• SUB CATEGORY :
    CASTING
  • COMPANY ENTERING :
    FINCH, SYDNEY
  • TITLE :
    A VERY MERRY MISTAKE
  • BRAND :
    AIR NEW ZEALAND
  • ADVERTISER :
    AIR NEW ZEALAND
  • AGENCY :
    HOST/HAVAS, SYDNEY
  • CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER :
    DARREN SPILLER
  • EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR :
    JON AUSTIN
  • COPYWRITER :
    HADLEIGH SINCLAIR
  • ART DIRECTOR :
    JACK DELMONTE
  • ACCOUNT DIRECTOR :
    OLI CASSIDY/JO THOMASSON
  • AGENCY PRODUCER :
    KAREN MUXWORTHY
  • FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY :
    FINCH, SYDNEY
  • DIRECTOR :
    ALEX ROBERTS
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER :
    TIM TREGONING
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER :
    COREY ESSE
  • FILM PRODUCER :
    AMY DYMOND
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER :
    BRUCE EVERARD
  • CASTING AGENT :
    CATCH CASTING/PETA EINBERG CASTING
  • POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY :
    ARC EDIT, SYDNEY
  • EDITOR :
    JAMES ASHBOLT
  • SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPANY :
    FINCH, SYDNEY
  • SOUND PRODUCTION COMPANY :
    SONG ZU, SYDNEY
  • ENGLISH SYNOPSIS :
    THE CHALLENGE IN CASTING ELVES IN NEW ZEALAND WAS THAT THEY COULDN’T ACTUALLY BE KIWIS FOR THE IDEA TO WORK. THEY ALSO NEEDED A CERTAIN GLOBAL APPEAL, THUS THE SCOTTISH ELF AND AUSSIE. SANTA NEEDED TO STAND OUT FROM THE MILLIONS OF OTHER SANTAS ON TV, SO WE FLEW SOMEONE IN JUST TO DO THE JOB, AND LET HIM UNDERPLAY IT IN THE SAME WAY REAL SANTA WOULD. THE SELECTED REAL-LIFE AIR NEW ZEALAND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WERE COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF CAMERA DESPITE HAVING NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE, AND THEIR REASSURING AND FRIENDLY ATTITUDES WRAPPED UP THE SPOTS BEAUTIFULLY.