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Urine Trouble!

Aarons (insert topical descriptor) have really made this kind of film their specialty over the last how ever many years. They are the undisputed kings of the most "out there fuckery" in CHCH. They also have an unhealthy obsession with AJ but that's probably another film at another time.

So, the songs in "Urine Trouble" are pretty catchy and the robot costuming is awesome. There's some method in their madness somewhere or other, so from an audience POV my advice with this film (and their previous entries) is to absorb, enjoy and pull out those bits that make you smile. Certainly don't dismiss anything. This team are a great example to others - make the film you want to make, stand by it 100% and overdose on the fun.

The Olive Farmer

Yeah, an enjoyable watch and lots of credit for doing it solo. Some nice touches of humour throughout and one or two good lines. However, I think it also could have been a lot shorter as there is plenty of superfluous dialogue.

Doom Comes to Mars-Town

As expected, this is a fun ride from Mad Scientists - lasers guns, armoured troops teleportation, alien monsters and a big action sequence. Great sets, typical MS green screening and an enthusiastic cast. It's a heavy dose of 1970s Doctor Who really.
Couple of things for me - 1) I found the start a bit slow...too much talk setting things up as we went from a minute of the "Help us" footage to nearly another minute of "getting the troops ready". 2) We didn't really spend time with any one character so I found it hard to know who's story this was.

Still, there was a great teleportation set-up and gag which is nicely played. Nice job, Mad Scientists!


Cool concept here with some effective lighting, transitions and general use of close-ups. The voice-over is always an interesting call as it raises questions about who the voice is talking to. The audience? Another unseen character? It explains the story to us which may not always be the most effective choice. Still, an intriguing short with lots of high points.


The question you should ask yourselves is "Could we have told the same story without making it a mockumentary?" By dipping into that style you also fall into many of the trite trappings of it - awkward off camera glances, boom in shot, flashbacks. Unless you film it all as a single continuous shot there really is nothing fresh about it and you have to really nail the humour or risk it becoming rather tedious. Acting was solid and I liked a lot of the camerawork but those skills could have been applied to a very tight, self-contained origin story about a normal guy finding out one morning that his superpower is making toast.

Pirate Adventure

Great music choice and nice Lego animation. Loved the uncomfortable silence at the landing on the island. Plenty of good sound FX used to support the action but it maybe needed a few more at the start to nail the environment and the dialogue audio could have been crisper. Sweet ending as well which in many ways was another uncomfortable silence! Top work, lone musketeer.

Gluten Free

Wow! Mildly concerned is right! Huge respect for making a musical & I think you nailed the Urban Fantasy genre perfectly. Nice touches of humour, committed acting and the flour bag faces were great. Probably could have left it at the end with her just eating the bread as an act of ultimate revenge but I totally get the final twist you went with. Nice job!

Hide N Seek

An engaging short with a concept not far from my own 2020 film. As a fan of the use of close-ups whenever possible I enjoyed yours and as mentioned above they were the strength of the cinematography. Full of intrigue; I liked it!

Under Control

Nice work pulling off filming in multiple countries? Some solid acting and a good idea with the people controlling app. The audio was a little jarring at times when cutting between scenes but I appreciated the movement of the characters through the scenes, which worked well. Always interesting when a character talks to themselves in a scene as your did at the start as it does a smack of tell. Could you have found a way to show this and get the same message across?

Overall, a good take on the genre.


It doesn't get much better than this. Obviously made by a team who know what they are doing in every aspect. Love the growing sense of doom that is created through each experience. I completely missed the first "interaction" so this short is worth a re-watch for that alone. Clever transitions between the neighbours; it's all very, very good. That said, not 100% about the ending but I'm not sure where else you could have taken it. Probably should have been a TV finalist, right?

Last Night

A great opening shot that was suitably disorientating. The acting was convincing especially from Michaela Sheehan who easily combined confused/concerned and upset. The general lack of reaction to her dress being covered in blood was perhaps the direction so as to not sign-post too much the later events of the film. However, I would have liked to know more as to why the "Creep" got involved in this and how/why they ended up conspiring together. What happens in the film seemed a really large leap for the Sarah character and while we see the catalyst for this, I'm not really sure I saw enough to suggest she'd be part of what she ended up doing.

I'm a big fan of diegetic-only soundscapes and thought it was mostly well executed here. Probably could have just done with a few more sounds organic to the scene to ramp the tension up further, as some moments felt a little flat.

Overall, a well-executed short with a clear story. Shame about the DQ. Better luck next time.

The Teddy Bear

At a touch over 8 minutes, this "Actor's Cut" could obviously do with a bit of editing. The annoying nature of the unwanted guest is actually pretty well played and it's relentless over the long. long runtime. I wasn't sure how/why the actors were talking to the audience throughout - 4th wall breaking can work but only if it's established in some plausible way early on.

Dick, Actually

Unfortunately, this genre lends itself to a safe, vanilla path if you want to achieve a level of success. So, you tick the genre boxes and hit the beats. SJGR are great at doing just this, in this short of requited love where the jilted does his upmost to disrupt the perfect relationship of his flat-mate. Well-written, acted (of course) and everything looks pretty nice.

Not a lot really happens though. The pranks are kind of bland (and surely defendable as not reality) and there are no meaningful stakes for us to get behind our anti-hero, and rally behind his actions. He doesn't change at all by the end of the film and so overall he is just a dick. That's the point, I suppose.

Another rewarding effort though from a very consistent CHCH team.


Unusual and surprisingly unsettling. I like the way we're led to believe that this is some sort of upside down world only for the reality to be something different. Plenty of creepy shots, one notable jump scare and a very well executed match-cut/reveal towards the end. Nice work!


A lot jammed into this which perhaps complicates things a little. Some impressive effects and editing, good use of music and rising tension. Not sure if the voice-over at the start really works - who are they talking to and why? Still, a well-constructed short that keeps the pace moving.

