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DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

What’s the process for discovering that your film has been officially disqualified?

I doubt anyone has time (at least in the bigger centres) to review the films for element compliance. You wouldn't be officially disqualified for that, you'd just not make it past judges.

The only thing I can think of that fairly consistently causes post-screening disqualification is rights issues or clear rule breaking. Teams have been removed from eligibility (and maybe even stripped of audience awards?) in the past for having used copyright content they didn't clear, or obvious rule breaking (most notably the use of footage shot outside 48Hours weekend, but that's less of an issue now).

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Ultra teams: What did you think?

Sequel was great, and something I totally didn't expect from ULTRA.

Was made a bit more difficult in that we didn't have the actor who's been in most of our films (not that we couldn't sequel without him. but it certainly limited our approach).

In the very early stages we thought we had to merge genres as well but quickly figured that wasn't the case (although the film we made actually did merge both genres anyway).

I've no doubt that ULTRA won't be the same next year, but now seeing the way it's being approached, rather than just a bunch more elements or something, it seems like a great extra layer.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

48 Hours registration for sale!

in reply to dramamike:

Film at the game!

I think the NZRU would have some thoughts.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Will there be a Hashtag or anything like that this year?

#ohshitohshit from about 5pm on Sunday :)

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Stock Footage and the peril of Copyright

in reply to dramamike:

So, if I found a clip on youtube that has been put on there with the appropriate Creative Commons license, is that enough evidence that it is legit?

If you're reasonably confident that the person who has uploaded the content has the right to release it with that license, then it should be fine.

YouTube is reactive not proactive, so you can't take the fact they've accepted the clip and it's associated license as an endorsement of it's legitimacy though.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Stock Footage and the peril of Copyright

Since the rules have been opened up a little to allow the potential use of stock footage and other types of pre-shot fotoage it's probably worth thinking about copyright.

The terms of the competition require that you have proper rights to everything you use, so be very sure that you do, and be prepared to prove it if you're challenged.

This means, if you're using a stock footage library of any sort, make sure you check their usage guide to make sure you're in compliance with whatever terms they have. If they require a credit, make sure you provide the credit, otherwise your license to that footage may be invalid. Save details of payments you made to them or whatever else might be necessary to prove you had a suitable license to the content.

If you are relying on Public Domain content - double check that it is in fact in the public domain. US and NZ copyright laws vary. While US laws are usually more restrictive in terms of when and how things enter the public domain it's possible that something that is public domain in the US or elsewhere might still be protected by copyright in NZ. Save details about where and how you found the content.

Double check the usage conditions and license type of any Creative Commons or other free-use copyright licensed content you use. Make sure you can meet the terms of use - some licenses require that anything using the content be non-commercial, or be released with the same license terms as the content you're using. Can you meet those terms? Again, save details about where and how you found the content.

Don't trust Google or any random websites. If you find something on a random website, YouTube or on a Google search that says it's free or public domain, don't just take if for granted. Try to verify it - check for proper creator attribution and copyright info. If it seems sketchy or a little too good to be true, err on the side of caution and don't use it. If you do decide to use it then, again, definitely save details of where and how you found it.

Copyright is a huge pain in the ass when using content made by any third-party so be very sure that you have the rights you think you have, and that you can back up your belief if challenged. Where possible credit everything you use with a source so that there's no argument about how and where you found it.

If you're using something that you have made yourself in the past, just make sure you have the rights to grant yourself. If you shot something for a client, or as an employee, you may not have the necessary rights anymore. If you made something and then licensed it to someone else it's also possible that you don't have the rights to use it without their approval. If in doubt, double check!

Chances are you won't run into trouble, but 48HOURS organisers have to protect their interests too, so if they have any reason to be concerned they may well come to you for clarification.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Best Places to Get Stock Music/Images/Footage?

The Archive.org Moving Image archive has a lot of stuff... Much of it is legitimately in the public domain, but some is presented under US Fair Use provisions. You can definitely use Public Domain content but you can't rely on Fair Use in NZ.

In general, if you are using any stock footage or public domain content it is a very good idea to include it in your credits. In many cases it won't be specifically required, but it does help establish your source if there's any question later.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Best Places to Get Stock Music/Images/Footage?

If using a Creative Commons license - make sure you know which one you're using and meet the license criteria for it.

CC0 is a Public Domain license - go forth and use as you wish, without restriction!
CC-BY is Attribution - you can use however you like but you must include proper attribution (in your credits should be sufficient)

And after that it gets more complicated...

CC-BY-SA is Attribution and Share-Alike - it requires that works made using that content be shared under the same terms. If you use CC-BY-SA content then your finished film must also be available under a CC-BY-SA or similar license. This is probably compatible with 48HOURS, but that should perhaps be clarified.

CC-BY-NC is Attribution and Non-Commercial - simple enough, attribute the author and it can't be used in commercial works. I believe this license will be incompatible with 48HOURS as they require a license allowing potential commercial use.

