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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Shoot Weekend confirmed: June 14 - 16

These films will be playing before mixed audiences, and in Christchurch there's every likelihood that someone in the audience was personally affected by the shooting. Wouldn't expect people from outside Christchurch to understand, just as basically nobody outside Christchurch seemed to understand the impact of the earthquakes some years ago (and into the present). We've seen people make insensitive material about fresh tragedies before in the comp, and this tragedy is arguably worse in nature than those were. Banning guns for a year in a privately-run filmmaking competition isn't going to erode anyone's speech rights, and it's frankly the right thing to do under the circumstances.

Plus, you know, if you can't tell a story without a gun in it, you're not a good storyteller. Guns are boring. Fuck 'em.

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2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Grand Finalists stats

in reply to steelpotato:

Ah yup. Miscounted - and fixed!

(Someone's gotta do it...)

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2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Grand Finalists stats

This is what I've been doing while I should've been working. Clearly, my obsessive 48HOURS nerdiness has returned now that I'm not running the show...

Of 18 grand finalists (3.2% of all films submitted):

7 Auckland teams
7 Wellington teams (incl one entering from London)
3 Christchurch teams (incl one entering from Montreal)
1 Dunedin team (entering from Invercargill)

3 each: Fish out of Water, High School, Splatstick, Techno Thriller
2 each: Monster, Wish
1 each: Anti-Romcom, Back from the Dead
0 each: Star-Crossed, Time Travel, Heist, Last Day, 10 Years, or Musical+ (!)

8 Ultra teams
3 Solo/Duo teams (all three of which are also Ultra)
3 Out-of-Town teams (I think)
2 Animation teams (both of which are also Ultra, Solo/Duo, AND Out-of-Town)

93 regional nominations between the grand finalists (average 5.2)
21 regional awards won between 12 of the grand finalists
14 finalists placed in their heats' audience voting
9 finalists placed in their regions (8 of which also placed in their audience vote, and 7 of which won regional awards)

3 national Best Script nominees
3 national Best Performer nominees
2 national Best Director nominees
2 national Best Editing nominees
0 national Best Cinematography nominees (!)

4.2 average reviews site rating (out of 5)

100% chance of having a great time at the grand finals
$20 ticket price, do it

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2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

PJ Wildcards 2018

in reply to ruth:

Unprecedented! Fingers crossed PJ pulls through.

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

Personally: having run the Chch comp for seven years and done pretty well in the comp prior to that, there was no way I couldn't do Ultra. It'd have felt like a cop-out.

Unless it's something that requires prior entries to exist, I do think Ultra should be open to everyone, though. Perhaps with a disclaimer that "we strongly advise that you don't do this unless you've done it for 5 years or more". When all the experienced teams go for it and nobody else is even allowed to, it creates a weird class divide within the comp, and I don't think the organisers have ever wanted to do that.

I wonder whether there's a more perfect distillation of the idea of "Ultra" than the animals/children rule though. "Never work with children or animals" has become such a well-known truism of film production and showbiz, and it ended up being a wonderful inspiration and enabling constraint for a lot of teams.

And fwiw, I still think "sequel" was a strong offer that didn't get taken up creatively by many teams. We got mostly pretty basic interpretations of what sequels can be - not many films that stood on their own, and wayyy too many flashback sequences.

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2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to Rocket Boy:

For an extra challenge? For fun? I thought that was what it was always designed for.

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Christchurch - fantastic year

Personally I'd treat Ultra the same way as the other elements - it's up to your discretion how you use it, and then it's your interpretation versus the judges'. On the other hand, as an "Extra Challenge" it makes sense for it to be clear-cut.

I also don't think there's a difference between "your main characters must be children/animals" and "all your main characters must be children/animals." The "all" is implied in the first version. And "characters" =/= "actors." I thought that was pretty clear from the start, but perhaps more specific wording would've been useful.

Allowing teams to interpret the challenge in different ways makes for more variety and more cleverness - even if a couple of them end up feeling like borderline Ultra-evasion. I wish people had taken more varied and creative approaches with sequels last year, for example, rather than spelling out the connections to the past films via flashbacks etc.

End of the day, you want to give as much leeway as possible without allowing teams to completely disregard the challenge. Then the judges evaluate their take on it accordingly, just as they would use of genre or elements.

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Christchurch - fantastic year

in reply to TheNimbleMarmoset:

Also, in 2010, what came runner-up to Death In The West? El Padre maybe?

Haha, no way, that was the Outwits' Bechamel...RIP the Outwits

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Uploading Films when you have Nominations?

Based on other centres: you can and you should!

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Auckland Finalists and Nominees

FOUR Splatstick films! Amazing!

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Christchurch - fantastic year

Well, that happened, to our shock and delight. So proud of our little Utka, earning success and respect wherever he goes.

Can't wait to watch all the other films though, holy shit - the nomination reels SOUNDED great over our audio-only Skype call...

Thanks errybody, I love you

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

How did you find your Genre's and the elements for 2018

in reply to squire:

Too prescriptive?

Adding three things on top of one another would be *utterly bonkers*. I personally also profoundly disagree with your definition of what is and isn't a genre...

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Screening Room gold (2017)

On a more serious note: I really really liked the disqualified Chch film "My Boo". https://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2018-1/christchurch/my-boo/

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

Curious to know.... ULTRA award nominations? and is the Wildcard (P.Jackson) still a thing?

I think Ultra is less about the extra prize and more about the extra challenge. A lot of teams in this thing relish the difficulty of the comp. For teams of that nature, Ultra just adds to the fun. It's not for everybody - some people might consider it unthinkable - but it's very much for those brave souls who attempt it.

It's like a video game speedrun where you can't press the dodge button, or can't use powerups, or something like that. Sure, you could get through it easier without that extra challenge, but for people who are experienced and familiar with the base game, the challenge makes it more fun.

And like...isn't this all about having fun?

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)

Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 648

How did you find your Genre's and the elements for 2018

I feel like "Heist" is about plot and "Wish" is about character, personally. It's pretty rare that heist films involve stealing something that's of personal importance to the main character. It's all MacGuffin.

In a 48HOURS sense, the genres tend to immediately (but not exclusively) suggest a plot, a style, a location, a tone, or a character element...it's up to the teams to take that up and do the rest themselves, or to do something entirely unique.

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)