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Beautifully shot film, with some slick special effects, but did the story go anywhere?

Easy on the eye from start to finish, and special effects were crafted seamlessly. I appreciated the names on the doors in the first scene.
Ended all too quickly without really making it's way through the motions of the plot.
Too much time spent cutting back to the office, with little happening.

Technically talented team, would like to see what they make outside of the competition.

Example-based storytelling is limited at the best of times.

I lost interest in seeing each of the bad things the boy had done by the second example, and they didn't seem to build up in any form, and did little to expand on the boy's character.

Good drone shot at the end, complete story, and Guy Williams is hilarious as always.

You never know what you're gonna get from Nick from Shorty.

You know it's going to be creative, you know it's going to be offensive, but whether it's going to entertaining or not is a flip of the dice.

Good use of 8-bit artwork, led well to nudity that no one could rightly complain about.

Story was drab, dialogue was all too boring, and as we all know the story didn't really go anywhere.

The standout of the heat, Jovial Entertainment making a case for one of the most consistently improving teams of the competition so far.

They have the basics down. Simple original story. Defined characters. Creative shots. Comedic moments. JE play straight out of the 48 hour playbook, in this ode to all that is truly 48 spirit.
The rollerblading was impressive, and was a great and original dynamic that both tied the story together and gave opportunity to action and comedy (the two best things).

That said, Jovial are not yet free of their comedy training wheels, falling too often on recycled humour, hit-and-miss dialogue and cliche.
Most of the time I feel like I'm laughing at something because it reminded me of something else that I had seen one time that made me laugh.
You need to work harder to craft your own sense of humour, play jokes that the audience don't see coming.
Action too falls into a similar basket, flipping between enough-to-tell-the-story and example-based-ripped-off-sequences. Each action sequence is a chance to be original, leave your mark on the universe of action sequences, something funny and original that drives the story.

Well done on making the final, most complete short I've seen so far this year.

Opportunity missed. The concept of a broken down relationship turning toxic is a powerful and relatable concept, and always interesting to see played out with a dominant female. However this team seemed to play for quick jokes, when a serious undertone could have work more in their favor (rare for a 48 hour I know).

It would have been nice to see how the relationship had broken down, an example from the start of the relationship and an example from the end did little to delve into the psychological breakdown of the relationship.
This left us with cheap laughs, and all-too-repetitive example-based filmmaking. All the depressing motifs soiled by an attempted comedic angle.

Well done on crafting a legible story.

A lot of missed opportunity for this here film.

A talented bunch of animators with a cute story, but it's not where your going, it's how you get there.
The scene by scene didn't play too well, with a set of boring-in-their-own-right scenarios of the same situation playing over and over again, and I was left thinking "why should I care?".
Sorry if this sounds harsh, but it's only because I expected more from a talented group. Each scene is a platform for creativity, creating something new and exciting with each moment, don't get lost in telling the story.

On personal note, I'm a lover of dialogue, so I guess a silent piece was never going to gel with me.
I'd recommend getting some voice actors, animation is a unique platform, where complex characters can be created so easily, if they're allowed to talk.
But if not, think of moments of comedy to engage the audience and endear them to the characters, or if not comedy something unexpected.

I found this film difficult to watch, and even more difficult to review.

Interesting take on the genre, good make-up.
I didn't feel invested, didn't understand the world the characters were living in and didn't know what their motivations were.

It's always good to establish character and motives before launching into the premise.

Good looking cast and easy to watch, but all a little too easy.

This film started off well, and covered all the bases, but lacked depth. Good camera set ups, everything cut together well.
The story though followed boy buys drugs off girl, other boy tries to steal drugs, girl messages other guy to come and kill boys, other guy comes and kills boys.
Needed a bigger twist, needed to build some sort of audience relationship with the characters, I felt nothing for them, and cared not what happened to them, and felt nothing for the victors.

Good start to your 48 hour career, look forward to seeing more surprises next year.

Odd mix of high and low production.

Some good drone shots, but the rest of the cinematography left something to be desired.

Could do with a more focused story, and clearly defined characters.

This short held promise, with a high-concept and some sharp special fx, but lost it's way through the middle and left some serious plot holes.

