Since: Dec 2012
I've been debating a little with myself as to if I should post in this thread and admit to being the DoP in this team..... :-P But what the hell, I'll guess I'll admit to it! And share some of my perspective.
So my little back story: I've done a handful of short films lately, usually as a "DoP". And am a working semi professional videographer (I say "semi", as is my first year at it, after studying film last year. Been keeping fairly busy most weekends lately with weddings and other stuff. It was rather lucky timing the 48hr contest didn't clash with any work for me).
Had planned on entering my own team in again this year, but got caught a little off guard and didn't really put enough time into pulling together team members for it. So after the deadline rolled around, I thought I'd look about for an existing team to join. The problem of course is any semi half decent team would've already locked in their DoP role (which would be my preference), as this is now a mere couple of days before the event. As luck (???) would have it I got in touch with Paulette's team via the forums, and from talking with her it seemed like a fairly serious/hardcore team (unlike others in this thread, I didn't do any googling until long after I'd joined the team...). They already had a DoP, but I could at least be second camera operator, or camera assistant, or something like that. Which sounded all good to me, at least it meant I would get to do what I find fun, playing around with cameras for 48hrs! :-P
Well.... when I met the team on Friday evening I discovered how very very wrong I was with my earlier assessment. As I quickly realised that I was the only one with even the tiniest bit of filmmaking experience, with one fortunate exception: Charlie. (he has nothing to do with our team name, I've got no idea what that "Charlie" in our team name means) Charlie is a film student on exchange from the USA. He too had never met anybody else in the team beforehand (in fact, he'd only arrived in Auckland earlier in that same day on Friday!!).
For the first few early hours of the competition I was very seriously considering if maybe I should just leave and ask to join a friend's team (who'd had their DoP pull out at the last minute. So they were going to shoot with just an iPhone! Thus I'm sure they'd have appreciated my expertise and equipment). But oh well whatever, might as well stick it out and finish what I'd committed to?
So I threw out all expectations out the window, then buckled up to enjoy the rollercoaster ride of chaos! :-D
In the end I was rather pleasantly surprised by what myself (as I assumed the role of DoP fairly quickly) and Charlie (our editor) managed to pull out of it! It certainly exceeded my earlier expectations (but then again.... I'd decided to try and not have any! ha).
But do we deserve 10 or 9 or 8 stars out of 10? Oh hell no. And I'll be shell shocked if we get selected for the Auckland final (but one can always hope and dream!), as having watched a few other heats I've seen many many more worthy candidates than us.
In the end, it was not anything like the 48hrs I had expected or hoped for, but still was a very fun time with a bunch of characters. So yes, I'm glad I did the Rialto 48hrs again this year.
Alex Jones: Let's make a film about this.
Heck yeah, wish there had been a documentary or at least a BTS made of the production of our 48hr film! (Even since the conclusion of the competition, the number of plot twists and turns has been incredible :-P) Would've been far more entertaining than what we made ;-) Haha. But wouldn't have been possible, as editor and I were already pretty flat out busy so nobody was spare for that.
As for the muddle of all these reviews, well.... I know it isn't me! And who knows what the hell is going on, this is why we need a documentary made to explain it all! :-P lol
Once the Auckland Finalists are announced, and it is put in the screening room, so people can view it for themselves, I'd really like to hear more genuine reviews of it. It is all a learning process, and I'd like to hear about improvements I can make as a DoP.