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 :)
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Finally getting onto this (been busy with school holidays and my kids) :)
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 :)
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 :)
I did not make a film this year Galen, first year since 2004 with zero involvement in the comp :)
No I mean I'm going to try and review all films that go up in the screening room for the 2019 comp :)
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 :)
I'm tempted to do ALL of them actually. Might actually have the time to do it....:)
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 :)
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 :)
We'll see! Good luck to all those on the shortlist! :)
Frustrating to have missed Heats 10 and 11 to say the least haha, but oh well!
Here's what I reckon for the shortlist, and where I'd be at if I was judging this year (I'm not)
341 - Sleve McDichael's Guide to Success. (my rating = 5/7)
Why it will make the final - funny, good script, good lead performance
Why it won't make the final - production design, edit
Banana - DOUBLE TALK (HAVE NOT SEEN)
Why it will make the final - sounds like it had amazing cinematography. Shot in Bali and got holiday movie for genre. Almost feels unfair!
Why it won't make the final - reviews make it sound like the plot didn't have an entirely clear direction
Blowfish - Return (my rating = 4/7)
Why it will make the final - Beautiful, dramatic, New Zealand-centric
Why it won't make the final - Too short, perhaps too subversive of genre by covering sci-fi with one 5 second shot to show post-apocalyptic setting
Cinetrance - Little Squirt (my rating = 5/7)
Why it will make the final - It's Cinetrance, they've had worse films get through previously. Best moments as good as anything in Wellington. More of a 'fun' feel to it compared to last 5 entries.
Why it won't make the final - Missing VFX, split screen brilliant most of the time but some plot points got muddied.
Couch Kumara - Plant (my rating = 6/7)
Why it will make the final - Story is king and this is original as fuck. Great script, great lead performance. Totally "got" how to make split screen work by having one screen more static and the other more active.
Why it won't make the final - It will make the final.
CREW 36 - Private Invasion (My rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Fresh out of film school, putting theory into practice with measured direction and performances. High quality dialogue, pitch perfect tone.
Why it won't make the final - Production design worked because of tone, slipped up a couple of times. A tiny bit stand around talking in approach.
Decile One - Past-it Notes (My rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Tight script, ran with an original idea and sold it very well.
Why it won't make the final - A couple of the story beats didn't have as much dramatic impact as they could have.
Drive-thru - Red River (My rating - 7/7)
Why it will make the final - Technical proficiency, performances, script
Why it won't make the final - It will, hard to fault but it would be more "why won't/didn't it win?" that you'd be looking at here, and that might be to do with whether judges felt the narrative of others was better. Picking straws, though.
fake news & weather - Last Tindango (my rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Beautiful film, brilliant soundtrack
Why it won't make the final - Story is there, but arguably a case of style over substance
Fix it in Post - The Last Supper (my rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Multitude of characters given some depth, never overstayed its welcome in approach, nailed genre.
Why it won't make the final - Minor to moderate technical issues including money shot to finish being out of focus.
Lipstick Boys - The Wind in your Heart (my rating - 6/7)
Why it will make the final - Embraced elements strongly, used them to drive story. Very funny. Subversive of genre
Why it won't make the final - Hard to see it not. Monty Python silly comedy not everyone's cup of tea.
Mamas Soup - Unforgettable date (my rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Tight edit, strong performances, entertaining, relevant in 2019.
Why it won't make the final - Arguably predictable conclusion, not quite as technically polished as other films on the shortlist - soundtrack is quality but camera for example not particularly dynamic.
Massey Digital - Parallel (my rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Beautiful cinematography, incredible musical.
Why it won't make the final - Didn't get musical and the 'generation gap' aspect of this was kind of a failure for mine.
Moffilaide - The Day I Found My Brother Is a Cyborg (my rating - 3/7)
Why it will make the final - It's Moffilaide. I know at least one judge liked this a hell of a lot better than I did.