I was unsure of who the main character was, where she had come from, and what her plan was even if she hadn't been led astray.
The beginning peaked my interest, but the middle was repetitive and uninspired as the lead walked aimlessly through some unknown land.

The highlight was the quick emotional switch from the lady on the phone line.

Beautifully shot and well acted by the lead, let down on other fronts.

This team crafted a story that fitted well into the time limit, but failed to capture the imagination of the viewer.
The story felt cliche and lacked depth or originality. Each scene, each moment is an opportunity for creativity, but the dialogue fell flat. Each line should be used to craft an original and interesting character, instead of just telling the story. I remember the line 'I just woke up in a warehouse' or something being repeated several times.
While the lead stood out, and kept my attention, the other actors struggled.

Could be a competitive team next year with a focus on story and dialogue.

A technically capable team, with an interesting concept.

While the production was good, the story itself dragged a bit.
Personally I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and didn't find the dialogue engaging.

The ending was a good twist, but the build up to get to it didn't hold my attention.

Looking forward to seeing what this team comes up with next year, a lot of potential here.

Some beutiful shots, and great acting by the dog.

Just wondering how you got Jose Mourinho to act in your team?

I didn't think this film was going to ammount to much when it first began. But as soon as the end of the world elements kicked in this film became a winner. The effects were amazing, I have no idea how they made these look so good.

The main characters reaction to the end of the world was hilarious, and I loved how the woman who was trying to break into the car just said yes straight away to the main character's unusual request. Good timing with the extras, there was so much going on at some points that you almost forgot this was one shot.

Having another scene play on the tv was a great convention that I never would have though of.

However this film seemed to lose pace halfway through. After an amazing opening we began to focus on some less interesting characters with subpar performances. And the ending kind of trailed off, and the team didn't really know how to finish.

A polished team, that just requires a little more work on character performance.

Good make-up and I enjoyed the performance of the zombie.

The cock-munching was a sick and disturbing surprise, and the highlight of this piece!

However I found this musical a little dissapointing from a clearly musical team. The style didn't really fit with your team dynamic and the music scenes were pieced in awkwardly.

The zombie hunter came off as an in-joke, that I was not in on.

I think this team really should have gone with a different theme and played up there own strengths.

This film was a little half and half for me.

The production values through the middle were excellent. The team seemed to be in there element for the night shoot, with great lighting and a smoke machine to boot. These were some of the most beautiful shots I've seen this year.

Nicky Brick was handled well, this actor was very interesting to watch on screen, and for me outshone the rest of the cast.

However the story was lacking, had too many cliche elements and no original lines or characters. This team was not as well set up to shoot for day, as these shots though usually framed well where washed out, and uninteresting.

The biggest flaw though was direction of actors, most performances came off as flat and hollow. More time needed to spent on rehearsals and less on camera set ups. Also the ending was not earned. They attempted to have this strong moment for the herione of the story, but her betrayer just seemed to be too stupid in the first place for me to feel any sense of well earned justice.

The opening was very tongue and cheek and a well constructed 48 hour mock short film, complete with credits.

This served as a treat, and was glad to see that there was more after this joke, as it is fairly easy to make a purposely bad film, though this was done excellently here. However what followed, was somewhat of a dissapointment.

The sequence of scenes was awkwardly mashed together, the pacing was off and the jokes became few and far between. Most of the shots were good, but not enough care was taken with each set up to gain an interesting and sound frame.

I also didn't find the inspiration group itself to be that believable or meaningful. I wasn't convinced that these people would specifically some to a self-help inspiration group, and struggled to believe this was a real business. Many actors also seemed underused, and too much focused seem to be placed on Nicky Brick, rather than on the characters seeking inspiration. Hence these other characters came off more as props, lacking a 3d sense of perspective.

The laughs were funny when they came, but there were too feww of them. This team did handle inpiration much better than I have seen in other heats, and characters did seem genuinely inspired. This team just needs a little more polishing around the edges.

An interesting film that got better as it went on.

Taking such a sterotypical scene as a first date is a hard premise to work off, especially with average production values. The dialogue was ocassionally witty and often charming, but was still a little filler with no real dynamic lines to take away.

