Kaia is known for her 'Making Of' filmmaking and has been commissioned by ArthurCox and Electric Shadow Company to go behind the scenes of their feature films and a multi-platform archive project to create Electronic Press Kit content for their deliverables. These were created in a 'one-man-band' style, where Kaia did the interviewing and directed, shot, edited and graded the films herself.
She was also commissioned by the Bristol Film Office to go behind the scenes of feature films being shot in Bristol and create a promotional film that could be used to draw more filmmakers to come work in this creative city.
For three years, Kaia was the main producer and studio manager for the BAFTA-winning production company ArthurCox, based in Bristol. The work ArthurCox produces ranges from hand drawn animation, live-action, 2D Flash, stop-motion, mixed media, archive and sometimes even a bit of CG.
During her time at ArthurCox, Kaia worked closely with the Aardman commercials department, acting as the line producer and/or production manager on projects for the BBC, DDB, Unilever, Durrell Wildlife Conservation, Anti-Slavery International, and The Humane Society.
Alongside the commercial work, Kaia produced three pilot episodes for Twentieth Century Fox TV called "Storeys of Thomas", an animated TV series written and directed by Matthew Walker. She has also produced content for Made Visual Studio, The Gate, Home, and Wildseed Studios and has worked with celebrities such as Terry Jones, Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan.
For one year, between September 2012 and September 2013, Kaia filmed one moment every day to create a collection of 365 videos that represented 365 of her days. She then spent the following year editing this footage into monthly montages - each shot is equivalent to one day and all sound is original to the situation in which it was filmed.
"A Liar's Autobiography" is an animated feature film that contains 17 different animation styles produced by 14 different production companies, all presented in spectacular stereoscopic 3D (why not eh?). ArthurCox contributed five sections to the film: three directed by Matthew Walker, two directed by George Sander-Jackson and all five produced by Kaia.
The film follows Graham Chapman as he comes out to his friends and fellow Pythons at a 'Coming Out Party' he throws, goes to LA where he becomes very drunk indeed and undergoes an intense drying out period as he attempted to beat his alcoholism. Graham is played by himself, despite being dead (the producers used audio recordings of him reading his 'autobiography' aloud in the 80s), and John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones all reunited to voice themselves and various other characters in the film.
"A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol" is a multi-platform digital archive project produced by ArthurCox in collaboration with the BBC, Bristol City Council with funding from Southwest Screen. It looks at the evolution of seven locations in Bristol over the last 100 years by gathering archive footage shot in each location and presenting this footage both as an edited film and also in decade by decade clips. The film footage was collected from the BBC, various archives and also from the public via city-wide callouts for old film hiding in attics and basements.
Kaia did research on the original project and then produced the Bristol Zoo location, which was added over a year later in celebration of Bristol Zoo's 175th birthday. For this segment, ArthurCox received over 25 different contributions from members of the public and used audio from the contributors for the final edit.
The whole project can be accessed at www.atimetravellersguide.co.uk.
Alongside her filmmaking, Kaia is also a published and award-winning photographer whose most treasured travel companion is her camera. Before embarking on her '365 days / 365 videos' project, she collaborated with her brother (also a photographer) on a 365 Photos project, where they both spent a year taking a picture every day.
One summer, a 1980s Lego Spaceman showed up and accompanied Kaia on a road trip around the USA and asked her if she would memorialise his adventures in a classic holiday photo album....so she did.