Framing Love

This is just a whole heap of joy - nice and sweet throughout which is always good to see in 48HOURS. Well made, good effects and overall a pretty slick production. As a fan of non/limited dialogue short films I did appreciate the application of it in this short even if, at times, it may have benefited from it. Was it a choice or a necessity given the lock-down? Well done!

Glendalhorn Academy: Eluvia and the Sprite

Obviously well put together, slick production and convincing effects. It goes hard OTT which will delight many viewers.

The Performer

A sad, yet ultimately warming musical effort with one central song the carries the film. And it's a quality song, well performed and mixed. It's just the usual story though on whether or not one song a musical makes. I really wish the opening monologue had been a song too as this would have been a better sell during the "Talking-to-yourself" in the mirror trope. It really does pull me out of a film when I see this done in what really should be an internal monologue. The film could have also come to a close with for example, a refrain, to round things off.

Nicely filmed and edited, so well done!

I dunnit

Some nice shot choices in this - in particular the mirror shots at the beginning and end, the upside down transitions and also the back-lit silhouette. Not a fan of the title cards as they told us things we could just see and were jumpy-grainy while the rest of the film wasn't. If you were going noir then maybe a hard-boiled detective voice-over could have worked better then the text on screen which also slowed things down. Liked the story twist and the general feeling of being one step behind that was portrayed. Good stuff!

Remote Ctrld

I like the simple set-up in this: one character, a couch, a static shot to establish things and then a great tonal shift when things get freaky. It's a personal thing but I really hate pop-up text on screen and in this case the font & size didn't really sell it. You did show the phone screen a lot after that to convey information so why not with the text messages? Pop-up text just takes me out of a film.
Like the dark ending even if it's not super clear what the motivations are. Nice work.

The Peeker

A couple of nice establishing shots at the start and the overall tone worked well. However, at times it was really hard to see what was going on. I get the "Even if you don't see it; it sees you" but as an audience we do have to see it! Again, nailed the tone of a horror and there was some decent rising tension established.

The Horror

Cool to see such a family orientated effort with this little horror flick. Some effective tension created in parts and what I appreciated the most was you resisting the temptation to have the character unnaturally talk to her herself or have dreaded pop-up texting on screen. On the flip-side of this the dialogue at the end was not that great and the message delivered probably the most horrific thing in the film.

Permanent Resident

Great atmosphere created here, good pacing, liked the arc shot and some solid acting. Not sure that the police would act quite the way they did but whatever -strange times and all that. Pretty tight production overall. Good stuff!

Broken Tracks

This is a fairly strong effort from a talented High School team. Strengths lie in the cinematography, which for the most part, produced a range of highly effective shots; and in the performances of our two leads, who strike up a decent amount of chemistry. Initially, I was OK with the age appropriateness of the casting - it didn't seem too far of a stretch that one of them was a sheriff. However, when the criminal mentioned his wife and then it transpired the sheriff also had a family you lost me a bit. Could you have told a similar story where these two found themselves chained together without the police/criminal angle? Something to think about for another time. There were some solid dialogue scenes, especially walking along the tracks and the passing of time was well played. That said, the leaves, the leaves, oh the rustling of the leaves! So noisy! I imagine you had many feet tracking along that shot. An external mic on a boom would have helped here, or recording a stationary wild track that you could have synced. Just drowned out the dialogue in places. Story-wise, it's a simple unlikely buddy flick but I couldn't help but wonder if their relationship had developed enough or if they'd been through enough to lead to the ending that transpired.

Overall though, a well-made 48HR film. Shame about the DQ - late or was your film too long?


Big fan of the BB's "All Hallow's Eve" from 2019 so I guess another Horror was right in their wheelhouse. Good humour in this and a nice set-up to build character within the limited run-time. Good performances and it all gets nice and creepy by the end. Great stuff.

Thicker Than Water

Liked the non-linear story telling in this - cause an effect manipulated nicely. Well shot & edited. Given the frantic, action-paced start the conversation that filled the body of the film seemed a little slow and non-eventful. Still, a well crafted short from at least some of regular finalists Jovial Entertainment?

Home Invasion

Typical mad stuff from PlanetFoxFilms and using puppets was a slick move given the lock-down conditions. Personally, not a huge fan of puppet films but this was of course fun and had some nice touches of humour. I think it could have moved a bit quicker as it dragged somewhat through the whole transfer set-up. Also, how did his glasses transfer? Overall, good stuff and keep doing the 48 your way!

How to Fix a Broken Heart

Top of the range technical work with this short, convincing acting and it's all really well paced. I was pretty engaged throughout, and despite what I felt was a slightly odd design of the "heart" space (I would have preferred something darker rather than just messy) you certainly had me invested in how it was all going to end. Like a few of the other reviewers above the fact you went with the hired pro essentially using his inside knowledge to hook up with the client makes it all a bit creepy in that he was again, essentially playing on the vulnerable.

Artificial Selector

Typically slick production from Chillibox. Agree, the use of video conferencing had a natural fit/feel to the story which in itself, last ship out of earth, wasn't super original. I'm a big fan of an ambiguous ending but wasn't convinced that it was the best approach here. I took a different approach to the characters too - I felt little for them as they were all essentially in it for themselves. That said, Chillibox do good work and this is further evidence of it.

Baby Bear

Like the aspect ratio and the retro feel. Love the living poster & photos effects. Absolutely love the creepy and unsettling vibe that just ramps up as we go through. Full of surprises throughout. Brilliant stuff and up there as one of my 2020 favourites.

Shaved: The Harry Lippman Story

Yeah, nicely done. Enjoyed the same people playing different parts which really is in the spirit of using what you have in the Lockdown. Good little mystery too with mockumentary used effectively as the style to deliver it. Again, a solid option given the Lockdown.

Trolley King

Look, this will be a real crowd favourite and should romp home in the Best Disqualified category. As is standard with this team, it's all technically well-crafted throughout. The music is crisp, well-mixed and the lyrics form a strong part of the narrative - which isn't always the case in 48HRS.

