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Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Thread about anything else!

in reply to Jason:

It's a fun extra challenge and maybe it will ruin your film

I think that this is 100% what it should be. However, in the two ULTRAS we've seen the stakes haven't been high enough to genuinely threatened ruination. The sequel year had a lot of elements to tick off but making a sequel wasn't too much of a stretch, as with a little justification or common characters you had a sequel. Last year, the kids or animals as a character thing ended up having too many holes in it for teams to step through. I'm pretty sure I said this last year but if the only criteria had been that you had to have a child as a main character then that may have forced teams into ruin. That's an ULTRA challenge that would have had a very real threat of no film submitted.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

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Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Thread about anything else!

I really liked the thinking behind the required elements in 2018 and the move away from what we'd come to expect year after year, after year.

The only thing I want is to not know what to expect - so maybe there are three elements, maybe four - maybe one is a specific line of dialogue one year, maybe it's not an element at all the following year.

Keep us on our toes and pull from a variety of element categories that change in terms of quantity and content every year.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

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Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Thread about anything else!

Are you back this year? - Probably
Are you doing anything different this year? - Slightly less inflammatory team intro would be advisable. Otherwise, no, as I hate the thought of making a City final so I'll probably just keep doing the same film-making crimes.
Are you doing Ultra? - Nope; no way. If I like the ULTRA element I'll just include it anyway.
Do you have any ideas for a new compulsory element? Something in shot that definitely shouldn't be there, but it's not immediately obvious. Hidden in plain sight. Becomes a challenge to the viewer to find as many as you can.
What changes would you love to see in the comp? More localised, fun awards at the City finals (still); something to encourage more reviewers.
What if changed all the requirements this year? Don't understand the question.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Shoot Weekend confirmed: June 14 - 16

in reply to Bloydd:

I don't think this meant that films were at risk of disqualification for using those terms

Yeaahhhhhhh, don't be so sure. If not disqualification then perhaps elimination.

Is disqualification even up to the judges (shouldn't be) or is it the City Management Collective?

Anyway, I'm glad the posts here have remained intelligent, sensible and free from personal attacks. Until now I haven't had the time to get back on here and heard whispers of dramas. I don't see any dramas; just POVs.

I'll be saddened if a blanket ban censorship rule is introduced. not because I disagree with the intent behind such a rule, but because I dislike censorship of 'art' in any form.

This is what I was saying & how I feel.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Shoot Weekend confirmed: June 14 - 16

This has the potential to lack any common sense and AJ’s statement is actually a bit of a concern.

Last year my team intro had a perspective about a comment from a judge on particular content they personally didn’t want to see in anymore in CHCH films. I’m completely against this type of agenda setting; especially from a judge.

The point I was making in my intro was that I pay the entry fee which actually should allow me to make the film that I want to make – and as such, importantly, holds me accountable for standing by that film and its content. By way of example, a few years back a local boys school made a homophobic piece of shit that got screened (probably shouldn’t have been) but then later was banned by the school from any further publication. So, there were consequences and the film-makers were accountable.

This is how it should be with this whole guns/no guns. Instead of this competition looming over teams with a “Don’t put guns in your film”, why not treat teams with a bit of respect and let them actually decide on the content of their film. Give them some damn credit.

The other thing is why just guns? Isn’t violence an issue here? Are we going to put a ban on violence of any sort? We certainly shouldn’t see any domestic violence, no matricide or heads of animals being cut-off (animated, simulated or real); no children in the same location of drugs and certainly not witnessing fighting or executions; no bad language either used aggressively; no horror or supernatural films either please. No bombs or explosions. Death, self-harm, suicide or car accidents? Likely to be people in the audience impacted by those.

Also, other areas that might cause offence - no mocking of religion or blasphemy; no nudity full or partial. No poo, piss or vomit or people in the act of doing any of that. No drunkenness or drug use (simulated, animated or real) – what message does that send. No fat people used for comic relief or put down or marginalised. No characters male, female or gender neutral called bitch, slut or whore – even if that is their character or they’re from the same gender talking about each other and that’s the language they typically use. Sigh...

