Propeller Studios, part of the Random Group, is based at Shelly Bay Wharf in Miramar, Wellington, where clients can view our extensive inventory of prop rental equipment, parade floats, and interactive events showrooms. It is the Group's design studio and physical manufacturing facility for set and prop elements for stage, screen and events.
Our experienced and professional team can
assist you with all your event enquiries.
THE RANDOM GROUP is committed to creativity and the arts. Our investment fund, with interests in film, events and performing arts, is backed up by a broad range of production services and a wealth of experience, expertise and equipment.
RANDOM FILMS is the provider of film-related production services (sound and vision), EPK and shooting services.
CUBA CREATIVE is the creative production agency specialising in event production, marketing and social media strategy, and services to the performing arts including production and consultancy
Group Director: Charlotte Larsen
Charlotte has a BA in Film and Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington and is currently studying for her MS in Law at California Southern University. She has also studied at University of Southern California’s prestigious summer filmmaking programme in Producing and Directing at Universal Studios Hollywood and is an alumni of Stella Adler Academy of Acting – Los Angeles.
Charlotte has been involved in the making of short films such as Stealing Second, and feature films in New Zealand (Boy, The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) and abroad (Lost Angels, Great Expectations).
Chief Executive: Mark Westerby
Mark has worked in film for a number of years in various guises, most notably as the festival director of The Shoot Out Filmmaking Festival, with Sydney Film Festival, Tropfest Film Festival, Moonlight Cinema and stints with Rialto, Village, Event and Dendy Cinemas.
A creative entrepreneur, he also runs arts production company Cuba Creative, is the producer of PANNZ - the New Zealand Performing Arts Market and radio host for arts show Caffeine & Aspirin on RadioActive.fm.
He was the originating producer of award-winning interactive show APOLLO 13: Mission Control, previous director of the New Zealand Fringe Festival and the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and also worked with Madame Tussauds, Storybox and London & Australian Fashion Weeks.
Studio Manager: Philip Sharpe
Philip has mastered many aspects of film production, the combination of which, put him in a unique position to bring Propeller studios to life.
Philip started his career with the world-renowned natural history film unit, Oxford Scientific Films in the UK. Here he learned camerawork, lighting, set design and construction and the specialised craft of prop and model building for film and TV special effects. Aside from wildlife documentaries too numerous to mention he also developed a taste for cinema whilst working on effects for such films as ‘Superman’, ‘Alien’ and ‘Flash Gordon’.
In 1985, Philip became freelance offering his services as a wildlife documentary film maker and SFX model and sequence designer. In 1997, he spent 2 years living in Arizona where he wrote, filmed and directed his award-winning documentary; ‘The Condor, the Coyote and The Canyon’. He went on to film for the BBC on their ‘Congo’ series for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Since 1990, Philip has continued to divide his workload between wildlife filming and SFX. His input is to be seen on TV series such as ‘Wildlife on One’, ‘Nightmares of Nature’ and ‘Wild Africa’ and films from ‘Alien 3’ to ‘Avatar’.
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