As others have mentioned the story feels like it's missing a few things. What makes him the Trolley-King for example? Just an over-inflated sense of self? There was little evidence at any point. In fact, he was pretty bad at his job by the looks of the stacked up trolleys, lack of attention to safety and the sheer number of trolleys in an empty carpark :)
Unfortunately too his white bitch boss was proven correct about him - he was a thief - making the old switch-a-roo before he made it to the house. So, while poetic justice was somewhat at play on the wallet owner, I could also see him finding the Trolley-King and getting a little payback. And what did our hero learn? Just take the wallet next time and save yourself some trouble. He was/is no hero.

If this was made in just 8 hours it's an incredible effort. I loved the aspect and mood change after he hits his head and imagines the woman. Probably my favourite sequence I've seen this year. Bad luck but great work.

Vlog #48

Inventive take on this genre. Interesting choice to include shots outside of the vlog content as well as it raises a few questions as to who was filming! Nicely put together though and great to see a different approach.

Nowhere to Hide.

Pretty slick overall production work here. Looked great, nicely edited and also smooth integration of special effects. Your single location worked well as did the high stakes cat 'n' mouse action. I wasn't a fan of the footsteps Foley at the start - it got rather annoying in it's repetition. Likewise the ADR dialogue seemed a little unnatural. Limited in story but high on adrenaline, this is an impressive effort to get done over the 48.

Neptune's Bubble

A cute, animated short complete with original music & nice touches of humour. Solid voice acting and I liked how you worked in the photograph. Well done!


Engaging story here with both nice touches of humour and a sinister turn. Plenty to like - lack of dialogue, no explanation as to how the doppleganging occurred and some good acting. Apart from one occasion the masking/split screen worked really well. Great stuff!

Misogyny And Magic

A fun little adventure complete with in & out-of-place costumes and fake beards. I liked the way you handled the dragon scene - showed a bit of the old 48HOUR imagination. Lots of nice looking shots in places and the story was a complete structure.

That said, I was left unsure as to what your message was here in regards to misogyny or sexism. In the end it was a motivating factor for the secretary who despite looking disgruntled every time she was marginalised actually had a premediated plan to see all the males dead, and she saunters away when the job is done. So does this film fall into the "female revenge" trope? Or, is it just a light-hearted adventure not to be taken seriously?

Unlucky with the DQ 'cos this is the sort of film that gets short-listed.

You've been Trumped

Good fun and an effective Trump impersonator who got much of the cadence exactly right. It all probably went on a touch too long and as it's all focused on a single zoom call there was a lack of variety in proceedings.

Last Call

Nicely filmed, acted and executed. Tension was nicely ramped up leading to an effective use of the ramp shot. The plot itself was rather predictable and the replaying of a loved-one's message as if in real-time something that has been done quite often recently. That said, it was effectively played out here! Well done!

Say Chess

There are some really good moments in this - the arc shot, the photo transitions, the freezes. There are also lots of questions - why did he need a torch when it was daylight outside? How did he not see the dude in the hallway? Who is the dude pulling all the strings? Why is he doing all of this and why to this particular group of people? If you hoped to leave your audience puzzled then mission accomplished!

Soul Sucking

Loved some of the visual story-telling in this. Well paced, nice touches of humour and there's good acting on display. The In-Control/Not-In-Control Ouija board trope is a well-worn one but at least here it delivers an on point twist at the end. Great stuff!

Internet Interrupted

Cloning is proving a very popular effect with this Lockdown:48, especially with the Urban Fantasy genre. Nice little set-up here with the dreaded "did my payment go through or not?" dilemma. Like that it didn't push out the running time any further. Good job!

Time & Lasers

Short and sharp. Clean animation and some good voice acting. Well done!

The Quiet Moon

A great kiwi bloke space road trip with a typically twisted end. Nuff said.

Spaced Oddness

Borrowing not so subtly from David Bowie we get a quirky space/alien adventure where the fate of Earth is at risk. Nice use of whatever you could find for your puppets/characters and some good touches of humour throughout.

Coeur de Lion

There sure are a lot of animal films in this 48HR: Lockdown and many attached to this genre too. A noir inspired effort here with suitably smoky French voice-over. Effective music and assorted noir tropes. Nice work!

For Generations

A typically in-ya-face short from Squint Eastwood that nails the Sci-fi genre and pushes commentary about tech and generations. Nice that it had a critique of millennials as parents opposed to the standard boomer targets. I enjoy the harsh animation style we see from Squint with the deliberately vivid colour palette. Some of the audio is a bit noisy in transition but overall a polished film. Great job on the win!


In a competition were generic and safe (if we're being completely, completely honest) really does consistently win the day, The Cant Shack's "S I S" is a fantastic point-of-difference. The blurred lines between what is stock-footage and what isn't really does mess with your mind. And the clever thing is that despite the stock footage we still get a coherent story with a "well-played" ending. The narration probably is a cop-out but the reality is, what else could you do aside from more superimposed lips?

The humour is well and truly nailed in this and the short-run time is perfect. Replay value is extremely high.

My only fear is that the success of this short will encourage others to emulate your style and flood the market with inferior product!

Overall, really well done! And honestly, you should have made the CHCH finals.


It's pretty hard not to like this and given it's 90 second run-time it's easily rewatchable. Madness really but the happy and contented face on the lead just means you keep on smiling throughout.


Upbeat and well-executed in typical Toowit style. Love the trippy nature of it, the effective animation and catchy tunes. Love to that it's all wrapped up really quickly. Nice job!

Strawberry Fears Forever

Obviously a lot of fun has had in the making of this short. Loved the strawberry puppets and the changes in expression/character worked well. Like a few films this this I'm pretty sure you could have told the same story in less than two minutes. It really does take a long time for the strawberries to get into the house as one example. In my mind they could have been "picked" and take inside. Also, the lack of human interaction/reaction lowers the stakes quite a bit and we have to fill in the gaps as to why the strawberries are reacting the way they are. Like I said, great fun though!