CC-BY-ND is Attribution with No Derivatives - you can use this content on it's own (as an illustration on a website, for example) but cannot make derivative works from it. This is not compatible with use in 48HOURS as including it in your film would be a derivative work.

It is possible to create other license combinations (you can have a Share-Alike license but not require attribution, which would be a CC-SA license).

Basically anything other than CC0/Public Domain and CC-BY is likely to be more complicated than you really want to address in a 48 Hour film.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Ultra48 - new challenge for veterans

Ah, what the hell. I've thrown our hat in. I asked the team, but none of them got back to me... So... :)

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

How did you get your team name?

In 2003 our team name was Squeegee.

But then during the very first shot of the day, I did this:

So from then on the name was forever Fractured Radius

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

Ultra48 - new challenge for veterans

By rights we should totally do this...

But I've been very slack on organising things and as a result we are currently still without a DOP, editor, soundy, and probably more. Do I want to make it even harder?

Decisions, decisions...

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

NEW RULES - IMPORTANT

in reply to AJ:

Yep. Again, I don't wanna do this. I was just pointing out a scenario in which someone might want to do it.

I'm just spitballing ideas here.

The 'you' was a broad metaphorical 'you' in relation to the scenario you posed though.

Any team that tries to stretch this new rule into some sort of giant loophole for resubmitting or re-purposing a whole existing work is very likely to a) not get far and b) feel pretty stink later.

I will absolutely applaud a team that can somehow make a whole new creative work out of existing footage they have acquired the rights to (a narrative built from 1950's public domain educational films? That'd be cool!) but I think any other scenario people come up with about teams using existing material in some sort of wholesale way is just somewhat paranoid.

This rule means we can stretch our creative imagination into places logistics and budgets don't allow. It doesn't allow us to replace the main act of film-making.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

NEW RULES - IMPORTANT

in reply to AJ:

I could even use footage of [Trump] if I got the rights to it!

Fantastic news! You already have the rights!

Almost all US government-created content (including official White House video) is explicitly not copyright protected. So, you can absolutely use Trump.

Please don't.

This is much more useful for things from NASA and the US military, perhaps?

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

NEW RULES - IMPORTANT

in reply to AJ:

I'm MOSTLY fine with the rule change, but just to play devil's advocate- and not that I would actually want to do this instead of making a film but...
Our first film as Les Cousins is probably our best, or at least a lot of people have told me that. But we handed in a dud version by accident, and completely fell through the cracks of notoriety, save for a few sympathetic reviews.
We redeemed ourselves the following year, BUT I have always been cursed with wondering "What if we handed in a good version 'Bourbon Legends'?"

You could absolutely do this.

And I think people would see through it - certainly the judges and organisers probably would. It is not in the spirit of the competition and I doubt you'd be rewarded for it.

I also think you'd feel a distinct lack of satisfaction on Sunday evening. You could of course tell yourself, "that's okay, this is the film we always wanted to make those few years ago" but of course nothing has stopped you re-working the film in the intervening years at any other time, so I doubt you'd convince yourself.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team

DylanReeve
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 544

NEW RULES - IMPORTANT

Allow me to re-post one of my more cogent comments from Facebook post about this:

It isn't that makes it easier. It allows more creativity. I love the limitations - chiefly time and logistical - that make 48HOURS. But if we had to do *everything* in that time span (including, most notably, scoring) it would seriously limit many teams' ability to participate.

Being able to use footage that's not originated in that weekend isn't about having canned content. It's about being able to support bigger creative ideas.

Want to have a flashback scene set in the 1970s? Now you can help support that with a quick establishing shot of a busy 1970s street.

Want to shoot your actors into space? Now you can grab a rocket liftoff shot.

Need something on the TV in the background during a scene in the lounge? Now it can be your 48HOURS entry from last year, instead of being something you have to just somehow jam into your schedule to support what is essentially set decoration.

You still have to write, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours. The fact you can magically reach outside that specific window for a few things isn't making the competition weaker - it's making it stronger. We can do *more* now.

Dylan Reeve | Edit Geek
Fractured Radius | Auckland | Since 2003

2017 | Supernatural | Morgan's Time 2: Morgan's Fate
2015/2016 } I was doing other things...
2014 | Time Travel | Morgan's Time
2013 | Robot/Android/Cyborg | Incredibly Advanced Robotics
2012 | Fantasy Adventure | Tilting at Windmills
2011 | One Room (Quest) | The Office Quest
2010 | Musical/Dance | Professional Dancer
2009 | Musical/Dance | All's Fair
2008 | Drama | The End (Auckland Winner)
2007 | Crime | The Big Job
2006 | Action/Adventure | Three Heroes Against Terror (City Finalist)
2005 | Romance | Fruits of Passion
2004 | Action/Adventure | The Sceptre of MacGuffin (City Finalist)
2003 | Cop/Crime | Forensic Investigation Team