Story: Screen industry

Kevin Butson with his creation

Kevin Butson with his creation

Kevin Butson, from Temuka, earns his living making scenes and props for films and commercials. This creation was made for the mythical Japanese movie Dororo. Butson first assisted in the making of movies in 1999. He has helped make sets for The last samurai, which was shot in Taranaki and starred Tom Cruise, James Cameron's Avatar and Jane Campion's Top of the lake. Set and prop construction is one of the many businesses that make up New Zealand’s screen industry.

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Reference: 11 December 2013

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Megan Cook, 'Screen industry - New Zealand’s screen industry in the 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 22 Oct 2014