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Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

AUCKLAND CITY WINNERS 2014

Thanks mate

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

AUCKLAND CITY WINNERS 2014

Cheers all for the positive responses to Grand Cheval's film. I unfortunately missed the second half of the final, but my mind was blown enough by that first half. Didn't really recover from film-envy after that start with ADHDMI and Flicker, so good. I have no doubt what followed was as amazing as I've heard from everyone. Lense Flare, Mukpuddy, Hybrid Motion; the old foes killing it once again I hear.

Yeah Morgan, we were pretty fresh faced with that Chumpers, still proud of that little film though. But yes we certainly have had a lot to learn in the language of cinema and a lot to learn about our tools and equipment, to try conquer that second album syndrome.

That sound issue was a technical problem only on the night. Didn't exist in the heats, and from what I gather the judges saw a version without that issue. If it was going to happen to any film I'm glad it happened to the one with subtitles ha.

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

Last year's winners

Hey film friends

Last year me and my friends made a movie and we won the v48 hours. It was called The Child Jumpers and it is my favourite movie I've ever been part of.

But now I'm doing a comedy show, and I would like to extend an invitation to the 48 hour community to come along. It begins tomorrow night in Wellington and runs till Saturday, and then the following Tuesday in Auckland. I particularly would like Wellington folk to come check it out, as I don't have any friends in Wellington and at the moment it's just going to be 3 of my cousins and a a great aunty at the show.

So please come, I talk a little about winning 48 hours, and you may get an insight into the mind of the writer/co-director from last years winner. There's also free ice cream!

Follow the link...http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=TOMFURNI12#.T6cgGb_bfV0

Sincerely

Tom Furnss

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

WILDCARDS AND GRAND FINALISTS

Happy happy group of boys at Grand Cheval headquarters. Thanks oiiii

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

AUCKLAND FINAL 2011 - AWARDS

Should make clear too, we're not from Hamilton, just competed there a few years back. Majority of us are from Mt Maunganui, a couple of Nelsoners, and a couple of Aucklanders. Still a bit of credit to Hamilton though, my mums from there and they have good bakerys.

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

AUCKLAND FINAL 2011 - AWARDS

Cheers everyone for the support for Grand Cheval, we are so grateful. Ant, you consistently put on an amazing competition, and it was a pleasure to meet you last night and find out you're a top guy as well.

Wow, it was just amazing to be part of that line up, there were some amazing films. Just to drop a few, Clinky's was genius, Idiotvision was painfully funny and so well done, and Lense Flare always impresses (such big fans of them, me and Cam (Johan) know the entire lyrics to Lease). But the night was so chocka block full of entertainment.

So I guess just chur, chur a lot. It could've been any of a handful of films I think, we just got very lucky. If we make the grand final, epic, if not, it's still been a very fruitful experience. All the boys (and 2 girls) worked bloody hard on this, and us trying to make it look effortless when we accepted the award was all just us trying to be cool. We ain't cool though. We're so so happy, and we love each other, and we love you.

On a personal note, best actor, yeah, good. I've gone and quite the day job this morning, now I'm just waiting for that call from Shortland Street. I do a pretty good ambo driver, do my own stunts, and willing to put on weight if the role requires (contact me).

Oh ps, how the heck are those teen teams that good!? Calvin Sang and the other younguns sitting behind us, you guys rock. You have such a bright future ahead of you, and good on V48 for facilitating their burgeoning. Sincerely in awe of your talent and prospects

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

Thanks Stan for the compliments, much appreciated. I hoped I sounded jovial, my jokes were intended to lighten the mood, so thanks for taking it in good spirits. Yeah I didn't go to any other heats so I can't pass any judgement on what the makeup of the final is.

These forums are funny old things, you go out on a limb and say something bold, and there's always someone there to snap back at ya. I wish I could stay out of here, not tempt myself by reading these, but most filmmakers are so severely over-analytical that these forums are crack cocaine to us. So no love lost Stan.

