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CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Ultra Split Screen

Fuck, Fuck, Fuck. I was watching through the movie and 1 fucking shot wasn't split screened.
How strict is this thing, surely 1 shot is okay.

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2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Thread about anything else!

We wrapped our Ultra film a little over an hour and a half ago. I wasn't sure how well it would work out but if the first scene I cut together is anything to go by I'm really digging the results.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Please confirm the End Credit requirement

I guess the Vista foundation didn't pay enough to be on the end credits of everyone's films as well.
I suspect a lot of the stuff in there is just holdover from previous years as there no reason to update things that haven't changed much.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Looking for Cast and Crew in Auckland?

in reply to danweekes:

Sure, send it over. It will be good to have another actor on the team.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Thread about anything else!

Are you back this year?
Yup
Are you doing anything different this year?
Not sure yet, though probably not too different than anything done before.
Are you doing Ultra?
Yes, Most likely
Do you have any ideas for a new compulsory element?
Not at the moment
What changes would you love to see in the comp?
It would be interesting to have a community style event during the heats or something to keep the vibe going between the different finals so that it doesn't feel as though it's gone dead for a month or however long it takes to get from the heats to the local final to the national.
What if changed all the requirements this year?
I guess it depends on the changes, it would either be a challenge or it wouldn't. I remember when they introduced Ultra I think a lot of the elements were simplified so a lot of it was just trying to remember what exactly we had to have in the film. Every once in a while you'd say "What's the line again? No this year's line. Oh, there is no line."

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Looking for Cast and Crew in Auckland?

I'm thinking about fielding a smaller team this year, it'll be my 14th 48 hours I think so if you are interested in that you can send me an email or something.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

As a beginner, should I use Final Cut Pro (10.3) or the Adobe Premiere?

The Final Cut Pro X tutorial community is hardly non existent. Larry Jordan, Macbreak Studio, and Ripple Training all make some fantastic stuff.

Personally I'd only ever recommend Final Cut but that's what I use. I haven't put a lot of effort into using Premiere since I haven't had any reason to use it much less any reason to cut anything on it. I just know that it seems to be widely used even though it seems to have a reputation for being highly unstable and is much, much slower than Final Cut Pro X.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Auckland finals - insanely good

in reply to Scott Doar:

If there's chaos it would be from trying to find the right collection of dongles/software to get it in and out of your computer. Of course the higher end teams could just buy old powerbooks/Macbooks off of trademe or whatever.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

Maybe it could be 2 or 3 years instead of 5 but I kind of like the whole experience angle to it. Coming out of the competition the past 2 years I've felt like I've been putting an unnecessary burden on myself since I'm not as equiped as some teams to deal with these curveballs but I also like that It can force you to start the weekend with a fresh slate. Will defiantly be doing Ultra again next year.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Auckland finals - insanely good

Yeah it was a pretty good night, it was actually the first Auckland finals I've been to since 2008. I had already bought my ticket before I knew what the finalists and nominees would be but it was still a bit exciting to see my team show up in on the screen briefly even if we didn't win in the end.
The host was pretty good and I also found it interesting how many winners couldn't make it that night. I did feel that a lot of the films were quite dark in tone this year.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

How did you find your Genre's and the elements for 2018

I don’t know about everyone else but I sort of miss the line of dialogue requirement. It was kind of fun to find the right way to place it in the script as well as think of a creative way to use it.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

2018 Pyramid Review Scheme

Team Spielberg only has 1 review so far so it'll be good to get some more opinions. Will try and watch as much films in here as I can as well. Kind of a bummer to not make yet another final but all I can really do is start preparing for next year.


https://youtu.be/UbKUZNsqSiI

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Posters!

Heist School Musical? I hope that's as good as it sounds... or do I? I guess I can always settle for the silver Apee. Anyway Team Spielberg has a poster now as well though I'm not sure I got the title correct when I filled up the wrap up form let alone the front of the envelope.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

How did you find your Genre's and the elements for 2018

I think on reflection it was interesting to see the elements really shaken up. Not having a line of dialogue or a character, prop. In the past I would always use the character as a launch point for the script but like last year it was good to be thrown a bit but not too much.
The door slam felt a little pedestrian to me, I guess like the elements of the past the challenge is how creatively can you implement it, I guess the puddle is the same.
Silhouette/Shaddow is an interesting one because it can be quite a powerful story telling device with all sorts of possibility.
I thought this years Ultra was a pretty good barometer for what Ultra should be, It throws you off your guard and says be prepared for anything. I think it's the only thing this year which felt restrictive but then it wasn't so restrictive as to be impossible. I do think it favours the more resourceful team though, the saying about not working with animals or children I think is a pretty flexible thing in terms of difficulty. There are some really gifted kids out there with solid acting chops if you can get them and then there is grabbing the first kids you can get and hope that they'll co-operate enough to gather the footage you need for the script. When I was leaving the Hollywood cinema all I could think was "I wonder how hard it would be to get a cat trainer with a cat on the team and is it even possible at such sort notice?" I tooled with the idea of filming my cat on green screen but I decided it would be easier to go with children than work with an untrained cat who is timid around strangers.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed

CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 401

Looking for Cast and Crew in Auckland?

So anyway, Team Spielberg could still use some people. A composer mostly but I'll consider other people such as actors who have done some acting before. Send me an email or text me or find me on facebook and hope that you make it into my inbox.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
2018 The How, The What, The Who and The Why : The Heist Movie ULTRA
2017 Operator Part II Twin Souls : Thriller/Horror One Room ULTRA
2016 The Real Time Movie : What kind of day has it been
2015 Other Dimension Movie : Rift
2014 Race Against the Clock : EIGHT POINT FIVE
2013 Musical : Wolfgang
2012 Horror : The Unrested Soul
2011 One Room (Horror) : Operator -- Audience favourite
2010 Twin Movie : Secrets in Dowsing
2009 M Night Big Twist Film : The Unfinished
2008 Drama : Breakfast at Four
2007 War : Purple Heart
Sakura Productions
2006 Musical : Sardines
2005 Mockumentary : Smuggling for Dummies DQ'ed