What I learned this year
Well... my second year managing/directing/producing and editing a 48hours film... I must say, despite our vehicle crapping itself just before the launch and our editor coming down with a debilitating vomiting bug on Saturday morning, it felt fairly relaxed this year!
Once again i learnt alot!:
1. Flying back from Auckland for an ETA in Wellington at 6.35pm Friday is VERY stressful! especially when you learn that the only person with keys to get into the team base has just blown up the car and is stranded on the way to picking up half the team AND the editing computer...
2. make sure you have more than one vehicle and driver available at any one time :D
3. Underwater cameras are AWESOME!
4. Don't let your cinematographer talk you into letting him not use a tripod for a single shot... Tripod = good.
5. Editing film is like riding a bike... first time back, you fall off and break your arm and from then on it is fine... It is good to know I can still do it myself if I don't have an editor :D
6. Sound off the camera (Canon 7D is INFINITELY better than off a cheap external mic (OMG the HUM!)
7. A good computer makes all the difference - whilst not perfect, Our film is way cleaner and more professional looking than last time. I could actually watch our film pre-render this year - that makes editing SO much easier! The render took 20mins instead of 3 hours :D
8. Getting up at 7am Sunday not 5am to continue editing actually ended up more productive than getting up at 5am (based on last year)
9. Experience helps! 80% of the team this year was in the team last year so I didn't have to answer endless questions about the competition!
10. Alcohol and spa pool on Friday evening makes for a very tired team come Saturday morning...
11. Facebook is a great way to organise your team... except for that one person who refuses to sign up for facebook... grrr....
We had so much fun this year :D
What did you guys learn?