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An "overture" for Amiri & Aroha

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The new main title for Amiri & Aroha

The reshoot of Amiri & Aroha has given me an opportunity for a new and dramatic opening for the film.

The opening moments of a film are critical. The lights go down and the first images set the mood and atmosphere for the rest of the film.

I always saw Tia’s music as a waiata, a Māori greeting, drawing the audience into the film. And I wanted to give the film an overture, a montage sequence giving the audience a taste of what is to come. Kōkā’s crystal ball provided me with the ideal opening to the film as we see visions come to life inside the mystic crystal ball, which emerges from the depths of the Rere falls…

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