Picture/sound editor and foley artist Gareth Van Niekerk (Ash vs Evil Dead, Tammy Davis’ Born to Dance, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm) “helped me with so many things”; Craig Ellis, Zephir Delamore, John Munro, “were always keen to help in so many ways.
“People like that are essential.”
Karl Steven did an amazing job of the music, as he has on several dramas for Screentime (How to Murder Your Wife, The Monster of Mangatiti, Venus and Mars and the upcoming Bombshell) and South Pacific Pictures (800 Words, Tatau, The Blue Rose).
“He approached me which was so cool,” said Nicolson. “He just got it. Everyone’s given a huge amount.”
Inevitably that had financial consequences, and Nicolson funded the film through selling his artwork (his normal method of earning a living). At times during the shoot he needed to stop working on Boulder so he could complete artwork for an exhibition, sales of which would fund the next stage of production.
All up – including the $14,000 for the RED and the money spent in post – Nicolson reckoned he’s spent around $100,000 making the film, pretty much what Make My Movie was offering.