Massey University College of Creative Arts Blood Tropicana

  • Te Kapa Tauira / Student Team
    Zavana Evans, Liam Campbell, Nadia Elers, Quinn Fenton, Harry Ward, Brady Green, Alfonso Dela Cruz, Luke McGlone, Hadley Norman, Conna Butler
  • Kaiako / Lecturers
    Taylor Carrasco, Jonathan King

Our team set out to create a dystopian Sci-fi short film that would deliver a unique and in-depth story world with industry-standard visuals. We knew Blood Tropicana had a large scope, but we were dedicated to creating something memorable and we welcomed the challenge. Through this project we gained so much incredible experience and while at times we felt overwhelmed, we didn’t let it hold us back and we were all so proud to deliver the final project. This hard work paid off, as it was only 1 of 2 films that got accepted into the local film festival, Terror-Fi.
Overall, this project represents our teams professionalism, and dedication to entering into the New Zealand Film Industry. It taught us more than words can describe, and we are all so thankful to be able to look back on this project as the starting point of our careers.

Project Summary: Blood Tropicana is a 12-minute sci-fi short film set in a dystopian Aotearoa. Frank, still grieving his late wife, decides to impersonate an officer at the I.C.A, the specialists in tracking and deporting overstayers. Frank begins to question his fascist world-views when he confronts an illegal immigrant inside the seedy speakeasy, Blood Tropicana. The film explores the themes of migration, corruption, prejudice, and loss.