"Blank Spaces" is a 3-minute short film produced under the "Your Big Break" Filmmaking Competition run by Tourism New Zealand in 2010.
It was one of 5 scripts selected out of over a thousand entries and then produced at the price of $100,000NZ per film. The rules were that the films had to be shootable in Queenstown, New Zealand with 5 days of preproduction, 2 days filming and 7 days of post-production at Peter Jackson's Park Road Post facility in Miramar, Wellington.
The scripts were supposed to reflect, embody or celebrate Tourism New Zealand's then current campaign: 100% Pure New Zealand - The Youngest Country On Earth. The scripts were selected by a panel made up of Academy-Award winning producer Barrie Osborne, Academy Award winning visual effects director Christian Rivers, notable film editor David Coulson and New Zealand film producer Philippa Campbell.
"BLANK SPACES" was also recently awarded "Best Short Film" at the 2011 MBF INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL.
PRAISE FOR "BLANK SPACES"
"This was a beautifully told short film with an understated and delightfully wry sense of humour. It was very assured piece of storytelling. I enjoyed watching it immensely." - Sir Peter Jackson (director of "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy, "King Kong", "The Lovely Bones" and "Heavenly Creatures").
"It looks great, sounds great, and has a fun premise introduced/explored/executed in an astonishingly short period of time. " - AintItCoolNews.com
"BLANK SPACES is an excellent idea which has been executed equally well. Brilliantly shot and edited, this short film is a treat - a true celebration of the human spirit.’" - Kabir Khan (director of "Kabul Express" and "New York")