My Wife The Pirate

Cute, fun and feel good. Animations were also very cute and a good work-around given the restrictions of the comp. Yeah, ADR was a bit distracting at times but with great enthusiasm from the cast, it matters little. Great stuff!


A self-contained superhero origin story where our hero discovers he has the power to make things happen/grant wishes when he gets angry enough. Certainly, the old "With great power comes great responsibility" rings true in this short.

Nice chemistry between the leads led to some genuinely funny moments and the film is well-paced. Some of the camerawork and sound is a little rough in places, with the sync being slightly out. Some of the transitions between scenes could be a little smoother too.

It's good fun though and instantly rewatchable. Nice work.

Mind the Void

I really, really like the concept behind this - you've just discovered you're dead & there's a ticking clock for you to find out how. The trouble is that it was more a process of elimination rather than any great mystery as the "manner of death" items were all around. That said, the potential death scenarios were well constructed - loved the speed of death with the jilted girlfriend. Perhaps we needed more of these! Enjoyable and rewatchable!


Yeah, this is great. Would have been up there for me as a Best Family Film. Huge fan of limited dialogue films and this film is an example of why. The visuals do the job and the two children deliver excellent performances without needing to explain anything that they are doing through some unnecessary chat. Loved the timing in some of the scenes - the Playstation controller for one and the fourth-wall break at the end was perfect. Awesome job!

Something, Anything

Great use of your own stock footage. Simple story, executed well. Nice split screen work and time-lapse effect. Felt the isolation with this!

Doom Raiders

Lots to like here. The improvised exotic bar location was cool, loved the flashbacks, great comic timing, classic touches of humour and some fun action scenes. Well done!

Killer Paint Job

A pretty tidy animation here in a tale with a very kiwi character. Loved the echo bit and the voice acting was great. As mentioned above, I was probably expecting a bit more from the ending given what had been set up. Still, an enjoyable and re-watchable film.


Plenty to like about this. It's an obvious slick production all over. A heap of work put into too, like all the little touches such as the YouTube thumbnails etc. A couple of things weren't so convincing, such as the police/detective dialogue and is it really that easy to hack so many different sources? I love me an ambiguous ending but not 100% that this one landed. Still, a really impressive production overall that would have done very well in the regular 48HR let alone this Lockdown edition.

CAT A Musical Whodunnit

High energy (and volume!), looked good and the cat(s) were well directed! Not sure how much exactly was a whodunnit mystery but you got extra credit for making a musical when you didn't have to. Nice work!

Chill Out

Very cool concept that was well executed. Loved the one sided conversation and the sinister ending. Appreciated too, that you didn't cheapen the action with any music; dramatic or comical - diegetic rules! Also, the run time was just enough - good work not pushing it out more.

I knew Myself No longer

A nice eerie tone established in this with visuals that keep you intrigued as to the mystery within. The B & W isn't as crisp in all shots but was the way to go. Good integration of a little bit of Poe but I am confused by the discrepancy between your film title on YT and on this site!

Places from the Past

Very art-house in concept. Great use of the location. An intriguing, engaging short that is well shot, acted and edited together. A lot of commitment too in getting the furniture to the location. Worth a second or third watch in order to pick up a few important plot points.

The Intimate Photo Disaster

I think you had the makings of something pretty entertaining here if you'd cut it back a little, speeding things up by ditching some of the dialogue in particular and ramping up the conflict between the couple. The initial set-up was good, (even if the culprit was blatantly obvious from the get-go) and there were some nice touches of humour before it all just kind of ends rather abruptly. An enjoyable watch though, a click-bait thumbnail & actually very rewatchable. Nice job!

Any Portal will do on a Storm

Always so much going on in this team's films! They specialize in high octane action based shorts with extra mini-guns. Loved the split-screening you did, the music and the commitment to the type of film you want to make. Pretty solid composting work and an engaging narrative overall. The voice-over wa really strong. So many toys, Jullian, so many toys.

The Fifth Wave

Great looking film that through the visuals, dialogue & music creates a very atmospheric tone. Some of the cut-aways I don't quite get the point of but I guess they contribute somehow to the overall meaning! Nice work, in a beautiful location.


I actually think you could have cut this down to just over a minute to tell the same story; book-ending it by all with your exceptional choking and spitting up green goo. (which lasts 30 secs at the start! & we see several times) A kind of life flashing before your eyes but in this case thinking back on what your lead had done to the potential suspects. It reminded me of "THE DEATH & LIFE OF DESMOND WOLFE" which is why I mention cutting it all down. Still, nicely shot, love the music and you know I always enjoy watching your acting.

Pray, Love, Eat

Yeah, that's pretty disturbing and a long, long 3 minutes! It's one of those that you don't want to watch but can't take your eyes off of it. Funny, nicely shot and some great voice-acting. Plus "Sarah's Story" above is equally disturbing. Great stuff!

The Interrogation

As a big fan of in-ya-face close-ups I really liked this. Suitably disorientating and unsettling. Simple concept, executed well.

What goes around comes around

Some nice work done here with cause & effect that I didn't see coming. For me, the music got irritating very quickly but I suppose it tied into the light-hearted proceedings you went for. A few questions around how she got there in the first place & whether you can use that news footage but what the hell - you had a heap of fun and that is the point.

Touching Cloth

Wow, it seems like it's been a few years since idiotVision have been in the comp. This is a fun puppet driven film with some nicely executed visual effects in the control room. Personally I would have liked a bit more tension and for the whole thing to move a bit quicker but it's still an enjoyable short with a quirky ending.

Life Insurance

Love your team name. Fun, quirky, high energy and full of sight gags. I have to admit I was so confused as to the location you were using given the prominent exit sign above the door. Is that typical in some accommodation? Watch you focus next time with some of your shots as there were some inconsistencies in the final product. Great fun!

