A short, experimental, auto-biographical documentary of the Mana experienced during a stay in New Zealand and the questions of direction during recent changes in my life. Created over a six week study abroad program through a cooperation between Rochester Institute of Technology and Unitec Institute of Technology.

I attempted an experiment of doing timelapse for the first time to supplement video I would shoot when I reached Auckland. Everything was shot using a combination of Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D and Canon Rebel XTi. All shots taken on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The result turned into a feeling of my journey.

The Haka Performers were key to this work and were shot on location at Unitec’s campus. They were scouted when participating in a cross program effort between the school and Rochester Insistute of Technology, led by Stephanie Maxwell. Katie LeVander helped with dressing, make-up and manning a second camera to explore the Haka Performance which was spectacularly put on by the four dancers.

The following are credits to the production crew.

 Film byRaymond McCarthy Bergeron
 Haka Performers: Ben Temoku, Aloalii Tapu, Eddie Elliott, & Te Arahi Easton
 Assistant Art Director & Haka Camera Operator: Katie LeVander
 Haka Lighting & Space Coordinator: Tim Williams

 Uni Shorts (2013) – 2nd Place Experimental
 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (2013) – Semifinalist
 RIT Honors Show (2013) – Faculty Award
 Finger Lakes Film Festival (2013) – Best College Award
 mtvU (2013) – Best College Filmmaker Clips of 2013

 U.G. Artist Festival (2013)
 International Video Art Festival of Casablanca (2013)
 Carolina Film and Video Festival (2013)
 Crossroads Film Festival (2013)
 The Dirt Poor Filmmakers Festival (2012)

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