'bro'Town' was born in the year 2000 when a woman from Nickelodeon visitied New Zealand searching for new program ideas. She contacted freelance producer Elizabeth Mitchell who had recently been to see her old friend Oscar Kightley in his hilarious play called 'Naked Samoans Talk About Their Knives'. Elizabeth went ...
By the time she got round to sending the list to Nickelodeon, the woman had left! But in 2001 Elizabeth's good friend Kelly Martin got a great job as TV3's Associate Director of Television, so Oscar and Elizabeth got together, worked out what characters would be good in the show, and pitched the idea to TV3, who loved it!
Three years of development and fundraising followed. The 'Naked Samoans' (Oscar Knightley, David Fane, Shipal Lelisi, Mario Gaoa) and Elizabeth were joined by animation direction Make Makatoa and designer Ant Sang and we started our own studio - Firehorse Films!
The albour intensive 2D animation style means that a team of about 150 people, bothere here at Firehorse Films and at Satellite studios overseas, are needed for each episode. Each 'bro'Town' show has been between 16,000 and 24,000 drawings and takes around six months to complete!