Why it won't make the final - The plot is quite simply the Terminator in a high rise office. In my opinion the team did not "get" split screen, as there's almost always 2 screens with busy activity at any one time (the team often has 3 panels going as they went for a comic book effect), creating a chaotic effect as the viewer struggles to pay attention to both.
Outcasts - The Instagrim Generation (HAVE NOT SEEN)
Why it will make the final - Reviews are good
Why it won't make the final - Hard to say
Positive Barry - Jumbo (My rating - 6/7)
Why it will make the final - Splintering off from Lovely Bongo Drums who have made the Wellington final for many consecutive years this was a hilarious, short and sweet Live Action/Animated mix
Why it won't make the final - Very hard to see it not. Perhaps story didn't have enough depth?
Qualified Tim - Apollo 69 (My rating - 7/7)
Why it will make the final - Best use so far of stock footage in the comp. Fucking amazing musical score and performances. Breathtakingly beautiful.
Why it won't make the final - Tim somehow gets disqualified again or the judges smoke crack before viewing the films
Rat King Films - Girl with Fig (My rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Good acting performances, script, beautiful cinematography
Why it won't make the final - Final minute isn't amazing, and didn't quite 'stick' the ending.
Raw Washed Arabica - Henry's 21st
Why it will make the final - Most artistic 48Hours film ever made
Why it won't make the final - It will, and could easily win
Reunion Tour - 5 Minutes (HAVE NOT SEEN)
Why it will make the final - Reviews are good
Why it won't make the final - Not sure
Shemnight Mamylan - break a leg (My rating - 6/7)
Why it will make the final - Breathtaking one-shot, sensationally good script and cinematography
Why it won't make the final - There's another one-shot similarly themed film on the shortlist. Could be a case of the judges picking one or the other.
Squint Eastwood - Pixel Dream Girl (HAVE NOT SEEN)
Why it will make the final - It's Squint Eastwood. If Sam Harris hands in on time he's likely to be in contention
Why it won't make the final - I haven't seen the film
Tasteful Side Boob - Eyes Crust Shut (My rating - 6/7)
Why it will make the final - Got the genre this team were born to make
Why it won't make the final - Technical aspects a little bit flat for the first half of the film, although picked up in the 2nd half a lot
The Directors - The Big Number (My rating - 5/7)
Why it will make the final - Very subversive of musical or dance. Fantastic performance by Reagan Morris.
Why it won't make the final - There's another one-shot similarly themed film on the shortlist. Could be a case of the judges picking one or the other. Also perhaps too subversive of genre?
Three Willy - Good Grief (HAVE NOT SEEN)
Why it will make the final - Ashley Williams and co have made sensational films the last 2 years
Why it won't make the final - I haven't seen this one yet.
Top 15 Predictions:
Banana - DOUBLE TALK
Cinetrance - Little Squirt
Couch Kumara - Plant
Drive-thru - Red River
Lipstick Boys - The Wind In Your Heart
Massey Digital - Parallel
Moffilaide - The Day I Found My Brother Is A Cyborg
Positive Barry - Jumbo
Qualified Tim - Apollo 69
Rat King Films - Girl With Fig
Raw Washed Arabica - Henry's 21st
Shemnight Mamylan - break a leg
Squint Eastwood - Pixel Dream Girl
Tasteful Side Boob - Eyes Crust Shut
Three Willy - Good Grief
That's basically what Lipstick Boys did. They might make the Wellington final :)
Ah yes bingo Liam! I hadn't thought about it too hard and yes good list, it definitely is in vogue at the moment. I think also the loop to fix a personal problem is a lot easier to do because you don't need much of a budget at all :)
My thoughts after 9 heats in Wellington this year...1. yes please bring character back but ONLY if the required trait is a positive one. Lord knows that the years of the negative traits (hypochondriac, insomniac and liar) made some of the most negative films.
2. Horror as a genre has NOT been missed. At all.
3. Why the fuck was almost everyone on the same wavelength who got time travel? Almost every time travel film I've seen so far this year has taken the GROUNDHOG DAY loop approach :/