The thing is, just like every year, you don’t actually have to use guns in your film. No one has ever stressed this as being important. I’d wager that the gun per film rate is actually pretty low. Leave it to the teams; let them self-regulate but don’t force them to not do something just because they fear some sort of shunning if they don't follow the pack. If they make an unwise decision and produce a first-person shooter film then they will be held accountable and there will be consequences – a wasted entry fee for one. Maybe a shame bell too.

Also, as someone who is actually living in CHCH (and has done for all but three years of my life), was here on the 15/3 & experienced the lock-down and comes into direct contact with 100s of people daily who also were living here at the time, I can make my own sweeping generalisations as others have done on this forum - that actually CHCH people are doing OK and getting on with their lives. Most Cantabrians couldn’t care less about 48HRS either. Just a few of them went to Endgame and saw lots of violence, explosions and weapons use. Even a beheading. Some went twice. You could argue that they quite liked it.

Maybe guns should be the compulsory element this year. You must show them in your film being destroyed or discarded, in close-up no less. Maybe that’s a powerful political statement.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

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Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

48Hours 2019

I seriously doubt they'd run 48HRS during Easter. Although the public holiday aspect is appealing in terms of not necessarily needing to bother with work on a Monday I think the timing would be troubling for many teams and indeed organizers. It's also the school holidays during that time which is an issue. I think mid-May is still the best time.

As for your Easter Camp clash, well, I think many teams and individuals have to either juggle things or make a call on what is more important when a date is announced. Sometimes that means prioritizing one thing over another. I'm permanently tired from my job and family. Welcome to life, buddy.

Best thing that can happen is an early announcement of dates so then people can plan early. That happened last year and was great.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

in reply to ruth:

maybe it wasn't hard enough lol

Yeah, I don't think it was. This is because of the out that was given where adults could play the children or animals. If teams had to actually use children or animals as their main characters it would have been a tougher challenge.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

That could be due to a) more experienced teams take Ultra and tend to be better at the format, or b) the added restriction helps story. I’m more inclined toward the latter. Imposing restrictions helps story and encourages creativity.

As most (if not all) of those Ultra teams have made the GF before I'd say it's more a case of them being proven quality film-makers rather than attributing specifically to ULTRA.

I think that every team who has made it to the grand finals should automatically be required to do the ultra challenge every year following

I'm not sure that imposing anything like this on entrants is a good way to go. As we pay the entry fee we should really be doing the comp how we choose to do it. ULTRA is fine as an optional challenge. Also how do you manage something like that? Purely on team names? How much of a team would need to still be in that team the following year?

ULTRA was fine this year (aside from some ambiguity around the "Main characters" thing). As I had U18 actors already in my team it wasn't much of a stretch as we were always going to have a story based around them. The challenge came more from the genre we got "Star-crossed Lovers". I'm pretty confident we would have made the same film irrespective of ULTRA as our focus in the Friday planning was all about the genre, not about ULTRA.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

2018 Pyramid Review Scheme

All done :) Keep 'em coming!

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

2018 Pyramid Review Scheme

in reply to HendoSpendo:

Gonna go through and start reviewing!

Awesome! I've done one for you so I think I've caught up.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to Clayton Hiku:

I'm curious as to how you would have wanted the judges to judge the Ultra teams differently?

I'm not really suggesting they judge differently as their instructions (according to the site) with required elements are only Innovative use of the required elements . If a judge loves a film they'll love a film regardless of any rules compliance. What I'm saying is that if there is a question mark it has to be part of the conversation and as this comp has rules then it does (has) caused issues when a film advances that perhaps has perhaps loosely applied required elements.

So one question I'd get them to ask in regard to ULTRA for their own presence of mind.

This year: "Are ALL the main characters in this film children or animals?"
For last year: "Is there enough in this film to suggest this is a sequel to their previous film?"

If the answer is no, then regardless of the quality of the film and for the sake of integrity, it should drop down the pecking order.