However as soon as the horror elements kicked into gear this film really became interesting. Good and unexpected use of sound to really add another element to the one shot genre. From this point on the build up was good and performances were convincing, which is hard for this kind of scene.

The quick application of make-up was impressive, but the film ended a little short. The build up was there, the audience interest was there, but I felt like the team didn't really know how to end it. This film could have been really good if another minute or two had been added at the end.

There's talent here that should not be neglected, but nurtured and worked on. More dynamic lines and characters, hone your technical skills aswell, some interesting lighting could help the look of your film.

This film was, quite hard to watch.

There were a lot of bad production values, over exposure and focus was a little average. Performances were awkward, I believe several more rehearsals were in order before this was fit for the screen.

Suicide as a subject is an easy choice for first time filmmakers and I strongly advise steering away from it, unless you have something very strong to say or an original take (an ACTUAL original take). Sure it can be easy to create story and drama with this kind of mysterious plotline, but for the experience, and even semi-experienced filmgoer they can become boring very quickly.

I would advise you guys to practice with your camera, have more rehearsals and try something a little simpler. Just a few characters, a simple story and a few dialogue scenes to work on character, story, and making your short aesthetically pleasing.

Also be careful directing non-actors, especially older non-actors because it can be easy for them to ham there performances, and come off as unnatural. These hammy performances may be funny at home, or on stage, but do noot come across well on the screen.

This film really made the best of 48 hours’ worst genre. I loved this piece. A cute story, well shot, handsome leads and pretty girls; delivering everything you could want from a Rom Com, while maintaining its own original take on the genre.

Beginning with young men dressed as young kids, but played so honestly that they managed to make good on a usually poor 48 hour convention. A hilarious use of the prop, and a quick good use of the character. The pacing was fantastic and throughout I really loved the framing you guys managed. The shot where the main character sat reading their old things to do before you die list was beautiful.

Was then shocking to see the lead kiss so many girls in one short! Well done sourcing so many actresses (though I think there was a lot of clever doubling up). You made good use of the montage, and recreated so many stereotypical rom-com moments with authenticity and heart, with the handsome heartthrob lead to pull it off. And best of all it ended simply and beautifully, ensuring this short stayed in the minds of its viewers.

Such a shame you guys didn’t get in on time, I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

The most finely tuned film of the heat. Felt like I was watching a real short film.

You guys really managed to create a great atmosphere, the acting was convincing, a great colour grade, the editing had style, the shots where dynamic and always well exposed and consistent.

There is always something magical about end of the world films based around children, and this was no exception. The lead had a clear perssonality and the relationship between him and the younger children were clearly defined. He was angry adn bossy, but there was just the slightest hint of sadness within him, he had lived in the pre-apocalyptic world longer than those he was now looking after, and you know that he had a little bit more to lose.

My favourite short film is one called I Love Sarah Jane, which has the same premise as this film, but I think that Dead Meat managed to do some things even better. It is very hard to give a film tone, and keep it consistently, but this team executed tone excellently. It was dark, it was grim, with just a hint of optimism.

You guys also managed an original take on the zomvie genre. Humans eating Zombies is genius.

What I did feel was lacking was distinct characters. The lead was different, but I could not really differentiate between the younger boys. They all seemed to have the same thoughts, motivations and obstacles, and in the end it could have been any of them pulling the trigger. Nicky's bullying I also felt was a little overdone, after a couple of examples I felt I got the point.

The slow motion scene was also technically a little dissapointing. This moment was not captured well enough, with the appropriate angles, and was cut together a little awkwardly. This moment only stood out due to the high quality of the rest of the short.

*spoiler*
The ending was very good and unexpected, however since all the kids seemed to hate Nicky, I was not fully convinced that the kid needed to trick the other kids. I felt as though all of them wanted to shoot him anyway.

Overall an amazing piece, and a real contender for the finals.

