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  • KHF Media: Thomas Robins & David Stubbs

    David Stubbs and Thomas Robins from successful Wellington production house KHF Media will talk about crafting the award-winning online interactive drama Reservoir Hill. 

    KHF Media’s appearance at Spark is thanks to the support of the University of Waikato. 


    David Stubbs
    A storyteller with an eye for the uncomfortable truths in everyday life, David has moved between directing music videos, television commercials and drama in an eclectic career. 

    David Stubbs

    His first short film Running for Empties was produced out of the National Film Unit. In the late 90s, David’s first 35mm theatrical short, the twisted drama Helmut & Gretel, enjoyed success on the European film festival circuit and won Best Director at the Diva Awards. 

    David set up KHF Media in 2002 after he’d spent a number of years directing TVCs and visual effects projects for Sector 14 Productions in Wellington. It is now one of the biggest and busiest production houses in Wellington, with an award winning team and numerous high profile projects under its belt. David has directed many celebrated large budget TVCs and several music Videos for Sony Music and Universal Music,as well as being a finalist for best director in the 2003 and 2004 New Zealand Music Video Awards. In 2008 David completed the 35mm theatrical short The Handover, a dramatically ambitious contemporary drama about a man who can’t let go or move on after a failed relationship. The Handover had its world premiere screening in competition at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival. 

    Thomas Robins

    Thomas Robins
    Thomas is an actor’s director. A former actor himself, his previous roles include ‘Deagol’ in Lord of the Rings, ‘Colin MacKenzie’ in the mockumentary Forgotten Silver and ‘Mr Morton’ in Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby. He is now a highly experienced director with a background in television drama and commercials. He is the creator of two well-regarded teenage series. Both Freaky and The Killian Curse received nominations for best children’s drama at the Qantas Media Awards, with Freaky winning the top honour in 2007 as well as a bronze medal in the New York Festival.
    Thomas has also directed numerous episodes of series such as Time Trackers (a finalist at the 2010 AFI Awards), four series of the comedy show Face Lift (both for The Gibson Group) as well as Karaoke High for TVNZ. On the commercial front Thomas has directed high profile commercials for New World, NZ Post and the NZ Army. He is the co-creator of Reservoir Hill

    Reservoir Hill 

    Reservoir Hill is KHF’s flagship online drama. It premiered in October 2009 on TVNZ On Demand, New Zealand’s preeminent broadcast website and freeview channel. A dark and atmospheric drama with an innovative new level of interactivity propelled by a mystery concerning the identity of a young girl, Reservoir Hill was an outstanding success, both locally and globally, winning an International Emmy at Cannes in April. Read more about Reservoir Hill here.

    In this session Thomas and David will describe some of the challenges they faced with the project and the solutions they developed to overcome them with such success.