Again, not the ULTRA film-makers fault but I think we've seen some inconsistencies with ULTRA this year which are putting me in the "Rowan is right" camp. :)

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to TheNimbleMarmoset:

My assumption is that if a team entered with Ultra, then didn't adequately satisfy the Ultra requirement in their film, presumably that wouldn't disqualify them from judging consideration in the way that failure to include the usual elements does

I agree that this is the intention but the rules kind of say otherwise.

4. The ‘film’ must include all the required elements as supplied at the launch. Teams who have registered as ULTRA48 must include the Ultra elements as well.


So the ULTRA requirement was:
- A child is under 18 years old.
- The main characters must be children or animals - this does not mean actors need to be children or animals, we are happy for creative approaches to this.
- Supporting characters can be adults/anyone else.

And the further clarification on the weekend was:
The official word is that THE main characters are children or animals - so this means all of them. :)

So where this has become tricky is the definition of a main character. How this is being covered is from what I've gathered to be "Who's story is it?" and once that is defined then it seems a team can cover ULTRA with one U18 character. The problem with this in my opinion is the clarification above "so this means all of them."

I'm not wanting ULTRA teams DQ'd if they bent the rules and it's not the judges job to disqualify anyone. Once they see the films they probably shouldn't be wondering if a film meets the rules but it surely has to be part of the discussion when putting a finals group in place. We do hear that a film doesn't quite make it due to not quite nailing something. Often we hear too that judges as a group really "loved" a film. That has very little to do with adherence to any required elements.

I should make it clear that I'm not trying to hijack this thread. The CHCH final was really good. However, the CHCH competition shouldn't be above criticism and if the goal is to make the CHCH 48HRs the absolute best it can be then question marks should be raised and discussed.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to TheNimbleMarmoset:

Is it perhaps that we've always had films at the more dramatic/serious end of the spectrum represented in the city finals, but in recent years those films have been creeping steadily higher up in the rankings?

Could be. A very quick look at the last five years suggests a fairly steady three "serious" films in the finals. In 2017 there were four. Of course there are some that cross-boundaries so are black comedy. The finals isn't marketed as a showcase so if the 15 "best" films in a year just happened to be all comedies and even were all from the same genre as well, then that's just how it is.

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to TheNimbleMarmoset:

except perhaps to note that the stylistic and tonal range of the films on display felt broader than perhaps any previous CHCH final

Hmmm, I actually think, tonally, it was a pretty standard CHCH finals mix. If you look back, you'll not see a grouping that is too different. And I also think that when you have a fairly consistent judging team you get a fairly consistent bunch of films year-to-year.

The only wildcard/WTF film in the CHCH final was summer co's "in the woods" - that had a very different tone - not sure if it can be classified! You typically get one of these in the CHCH finals. I'd say their was nothing unsettling in tone in the CHCH final.

There was certainly a wider tonal range if you take into account the full shortlist.

My only question mark over this year's final is Ultra. It seems to have not been a consideration in the judges' decision making process. I'm not blaming the film-makers here as the comp dug itself a bit of a hole by creating ambiguity over the "children or animals as main characters rule" but I do think that if Ultra is a thing and teams are signing up for an extra layer of scrutiny, then that scrutiny must actually happen. Otherwise, what's the point?

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE

Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 507

Review Site

in reply to theoshakes:

I was wondering if anyone could review the film for feedback. thanks =)

You should stick your link in here: https://www.48hours.co.nz/forum/general-discussion/2018-pyramid-review-scheme/

You'll get some reviews, and you can do some reviews. Everyone wins!

SCREENING: The Stile - Star-crossed Lovers; ULTRA48; CHCH25s
REVISIT: The Shirt: Altered - Alien/Sacrifice; ULTRA48

Everything Sticks since 2008
48Hr Films 2008-2018 48Sec Films 2008-2016

Mista Teas (Stu Gilpin) NATIONAL WINNER "Best/Most Prolific Reviewer" 2011 REVIEWS ARCHIVE