The Claw

Good little story here with obvious hints to "Toy Story". Well voiced and I guess to save time & stress having limited movement of the Lego pieces was a good choice! Nice touches of humour, especially at the end.

Basket Case

Yeah, liked this. Well shot, acted and based on a very simple, very recognizable concept and our sometimes over-complicated response. I'm loving all the non-dialogue shorts coming out of the lock-down. Others may have gone the way of having the character here talk to herself - but who does that in reality? Let the visuals speak which is exactly what they've done here. As usual, a beautiful little soundtrack to accompany this short. Nice closing credits too.

And Then There Were Crumbs

I think we might see a few of these this year: Lockdown with a group of flatmates+whodunnit genre=who ate/stole the last (insert thing). On the whole this short was well-constructed and and the arc-shot smoothly integrated. Photo montage was good but were they supposed to be a little more candid? A couple of times your lead fluffed her lines or at least started to which didn't come across natural in the moment. In the 48 sometimes coverage is challenging! A very unsettling ending too which I didn't see coming. Nice!

And watch out for Strang Entertainment's ruthless legal team (see "Steak n Cheese Lies" from 48HRS 2014)

Eligible Maiden

Liked the poke at Reality TV tropes, especially the standard sob story/previous tragedy that everyone seems to have. Yeah, a bit more varied camera-work would have added a lot and a tighter edit. Excellent make-up for Scag'norg and the fight scene was a riot. Well done!


Given its TV final spotlight this short has quickly become the most controversial of the Lock-down comp and naturally is polarizing which was perhaps the intent of the makers - it was always going to provoke a reaction, so well played! To the film itself, it's pretty well crafted - a few strange cuts and varied audio aside. The acting from the lead is convincing the whole working with really young kids well-managed. You do need to suspend disbelief a little as given she had just been at these kid's house - why didn't she just take them back? And how did she not see them to begin with? Anyway, offensiveness is subjective. Bad language for the sake of bad language is a turn-off in film and this one treads a fine line with it. Kids that young do naturally parrot but the joke was kind of double-downed on so, for me, lost its impact. As for the purple monster - it's not really an issue. Full credit for making the film you wanted to though and stirring the comp up. Nice job!

Animal Whisperer

A fun take on those animal reality TV shows. Good commitment by the lead as we only really hear from her during the film. Some things to do for next time - 1) white balance/exposure; a lot of your shots were blown out. 2) Audio; if you're using the camera mic then you need to get a lot closer to get better audio. Animals were nicely under control. Well done!


Dragon V Mouse (out of Auckland but entered in CHCH this year) always manage to produce a creative, imaginative and ultimately city finals worthy short. Their take on invitation as the consequence of a non-initiation exemplifies this.

Everything looks great and the humour is suitably well-timed. I was glad that after the opening line the main character stopped talking to himself in order to set things up for the audience - the conversation was his mum is a much better way to handle this sort of thing. I can't help but agree with other reviewers that while the camera footage look was a good way to go initially, once inside the house it just stopped making sense. The other thing that fell flat for me was the conversation between the two would-be burglars. I get it was setting up the bromance to follow but for me, it went on a bit too long, the dialogue became redundant and again, the camera angle didn't really help us engage as we were too distant from them.

So, creative, well-constructed and a fan favourite. Just not strong on the replay value for me.

Congrats on your awards at the CHCH finals!

Sexy Men: Behind the Sex

Classic 48HR mockumentary style in play here. Good humour, some nice recreations of band history and all the typical tropes of band films. Probably needed to move a bit more beyond the talking heads or at least vary the shot compositions. That said, the virtual fireplace was very warming, and a good sight gag given there was a real one in the room as well. Great stuff!

Lookey Luke

Probably wouldn't be 48HRS without JAGBOG producing another off-the-wall mockumentary/Reality TV/YouTube style short. Nailed the style perfectly, well acted, nice on screen graphics and of course a couple of dark turns along the way. Good stuff!


Very hard not to smile at this one. Nicely crafted using an obvious vast collection of porcelain etc dogs. The casting was great! I thought the pacing and energy was great through the first two thirds before the climatic battle kind of slowed things down somewhat. Great use of some typical monster movie tropes and well done to the voice actors for contributing to an entertaining short.

48 Hour Challenge- CORONA VS BOY

Lots of effort put in here by pretty much a solo team by the look of the credits. Some good visual effects and nice touches of humour. Gets a bit weird towards the end and yeah, work on your sound. Really good that you committed 100% to your idea. Keep it up!

Cooking Up Something Special

If you are looking for a classic old school 48HR film then this is 100% it. Heart wipes, unusual shot composition, jump cuts and a mad cap concept. "Stick it next to the toilet to finish" is just one of the highlights. Great humour and worth a rewatch.

The Can

This was insane and insanely good. While not the most technically impressive short of 2020, you had me from the opening Gothic scary music to the closing Gothic scary music. Great set-up, some clever word play, fantastic comic timing and excellent chemistry as a cast. Loved the simplicity of the reversing effect. I also love imagining that the spark for the idea for this short came from someone finding a can with no label. Brilliant!

Safety Is Our Concern

Another no doubt Black Mirror inspired Sci-fi about controlling AI that is pretty well put together. The AI voice works well but some of the other dialogue is a bit forced and on the nose eg "I've got to get out of here." Probably better to just show this as you did a bit later. Good music and again a beautiful location. Kind of just ends though. Was there more story to tell?

Him & Her

An ambitious musical from ripfocus with a crazy amount of compositing/twinning/cropping/masking - whatever you did to pull off this one performer, performing multiple roles, schtick.

Also a brave choice to make this a musical, within a musical. We are an audience member watching an energetic stage-show! This does mean a lot of sweeping wide shots which I guess is what we'd take in as an audience member. Quality music and lyrics although putting the lyrics on screen is always a cop-out in my book as it starts to look like a sing-a-long - have confidence in your songs!