It's kicked off a healthy debate though, comedy vs. drama. I'm out of the forums, no more for me, sticking to facebook and youporn. See you gangstas at the finals!

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

I'm not so sure distinguishing the two tones of film as 'silly' vs 'serious' is the best way to go about it, maybe try comedy or drama. It kind of sounds a little condescending to those in the former camp, much like using 'entertaining' and 'pretentious' would have the reverse effect.

Our film is 'silly', but we worked bloody hard to put heart and emotion into it, like one would do for a 'serious' film. Our entire crew did go swimming half way through the shoot though, we probably weren't taking things seriously then; I imagine we would have got a stern telling off for that from you Stanislavski had you been on our team.

I don't mean to sound like I'm having a go, just being a bit silly is all. It's an interesting point you raise though Stan (can I call you Stan?), is there a divide between the two approaches to 48, comedy vs drama, and does it have an impact on how well one does in the comp?

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

Auckland City Finalists discussion?

I haven't seen any other films besides ours, Grand Cheval, and we're most certainly surprised (and admittedly elated) to be in this group. I think our DOP cried when he found out (part wuss).

After a couple of woeful attempts in Hamilton, we decided to shift north to Auckland, like pooey water on the Waikato river that somehow is cleansed through the journey apres Huntly, and voila, success. (Hopefully an example to the Hamilton youth, that fame and glory can be found outside it's fertile grounds).

But sincerely stoked to be amongst teams like Lense Flare (who kinda were the reason we got into it a couple of years ago after seeing 'Lease'). It's very nice to be included. We just hope on the night we measure up to the rest and look like we deserve to be there. Chur

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

Post Your Films in The Screening Room. And also in here.

in reply to Joseph Moore:

Joseph, I really liked your guys film, freaking well done boys. A real lol'er.

Would so totally post ours up here dude, but ah, you know, city finalist, so ah, yeah, better not. Now we're city finalists as well, ahh, I'm not sure we're really ah you know, 'internet upload material', probably do the festival route first, you know, Sundance, Cannes, dare I say Academy Awards. Just looking for a distributor now.

I'm being facetious. Us Grand Chevaliers fluked it, and I'm sure there are a plenty of other that just as well could've been in our spot had opinion differed slightly. But still chur chur Auckland judges. You can bet your bottom dollar that this is going on each of our CV's, right above "Camera Assistant 'TV2's What Now', Kiwi Kids triathlon 2006", which in turn is above, "Director, Writer, Producer, Actor, Music, Sound recorder guy, Casting--'Love hurts my Tummy' 2004 Feature Film".

Giddy with excitement for Wednesday week

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

What makes a story resonate with an audience?

I think it's all in character. With any story, film, TV, novels, humans are compelled to a story because they relate to/sympathize with/want success to come to characters.

Cool shots, funny references, amazing VFX, hold no value for an audience without there being compelling characters. Of course compelling can come about from a whole host of things; the characters sweet, the characters a cunt, the character's good looking, the characters funny, the actors amazing.

I think you raise a good question, and it's such a good lesson for filmmakers to learn (that most never do), for 48hours and outside it. It doesn't matter what your film looks like, how cool your fight sequences are, how funny your jokes are, if no one wants to see the outcome of your protagonist, you're film will be shite.

But this raises a question I'd love to know the answer to, how do you make a character compelling? I don't think that can be answered, talented filmmakers have it, untalented filmmakers don't.

Tom Furniss
Since: May 2011
Posts: 12

AUDIENCE VOTES AUCKLAND - UPDATING NIGHTLY

Agreed Vandal, felt bad for those opening couple of films. Us Grand Chevaliers are stoked to pick up the audience award for heat 8, can't help but laugh at having a perfect playback until the closing line of the film (covered by some quick thinking by our lead shouting out the line for the audience). Just hope it was a glitch on the machine on the night, cause we had no playback issues with our USB on any other machine.

But that's spilt milk now, good luck and go hard to all the remaining films, look forward to seeing some of em. Chur