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galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Reviews

While positive feedback is always welcome, I think it's good to point out flaws if you think it will help them in future (without being unnecessarily nasty). Some teams may be hoping that no-one notices the flaw, and if they know that people did they can make an effort to avoid it next year. Positive feedback gives encouragement, but it's the negative feedback that helps teams improve.

You're right, it's hard reviewing films, and finding that balance between constructive and destructive criticism. But I tip my hat to anyone that makes the effort, because being in this competition without any feedback at all would make it a rather hollow experience.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Reviews

in reply to Ben Fowler:

I'll be happy with more than 1

Done.

(Lucky it was good, otherwise that could have been awkward).

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Reviews

in reply to Nick Burridge:

Fair enough. That would definitely happen.

It's a really good site by the way, it's just a shame that it's not used properly. If there were way more reviews, those unfair ones would be diluted out, but when you only get 10-15 at best, they have quite an impact.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Reviews

in reply to dmanthei:

I thought they were linked. Still, a large number of views would come from the screening room, especially after the Facebook statuses and Re-Tweets have all dried up, so the point still stands.

Does the thumbs up/thumbs down do anything on the review site? I remember in it's early stages there was talk of removing reviews with a certain negative rating from the average.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Reviews

in reply to Taunise:

I like that idea. We've suffered from a couple of things in our reviews, which are either glowing or...the opposite of that. Sometimes that's fair enough, we had a rather off-putting scene in the movie that was harmless enough, but it might not be some people's cup of tea. However, there are some reviews in there that have given 1/10 either because I didn't review their movie well (I like to think I'm reasonably fair) or because they simply didn't get it.

I don't really care about those reviews, but I do want people to watch our film. In the screening room there are two things to go on, view count and average review rating. View count can be a bit of a farce; once a film gets to the top of the 'most viewed' page, because the team name is recognisable or it's alphabetically superior, its view count will increase exponentially regardless. So the average rating is really the only thing to go on for the more discerning viewer. If that rating has been skewed by hurt feelings and confusion (or because they brought kids to an uncensored film competition), then the film will slip down the page into unjust obscurity. Trusted reviewers, whose ratings can be used to determine the average rating, would go some way to fixing that.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

NSFW - If your film is NSFW, post it here

in reply to Allan George:

Here's ours. Mostly it's fine, but the final scene would probably be considered NSFW.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

2012 AUCKLAND V48 FINALISTS

in reply to Taunise:

If these nerves keep up I'm going to have a fluid deadline, in my pants.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

2012 AUCKLAND V48 FINALISTS

in reply to Sam Spooner:

It did indeed. I guess we'll find out if that means anything in 6 minutes.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Movie Posters

My design skills may not quite be up to the challenge, but I went for a more stylised poster. Trust me, it'll make sense when you've seen our film (Auckland, Heat 20, 5pm Sunday).

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Team Name Gone from Heats List

Cheers Ant. But now you've got me worried that the envelope was empty...

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Team Name Gone from Heats List

Our team name has suddenly disappeared from the Auckland heats list. We haven't had a phone call to say we're DQ's (which hopefully we're not). And even if we did, they usually still contact you to let you submit a playable file, they don't just erase you from the heats. Surely.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Screening and DVD

in reply to Ant Timpson:

I think there was a bit of confusion, at least for our team. We were turning away family members from coming to our heat until we received your email.

The website clearly said, and still does,

Heats are cast and crew (non-public) screenings only
...
MAXIMUM 20 per team.

We have no problem getting a crowd together, but we were worried people would be turned away if we were over the 20 person limit. I think screenings at the cinema are one of the most important parts of this competition, because for many seeing yourself up on the big screen is one of the highlights of the competition.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Was ALLOWING HD Delivery enough rope for teams to hang themselves?

in reply to themorgan:

Fair enough. I agree that it should be quicker to convert to file than upload to miniDV, and also that it needs to move this way because miniDV won't be around much longer.

After 10 minutes of encoding the file the timer was reading 26 minutes remaining, and that was on a brand new MacBook Pro with FInal Cut Pro. We were upscaling from SD (shot on miniDV), so that may have been why it was going to take os long.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Problem with Review Database

I suppose it doesn't matter too much, because the judges don't take
average user rating' into account. But what if they could?!

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)

galexioza
From: Auckland
Since: May 2011
Posts: 16

Was ALLOWING HD Delivery enough rope for teams to hang themselves?

I think the file delivery would be fine if we were allowed to hand in uncompressed .MOV files. Well, as uncompressed as the 'Export to Quicktime' feature in Final Cut is.

Converting the movie to a particular file format takes WAY longer than just uploading it to a camera. It effectively takes up half an hour of potential polishing time.

VLC will play pretty much anything you throw at it, and hard drive space is cheaper than chips, so where's the harm in handing in a huge file? Even if full HD pushed it up to 5GB a file, for whatever reason, that's still less than 200GB per night. Easy enough to bung all those on a hard drive and cue them up, I would have thought. Unless there's another step in there somewhere that I'm missing.

For now, we'll stick with miniDV because it's quicker, and when it comes to 48 Hours that's one of the most important things.

Terminal Rise

La Piscine Thermale - 2012
Clockblocker - 2011
Finding Head - 2010
Divine in Convention - 2009; Disqualified (late)
Fight for Glory - 2008; Audience Favourite
Copy Correction - 2007
Brokeback Mt Doom - 2006; Auckland Finalist
Disputed Epidemic - 2005; Disqualified (late)