It is Tuesday and I am still recovering from my weekend. Not because of excessive drinking (which I rarely do now, in my old age) but because of 48 hours.
For those of you who aren't in New Zealand, 48 hours is a weekend of film making madness, described on the official website as follows:
Filmmakers don't know what genre (thriller/romance etc) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm.
This year was my second 48 hours. Last year I was intending to write/produce and ended up acting in a film that took place almost entirely on the interisland ferry. Lets just say that i'm really not an actor and I find the entire thing rather cringeworthy to watch for that reason. I did have a freaking fantastic time working with two good friends though, and I was hooked.
This year I worked with a different (much bigger!) team, which included my brother (who directed), my boyfriend (who acted and wrote), my sister in law (who production managed/organised everyone) and my sister (who baked cookies), as well as about 15 others. I was very thankful to be writing and NOT acting! It was great to work with a big, organised team. It is a cool experience to meet people for the first time on Friday night and have made a film together 48 hours later.
Things went pretty damn smoothly for us (unlike last year where at the last minute we realised our audio was not exporting to tape!), with our only major problem being our lead actor (ie: my boyfriend) corpsing really badly due to the mad comedy skills of our supporting actors.
Our film screens tonight and I am very excited to see it up on the big screen.
Unfortunately I can't show you anything until the finalists are announced, which is nearly a month away, so I thought I would show you some of my favourites from last year instead. I'm also hoping to post some photos from our weekend soon, as we were lucky enough to have our film-making process documented by not one but two very talented photographers.
This is the film made by my flatmates and good friends last year:
They got Family Movie this year and I am betting it is going to be even better than this work of genius. If I recall correctly, Hack Pack got audience favourite in its heat last year, and many were surprised it didn't make it into the Wellington Final.
This next one was made by the team I was in this year, and got all the way into the Wellington final.
This one was disqualified, and is kind of stupid, but for some reason I really loved it:
There are so many more awesome ones from last year, and i'm sure this year will be even better. The finals screen on C4 in June and I'll post more details about winners, losers and finalists as soon as I get them.