Best Entertainment OR Event Programme
We have just been advised today that THE SITTING is a finalist for the Best Entertainment Series in the NZ Television Awards 2012. Very Stoked.
Lets take a look back at the beginning shall we….
The Story Behind The Sitting
I got a phone call out of the blue one day asking if I would like to be in a small TV show about celebrity portrait show, “sure “I said ,not really knowing what I was saying. I meet Marcus Clayton a Director, ideas man, all round good guy. He took a small video of me with some of my work and said he was going to show this to some people to see what they think of me and the work.
I was told there was myself and 5/6 other painters that were in the show and could I do one or two portraits “sure ‘I said not knowing what I was saying. Three weeks later another phone call to say there couldn’t find six other painters so can you do all of the paintings in a Three month period, “sure “ I said not knowing what I was saying, how many paintings? seven all together they said seven portraits in three months about three weeks per painting. ok I can do that.
Six weeks later another phone call look TVNZ wants to know if you can do eighteen portraits in three months ………………Shit? 1 painting per week with shooting also………..”Sure “I said really had no idea what I was doing.
Long story short I did the work all on time all our guest were really wonderful for giving their time and face for the show. At the end of the shooting we had organised for the work to go to auction for the StarShip Children’s Hospital here in Auckland.
Fourteen of the works were donated by me and with some help from some great people we raised $40,000 for StarShip Children’s Hospital.
Now in 2012
We were lucky enough to be picked up for another season and this year The Sitting series 2 has raised raised $76,570 for the Starship Foundation.
So who would like to see another season or two?