Since: Apr 2011
HEAT 1 6:45pm
1 AASTA1 "Toilet" IMMOBILISATION
Yep. Toilet humor. A man finds himself in escalating trouble, trapped in the toilet. Well made, went for several different types of gags. The situation built and developed. I got a little big lost with the multiple endings. Perhaps something in the edit might have helped that. Was impressed with the use off different angles when shooting in such a constrained location.
2 AASTA2 "Nice Dream" CRIME
Crime meets romance when a gangster with insomnia wants to dream with his girl, and not be stuck thinking about his crimes. Think low-fi SCOTT PILGRIM with Jackie Chan humor. Not Hollywood Chan, but Hong Kong Chan, CITY HUNTER, DRUNKEN MASTER II Chan. Going from very broad/goofy slapstick to serious. There were some lighting issues and pixelation. I suspect the team ran into issues with night scenes set in the bedroom and then having to boost the levels in post. I loved the back and forth shot that went from the gangster's forehead to the crime he was thinking of and back. And the ending put a nice twist on things.
3 1001 "The Expulsion" CRIME
A student takes on a teacher in a fractured time-line. We see the ending, then the beginning that shows a whole other side of the participants, then the crime in all its sloppy detail. A few people around me were asking what was written on the whiteboard. If it was written a bit larger, it would have been more readable. There was good use of sound design to make it seem like there were more students around than the few that were actually in front of the camera.
4 <undisclosed> "X-Treme Mail" ACTION/ADVENTURE
A free running postie of limited skill stumbles into someones generic crime headquarters. There were some issues of cutting from one action shot to another and things not matching. The cat gag got a laugh, and I liked that the postie was being needlessly sneaky on postcard deliveries.
5 10 TRUCK$ "DAS BEAT" TECH THRILLER
Super-fly hipster DJ dude mixes up a techno beat so powerful that European villains will do what ever it takes to posses it. Full marks for combining TECH with TECHNO, and gratuitous use of a memory card as the main McGuffin. Loved the retro team logo. The ending lost me a little bit, and I had some issues following what was being parodied. Had a great shot of the villain, seated, facing away from the camera, but talking into another camera, which was attached to a big screen, which was facing the camera. It was almost a POV shot within a master shot.
6 100% Maybe "That's Fab" CONVERGING STORYLINES
Two women cross paths in a bus stop, accidentally swapping their shopping bags. One had purchased Fab, the other, a white powdery substance in a Fab box, but not Fab. Full marks for having characters converge, diverge, then converge again. Some of the dialogue was a bit ropey. Was it improvised on set, or was another writing pass required? Had the funniest line of subtitled dialogue of the evening. And full marks for getting a shot into a reflective glass bus stop, dollying the camera side to side, and not getting the crew in the reflection.
7 3:15 Productions "The Somnambulist" HORROR
Creepy tone horror, with someones insomnia causing them to see and experience some creepy things. I couldn't really follow the story, and I didn't get that walls covered in paper sheets were supposed to be a padded room. Some great sound and camera production. I really liked the shot with a creepy dude in the back ground with a blurred out face.
8 4 Fat Heads "Al's Last Day" MUSICAL
Al is an old man in a young mans high tech world, loses his job, goes on a downward spiral, before figuring out how to get what he wants online. Now musical is a genre that either makes or breaks a team. Elevates their short, or crushes it. In this case, was it even really a musical? Does quoting an Al Jolson standard make a short a musical? All the ingredients were top notch. Loved the camera work. The slow-mo car, the POV shot. Liked the actors, the art design. The lead actor had a fantastic look for the story you were going for. Absolutely top notch gag/shot of one person holding a sign up in the window, with the second person reflected in it. A different genre and a script to match, this could have been top notch.
9 42 Cents "Lights. Camera. Wasteland" REUNION MOVIE
Post apocalyptic, post production, movie within a short. Auckland has gone to hell, and Vic is putting his team back together to finish his passion project movie. Had all sorts of moments, but for me, did not jell together. Bad guy audition was great. Several of the gags got a good audience reaction. Doing post apocalyptic is going to make getting several locations tough, but the team pulled it off.
10 420 Dream Team "pulse" NON-DIALOGUE
My entire notes for this were “???”. Man stumbles down Queen St. Finds girlfriend. Falls asleep. Non-dialogue seems to have been an issue for putting a substantial story together. Frequently looked good. Really liked the subtly distorting logo.
11 48 hours later "Living with Vic Meyer" ROBOT/CYBORG/ANDROID
Androids and their owners are interviewed. A glitching disease seems to be spreading and the cure comes in card form. I thought there were some very clever ideas with the gradual reveal, and the use of the card. But I had trouble following the story. May have to watch again to understand where Vic played into the story. Paint shaker gag got a well deserved audience reaction.
12 A Strange Cast "Gregg" OBSESSIVE
A man trying to start a new romance has to cope with an obsessive friend playing third wheel. Straddled a line between humor and dark and serious. Really liked the camera self portrait gag, which was a good bit of non verbal story telling.
13 Aardvark Animation "Quest Time" RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK
A young goblin must go on a quest to save his master. Puzzles must be solved, dangerous journeys undertaken. And not to mention damsels requiring rescue. Animation in such a short time frame is going to always be very very tough. And with the limited 2d animation used, you are going to have to rely on sound and good voice work to carry much of the story. That was lacking here. It is something MUKPUDDY always shines with when they do the 48. And the syncing of sound to lipsync and scene changes was also a bit off. Get your audio sorted and the gags would have gone over even better.