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Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

2011 GRAND FINAL AWARDS & DISCUSSION

There is the likes of Mumblecore - a movement of young filmakers in the USA who have decided to make feature films with cheap cameras. They have a huge following on Video on Demand. Everytime someone download a video on demand film for $8 the film maker gets $3.50.

Plus the changes in viewing patterns is being tapped into by the likes of Emerging Pictures - streaming content to theatres based on what topics and subjects people would watch over and over again.

One thing is for the sure, the model is changing and there's a future to be plugged into to get your film seen.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

2011 GRAND FINAL AWARDS & DISCUSSION

in reply to Peter Haynes:

I think you may be right Peter. Cynics might say that devlopment is really the last town before the frontier. A place where good ideas go to die, never crossing the desert.

I heard that the Film Commission has something like 80 feature scripts sitting in Development town, watching tumble weeds blowing down the dusty road.

On the other hand, I heard from Peter Gilbert ( Chicago Documentary Director ) that narrative feature indies in the USA are now being made by the likes of us, for less than $100,000, you just grab your gear, a small crew and go and shoot the thing....and because of the much smaller outlay, with some outreach, you can generally pay back your investors.

That may well be the shape of things to come.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

2011 GRAND FINAL AWARDS & DISCUSSION

Both the winner and the runner up featured a very strong ending about the character being a bully that was known to the ( a ) protagonist.

Amongst all the other aspects that make a great film - it's interesting that this was a common story element that was well developed in the two top films. I wonder if this impacted the judging decision.

The acting in both of these films was also really plausible so you get drawn into the events of the story without distraction, they just flow.

It must baffle the Film Commission how such results can be achieved in only 48 hours. I doubt that these films would be much better if they took longer to produce....just goes to show.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

AUCKLAND FINAL 2011 - AWARDS

Congratulations to all.

Especially pleased for Tom and also for Peter.

Great work everyone.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

in reply to Tom Furniss:

Tom I am so glad your film won tonight.

I told ya so....earlier in this thread. Yours was the pick of the bunch.
You blimmen deserve it. Brilliant original idea and treatment was on the money.

Congratulations, what a great film you guys made.
Faith restored.

Party it up.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Is it just me?

The point may well be that change is all being driven by complaining, bitching and moaning from a few people regarding previous years?

Purely from a fairness and equality perspective - a proportional number of finalists to the number of entrants seems sensible.

Last year, there were 16 finalists in Auckland because the pool of entrants is so far greater than any other region. This was fair.

Perhaps having sixteen seven minute films added up to an event that was split into two halves and ran for 112 minutes plus prizes and pomp and ceremony - maybe another 30 minutes. A total of around two and a half hours. ( Hardly a marathon event )

Also saying this is akin to to a dilution of quality seems off.

We are informed that the selections are a popularist pandora's box.

This means to some people the best films are in the zone ( top 20 films ) but not necessarily in the finalists. To them the best films may have missed out. There is no science to this, it's just the luck of the draw.

Staying with 16 finalists in Auckland could have been fairer to Aucklanders who have less chance of making their regional finals than any other participants. ( Although a slightly more expensive and a tolerably longer event )

Another suggestion is to publish a list of the top 30 films in large regions - or provide some sort of limited feedback in future years for the films in the zone ...although this means extra work for someone.

Depends how much we care about it I guess.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

John

Bravo. Magnifico.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

in reply to Tom Furniss:

Yes Stan... is cool.

By the way, the Grand Cheval film is one I think was magnificently shot and acted. So I'll start with that. It may go on to be the city winner. It is that good. I mean it. It has a great blend of things going on within it, from the framing through to the acting and timing - plus a great original idea. Congratulations.

Yes I apologize if it sounds like I am having a go at anyone's film. Not my intention at all. What I am saying is that whilst your film and a number of others have brilliantly hit the right notes bringing comedy and a story together - where are the short dramas in this year's selection?

I am informed that there are about 5 or 6 apparently. As I keep saying perhaps I am wrong and it is I who is being given a stern telling off, not the other way around.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

Sure, I mentioned it's a bit subjective and to some people satire is deadly serious work. Yes.

However when I watch Citizen Kane, The Matrix, Raging Bull, Blade Runner, Eight and a half, The Kings Speech, Black Swan and the ilk of these giant films - the majority of people would not think of these films as being silly or designed to amuse or dance about ( excuse the pun with regard to Black Swan ) the central theme. These are what I refer to as being more serious in they're delivery. They are not designed to tell a joke, or a string of gags. Maybe I am wrong.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

Cheers Ant.

I'll definitely wait a week or two till your life gets back to something closer to normal. It's pretty simple, but you've got more than enough on right now.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

in reply to Ant Timpson:

Cool. Hey Ant, what's the best way to contact you? What email address do you normally use. I have a question. Maybe it can wait for a week or two.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

in reply to Ant Timpson:

Sure that's fine Ant, nothing is for free.

There was some guidelines posted on this site in terms what material we should avoid because of the TV channel and it's audience. And I seem to recall one of these referring to the use of A class drugs. That's all I am venturing about the Sinistral film. As things are kept hush hush - it's pure speculation.

Cheers.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

in reply to Taunise:

Yes I agree.

Carousel is a perfect example of what I would call a serious short - which happened to be a drama. I loved it and everyone who watched it that I know also recognized the value in it. It was about something else, not being amusing, but about protecting your family.

The mix of these serious short dramas and some brilliant comedies was very good in 2010. So seeing this year's finalists films will be interesting.

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

I think there are real distinctions between comedy and drama. That seems true to me every time I walk into a video store.

These distinctions are pretty clear.

In terms of what is silly or serious, that's a bit subjective - but most people would have a common understanding of these.

As I said, it's really not easy me discussing this observation until I have seen all the films. Also, I hope that actually discussing my opinion is not somehow going to mean I am dumped on here. That's what this forum is for isn't it?

Stanislavski
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 64

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

If I am wrong that's fine. I'd just like to see the serious films that made it this year in the Auckland finalists. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

In previous years there was a balance. Chicane was serious last year. A great little serious film about power.

The year before - Sideways Productions produced a serious short about a man being killed while his wife was delivering a baby.

So I could be wrong and that balance has been preserved, and the competition still values drama, not just comedy.