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clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Happy Birthday Copyright

Make the song the compulsory element for next year's 48 Hrs? :)

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws

oh, you mean http://www.ghostshark2.com/ - the trailer does look amusing

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Stock Footage

I think stock footage would be a great compulsory element one year - i.e. teams must use at least x seconds of a supplied clip (from a small selection of choices) somewhere in their film, either straight, as a compositing element (e.g. as a background) or as secondary footage (e.g. seen on a TV).

However the footage would need to be very generic, e.g. landscapes, skies, cities.

Back on topic, 'footage' isn't that well defined in the current rules. In years past, rules explicitly stated that photos didn't count as 'footage', e.g. you could do a Ken Burns-style film using nothing but 50-year-old photographs. But now? Am I technically breaking the rules if I use a public domain pic of a sky as a background in my film?

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Let the Grand Final announcement awaiting commence! (er...continue.)

Really hoping it will be streamed online again this year...

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Find Me A Māori Bride - new TV series

Funnier and better than I'd expected - well worth a watch: http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/find-me-maori-bride/S01E001/find-me-maori-bride-series-1-episode-1

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

2015 Genre Stats

I'm surprised comedy horror isn't doing better, as we've seen some great funny scary winners previously.

Non-comedy horror is always polarising...

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Cover in Intro. Copyright??

I believe the team intros do count as part of your entry, as they will be screened/broadcast alongside the film itself, therefore IMHO both have the same copyright restrictions.

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Shoot weekend weather reports

Has Wellington ever had a bad-weather 48 Hrs weekend? I remember it hosed down one Friday night, but even then Saturday was ok.

Even for animators, decent weather matters - heavy rain tends to play havoc with sound recording in most locations :(

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Can you use Archive Footage?

In previous years this was very explicitly Not Allowed. The wording is looser these days, but I still wouldn't do it. And why not simply shoot some fake 'archive footage' during the 48 Hrs anyway?

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Basic Mic for under $100?

Syncing can indeed be a time suck, and may be more trouble than it's worth in the 48 Hrs situation. Ditto for lav mics and other fancy stuff. Especially if you don't have an experienced sound techy.

I presume you're using a Canon 600D - that does at least have a external mic socket, so the simplest solution is a decent mic that will plug into that, and a long cable so you can use a boom pole or mic stand. For most DSLRs, there's nothing wrong with the sound recording, just the terrible onboard mic.

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Getting prepared... and learning!

The point about good casting is well made, but in the 48 Hrs situation, we usually have little choice about our acting pool. So I recommend going in the opposite direction: as part of prep, make a summary of all your significant acting talent, with photos, lists of interesting things they can do (speak French, play the ukulele, tap dance, juggle babies, whatever) or can't do (ride a bike, sing or dance (vital to know if you get 'musical'), whatever). Have that list available to the writers on Friday night, so they can potentially write characters to suit those actors' abilities.

The same is true of locations: if you have a farm available, or an office, or a kindergarten, or whatever, the writers need to know that. Again, photos are a big help.

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

2015 Roll Call

Small Blurry Films has crashed and burned the last two years running, not completing anything. Am considering an unofficial entry, i.e. jumping on the web site at 7 pm and randomly allocating myself a genre and making a film, just for the practice, while saving the entry fee. (Yeah, I'm poor. And cheap.)

But if I do so, Poetic Justice will then intervene, and I'll have a brilliant idea, write a fantastic script, film everything perfectly on the first take, edit in a couple of hours, end up with my best film ever, and realise I'm unable to enter it :(

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Camera repairs

http://www.sony.co.nz/section/servicecentres

I presume the cam's out of warranty, but regardless, the official service centres are more likely to be able to get parts and actually know what they're doing.

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

LOST- Our Forums

ah, so Report does work - it looked so greyed out I thought it didn't do nothin' :)

Now all we need is some members to post something film-making related...

clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

LOST- Our Forums

Alas, the spam is the most activity we've seen here in months. :(

Has an admin been informed? I don't see an option for doing so any more...