Many thanks to Carolyn S for the transcript

The Western Leader (NZ)

24 July 2003

by Charlotte Cox

There's no such thing as the "boogeyman".

But the makers of a new horror feature film, partly filmed in west Auckland, want to convince people otherwise.

Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi are from Pacific Renaissance Pictures, the company that produced Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules. They have merged with United States company Senator International to form Ghost Pictures, which is shooting Boogeyman around Auckland until late August.

Set building began at the Henderson Valley Studios in May and the 100-strong crew includes several west Aucklanders. The studios are filed with activity as workers add the finishing touches to the interior of a decrpit old American home. The spooky "house" includes two identicle staircases, old floral wallpaper, a nursery, bedrooms, bathroom and an old kitchen. Exterior filmimg was shot at Karaka.

Boogeyman stars, Tim Watson, Emily Deschanel, Tory Mussett, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Charles Mesure and Phillip Gordon.

Mr Tapert says west Auckland is an ideal location. "This is a project that lends itself to shooting here.  It doesn't need to be a big urban environment that you couldn't fake in New Zealand," he says.

Filming begins at the Waitakere City Council-owned studios this week.

There are several b/w photos of people working on the sets with the following captions:

SPECIALLY MADE: Site builder Terry Lewell of Te Atatut puts finishing touches on a nursery.

AGEING EFFECT: Head scenic painter Bob Askwith, above, works on a window pane.

LIGHTING UP: Lighting rigger Brin Crompton,below, sets up space lights.

CEILING ROSE: Set builder Mike Brennan puts up a plaster ceiling decoration on a fake pressed metal ceiling.

REPLICA STAIRWAY: Two identicle stairways were built as part of the set.

SKIRTING BOARD: Scenic artist Tane Griffith uses tinted wax for an aging effect.

SHEDDING LIGHT: Rigging gaffer Stephen Prior, above, sets up a 12,000 watt Fresnell light.

PAINTED UP: Set painter Jo Worley, below, wears a protective mask.