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Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Grand Final livestream - great job!

Hugh Sundae has been doing it year on year since it was the Herald live stream, and has gotten it down to a fine art. So much so this year everything was all set up and ready to go before we even came in for our playback tech check on the Saturday afternoon.

As a plug for him go to Sundae Pictures Limited for event live streaming!

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Grand Finalists stats

Average duration of 4min 28 seconds (no team intro, but including 10s title cards and 3s end black)

Aspect Ratios
3x 2:1
7x 2.35:1
1x 9:16
7x 16:9

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Finals to be streamed?

They sure will be! Hugh Sundae and his team will have been working all Saturday to be ready to stream the finals straight to your living room. Or bus, office, bedroom or wherever you are.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

in reply to Clayton Hiku:

But then animals would have been an option in that case?

I mean we did make an Anti rom com with snails.... it could have been a high school movie with snails... or a splat stick with snails (now that would probably have been harder!) And we did have other ideas with people in animal ones-ies etc. I do think the age limit could have been lower. Even 14 would have still meant you could use actual teenagers in it.

I'm just very glad we didn't go for our children ruling the world and looking after adults idea.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

Our team took a vote to do ultra this year as sequel last year seemed to hurt many teams, although mostly because viewers hadn't seen the originals.

I pushed for it this year on the basis that we do better with more rather than less restrictions and that turned out to be true and has resulted in our first Grand Final appearance.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Whats up with heat 10?

School teams are moved around to put them in the earlier heats each evening so they can get home at a reasonable hour. Out of town teams play on the weekend so they can travel if they want. Those represent 99% of non alphabetical changes in Auckland at least.

As for reviews if you get in touch with Nick Burridge he can police the review - check ip addresses and emails etc to see if they're cheating the system. They don't count for anything in the judging, neither do audience favourites really for that matter, but it helps if you want to take a look at the best or most popular of a region.

Having seen every film in Auckland I wish I was any good at writing reviews, and had time to do so. Bring back reviewer awards I say!

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

No MD5 Submission for Out of Towners??? Are we expected to upload the whole film now?

in reply to wedeyedwobot:

Just a quick reply - I've posted a more detailed one on the FB group thread.

The aim of HP48 Hours is to create and deliver a film within 48 hours. It's all about the ideas and never about the technology, however it does help in certain cases. And like having a car helps get your film to the hand-in instead of walking, having faster internet will help you get your film in on time.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Ultra48 - new challenge for veterans

Halcyon Entertainment are in. For better or for worse.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

No MD5 Submission for Out of Towners??? Are we expected to upload the whole film now?

We must have received your upload by 7pm, as Ruth has stated this is to avoid people in other centers uploading rather than delivering their films, consider the upload your drive to the hand-in and the internet your transport.

Digital Pigeon provides speeds that outstrip any consumer (and most professional) level internet speeds. If you're on dial up find someone with a good connection or consider what the size of your file is.

We recommend (from our FAQ)

Video Bitrate: Variable bit rate encoding approximately 10 megabits per second. We recommend the following bitrates for highest quality at the following frame sizes:

1024 x 576: 4 megabits per second (i.e 4mb/s or 4000 kb/s)
1280 x 720: 8 megabits per second (i.e 8mb/s or 8000 kb/s)
1920 x 1080: 10 megabits per second (i.e 10mb/s or 10000 kb/s)

However from experience though you'll still get really good results at 1080p at 6000kb/s and 720p at 3000/kbps at these levels your films should be around 200-500mb max.

If you're still having issues do get in touch.

On the night I'll be monitoring uploads as they start and come in and those that do or do not make it in on time.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

The message from the organisers this year was not good.

Hi Shane,

This year has been a big rush to get things sorted, especially here in Auckland where we're also managing the rest of the country. But hey it was either get stuck in and make it work or not have one this year.

The Hollywood is a great venue and the problems we had on the first night were from there being more than 20 people per team as per the city info which was compounded by the rain and people rushing past where the voting forms were being handed out. When our volunteers went to hand out more papers upstairs and downstairs there were very few takers. Our deepest apologies to anyone who thought they were being accused of cheating asking for more papers after the heat, it's clearly a problem of miscommunication from our volunteers (who handed out more voting forms than should be expected for 15 teams of 20). Yesterday we had a debrief before the evening heats and discussed all this and in comparison last night went super smoothly. The A/V setup at the Hollywood far outstrips the Academy and so that's why we wanted the heats there.

I'm going to assume that the new team that missed out on their film screening was the one that emailed me and I had to remind them their film hadn't played yet and they ended up placing in the audience awards last night.

We've been promoting the City Info pages on both the website and on Facebook (which cross posts to Twitter); that's 3 places that mentioned the heat dates originally. When registrations closed (with Auckland numbers not far off the previous year) we put up specific heat and genre numbers for all teams before the competition.

We want to see this competition continue to grow and develop in the coming years because we have been competing for the past 11 years ourselves and know where we'd like to see it go. We're also very interested in what everyone else thinks we should be doing as well; so as cheesy as it sounds your feedback is appreciated.

Johnathan Guest
Operations Manager
HP48 Hours 2016

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

2015 Roll Call

Halcyon Entertainment will be back, in some form.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Here's our non-finalist film!

Yeah that was us, blank USB handed in just before the deadline

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

Here's our non-finalist film!

Here's Halcyon Entertainment's film for 2014: Bedtime
Unfortunately we were disqualified.

http://vimeo.com/91379516

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

adobe cs6

in reply to star striker:

Student software is often heavily discounted or free as the vendor wants a student to learn on their software so that they stick with it once they have graduated.
Adobe offer theirs at a much cheaper rate meanwhile some companies like Autodesk offer their programs to students for free. Both forms of student software come with a clause in the license that states that they may not be used for commercial work and oftern require student ID numbers and proof of study. I also think Autodesk realised that most students would pirate their software or find a free alternative rather than buy it and so they offer theirs at no cost with a license that lets them keep track of usage.
Also have a look at Adobe Creative Cloud, even their full price membership is pretty damn cheap for what you get.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner

Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

What do you spend?

We spend a lot. We have a lot of gear ourselves, mostly camera and computers but gear like lenses and lights Nick and I hire in for the weekend. Our reason behind spending money is that it gives all of our 30 person cast and crew a role and something to do. For some of them this is a future they want to pursue and for others a hobby, new equipment has kept it interesting and them all learning. Also worth mentioning feeding and transporting 30 people is hugely expensive and easily accounts for 1/3 - 1/2 the weekend's cost.

We ask for donations from the group, some have jobs, others are poor uni students but most value the weekend and contribute what they can. In the end we all have fun, and all the shiny gear and full stomachs tend to help that (especially at 6am Sunday morning in the cold and rain as they fight to sleep in the back of a van). That is not to say that a brilliant film can't be made on the entry fee alone, for us it wouldn't work and there would be more dissent in the ranks than usual.

Johnathan Guest
Halcyon Entertainment
14 time 48Hours entrant
2018 Auckland City Winner