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Most common uses of required elements

I haven't seen enough films to know. What were the cliches of 2016?

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DogsBreakfast
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My film was about a sheep that liked to get high, so the prop was in fact also my main character :)

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We used knitting.

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jjosland
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We used wool to make a necklace to hold the circular saw blade around the pet dog/human's neck. Our stuntman ran with it for real around his neck like a dog with arms up and down. Kids, don't try that at home- or anyone else for that matter...

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I noticed that everyone who went for wool clothing had dialogue to point out that it was in fact wool, where as I was bold and didn't bother.

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We had woollen hats.

Some people had blankets, a cardigan, also random shots of sheep.

Heck, one team randomly picked up a bunch of fluff with a 'V' and shoved it in their purse.

I would say that blankets we're the main ones in our city.

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I really wanted to trip someone up with wool stretched across the stairs, but we just couldn't justify it in the narrative.

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Sam Spooner
From: Auckland
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OMG so many woollen jumpers(clothing in general was a major cliche), and so many people saying "one more time?" Because they missed what someone said.

I avoided the woollen clothing trope by using wool to show how clean someone's mind was, went straight through the head ear to ear.

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Andrew Todd
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Woollen sweaters, hats, and scarves (either incidental or drawn attention to) represented probably 75% of wool use in Chch.

We also had quite a few time-loop films with "One more time" as the final line.

Charlie Flowers as a patient at a mental hospital.

Things coming into focus in the first shot or going out of focus in the final shot.

Not that any of those uses are bad - some were still very well-executed and/or even made the finals - just interesting to see the recurring themes!

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Jay Baker
Since: May 2015
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There were definitely a fair few balls of wool rolling round, some completely gratuitously.

One school team (which I have a feeling may have been a solo effort?) was a romance entirely starring sheep (actual real live sheep, that is), voiced by the team(/person). It was hilarious.

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From: Huntly
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Lots of Cosby Sweaters ?

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We got a real lamb, don't ask me how.

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in reply to weebey:

Or David Bain?

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Paper cup and wool communications system :D

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in reply to Andrew Todd:

We also had quite a few time-loop films with "One more time" as the final line.

This is my favourite one. I love learning about collective-consciousness decisions that aren't immediately obvious. That being said, having time travel as a genre meant all the ingredients were there.

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in reply to AJ:

This is my favourite one. I love learning about collective-consciousness decisions that aren't immediately obvious. That being said, having time travel as a genre meant all the ingredients were there.

I think (going on memory and not looking back through the films at all) there were actually *more* time-loop films OUTSIDE the Time Travel genre than there were in it. So odd!

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The line was fine and the technical element was a very good one I thought, as it was easily achievable by all teams and is a very natural shot type to use in a lot of different genres.

But there were a lot of bad uses of the prop this year, I thought. Even teams with otherwise good shorts and ok uses of the prop embarrassed themselves with overcooked dialogue to draw attention to it.

It doesn't need to be explicitly called out (it can be if it suits your story, but if it feels awkward you got it wrong), it doesn't need to be held up directly in front of your camera, it just needs to be present somewhere in your short.

Calm down about it. Act casual. If your short does well enough that it progresses and someone says "but wait there's no wool" you'll be able to say "yes there is the doll had wool hair and there was a blanket as well" and no harm done.

If you're trying to go for best use of prop then you've got to be really creative - and I think you'll know if you have a good idea - if you're not trying for that then just don't make a big deal out of it.

The best use of prop I saw was an animated short that had a robot preparing for a series of dates by rubbing itself down with steel wool. I didn't even notice that was what it was doing until it won Auckland best use of prop.

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in reply to Andrew Todd:

I wanted to do that for my real time film, I think I started several scripts based on this premise but I never got the idea right so I went with something else.

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in reply to themorgan:

That's a really good point - I get the sense sometimes that a lot of teams are terrified that if they don't make their use of the required elements really really obvious, they'll get disqualified.

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...and people go from there to lampshading it for laughs, which only sometimes works.

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in reply to Cardinal:

...and people go from there to lampshading it for laughs, which only sometimes works.

I believe the correct term for this is "TBALCing"

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