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steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

What kind of rules would you like to see in Ultra next time?

No shots longer than a second like Von Trier was tasked with in The Five Obstructions would test even the most experienced teams.

An hour or 2 less to get the film done.

It has to be something that is not easily done, and needs to be distinctive that the films are clearly 'Ultra'.

However I personally think it has run its course. Think Lockdown films were way better without it.

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Lockdown genre numbers (a math nerd's theory)

Picked #1. Didn't really give it any thought at the time (as in, 2-3 seconds), though thought it could go either way of being very popular or one that people deliberately tried to avoid :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

New reviews / screening room!

I also like that it links people's real names to all the films it could pull matching credits for on the screening room :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

New reviews / screening room!

Damn. Old review site gooone. But love this new one, though I still reckon a rating system helps but understand why they got rid of it :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

2020 Lockdown Roll Call

I'm in :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Finalists

Yeah Couch Kumara probably utilised the Ultra elements best in Wellington, given they had an amazing 4th wall break PLUS took home best editing. Hard to argue with really :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Reviewing all 2019 films in the screening room

Finally getting onto this (been busy with school holidays and my kids) :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Inconsistency between reviews and scores

But the rating system is subjective, not everyone is going to rate on the same scale especially when a heck of a lot of reviewers are only basing their ratings within the context of 1 heat, or 2/3 if they stick around for the whole evening :)

Yes there's been some sabotage but typically the films that are the most popular with the general public will end up near the top of the average ratings, especially when they're in the screening room and can get some more objective ratings :)

Plus while there can be some discrepancy between comments and star ratings, it's all designed to give the teams feedback, ideally constructive and positive, and just for fun. Back in the day (2004-2009) it was just people making threads for reviews on the old forum, so what Nick has done in making the standalone site is simply remarkable :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

2019 Thoughts

Here's my general star rating guide, and it's subjective from film to film as star ratings are always based on what that particular film set out to achieve.

1 star = reserved typically for films that are diabolically offensive (racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or worse) or where the team might have done something horrible at the heats (it's happened)

2 stars = typically technically very challenged, copyright issues (big beef of mine) or mean spirited might get this rating too (thank goodness horror is gone as so has the needless let's kill women approach that a lot of teams took)

3 stars = potential with flaws, or a genre misfire. slightly more on the side of where the negative aspects outweighed the positive, but there's likely to be something enjoyable in there.

4 stars = good film with flaws. a film might be technically proficient but the story might need a bit of work, or it might be entertaining with sound issues for example.

5 stars = very good film, it's likely I find the overall tone highly enjoyable. Stuff that usually holds back a 5/7 from a higher rating is usually little things like not nailing an ending, editing hiccups, other films simply using the elements better etc.

6 stars = loved the film, would expect it to be regional finals, possibly even in contention for awards.

7 stars = competing to win at least regionals, expected to be in nationals if I'm giving this because I think the film is objectively great, and hard to see any flaws.

Of course for stuff that just makes me laugh and laugh I'll probably chuck out the odd 6 or even 7 from time to time :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Reviewing all 2019 films in the screening room

I did not make a film this year Galen, first year since 2004 with zero involvement in the comp :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Reviewing all 2019 films in the screening room

No I mean I'm going to try and review all films that go up in the screening room for the 2019 comp :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

2019 Screening Room gems

For Wellington,

Look at daddy - All Fur Nothing is fantastic, shame it was DQ.
BFF - Cheers Dad is genuinely touching. I'd turn up your sound volume a bit though, mix is honestly a bit quiet.
Positive Barry - Jumbo is an awesome live action/animated mix.

I'll watch the ones I haven't seen soon and report back :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Reviewing all 2019 films in the screening room

I'm tempted to do ALL of them actually. Might actually have the time to do it....:)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Christchurch Finalist Prediction Thread

And I do apologise, misread the thread a little. Obviously the correlation between a screenwriting/directing nom and winning has been intrinsically linked in the comp for years. Can't remember a regional winner not being up for at least one of those, but would be trawling back through a lot of data for Wellington. Will try and see what I can find :)

steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 334

Christchurch Finalist Prediction Thread

You all are reading waaay too much into noms. Moffilaide won Wellington in 2017 and winning best film was the only award they got on the night :)