Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and Storyteller: Lisa Burd
Lisa loves stories. Life stories, trip stories, event stories – she’s got a keen interest in others and enjoys telling their stories. This curiosity has led to her spending the last 20 years working in film production and creating award-winning documentaries.
Her intuitive (and not intrusive!) interviewing style elicits insights and observations that even surprise the interviewee sometimes. The sensitivity she brings to a project creates a space where the authentic story can shine through. She has talked with people at the end of their lives, she has followed people pushing their physical limits, she has documented businesses growing and evolving – regardless of the subject she can find the truth and rawness behind it. Lisa is a creative, lateral thinker with a proven ability to establish a rapport with all types of people and to engage, motivate and manage the various stakeholders in a production, often to challenging deadlines.
Lisa’s experience covers a wide range of styles from emergency medical series Life Flight, to telling the stories of four first-time mothers from pre-birth to the first year of their baby’s life. Her most recent film, The Pinkies are back is her most successful film yet, as at March 2021, showing in 60 cinemas nationwide.
Previous to that, she made edgy documentary, Let’s Talk About Sex featuring Auckland Housewife celeb, Julia Sloane.
However, Lisa had already won the Best Emerging Filmmaker award for her documentary Monterey in 2016. She was nominated for the same award for her documentary Changing Gear not long before that.
She has also filmed racing events such as Ironman New Zealand. Lisa was involved in casting the NZ teams for the Channel 7 Australian Production of ‘The Amazing Race’ Australia/NZ and more recently was involved with casting and field producing The Real Housewives of Auckland. So, she knows her way around plenty of different settings!
Kiwi Burd Films
Kiwi Burd Films is a collective that springs together for a project and disperses again when it’s done. The driver behind it is Lisa, knowing exactly the skill set she needs for each project so she can bring together the right mix of people. If your project is bigger than a one-person crew, rest assured Lisa will assemble the perfect balance of skills, sensitivity and fun! Her ability to grasp the nuances of production responsibilities from casting through to field director/camera responsibilities gives her a unique perspective.
From personal journeys and events, to reality TV experiences or giving you the crew necessary to help you create a show you’ve been dreaming of for some time.
Tell Your Story
Our focus is to help you tell your stories as authentically as possible. We will dig deep to document your growth, follow your sporting challenge, commemorate a loved one or document a pregnancy through to birth.