My take on the story & ending is that devastated by the end of this relationship this retelling takes place in the theatre-of-his-mind hence his insistence on getting a run-through that is perfect. Could be miles off but I do like that sort of thing.

Probably my favourite ripfocus 48hr film.

Gavin In The Woods

As a long time fan of "Limbo" this certainly shares s similar aesthetic. The atmospheric environment and the feeling of isolation is well executed. Probably over thinking it but I wondered how electricity was generated in this cabin, and therefore the point of having that desk light? Just seemed out of place even though, I know, he was imagining things at one point. Was expecting something bigger from the ending too as the culprit has been quite a well-used way to go in this comp. Still, wonderful animation and a slick production as expected from Bork.

Making Connections

A very nice looking short that is overall pretty slick in all departments. Without your description above I wouldn't have noticed what the magazine was about as this sequence goes really quickly. Still, a well-executed film that ties into the genre extremely well.

Thursday Doesn't Even Start

Love the central idea here of not being able to leave the house due to some teleportation device. The effect was simple, well-executed and the acting from the lead certainly committed. I perhaps would have liked it if the reason for the teleportation was left unsaid and as he was sent just to the backyard couldn't he have left some other way? Like over the fence? Big fan of an ambiguous ending so top marks there!

The Univited Guest

Despite some rough bits due to obvious haste at starting really, really late, I enjoyed the concept here. (even if cloning/twins is everywhere this year.) Intriguing conversation pieces and I could totally relate to the need for a gate during a pandemic! I think you could have made it even easier for yourself by limiting it to the wide two-shot through the entire film and maybe slowly pushing in to a tighter composition at the apex of the conversation. Half expected a dead neighbour to turn up at some stage too. For the time you had a re-watchable, enjoyable short. Nice work.

Cheese 'n Bear

A bit of adventure, a bit of whodunnit, a bit of musical and a lot of weirdness. Certainly committed 100% to the concept here which is great to see. Nice work.

A moment of your time

Great location and as mentioned above, a multi-genre short. Some nice touches of humour and well acted by the young cast. Sound is something to sharpen up in your next project. Good stuff!

A Hearts Desire

Completely invested in this from the start. Well established tone, solid performances and typical/expected PlanetFoxFilms make-up and character-design. The goblin/troll/creature here has the look of characters you've done before which is not a criticism at all! They're amazing!

But, yeah...that ending. Given what had happened leading up to it, it was certainly a surprise - so well done - but also a let down. A dark ending or even something ambiguous would have easily cemented this short as a strong contender to place in CHCH.


You really need to concentrate while watching this as there is a lot going on. The effects are great and the VR really well executed. The soundtrack is relentless - reminds me of Blade Runner. Perhaps the story could be a little stronger, with a little more character investment that would have really given some impact to the ending. Nice work!


A typical Dragon V Mouse production? Kind of. Good script and nice rising tension into a left-field ending with suitably cheesy effects. I could argue that the body of the film lacks a bit of variety but I respect the minimalist approach. Well constructed as you would expect. Were there meta-references? Probably!

Murder on the Game Board

Liked the method used to create movement with the pieces and the voice acting was really good. A lot of dialogue though which I guess is typical of Whodunnits. Clever manipulation of some of the squares on the board and an unexpected ending! Nice work.


A bit mixed on whether this is intended on being a comedy or a drama! I liked some of the initial set-up (the Mustang is of course very cool) and the execution of the TV news segment was good - even if it did raise questions as to why he was reporting from a bedroom! Other technical areas could have been a little sharper (the jump cuts don't always work) but the photograph is an instant classic!


A very absorbing watch. Disorienting, intense and completely captivating. Perhaps the dialogue audio could have had a bit more depth to it but even so, it held my focus. Great job!

Huia Gonna Call

Impossible not to feel good about this one. Good music, full of adventure and great at showcasing a bit of NZ nature! For a split second I thought you'd got Dave Grohl in your film too! Nice work.

Monday, 12:03

This is great. Appreciated the simple set-up and doing a repetitive loop is a smart idea for this particular competition. Looked great, sounded great and it all made sense to me! Visual effects worked well and overall a tightly made short. Well done!

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

With a plethora of dumb comedies (including really well made dumb comedies) in the 48, it is always great to see teams play it serious. COA have gone this route before and for mine, they are their stronger films.

Liked the very casual line that established the father was cheating, which cemented the reason he took the call outside. A little mixed on seeing the kid drowning in the background during this; while it was convincing, maybe leaving it unseen until he returned inside would have had greater impact. Also, what kind of public pool has no one on duty?!

As mentioned above, the grief was handled really well. A cool little sequence that was nicely acted and cleverly put together. I really liked that this film didn't end well for our lead. And even though it was clearly fore-shadowed, when the self-sacrifice came, it's landing had impact.

Great work, COA.


This a really imaginative approach for this genre. I was initially expecting a kind of goofy comedy but it turned more heart-felt, deep and meaningful! Definitely worth a re-watch to catch everything going on "inside". Well done!

Toilet Roll Call

Oh, boy there are a lot of these lockdown-who stole/used-the-last-insert thing but this is certainly one of the better ones. Great humour, nicely edited, filmed and characters that you can relate to. Loved the impersonation gag and nod to the truly awful "Knives Out". The mystery wasn't that big but it didn't need to be because the other parts of the film where the real highlights. Always a fan of Mukpuddy so great to see you back in the 48.

The Picture of Catherine Grey

Nicely shot, edited and acted. Good atmosphere created through an appropriate original score. A few questions around why the photo at the end was the way it was, yet the lead hadn't changed but it all still works I suppose. Great job!

Tonight On Extreme Quickfire Trivia

Enjoyed this. Well made, simple, clean animation. I wish I could do that! Love the commentary on reality game-shows too. A polished short that is re-watchable. Well done!

