Strong workforce behind the movie Mahana

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Success is not the work of one, but the work of many. That is evident in the new NZ film Mahana to be released next month. While the praise normally goes to the director and the main actors it takes a whole army of people to create cinema magic.

It takes some co-ordinating to recreate scenes like this shearing competition for the big screen.

“We're here in Pukekohe doing the golden shears, behind us we have a lot of crowd, a lot of shearers, a lot of wool handlers everyone that makes up the golden shears. There's about 220 of them here today,” says Extras Co-ordinator Kirsty Bowerman.

The working day also needs to start very early.

“This morning I was up at 2am to put extras on a bus that left at 3:15am. And I put the second load of extras at 4:45. It's just such a huge day and an important event in the movie,” says Bowerman.

It's quite a production line once everyone is on set.

“It's good to have them all in makeup and costume all done up and makes the golden shears what it is,” says Bowerman.

Some extras even play multiple roles in one day.

“The roles I'm playing today is a shearing crowd man, a tangi person, a cinema goer and also a bottom double,” says Ibis Rameka, one of the extras on the shoot.

“It's been raining a lot, it's hard and its cold but I they're all really enjoying it something different and from a normal work day,” says Bowerman.