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Tim Van Der Grigortron
From: Wellington, New Zealand
Since: May 2011
Posts: 30

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Use of Characeter,

Hi there, does the character have to be blatantly named or by his/her actions be known to be the chracacter?

Thanks
Tim

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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 680

The name has to be in there.

There are ways of getting it in that don't involve people saying "Hey look, it's Nicky Brick, he's so unlucky".

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themorgan
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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Shorts have been fine in the past when the name wasn't in there, but it was clear without any doubt who the required character was.

Andrew reckons different, so if you're competing in Christchurch, I'd do what he says. If you're elsewhere, just use your best judgement. If you're still not sure, use the name.

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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 680

in reply to themorgan:

At least have "Nicky" or "Brick" in the film itself (not just the credits). Otherwise it could be any old unlucky character.

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themorgan
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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in reply to Andrew Todd:

Agree, I've actually got "Brick" written on a letterbox in my establishing shot.

At least this year the name wasn't awful. Remember Gnarly Watson? Gah.

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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
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in reply to themorgan:

Remember Gnarly Watson? Gah.

Bodil DeRezny...

Wonder how many Crime-genre films will have a character called Nicky The Brick.

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Josh Howard
From: Hamilton
Since: May 2011
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I am associated with two teams. It is interesting that in one Nicky is a Boy and the other Nicky is a Girl.

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in reply to Josh Howard:

The name is always gender neutral

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ligeia
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Since: May 2011
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in reply to Andrew Todd:

We did :o)

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Ant Timpson
From: New Zealand
Since: Mar 2011
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The name thing comes up now and then.

We usually go by the fact that after your short plays if we as an audience member know that there was an unlucky person called Nicky Brick then that's usually enough. We're all over people introducing themselves with "Hi I'm Nicky Brick an unlucky person"

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dmanthei
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
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We just used an anthropomorphized brick that was riddled with divots.

It couldn't take the load. :-(

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Godfather
From: Auckland
Since: May 2012
Posts: 2

We also used a chip-riddled brick, and she talked about how 'nicky' she was, due to her bad luck. I did wonder whether we'd be the only ones.

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DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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The leaf was the dark horse I think. Easy to include leaves, hard to make them a "prop" without going obvious (drink everytime someone is covered by a leaf Adam-and-Eve style, or being fanned with a large leaf). Our film has many obvious leaves and but also has a "processed leaf" feature in a less obvious but far more integral way, but that's subtle.

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I have two leaves, both CG, one animated. Eat it Muk Puddy!

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zer05um
From: Auckland (ex Taranaki)
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 120

in reply to DylanReeve:

Yeah, we did that. It's subtle, like our slomo.

There's a much less subtle one later on, but only in case the first is so subtle nobody notices it.

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SeanOC
From: Auckland
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As I said in the prop related forum post, I hope our use of the leaf gets some recognition. I cut myself in the process (actor here!).

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