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Rastinha
Since: Mar 2014
Posts: 62

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Solo teams past and present (and duos if you see this)

Hey folks,

On the off chance any of you have time to be on the forum in the lead up, who has done/is doing this solo? None of my team mates are available this year so I'm doing it solo. I've done it 3 or so times as a duo before, but never fully solo.

Horror stories? Advantages? If you did it solo, how did you do your writing process/make decisions? Share your films if you want, too :)

2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions
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)
2013: MIA
2012: MIA
2011: MIA
2010: MIA
2009: MIA
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
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ruth
Since: May 2011
Posts: 146

I just want to say that teams that go solo or duo are amazing.

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jjosland
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2015
Posts: 77

Please do it! Well recommended- I was so pleased with how much I pushed myself last year, particularly the editing to make it look like there was lots of me.

It is really cool to see your own limitations. I found I could also edit as I went, without having to explain anything to anyone.

There were some tough moments early on, like 3am Friday when I realised that nothing was working well, but I pushed through it and got into a flow. Filmed it all on my phone as well.

This may or may not help:

Mad Scientists
2018 We'll just have to do things the long wayStar Crossed Lovers(ULTRA) Christchurch Best Art Direction Nominee
2017 Uber Cyborg 2.0 Sci-Fi Love (ULTRA)
2016 Wrong Target Mistaken Identity |Christchurch Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Film Nominee|Christchurch Best Art Direction Nominee
2015 Uber Cyborg Science gone mad |Christchurch Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Movie|Christchurch Best Costume Nominee
2014 One Man Army Against the Odds |National Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Film|Christchurch Best Team Intro
2011 Humpty Dumpty: The Untold Story Mystery
2009 Blackout Superhero
2008 Take As Prescribed Horror (Disqualified for being over length)
Nervous Poop
2010 48Hours Later Musical | Christchurch Best Bad Film Runner Up
Gorilla Pictures
2006 Rubix Dude and Wheelchair Mania Superhero Film | Christchurch Finalist, Christchurch Best Original Score, Christchurch Best Use Of Character, Christchurch Best Screenplay
2005 Mr Fluffy and the Robot Sci-Fi (Disqualified- 4 minutes late)
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Rastinha
Since: Mar 2014
Posts: 62

Oh I watched yours last year, I was super impressed! I'm trying to learn some animation as a backup in case I can't think of anything decent live action-wise.

Are you doing ultra? Considering it, but not too sure, haha.

2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions
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)
2013: MIA
2012: MIA
2011: MIA
2010: MIA
2009: MIA
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
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jjosland
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2015
Posts: 77

Oh cool thanks! I'm not doing Ultra this year as I am only supporting school teams, but another definite recommendation! Both times I reckon Ultra has actually made my films better.

Mad Scientists
2018 We'll just have to do things the long wayStar Crossed Lovers(ULTRA) Christchurch Best Art Direction Nominee
2017 Uber Cyborg 2.0 Sci-Fi Love (ULTRA)
2016 Wrong Target Mistaken Identity |Christchurch Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Film Nominee|Christchurch Best Art Direction Nominee
2015 Uber Cyborg Science gone mad |Christchurch Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Movie|Christchurch Best Costume Nominee
2014 One Man Army Against the Odds |National Most Incredibly Strange Best Bad Film|Christchurch Best Team Intro
2011 Humpty Dumpty: The Untold Story Mystery
2009 Blackout Superhero
2008 Take As Prescribed Horror (Disqualified for being over length)
Nervous Poop
2010 48Hours Later Musical | Christchurch Best Bad Film Runner Up
Gorilla Pictures
2006 Rubix Dude and Wheelchair Mania Superhero Film | Christchurch Finalist, Christchurch Best Original Score, Christchurch Best Use Of Character, Christchurch Best Screenplay
2005 Mr Fluffy and the Robot Sci-Fi (Disqualified- 4 minutes late)
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steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 313

Done solo (2011). Done duo (2018). Would do solo again in a heartbeat :)

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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 653

I'll be mostly-solo for the first 18 hours, then in a duo for the remaining 30. Much the same as last year, although this year we'll be in the same place (last year we made our movie over Skype and Creative Cloud). Signed up for Ultra both times.

Last year was maybe my best year ever in the comp, both in terms of the experience and the resultant film. We don't know whether we'll be animating or shooting live-action this year, but we're both really looking forward to doing it again! Solo and duo are both rewarding in vastly different ways from big-team 48hours. You keep each other accountable, and there's no room for slacking off. You also get a sense of calm when there are just a couple people working that you'd never get in a team of ten people.

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2019 - Deep Dish Pizza Wolf - [pending]
2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "√úbermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)
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Rastinha
Since: Mar 2014
Posts: 62

The years that I've done duo it's been me and my partner and we both brainstorm, then I write, film, direct, edit and he acts so it's like a solo effort with an extra brain and set of arms on deck to help do things, but have never attempted to be the main actor too, haha.

I LOVED Utka, it was one of my favorites from those I saw of last year. Especially loved the Russian accent :) Was part of my inspiration for considering animating this year, except I planned to dabble in it waaaay earlier than 3 days before the comp, lol. Life had other plans! Oh well, this time last year I'd never written a musical and I pulled that off (as in completed it--it's no masterpiece, haha). Anything's possible I guess!

2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions
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)
2013: MIA
2012: MIA
2011: MIA
2010: MIA
2009: MIA
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
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Ness Patea
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 87

If you do go Solo, maybe have someone on hand who can help out if you need it. You will still be eligible for solo/duo award.