A Quack's Journey

Foreign Objects are usual heat buddies with Everything Sticks so it's always fun to see their latest imaginative, madcap adventure. Their line delivery is something unique to them and there are some great lines in this, delivered just ever so slightly over the edge of dead pan. "That's something I haven't discovered yet" and "Oh, my gosh your life is ruined" being my favourite. It makes for such interesting characters.

Agree with AJ - just keep doing what you are doing, making the films you want to make.

The Construct

I like the concept here and really enjoyed the execution of the Monopoly board figures effects towards the end. Looked great! Some of the other composting didn't look quite as good but huge points for doing so much of it. Keying can be a real pain in the butt. Great to see something really different from most shorts produced in this lock-down. Nice work!

Miracle Cure

Wow, a nine-minute epic adventure! Some effective shot choices in this and nice changes in colour grade to go with the action. The steampunkish spider creature was a surprise and leaves me full of questions. Overall, a cute film that will no doubt serve as a wonderful family film to look back on in future years.

The Janitor

Epically ambitious as usual from CHCH's No.1 crazy action-obsessed "Mad Scientists". Loved the open shots of the elevator reveal and worms-eye from up on the mopping. A voice-over gives us the required exposition dump but I was a little confused as to who in the film was hearing it - an unseen briefing room? The comedy plays well, the error rate is high and I thought the set-up of an assumed/mistaken identity a really good choice. The Janitor character plays his role well and seemed to relish playing with the cache of "Mad Scientist" toys.

Mad Scientists always go at it hard, making an action film regardless of the genre. It's their strength and as the song says - "Don't go changing". Instantly rewatchable.

NOTE: I could have sworn you were a finalist in 2014 with "One Man Army" as I remember it playing in full. Was this just because it was part of the "Incredibly Strange" collection?


This is great. Super cute animation and great touches of humour. I really like how it's short, gets the story done and gets out. Many 48 films feel they have to fill the time limit. There are a couple of slightly rough parts when compositing the animation with real life but overall great job with this fun film!

The Immortal

I thought the start of this was excellent. I love being thrust into action already in progress! An ambitious film in many respects and I actually like how it started rather grand and then went small and talky. Maybe going all "Lighthouse" on it and shrinking to a 4:3 aspect ratio would have given as a more claustrophobic feel on the boat - but that's maybe not what you were after. I actually disagree with some of the comments on too much dialogue - this is character driven piece that needs this level of exposition. Otherwise, I think we would have been left to filling in the blanks a bit too much. Nice work.


Cool concept and a pretty ambitious film overall. Loved the train set and impressed by the amount of planning this must have taken with all the coordinated movement that was going on. I wasn't as much of a fan of the speech bubbles. No time to do the other voices? I suppose you already had enough to do! Good stuff as usual, COA.


Meme Teme have been in the 48HR game for a few years now and I believe "Maurice" might just be the best film they've delivered. Well-acted, some nice cinematography (especially to begin with) and some solid writing that led to a few genuinely funny moments. I am in the camp that suggests the injured walker was a shot at redemption for our protagonist and so it might have been nice to see this actually play out. Or was there actually no coming back?

Overall, the execution of this short is efficient and also shows an emerging degree of confidence by the film-makers.

By all accounts Samantha Robertson wrote, shot, directed and edited this film. It is therefore a bit of headscratcher as to why this, at least, didn't earn her a WIFT nomination when others seem to get it for a lot less creativity & control.

Oh well, great job in cracking the CHCH shortlist this year.

Paper, Scissors, Rock

Lots of energy put into this from all involved taking a simple everyday situation and adding a quirky catalyst to turn things awry. As such, the genre was well adhered to, we saw some good performances and many of the effects & humour landed. 3:50 excluding your outtakes is really the issue here. When your heart is in a project it can be difficult to know what to cut out but for me a starting point would have have been both of the Paper/Rock montages which account for a minute of the film. You also had another unwanted guest during your arc shot - a splash of camera-op shadow. Regardless, you pulled off an entertaining short. Nice work!

Your Worst Enemy

After the initial frantic opening, settling into a long-take was an interesting and smart choice. Love the animated brain and the whole notion that the unwanted guest is in your head (& with it all being done in a humourous rather than dark way), was a novel twist. Well done!

Pupper Paleolithic

Pretty hard to fault this short as it's clearly from a talented and experienced animator. Cool story & perfect adherence to genre. Visuals, music, sound FX and all the touches of humour work perfectly together. Probably could have quite easily won the whole thing. Well done!

Coming Soon

Wonderful original music and an engrossing film throughout. Loved the black and white higher contrast shots - they were a real strength. Pretty deep and dark in terms of concept. Loved the no-dialogue approach which once again draws you in to the visuals.


All pretty slick including effective use of a night shoot. Not 100% on the motivation of the stalker apart from being just that or the woman's lack of care after being pretty cautious up to that point. Anyway, a professionally crafted short that pushes the Level 4 bubble a bit?


This is probably my favourite Rip focus associated film even if I'm not that enamored with the PTSD subject material - CHCH quakes are still pretty raw, man. And I if it is earthquake related I have questions around the train & monster in the cupboard? Metaphorical? I just couldn't see the fit in the context of what he was experiencing. That said, the short keeps you engaged, is visually impressive (ropy wall cracks aside) and is well acted. Wasn't a fan of the dinging montage at the start but did appreciate the call back to it at the end. Nice work.

*Ben Close is obviously a huge fan with an objective voice. I see you.

A Yellow Thumb

Quirky, fun and despite its best efforts not sinister at all! Our lead is just too nice which I'm not saying is a bad thing. A couple of cool montages and excellent use of the photo requirement. Great job overall.

Lamb Chopped

Looked nice and great use of an animal cast. The voice acting worked really well too. I think the whole thing could have been pacer though as it lurched a little into just watching a cute dog do stuff, rather than stuff that created suspense or really drove the story forward.

