Since: May 2011
I was supervising 2 school teams from Hamilton:
Midnight Oil and Grasshopper Studios
Got a one-shot and decided to do a one-shot horror set at night so didn't even start filming until 6pm on Saturday :)
Yes in on time, 12 ins to go
The hardest part was a key actor was not available to re-record lines lost in the background so used a stand in a digitally altered both voices to match each other (Don't know why they didn't just re-record his lines from the new person)
The best part was the death machine - 32gb ram and sick processing speed. Rendering took all of 2 minutes.
The junior team took off to a flying start. They had everything under control and all filmed and by 6pm on Saturday. The editors (5 of them) had been working away diligently on their different sections. It all looked great until 3 hours out from the deadline - The name of our film :) - when they came to piece all the sequences together into the final film. We then found that their had been no system for naming files, or even where to store them. There were multiple stages of the same file with names like chapel_final_version and then chapel_use_this_one. So with 3 hours to go we had to basically re-edit the whole thing scavenging the sequences we could find and filling in the blanks.
We have 3 interweaving story lines and ran out of time to color correct the 3 stories, wanted a red tint for the romantic line, a cold blue for the drug user and white, over exposed look for the religious line. (this was in all the missing sequences) Then we hit render with 40 mins to go, it took 12 to render. we opened the file and it only played 1 second :O
Re-rendered with 30 mins to go at SD and it worked only to find the previous file opened was an aborted render and the full HD version had been there all along.
We scrambled to the finish line across the other side of Hamilton and got there with 5 mins to go :)
Both teams are already planning next years competition.
2014 - Candlelight Productions - Shock Ending:
2014 - Lunar Films - Race Against The Clock:
2014 - Insomnia Films - Time Travel:
2014 - Grasshopper Studios - Shock Ending:
2013 - Insomnia Films - Horror:Pendulum
2013 - Grasshopper Studios - Converging Storylines:The Last Hand
2012 - Midnight Oil - 1-Shot (Horror):Mine
2012 - Grasshopper Studios - End of the World:Deadline
2011 - St Paul's - RomCom:Love In Reflection