Aaron Falvey is an award-winning Director and Producer who was born and raised in Blenheim, New Zealand. He has been passionate about film-making since the age of nine when his friend’s parents bought a handy-cam, and Aaron and his friends spent their weekends making short home movies. Ever since then Aaron has been inspired to become a film director.
Aaron has been working for the New Zealand Defence Force as a Video Producer since 2006 and has produced a substantial number of videos, most notably a 26 minute Royal New Zealand Air Force Documentary which the RNZAF use nationwide to recruit new personnel.
Aaron has also been involved in numerous film productions as either a director or producer. He is best known for his work on the films Alone (2014), Outer Darkness (2014), award-winning short film The Flame (2015), and Ascendance (2018). Aaron has recently finished directing his first feature film, Northspur which is due for release in the latter part of 2020. He is also developing a second, ‘Sector 681’ for possible production in 2021.
Aaron is the co-founder of Top of the South Film Production Society which was formed in October 2015. The society is a collective group of filmmakers from the Nelson and Marlborough region all with the same goal of forming a critical mass and making great films. His vision is to establish a thriving film industry in the region to create employment opportunities for both cast and crew.
Aaron is mentored by Michael Seresin and Tray Goodman. Michael Seresin is a world-class New Zealand cinematographer, who’s credits include films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). As a film director, Seresin directed Homeboy (1988), starring and written by Mickey Rourke.
Tray Goodman is an American veteran in TV and Film, having earned both local and national awards. He’s worked with ABC, CNN, FOX, ESPN, MTV, E!, History Channel and TV Shows including NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” He’s produced two full length feature films that are distributed worldwide, and several TV shows, such as “The Train Tracks”, “Inside Creative Minds”, “Cool in Your Zip”, and “Great Food Good Neighbors”. He’s directed over 5000 multi-cam live events and live to tape productions in all aspects of video programming. Tray has traveled to 40 countries and has been creative director on the feature length documentary series titled “Footprints of God” shot entirely in the Middle East.
Aaron is also the co-founder and director of the Top of the South Film Festival which showcases local films and raises money for the Society so members can make more films.
Aaron also founded the Blenheim Filmmakers group which was established in 2012. The group consists of a large number of Blenheim-based filmmakers who meet on a monthly basis and are actively involved in making films in the region. This is a ‘first step’ for entry level filmmakers to take before joining the society.