CHAZ HARRIS – Writer | Director | Producer
Chaz has lived in New Zealand since 2006 but originally comes from the UK where he worked in a number of industry roles including on-set on several features and as part of the development team at Miramax Films. Chaz co-founded production company Seriously Entertainment in mid-2006 and went on to make a short film inspired by the death of his father called The Shoe Box which launched online. The film was sponsored by Kumfs Shoes and went on to screen on New Zealand’s specialist film channel Rialto in 2009 and resulted in becoming a finalist for SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year. Chaz has spent the last few years independently developing several internationally viable feature film and new media projects and has been enjoying 101 Dates because “The last couple of projects I directed were pretty dark, I decided I wanted to work on something a bit more fun and quirky”. In 2009, Chaz was hired by the International Bartenders Association to write, direct and produce a series of narrative clips for their new course on social responsibility sponsored by Bacardi. In early 2010, Chaz won Stuff.co.nz’s “Blog Idol 2” competition and now writes a regular blog called “Over the Rainbow”.
LANCE LONES – Director of Photography | Executive Producer
Lance Lones is a rocket scientist (no, really!) and astronomer who accidentally landed in the entertainment industry due to a strange series of events involving a container load of persimmons, and a busload of Albanian nuns. Holding a BFA in Visual Arts and a BS in Physics from the University of California, Lance has spent the last decade or so on contract as a senior software architect building and supervising the colour and production pipelines for the visual effects in a number of major motion pictures, including: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, I, Robot, King Kong, X-men: The Last Stand, Eragon, 30 Days of Night, The Water Horse, and Avatar.
As a partner in Seriously Entertainment, Lance has also worked with Chaz on his first two NZ-made short film projects Living With Rats and In Your Dreams as Director of Photography. In his former life, Lance has variously worked as a tour guide at Paramount Pictures, started an internet company right at the crest of the first great dot-com bust, explored for oil in Texas and now spends much of his free time upside down in an airplane a few thousand feet above the southern Wairarapa in the hope that one day he’ll grow up to be an astronaut.
SCOTT MILLIGAN – Editor
Scott completed a Graduate Diploma in Post-Production at the Christchurch CPIT Broadcasting School after studying Multimedia at the National College of Design and Technology. He then worked in Australia for two movie download websites running Post-Production and helped launch the world’s first legal ‘Download to Own’ movie service. Scott currently works in Advertising for Stuff.co.nz in Wellington and has worked on several short films and commercial projects in varying roles doing motion graphics, compositing and continuity. These include short films Lotto Dreamin’, Fallen, With Firm Intent and commercial projects for BeGorgeous and Samsung. Scott has also designed websites for The Quarry Films and The Wellington Actors Studio. In early 2010, Scott did continuity and motion graphics for the V48 Hour Film Festival film Balls and Chain which went on to win a number of awards at the Wellington finals including the coveted “Best Film” award.
CAROLINE MACLEOD – Costume Designer
Caroline MacLeod studied a Bachelor of Design in Fashion at Massey University and recently returned from a three-month trip to Uganda where she was tasked with training teachers from the community how to sew and design clothing. Previous to this, Caroline has worked at WETA Workshop, Positively Wellington Business and as a crew coordinator for WOW (Montana World of Wearable Arts). Caroline has been the Costume Designer on Chaz’s last two projects; Blackout for the International Bartenders Association and The Shoe Box. Caroline has found working on 101 Dates particularly exciting because “Mary’s costumes have been the most crazy I’ve ever made and it’s great to have that kind of challenge as a costume designer”.
DEBRA SCHULZE – Make Up & Hair
Debra Schulze has been working in make up and hair most of her life and has worked on a number of major film and TV productions including King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Last Great Snail Chase and Power Rangers. In addition to this, she has worked on a number of short film projects including The Shoe Box and Blackout directed by Chaz Harris. Debra has also worked in the make up department on WOW (Montana World of Wearable Arts), on a number of V48 Hour Film Festival films and has also taught make up courses at Wellington Institute of Technology. Debra has enjoyed working on 101 Dates because “I love working with a great cast and crew on projects that I believe in such as this one and leading a make up team to get the desired end result”.
