Since: Mar 2014
Sorry to hijack your thread CHCH, but I'm like the only Taranaki person on here so I have nobody to talk to, lol.
I think this pretty much nails it too:
End of the day, you want to give as much leeway as possible without allowing teams to completely disregard the challenge. Then the judges evaluate their take on it accordingly, just as they would use of genre or elements.
However, having the organisers try to think of the most obvious questions people would ask or clarifications that could be made and making it clear at the launch that these can be found on the website would help without too much extra strain.
I think ultra films should be judged based on the added ultra criteria, but absolutely think there should be a regional certificate for it. From a smaller center's perspective, for example, we have several really capable teams, but only 1 who has chosen ultra both years, and they fully deserved some recognition for doing that. My team still makes average as films even though I've personally done this like 8 times (in various incarnations of teams), so we haven't taken on ultra yet. But one thing that I've noticed about good teams, is that there are 2 types. Those who make *diverse* good films year after year, and those who make *the same* good films year after year.
Ultra is the kind of thing that takes the second group of good teams and makes them take some risks. It's easy to get comfortable with a good ol' comedy type film and do well with it in 48 hours, especially in a small city, but I admire teams who pull off vastly different good films over the years and I think ultra is there to shake up teams who get comfortable.
For that reason I think there should be a regional award so more good, comfortable teams are encouraged to do it, forced to change their style up a little perhaps (depending on the ultra requirement) and then rewarded for doing so. Levels the playing field a little, and makes things a bit more dynamic from year to year. You'd think genres alone would achieve that, but given that the genres are quite varied (which I love) and sometimes more related to tropes etc. often you get films that are tonally identical but with a different plot from well-oiled-machine teams :)
Just have to also add I can't wait to see all the city finalists and the grand finalists. You guys down there in CHCH have such a great 48s community and always produce some awesome films! Been talking to our city managers trying to work out how we can emulate a bit more of CHCH's 48s spirit, but it's hard in a small place with only 15-25ish teams each year!
2019: "DopeMonkey Live" - Gross-out Comedy - Pastafarian Productions (Solo/ULTRA)
2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Best Door Slam)
2017: "ESP" - Alien Movie - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2016: "The War on Error" - Cat & Mouse - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2015: "Us... But Mainly You" - Black Comedy - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2014: "Sphere" - Horror - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2008: "I Adore" - Drama - Conspiracion de las Palomitas
2007: "The Hazel Princess" - Fairytale - Conspiracion de las Palomitas
2006: "All Ur <3 R Belong 2 Me" - Romance - Popcorn Conspiracy