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CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 420

Animation computer workstations

You don't need specialist computers for that sort of thing these days. Do you want a laptop or a desktop?
If you are into Mac OS just get an iMac or a MacBook Pro to suit your budget and that'll do you just fine.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

Review Pyramid Scheme (is anyone stilll here?)

Here is my Ultra 48 Musical Burgled on High

Review https://reviews.48hours.co.nz/read/2019/auckland/11/team-spielberg
Watch https://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2019-1/auckland/burgled-on-high/

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

Filling up the screening room

in reply to jjosland:

I've finally gotten around to adding my 2006 and 2005 films to the screening room, they were on youtube but I just never got around to adding them to the screening room for whatever reason. They aren't the best films but I do remember the Ant really enjoyed our first film in 2005. Walked up to me after the screening shook my hand and said, "Nice gag ratio."
Never really understood why you would enter the 48 hours, make and submit a film and not want anyone to see it. I've got a film on my youtube which I don't really want people to see but I've got it up there anyway, maybe one day I'll be able to look back on it with a better light.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

I don't know how much I'll miss a ratings system, I'm always looking for some sort of a positive to bring away from the weekend and the star rating always seems to bring me down more than anything.
It also takes a bit of the stress away from the reviews, I can focus on commenting on the film rather than thinking "well I liked this film more than the last one I reviewed but for some reason I'm not sure it deserves this rating which I gave the last film so..."
I'm going to have to wait until more films appear in the screening room as well.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

Now that another thread has hijacked the ratings discussion I've thought of another thought I had at the heats. The amount of teams who credited a "Set Mum", I found that somewhat interesting. Maybe it's more of a student thing since you are still at that age where you've got a mum pretty active cooking food for the crew or whatever or maybe it isn't even a mum maybe it's someone playing the role of a mum to your family of filmmakers. Anyone else notice that? Or maybe you had a "Set Mum" yourself.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

Inconsistency between reviews and scores

I think reviews will always be a mixed bag since you've got a lot of laziness going on. Some reviews try and be constructive but others sort of write the reviews as if they've been given homework and this is the bare minimum they can be bothered to pull off. It sort of surprises me how few people can be bothered showing up to the heats let alone write reviews afterward. Perhaps it's quite hard to remember what the movies were about but also not everyone can be bothered to put up a poster or a blurb to remind people as well.
As for the discrepancy of the ratings, I suppose that's an issue with how people rate things in general. I don't think I've ever done a 1 star on IMDB but people will give a film 1 star for the most mundane of reasons. Maybe it would be helpful if they were to put a rating guide up to make them a little more consistent.
This is what a 1 Star would mean, this is what a 4 star would mean and this is what a 7 star would mean for example.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

So 4 stars is a mediocre film.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

It was 10 stars in the past so I wonder what the reasoning for changing it is. I don't know if that would cause people to rate the films higher or lower but I do think the scores would translate into the out of 5 averages a bit better.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

I've been having some thoughts this week so I thought I would throw this one out there. What does everyone consider a good rating on the reviews to be? I've been thinking about this because for some time now it's occurred to me that people have quite varying opinions on this and it could have quite an impact on what sort of score they give a film. Especially when you think you've been given poor reviews and someone else says no that's a good score.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

Ultra Split Screen

in reply to Robstar Rapper:

I suppose it was easier to make everything match up for the dialogue scenes than the musical stuff but I still liked how some of the dialogue stuff turned out. The sync on the last song is the poorest but that's cause I managed to record most of the scene without dialogue. I think the AAs in my RodeLink died on me which made that part frustrating in editing. The latest review is slagging me off for not being adventurous with the split-screen or whatever.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

I got Real Time in 2016 and I didn't do very well with it at all. I think it's a genre that rewards a certain kind of professional team. I think a bit in the vein of one shot in that way since there isn't really anywhere you can hide in terms of storytelling. I briefly toyed around with an action thriller time loop movie during the writing stage when I stopped it because I just didn't think I was equipped to do a good enough job of it. Turns out I wasn't equipped to do the dialogue focused movie I wrote either because I got all kinds of hiss all over the audio which killed the film.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

Ultra Split Screen

I've counted that roughly half of us Ultra teams from Auckland were not shortlisted so get those films up so we can see what the other Ultra teams did.

https://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2019-1/auckland/burgled-on-high/

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

I almost feel obligated to do Ultra now for some reason though I guess the added challenge is only a big deal if Ultra is something which becomes quite difficult for me to pull off.
I guess the biggest challenge for me has always been to put together a team that I can compete with during the competition though I've become a lot more relaxed about it than I used to be. I also find it quite challenging if I start to feel ill on Friday night since it really eats into the writing. 2016 I was ill on Friday night and I just had to go to sleep and hope I would feel well enough to come up with an idea in the morning. In any case, I wasn't able to write a good script that year so oh well.

I do miss the old elements though, it added a formula to the competition. You had an idea of what to expect but you also didn't know what to expect. Trying to work the line in a creative way and finding a good example of the item which wasn't to cliche. Working the character into the script in a way that worked and wasn't some token addition.

As one of the lesser known regulars though I am noticing something at least about the Auckland competition which is that I'm seeing less and less familiar faces at the launch and the finish line. I ran into 1 person I knew this year and I think I saw the people from Chess club but that's all I recognized.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 posters

I put the wrong flipping date on my poster.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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: 420

2019 Thoughts

I did enjoy the split screen element as a challenge even though it caused me some problems. I think the added 4th wall thing was a needless distraction though. Felt a bit like the organizers had doubts about the split-screen element. Though I did see an ad on facebook for an LG phone or something that will shoot split screen video automatically. A wide next to a close up since all these new phones have 2 cameras anyway. Not the most original way to do a split-screen movie but the easiest way.

Team Spielberg craigbickerstaff@me.com +64212166821
The longest running non-finalist in the competition.
2019 Burgled on High : Musical ULTRA
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