugby Park, and also for helping write the Safety video script.
Thanks to Penny for representing the Crusaders Marketing Department and for showing us "good technique".
Written by James McLeod and Mark Ranby
Produced by Whero Films

Thursday, 24 April 2014


Recently Whero Films teamed with Brad Thorn and Heineken to raise some money for Reporters Without Boarders. The oldest man to every win a Rugby World Cup Brad is still lifting personal bests in the weight room, and inspiring everybody around him.

Below is another gym session Whero Films filmed with Brand back in 2011 (just after loosing the Super Rugby Grand Final and before going off to All Blacks camp for the Rugby World Cup)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Presenting a horror-comedy so bad the festival judges refuse to comment on it. From the winners of last years 'BEST DISQUALIFIED FILM' comes the worst 'BEST WORST-FILM' in Rialto's 48 Hour Film Festival 2014. This Sucker didn't even get past the first round

Storyboad / shortlist by Arnya after reading Tom's Script.

The horror-parody screened just-the-once at the Palms Cinema in Christchurch and almost caused one woman to literally laugh herself to death. Reviews from the screening generally questioned how deliberate the comedy was, but agreed it at least looked good.

Whero FIlms put together a 48 hour team of industry professionals. Art Director Arnya Karaitiana and Fashion Photographer David Richards can be thanked for the look and feel of the production that took less then 12 hours to film. Tom Hazledine can be held accountable for the “its pretty silly guys” screenplay that he smashed out in less then 10 hours (his screenplay is way funnier then the film).
Though it is amazing what a good team can produce in 48 hours. What guts me most about being cut so early is that the intended audience will never hear the audible sound scape Joe Lavery and Tom Clever crafted and designed for a deep cinema sound-system. Get some headphone on and check it out.

Anyway, hopefully our teams attempt at making the Best Worst Film makes you laugh out loud at least once over the 5 minute duration!

Staring Sheldon Close and Brooke Bath
Screenplay by Thomas Hazeldine
Produced by Brooke Freeman
Directed by Arnya Karaitiana and James McLeod
Director of Photography Dave Richards
Technical Director Gavin Bath
Field Assistant Stephan Rust
Music by Joe Lavery and Thomas Clever
Make-up by Emma Robinson
Edited by James McLeod
Special thanks to Maz & Al Freeman

Monday, 17 February 2014


RONNEY MOORE: TIGER IN MY TANK from Red McLeod on Vimeo.

Personally I am a bit of a technology geek and will happily lend an ear to any kiwi combustion tale. Growing up with my motor-mad family on the North side of New Zealand, South Island legends like Burt Munro and John Britten were household names. But until last month I had never heard the name Ronnie Moore. At least until I started flipping a few pages into a scrapbook Sports Canterbury had passed on to me from the Moore family.

Whero Films had been commissioned to create 5 short films for the 2014 Canterbury Sports Awards.

One of these films was for inducting a Speedway rider named Ronnie Moore into the Sporting Hall of Fame. From newspaper articles, cartoon, and photos, the client and I decided to tell a short story about Ronnie's career.

After scanning a few articles I learnt that by age 21 Moore was the youngest rider to ever win an International Speedway Championship. What was even more impressive is that he did it on a broken leg!

It was hardly surprising Ronnie found winning Speedway so easy given he first learnt to ride on the ‘Wall of Death’ with his father at age 12. That lead into his Speedway career at age 15, going on to win the New Zealand Speedway Championship in 1956, 1962, 1968 and 1969.

Ronnie started his 25 year long Speedway career in Christchurch, New Zealand but lived and competed all over the world including London, Ireland, France, and Australia. Which must have been big-time stuff for an athlete of the 1950s.

After breaking almost every bone in his body and returning from retirement half a dozen times, Ronnie retired in 1975.

On Friday the 14th of February 2014 Ronnie Moore was inducted into the Canterbury Hall of Fame for his major contribution to the sporting community. He gave a great speech on the night and noted the value he felt of being recognised amongst his Cantabrian pairs.

If Whero Films had its way - a feature-length documentary would be commissioned about this mans incredible journey so that others could be inspired by Ronnie's success.

Below: Photo of Hall of Fame inductee Debbie Hockley and Ronnie Moore