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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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Ultra clarification

Ok, so it says the main characters must be children or animals but how many of the ‘main’ characters does that mean? So if the main protagonist is a child/animal but the others are adults, would that count?

We have a few ideas and it kinda pivots on this key point. Official word?

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ruth
Since: May 2011
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The official word is that THE main characters are children or animals - so this means all of them. :)

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 281

Holy crap! How ultra!

Thanks for clarifying 🙂

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ruth
Since: May 2011
Posts: 146

We did say ultra was going to be hard. Good luck and don't f**k it up.

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 281

But we can still push the envelope, right? That’s kind of the point?

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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin (Out of Town)
Since: May 2011
Posts: 97

Damn, not many Lego animals eh?

I've just finished the first draft of our ultra animal musical. You can do it!

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ruth
Since: May 2011
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Yes please push the boat out. We would love to see some uniqie approaches.

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 281

in reply to toowit toowoo:

Yeah, it’s a tough one but I think the idea we have will work.

Ruth - we are pushing the boat waaaay out on this one. Hope it works 🤞

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ruth
Since: May 2011
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Awesome we can't wait to see what comes in.

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Andrew Todd
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Our main character is a baby animal and all the other characters are also animals. Pumped

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 281

We are going the animal way too, which is gonna be interesting with Lego. Time to start building sets.

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mikedensem
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
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in reply to DogsBreakfast:

Don't drown any children or animals...

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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in reply to mikedensem:

Lol. Some of our first scripts were really dark and we looked at each other and went nope, can’t do that.

No animals were harmed in the making of our movie so it’s fine 😺

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Scott Doar
From: Auckland
Since: Sep 2016
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if you had a character that was an adult and wasn't intended to be a main character but when you cut the film they came out quite prominent in the film (main character is definitely a child) would you be disqualified or just marked down? or would they just let it slide of your film is good enough? just wondering how they would judge it????

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themorgan
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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in reply to DogsBreakfast:

😺

Did you see we're in separate heats this year? We would have had the ULTRA DEATH HEAT if that hadn't happened, with four Ultra teams. As it is even with three teams we still have the most in a single Auckland heat.

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steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 313

in reply to Scott Doar:

@Scott I'd say that's close to a DQ. Would almost come down to time on screen? But that call would be up to the city organisers.

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jjosland
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2015
Posts: 77

if you had a character that was an adult and wasn't intended to be a main character but when you cut the film they came out quite prominent in the film (main character is definitely a child) would you be disqualified or just marked down?

I read on the rules page that supporting characters could be adults, but main characters need to be animals or children:

Your film must feature children and/or animals as the main character(s)
One of the oldest rules of filmmaking is “Never work with children or animals” They’re difficult to work with and outshine everyone else. This year we want you to break that rule.

Clarifications:

A child is under 18 years old.
The main characters must be children or animals - this does not mean actors need to be children or animals, we are happy for creative approaches to this.
Supporting characters can be adults/anyone else.
For solo/duo teams - yes child actors count as part of the team - no animals don’t.
For solo/duo teams - yes you can use footage of one of you as a child.

When considering supporting characters, or people who won awards for supporting roles, they are often still fairly prominent in their film.

Examples of award winning supporting characters:
Bernardo, West Side Story
Robert DeNiro's character in the Godfather Part 2
Tommy Lee Jones' character in the Fugitive
Kevin Spacey's character in the Usual Suspects
Robin Willian's character in Good Will Hunting
Javier Bardem's character in No Country for Old Men
Heath Ledger's character in The Dark Knight
etc etc.

That's my logic, not sure what others think.

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steelpotato
From: wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 313

But then you've got Hopkins in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS :)

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DogsBreakfast
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 281

in reply to themorgan:

Yeah man, I saw there are three of us in my heat, crazy! Chess Club and Cool Story Bro in our heat - can't wait to see what they bring

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ruth
Since: May 2011
Posts: 146

Hey @Scott adults are allowed as supporting characters.

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