Over the next few months Julia Reynolds will be directing a Sci-fi feature film shot entirely within the Waikato, utilizing locations such as the Waitomo caves, West Coast beaches, and a set created in the Old Matangi Dairy Factory.
Written by Julia and her sister, Wendy Cook, Shepherd is the story of a family who experience a space anomaly on their return from Mars and find themselves back on a much different Earth than the one they expected. The top half of the planet has been obliterated by war, and the Southern Hemisphere is ruled by one unified government which has outlawed diversity and religion in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the Northern Hemisphere’s war. Shepherd follows the story of Zane Karsten who gets caught up with a group of people who believe that bans on spiritual expression, cultural diversity and freedom of choice steals the essence of being human.
Shepherd are crowdsourcing a lot of resources through facebook and thinking of creative ways of funding the film including auctioning an acre of land on Mars and raffling a romantic evening for two (or three) including accommodation on the bunks of their spaceship set, space bubbles and space food.
Studio: Zorp Films
Release date: TBA
Produced by: Julia Reynolds, Renee Casserly, Wendy Cook
Contact Information: Renee Casserly, email@example.com or 021 322-407