'BrokenToy' by DGM

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Anonymous
4

I am very impressed with this film. The team is clearly under-resourced, because they pulled off brilliant work with relatively shit equipment. Anyone complaining about their gear should see this!
The film begins with some fantastic cinematography, and unlike others I've seen so far this year, it manages to keep its high standard throughout all seven minutes. Amazingly, this is one of the few films that gets progressively MORE impressive as the clock ticks on, ending with a mind-bogglingly awesome clip that will leave you wondering who these people are!
I was quite taken aback by an original but ingenious use of the dolly zoom, which revealed a key element of the plot.
But while its technical prowess was excellent, there's spare to improve some creative elements, delivery of storyline, and a willingness to take on more complex characters. DGM is defo a team to watch in later years, congratulations on a very strong entry.

Rough Reviews
2

This was watchable but weak. The lead lacked any character and wasn't particularly watchable. Gets credit for having a little plot and an actual plane in the end. Filled with cliches unfortunitely, and a oddly placed American accent. Not a bad first attempt though.

unecessary
2

This was watchable but weak. The lead lacked any character and wasn't particularly watchable. Gets credit for having a little plot and an actual plane in the end. Filled with cliches unfortunitely, and a oddly placed American accent. Not a bad first attempt though.

Jagged Orchid
4

I feel this film is a victory in many aspects for such fresh film enthusiasts. The film's use of convention and theme was obvious, appropriate and engaging and the use of animated title sequences gave the film a very polished look.
I was also most impressed with the sound quality and music choice, where other entries had issues with audio quality (some to the point of being almost unlistenable) this film produced dialogue and sound effects with integrity. The music was also well paced and dynamic and made the whole film that much more entertaining.
This film did lack an attempt to engage me on an emotional level but I feel this is minor in comparrison to the efforts this team put in to production values (think aerial shots of Auckland)
I look forward to seeing this team reach it's potential.

kizzlemizzlebizzle
3

A Guy Ritchie-esque underground crime film.
I genuinely liked this one. This film had awesome titles and a very cool soundtrack. The acting was average, but the story was engaging and well told. Good use of the vertigo shot. Maybe a little let down by their lighting (or lack thereof). Was really cool that they got to shoot aerial shots of Auckland from an aeroplane. Obviously someone has friends at Ardmore.

Warwick "dogs breakfast"
4

This group of first timers did a fantastic job with this genre. Shot in a noirish style with great credits, great soundtrack, and even some aerial shots.
There were a couple of minor sound sync issues but other than that I thought this film was great.
Well done.