NEIL MAYO – 1st Assistant Director
Neil studied Post-Production at the Christchurch CPIT Broadcasting School after completing a Commerce Degree in IT at Canterbury University. Neil moved to Wellington to pursue feature film directing and editing and has worked in TV on the AA Torque Show, Megastructures and various exhibits at Te Papa. Neil has also directed and edited several commercial videos and infomercials. In 2008, Neil started at WingNut Films and has worked as an Assistant Editor on The Lovely Bones, District 9 and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Neil worked with Chaz previously as 1st Assistant Director and Editor on Blackout; a series of responsible drinking dramatic clips for the International Bartenders Association. Neil has made several short films with peers in the filmmaking community including With Firm Intent, a self-funded short film he wrote, directed and edited (due for release mid-2010).
KIRAWAT “POPE” SAHESEWIYON – Sound
Kirawat Sahesewiyon, known to most as “Pope”, graduated from the NZ Film School in 2005. Since then, he has been working as a location sound mixer and boom operator on a number of short films, documentaries and feature films including The Shoe Box and Blackout directed by Chaz Harris. If you see Pope around Wellington, please take him out for cake and ice-cream. He like cake and ice cream.
MEGAN HUTCHISON – Props | Set PA
Megan Hutchison recently graduated with a BA in Film and Media and also has a BCA in Marketing. Megan has finally found her true calling as when she’s not temping in various offices around Wellington or baking cookies, she takes all the film and television jobs she can get. Megan was assistant editor on the 2010 V48 Hour Film Festival Wellington Winner Balls and Chain, and marketing assistant on the short film With Firm Intent. “I’ve found working on 101 Dates a very exciting and vibrant experience and I especially love the different atmosphere every week working on set with a great bunch of people”.
LAURA WALLACE – Costume Assistant | Script Supervisor
Laura is in her final stages of completing a Diploma in Digital Film, which she has thoroughly enjoyed. This has included papers in video craft, editing, music, screenwriting, graphic design, photography and media studies. She also holds a Certificate in Make-up Artistry and is always on the lookout for projects to apply these skills in. Laura has a day job too, managing a busy conference centre and comes from an event management background. Eventually she would like to combine her event management and film skills in a production role.
HEIDI NOBEL – Make Up Assistant
Heidi gained her certificate in Make Up Design and Production from the Design and Arts College in Christchurch in 2009 where she learnt the application of make up for fashion, character, period, special effects, body art, airbrushing and prosthetics. In 2007, Heidi completed a hairdressing course at the Eastern Institute of Technology and recently moved to Wellington hoping to get involved with more creative projects. Heidi says she has really enjoyed working on 101 Dates because “Chaz is a great director and it’s an awesome cast and crew. The hardest part of the job has been trying to control my laughter during takes!”
KEVIN DOUBLE – Behind the Scenes
Once upon a time, Kevin Double discovered his love of story. He recently relocated from his childhood home in England for a new life and chapter in New Zealand. After working for a number of years in IT management, Kevin established Kevworld Productions to continue the tradition of sharing stories and is working on a number of corporate and community-based documentary projects in addition to filming the behind the scenes footage for 101 Dates. Kevin also worked as Script Supervisor on Chaz’s last project Blackout for the International Bartenders Association.
CHARLOTTE LEWIS – Publicity
Charlotte Lewis has extensive experience in the online space and comes from a PR and marketing background in the UK and New Zealand. Charlotte met Chaz when they worked together at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise where she handled project administration, content development and testing for the relaunch of the biz.org.nz website. Charlotte now works as the Online Coordinator in the Trade Marketing Team at Tourism New Zealand developing their social media presence and project managing improvements to the site.