Since: Apr 2011
The Lockdown final was actually a bit different. Still a showcase of films rather than THE BEST films made in lockdown. That is clear from what we saw from The Spin-off's (self-serving) but higher quality shorts that actually had some story/structure/tech and a lot of what we've already got in the Screening Room.
That's a great way to look at it.
Most of the shorts were pretty good, but some didn't feel like they had much of the spark that I'm used to seeing in finalists. That je ne sais quoi that some of you talented bastards seem to just have on tap.
But I think you've nailed it. It was a showcase for Lockdown, not really a national final as we usually understand it. That explains a lot.
It was bloody great that they pulled Lockdown together, I really didn't think it would happen. I like a lot about this different approach. Number one: digital delivery. That drive to the finish line should be a thing of the past forever.
3 minutes was great too.
And no ultra. Do away with ultra. It sucked. Simplify everything, just like it was in Lockdown. Maybe more than 6 genres, but that wasn't too bad either.
Only change that I'd really like to see with the finals is to have listed (but not played) 3 or so nominees for each category. But that's probably just making the mistake of thinking about it like a normal finals again.
The judging is going to keep being a problem while they keep weighting it for big names and especially for overseas names. I'd really like to see it change to being a big panel of former category, region, and national winners. Like an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of 48hours folks. People who've been in 48hours a lot, who've watched a lot of heats and finals, who actually know how close to impossible it is for some of these teams to pull off the absolutely extraordinary things they do. Rather than a bunch of "big name" people who have no real idea about 48hours or even in some cases no idea about NZ.
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| The Scary One with the Kid in the Photo
| Unwanted Guest | LOCKDOWN | ...2019
| Frank & Beans
| Buddy Movie | ULTRA48 | DQ :)
| Auckland Winner: Best Disqualified Film2018
| MUST LOVE BOTS
| Anti-RomCom | ULTRA48 | Heat 4 Audience Fav
, Auckland Short List
, Auckland Finalist: Best Script2017
| I am ball 2
| Survival | ULTRA482016
| The Littlest Punk
| Punk | Auckland finalist: Best Original Song2015
| RomCom, Animated | DQ & Very bad!2014
| I am ball
| Musical, Animated | Auckland finalist: Best Use of Prop2013
| Race Against Time | Boring!2012
| Urban Legend | Puppets2011
| Kill Therapist
| Revenge | Writer, Director, Actor | Notorious2010
| Action Manu
| Biopic | Writer, Director | BoringFractured Radius2009
| All's Fair
| Musical/Dance | Co-Writer2008
| The End
| Drama | Co-Writer | Auckland winner2003
| Cop/Crime | Peripheral