2017 - 2019 - National Operations / Wellington City Manager
2016 - Wellington City Manager
2014 - 48 hours Blogger/Photographer
2012 - 48 hours Blogger/Photographer

Empire of Reason
2015 - Catch of the Day - Cat and Mouse

Traces of Nut
2013 - 'Sleeping Plot' - Crime - National WInner
2011 - 'Ruby Red' - Musical
2008 - 'Half a Horse' - Crime - Best DQed

Electric Pink Company
2010 - 'Fabricator' - Biopic
2009 - 'Electric Pink Company' - Dance
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themorgan
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 651

I've done it six or seven times as a duo - though technically as I use my son as an actor we've been a trio the last few years, a distinction that was hard to stomach when he was one and two, but easier since last year when he really brought it on shoot day and made things all kinds of fun.

I'd kind of like to try it, but I think two is my real minimum, even though of course we've seen a number of people really nail it going solo over the years. For me I think it'd be too big a sacrifice, as then I'd have to use pre-made music rather than composing our own score and songs, which has been an important part of our enjoyment of making our more recent shorts.

It's also really great to have someone help sanity test my ideas, and she provides immeasurable help during the edit, keeping track of everything that's done, helping cut shots that we don't have time for, and of course making all the music.

Also making a short with my wife (and now our son) is pretty much the only reason I still do this thing that otherwise causes so much unnecessary stress.

Frauleins, oh frauleins
2019 | TBD | ULTRA48
2018 | MUST LOVE BOTS | Anti-RomCom | ULTRA48 | Heat 4 Audience Fav, Auckland Short List, Auckland Finalist: Best Script
2017 | I am ball 2 | Survival | ULTRA48
2016 | The Littlest Punk | Punk | Auckland finalist: Best Original Song
2015 | Crumbs | RomCom, Animated | Late & Bad!
2014 | I am ball | Musical, Animated | Auckland finalist: Best Use of Prop
2013 | Crybaby | Race Against Time | Bad!
2012 | S.U.L.A. | Urban Legend | Puppets
2011 | Kill Therapist | Revenge | Writer, Director, Actor | Notorious
2010 | Action Manu | Biopic | Writer, Director | Boring

Fractured Radius
2009 | All's Fair | Musical/Dance | Co-Writer
2008 | The End | Drama | Co-Writer | Auckland winner
2003 | F.I.T. | Cop/Crime | Peripheral
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R17
From: wellington
Since: May 2013
Posts: 176

We are doing duo for the first time this year. Just me and my husband. We are also going to have a go at animation - eek!

It already feels quite liberating not having to organise a whole team!

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Ness Patea
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 87

in reply to R17:

Wow, this should be a blast! Check out Squint Eastwood/Sam Harris films, he manages animation on a solo/duo team. I'm sure he would be up for giving some tips!

2017 - 2019 - National Operations / Wellington City Manager
2016 - Wellington City Manager
2014 - 48 hours Blogger/Photographer
2012 - 48 hours Blogger/Photographer

Empire of Reason
2015 - Catch of the Day - Cat and Mouse

Traces of Nut
2013 - 'Sleeping Plot' - Crime - National WInner
2011 - 'Ruby Red' - Musical
2008 - 'Half a Horse' - Crime - Best DQed

Electric Pink Company
2010 - 'Fabricator' - Biopic
2009 - 'Electric Pink Company' - Dance
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Sam Prebble
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 27

Going solo again this year. Last (and first) time I did solo/duo I signed up at the very last minute. I had every intention of skipping that year.

Ended up giving animation a go and ended up making LOVE.EXE, came third place in the finals.

Best part of going solo: you don't have to write a script, just make it up as you go...

Highly recommend it.

2018 Domino - "Perpetual Pause" - High School
2017 Bork! "Power Down" - Survival, ULTRA (unfinished)
2016 Bork! "LOVE.EXE" - Rom Com - National 3rd Place, Wellington Winner
2015 Domino "Self Rising" - Horror
2014 Domino "Tight Package" - Race Against the Clock - Christchurch Finalist
2013 Domino "Vic TV" - Unspoken Words (Silent)
2012 Domino "Shred or Alive" - Musical
2011 Domino "Dead Comfy" - Horror
2010 Domino "Death Pass" - Biopic
2009 2E "Red Dot Special" - Politically Incorrect
2008 Domino "Home Invasion" - Crime
2007 42 Below "A Slice of Jehad" - War/Western
2006 42 Below "Better Late Than Nevil" - War/Western
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Rastinha
Since: Mar 2014
Posts: 62

LOVE.EXE was amazing, yeah sometimes good things come out of additional pressure/constraints, so we'll see what happens! I signed up for Ultra in the end, if nothing else I thought it might help me narrow down my options a bit more tonight when I'm writing alone, haha.

Still undecided on animation vs. live action, hopefully the genre/elements/ultra combo will push me in one direction. I'm quite intrigued by the idea of not having to leave my office if I do animation (no batteries, no lugging gear around, no locations...) but we'll see!

2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions
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)
2013: MIA
2012: MIA
2011: MIA
2010: MIA
2009: MIA
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
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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin (Out of Town)
Since: May 2011
Posts: 97

Animation is great for solo/duo teams. At least, we enjoy it! I'd still recommend writing a script though...

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)
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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin (Out of Town)
Since: May 2011
Posts: 97

Split screen animation is a bit much... I think we might be doing some live action.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)
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ruth
Since: May 2011
Posts: 146

Think Comic book Toowit Toowoo

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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin (Out of Town)
Since: May 2011
Posts: 97

We have a script. All is well in the world.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)
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