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Otago Daily Times
Film-maker focuses on climbers

By Marjorie Cook on Fri, 15 Apr 2011

Wanaka climber Allan Uren on an ice climb, an adventure which features in the film In The Shadow of The Mountains. Photo supplied.

Hugh Barnard has the peripatetic lifestyle and patchwork career common to many a Wanaka outdoor enthusiast.Last month, he was ski guiding in Alaska. Before that, he was working in Auckland on a TVNZ production about Captain Frank Worsley, a member of the 1914 Shackleton expedition to the Antarctic.

This week, he has been speaking at Wanaka’s WildSouth Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Festival of Colour.

Soon, he will be back in his beloved mountains, toting skis and camera for another season of adventure.

Mr Barnard (44) started his working life as a 16-year-old proofreader for the Evening Post (now the Dominion Post), while studying for an English degree at Victoria University, and in 1988 went climbing and skiing in Europe.

He came to Wanaka in 1991 and began an 18-year association with Harris Mountains Heli-Ski.

Two years ago, he relinquished his job as chief guide and operations manager to do a master’s degree at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication.

He and film partner Max Segal (27), of the United States, were so good at their homework, they won the best direction award at this year’s Mammoth Mountain Film Festival. The “no-budget” film In The Shadow of The Mountain is now screening at WildSouth and explores why climbers continue the sport when friends have died.

“I have always been interested in that obvious question why people climb and what motivates them. And particularly our experience, in our community of people.

“We have lost climbers and ski guides in accidents over the years. And I personally have many friends whom I have lost.

“People ask, ‘What continues to motivate you people? Do climbers assess the risks and go any how? Do they deny risks?”‘

Mr Barnard said in an interview with the Otago Daily Times this week.

Most non-climbers’ reaction so far had been “I get it a little bit more.”

“But some don’t get it. They still say, ‘I don’t understand why people would do that.’ “And some people are really inspired to go into the mountains,” he said.

While Mr Barnard created the story, Mr Segal was the production whizz. The non-climber was also a great sounding board and moderating voice, Mr Barnard said.

“It was all teamwork with Max. He had strong post-production editing and music skills that I didn’t have. And they are a huge part of getting a film finished,” Mr Barnard said.

Several members of the South Island outdoor community were interviewed for the film, including Christchurch climber and psychiatrist Erik Monasterio, Wanaka climbers Lydia Bradey, Dean Staples, Lionel Clay, Dave Vass and Allan Uren and search and rescue co-ordinator Sgt Aaron Nicholson.

Dr Monasterio has published his research in medical journals and reported he found climbers were highly driven, focused people but was surprised they scored lower in seeking “self transcendence”.

Top films for festival

By Marjorie Cook on Tue, 12 Apr 2011

The University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication has gone from newest kid on the block to the institution’s third most popular master’s student programme in less than four years.Its students are producing award-winning films and the centre is backing Dunedin’s new international Scienceteller Film Festival, to be launched at this week’s WildSouth Film Festival in Wanaka (April 12-15).The centre evolved from a postgraduate diploma natural history film-making course in the zoology department and opened for business in 2008.

In that year, just one student enrolled for a master’s degree but by the end of last year, 24 master’s theses were handed in.

This year, 26 students are enrolled in the centre’s master’s programme.

Centre director and Stuart chair in science communication Prof Lloyd Davis said he was proud of what the centre had achieved in such a short time.

Only the departments of science and arts had more master’s enrolments.

“It explains why we are working so hard.” Otago University was the co-founder, in 2005, of Wanaka’s two-yearly WildSouth Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Festival of Colour. The much larger film festival, Scienceteller, will screen in Dunedin from November 15-19. Top United States, Australian, Austrian and New Zealand film-makers and storytellers will attend.

Some the “best bits” would be at the WildSouth “launching pad” this week, Prof Davis said.

The WildSouth festival partners are Natural History New Zealand, Tele-Natura (a Spanish festival) Tales From Planet Earth, and Cinema Paradiso.

“One of the exciting things this year is that one of our student films was made by a Wanaka local, a celebrity and local hero, Hugh Barnard, a climbing guide.

It’s called In The Shadow of the Mountain and is about being a climber and why they take risks and it won best direction at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival,” Prof Davis said.

US student Max Segal (27) was Mr Barnard’s co-director and co-producer. Mr Segal has an undergraduate degree in biology from Santa Barbara University and had worked on a sports television show before studying in Dunedin last year. In June, he returns to California with an award-winning film and his Otago University master’s degree to look for jobs in the US film industry. Mr Segal also plans to promote In The Shadows Of The Mountain at other North American film festivals.

Mr Barnard has just returned from Alaska and will be at WildSouth’s launch tonight and give a presentation about his film on Thursday night.


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