The Killing of Bunny White

Great use of noir tropes in this whodunnit through a very well written script. The voice-over is perfect and using any toy they could find in the house a clever solution to finding a large cast. Nice work!

The Cookie Crumbles

Man, I love cookie dough. This is a great family produced film and what I imagined would be the sort of thing that would take that prize out - the kids doing their thing. Good script and well put together - love the twist towards the end. Unfortunately this combo - Whodunnit & lockdown is seeing a few of these who ate/stole the thing. But few of them will have a chicken.

Stuck With Yourself

Great concept and a lot jammed into the run-time. Pretty good use of lighting, the editing was effective and we got a complete story arc. Well acted and executed overall.


This is great. Simple idea that is effectively executed. I'm such a fan of limited or non-dialogue films in this comp as it really forces your focus. Same goes for not having music and only diegetic sound. Loved the literally pendulum we were seeing and hearing. The eerie nature of the visuals raised lots of good questions too in my head about what was happening. Didn't notice the sound issue and have watched it three times! My only slight criticism is I found the camera panning a little jarring - a smoother back and forth would have given it a more organic feel and motion.

One of my personal favourites; rewatchable and recommendable!

Mixing Spirits

This could have worked really well if you'd been able to cast age appropriately or just told the same story from the perspective of younger characters. For example, instead of the brother being married (really?) he just needed to be the upset brother facing his own guilt. (which was a great character point) The exact same experiences could have happened to them but by trying to deal with it as teens the whole film would have been more plausible. If we'd seen more of the guilt faced by the driver then this would have led better into the 2nd & 3rd acts as she achieved redemption. The scene with the friend was fun and all but kind of a tone breaker. Likewise, I loved the doctor but his delivery meant he came across a bit more humorous then I'm sure the intent was, so this scene could have been cut completely.

Please don't shy away from doing serious 48HR films. You have the advantage of being younger so tell your stories from your perspective without trying to bring adult characters into it if you don't have the actors to play them.

Time Saver

Such a great aesthetic created for this short - it was so easy to get completely immersed in the environment. Top technical work from start to finish but aside from the fact that this was time-travel gone wrong, which created a degree of tension, I had little idea about how this was actually being remedied by the characters - and if they were time-travelling to do it how this actually worked. Looking forward to watching it again to see what I can pick up.

Sam Spractical and the Lost Treasure of Captain MacGuffin

An engaging cutout, cardboard animation. The sequence inside the cave was great - good sound effects and clever use of light. And a left field twist at the end. Very cool.


An ambitious effort this. I think the initial set-up was good and everything looked great but I wasn't really feeling the building tension as much as I should have. Some of this I think had to do with the audio balance being a little mixed so the phone call, for example, was a bit hard to hear or the music in places drowned out the dialogue. Still, I like the arc of the situation and enjoyed the well-timed touches of humour.

Bloods 'R' Us

You've done some things pretty well in this. The green-screen work and composting suits your style, the acting from the lead is confident and there was an unexpected twist in the tail. A couple of things to think about: there's the slightest frame at the start where your boss actor is saying something not in character; probably in response to "Action" or "Are you ready?"; the start itself comes in a bit abruptly - a fade in or a bit of talk over black would have smoothed this out. Also the bulk of the film is the promotional video (which is fun!) but as such there's not a whole heap of story. That said, it's still an enjoyable short for an audience to get our teeth into!

The Switch

Huge kudos to you for making a 90sec film and getting your story across - I wish I'd done that! Really enjoyed your cat "effect" - pretty clever and the music worked well with all the action. Also respect your choice for running with no dialogue - your film didn't need it as the "show" did the work. Well done.

Old Mistakes

This started out pretty promising - looked great, some nice shot composition, good set-up. Then at 1:30 we got opening credits? Why?! Pulled me out of the whole film. The montage had some funny set pieces but not sure the ending made any sense. Good skill on show though and the lead played his part well.


This was really well put together. Well shot, lit, edited and smart doing a one-room film for this comp. Nice to see that slight colour grade to reflect the light from the portal. Acting was a real strength and there was good humour in the dialogue right up until the very end. Great job!

Read, are the tea leaves

Having watched your 48HR stuff over a number of years now, I'd really put this short up the top as my favourite. Loved the overall look, the voice-over and general vibe. The visuals kept me engaged throughout and it felt a lot longer than its 2:20 run time but in a good way. Super intrigued by it all and it earns a rewatch or two.


A pretty cool concept & an interesting way to handle a relationship breakup. Probably needs some explanation as to how exactly the photos have that impact on people. It didn't seem that much of a surprise to the characters. A nice dark ending - great!

Cosmic Cadet Continuum

This was pretty cool. Liked the being pulled into the TV effect and also some of the practical effects you did when inside the game. Well filmed since it was on an iPhone & you made some good choices around colour grading. Perhaps it needed a little more added to the story, just a bit more going on before the final reveal. Looked like most of the family was involved so great stuff!

Chaquita Banana

Quirky...pretty bonkers actually. I enjoyed the animation style and the voice acting was great. A lot packed into the run time though and most of it dialogue explaining things. Good humour as expected and I imagine this will be a popular watch. Nice work.

On The Lam

What I like about this, aside from the cute sheep and well design set, is that it really forces you to watch closely. You could have gone the way of doing "sheep dialogue" but that may have then distracted from the action with too much tell. Short, sharp and to the point. As your first stop animation I'm sure you'll learn plenty from this and smooth things out in your next project.

Whoosh Wizard

An infomercial for "Whoosh Wizard" a more interactive video conferencing service. Some good humour in this and a lot of the overlapping action in the split screens worked well. As so much is going on at once it does force you to watch several times to pick up everything. Nice. Some of the casting wasn't necessarily age appropriate but what you going to do when you're forced to work with what you've got? The very abrupt, dark ending was an intriguing surprise!


I enjoyed the quirkiness of this. The staring contest when the monkey first arrives was classic as was the fight scene. In the end, surprisingly heart felt. Nice work!