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Andrew Todd
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 673

Christchurch City Finals: morning-after de-brief/-lirium/-tox

I'm personally of the opinion that it shouldn't be about which films incorporate which judging criteria the best, and that it should be more holistic than that. Films shouldn't be made to tick boxes. On the other hand, 48HOURS is a pretty specific competition, so it probably has to do that to a degree. Maybe when picking finalists. Picking winners, though, I feel you have to go for the best short rather than the one that plays the "game" the smartest.

The main reason for deliberation, to me, is for judges to make their cases for the films they liked where other judges might have missed something. A bunch of opinions separately don't mean shit when judging art, but a conversation will usually come to an actual decision that means something. Also, with ranked balloting, a film that gets 50% first-place votes and 50% last-place votes will place lower than a film that everyone ranked, like, slightly above the middle, which feels stupid to me.

Obviously though, for international judging it's just going to have to be some kind of ranking system, because you're never going to coordinate all those busy people across all those time zones.

Not sure how much of this is too inside-baseball for the forums but whatever.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Christchurch City Finals: morning-after de-brief/-lirium/-tox

in reply to Brendon:

Thoughts on the amount of/lack of alignment between the Chch final and the Grand final?

I put it down to ranked balloting and no in-person deliberation, which in combination is, pardon my Québécois, une idée idiote en tabarnak.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Finalists

As explained somewhere on the site, the national category nominees are the regional category winners, same as it's almost always been, and Best Ultra =/= Best Film.

Looks like it'll be a strong-ass final!

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Filling up the screening room

in reply to jjosland:

Rubix Dude and Wheelchair Mania

Rubix Dude is AMAZING and you should find someone who can rip it for you!

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Filling up the screening room

I agree - it has to be up to the teams. There's something to be said for films that are made to be screened at 48HOURS and 48HOURS only - it's an extreme reading of the ephemeral nature of the competition, but it's a valid one. There are also a lot of teams who don't want their films to be seen again - either at all, or in the state they submitted them in.

Reminds me of Dan Savage's Humpfest, which is a touring short pornographic film festival with many similarities to 48 (required elements, genres, time limits, etc). They literally destroy their copies of the films once the tour's over, which ensures the films never play outside that context. That's vital for the filmmakers in this instance, most of whom are ordinary folks whose reputations could be harmed by videos being put online without their say-so.

Am I sad that a number of my favourite 48HOURS films have disappeared into the ether? Absolutely. But that ain't my call to make.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

7 stars gives you more granularity than 5 but isn't as stupidly granular as 10. There's a middle rating, 4, and high/medium/low ratings for either side of that. It's great.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Christchurch Finalist Prediction Thread

Also interesting: Best Director has only been a category (in Chch anyway) since 2013. Of the six city winners, three didn't have Best Director nominations (The Ex, Down To The Wire, and Utka), but EVERY runner-up has had one.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

Christchurch Finalist Prediction Thread

in reply to Bloydd:

Script nomination seems to be the one you need to win/place as IIRC only one team has come runner up without one and that was a non-dialogue film.

Hero didn't have one; Eh Team's 2011 body-switch movie didn't have one; New Fish didn't have one; Death In The West didn't have one; and yeah, Azanti didn't have one. (Source: I have detailed files (but they only go back to 2009))

Also, only one team has all of the big five - director, script, editing, cinematography, and performance - and that's Eh Team 2.0. Of course, animated films and musicals throw this all out of sorts, so, uh.........

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

Seems to be a fundamental disconnect between two philosophies on the elements:

1. "UGH I have to put these in my FILM or I get DISQUALIFIED" - it doesn't matter how they're in there as long as they're there somewhere, and they're a necessary evil to keep the competition honest.

2. "I wonder how these can shape my story" - the elements are there to inspire the films and their clever and integral use is a big part of the competition's character.

Both approaches can lead to clumsy shout-outs AND to subtle integrations.

These are philosophies that can be exhibited by both filmmakers and the organisers. This year the competition skewed way towards #1 at the HQ decision making level, and it's consequently the first time I've done the same in my attitude.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

in reply to Rastinha:

All the "oh Jerry you're such a hypochondriac!" Moments are definitely not missed by me!

I would counter that between 500 teams, 48HOURS competitors will find ways of making ANY compulsory element grating and obvious.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

in reply to BrotherInCrime:

I really think the Character element was a great way to keep teams focused on developing character

A thousand times yes!

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

in reply to Paul Harrop:

After this year I don't think we'll be entering Ultra next year either. Wasn't fun at all - though ironically, Ultra was a blessing for us last year, as we were animating anyway. Animated animals are way easier (and more fun) than animated people.

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Prayers

tfw every other film in your heat has 5 reviews and yours has 4 :'(

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 Thoughts

If we make finals maybe we'll run a sweepstakes to see who gets our comps. Because we're staying a minimum of 13,000km away from the final regardless

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2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "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: 673

2019 posters

Deep Dish Pizza Wolf (Chch, Heat 5)

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Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death

2019 - "Розкол (Schism)" - Science Fiction (National finalist, Chch 3rd place + Best Cinematography)
2018 - "Утка (Utka)" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner + Best Script + Best Animation, official selection Kiev International Short Film Festival)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist + Best Art Direction)
2009 - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up + Best Score, Chch winner)
2008 - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)