This film was very confused. Not so much an inspirational film as a film that was about inspiration. Every scene had actors talking about inspiration, but I didn’t really feel inspired. An interesting convention of having cardboard cut outs of objects, and the use of sound was cool, but personally I didn’t really understand the purpose of this concept and it didn’t really seem to match the film.
There were many laughs in this film, but not necessarily for the right reasons. A lot of hammy acting, which may seem funny to an amateur team, but really does not come off well on camera.
Sound was a big issue in this film as well. Not sure what they were recording on, but not much of the dialogue was very clear. Continuing in technical issues there was not much good to say for camera work and I don’t believe the camera was to blame. Out of focus shots, over exposure…
You guys really need to fine tune your technical skills here, mess around with your camera a bit, get to know how it works, and don’t settle for bad footage. Storytelling and dialogue also require a lot of work, I never felt any suspense of disbelief.

Oops accidentily added this review to the wrong person, not really sure what to do, but here it is now on the right page.

Good use of YouTube for this Found Footage film.

The performances from both the leads were witty and entertaining. They used the character well to introduce a key prop to the film, which also incorporated this years extra element of slow-motion. I do find a lot of teams go to extra lengths to try and explain the character, when it is not necessary. This film did not do too badly in this respect, I only mention it as they missed a good opportunity for subtelty by just overexplaining the character slightly, show not tell is key here. Showing the character knocking over the clock and saying this always happens is all that is required. And this was not done too badly, but it is one of my pet peves that I would like to see improved upon in 48hours.

The relationship between the girls was heartfelt and told a story. The pacing was good and the film kept moving from point to point without being repititive. The ending was great as well, with the beautiful shots of the fireworks and an unexpected ending.

I felt genre was missed a little here though, as a few scenes even if intended to still be "found" seemed to be shot third person. Forgive me if this was allowable within the genre, but I saw it that a found footage movie should be ALL found footage. The only other factor holding this film back was small concept. The story was told well, but to be a real competitor in this competition, would need to have a stronger story to tell.

Well done girls.

Good use of YouTube for this Found Footage film.

The performances from both the leads were witty and entertaining. They used the character well to introduce a key prop to the film, which also incorporated this years extra element of slow-motion. I do find a lot of teams go to extra lengths to try and explain the character, when it is not necessary. This film did not do too badly in this respect, I only mention it as they missed a good opportunity for subtelty by just overexplaining the character slightly, show not tell is key here. Showing the character knocking over the clock and saying this always happens is all that is required. And this was not done too badly, but it is one of my pet peves that I would like to see improved upon in 48hours.

The relationship between the girls was heartfelt and told a story. The pacing was good and the film kept moving from point to point without being repititive. The ending was great as well, with the beautiful shots of the fireworks and an unexpected ending.

I felt genre was missed a little here though, as a few scenes even if intended to still be "found" seemed to be shot third person. Forgive me if this was allowable within the genre, but I saw it that a found footage movie should be ALL found footage. The only other factor holding this film back was small concept. The story was told well, but to be a real competitor in this competition, would need to have a stronger story to tell.

Well done girls.

This film unfortunately was a downhill ride.

The opening scene had interest and style, but became, well, weird. The main problem was there wasn't much to hold onto, I didn't really identify with the main character and wasn't sure what I was supposed to be feeling. The urban legend should have been forshadowed, and maybe mentioned by one the characters in an early scene.

The spanking was funny at first, but became repititive and the film didn't really go anywhere. This could have been a funny concept, but there should be a story, a change in character, a lesson learnt, but I felt this was absent.

There were some nice effects, and the pie scene was funny, but should have happened a little quicker and cut away from it faster, so unfortunately didn't quite capatalise.

You guys mainly need to work on story and character.

A true action film, this one wasn't just meeting us halfway.

I liked how we weren't quite sure who the main character was in the beginning. The opening fight could have gone either way, and it was awesome to find out we were going to have a herione lead. All the performance were convincing and they had the perfect cast to pull the film off.

I have never used this word before but I believe the film had great mise en scene. If I am using this word incorrectly, than replace it with juxtaposition. The shots of the kids playing rugby didn't have a lot to do directly with the film, but they added to it greatly, and were symbolic of the tackles and the heroine was encountering. I was very impressed with the herione, she was athletic, sexy, brave and all the things you could expect from an action star.

This story did follow a rather cliche storyline, but the fight scenes were so well choreographed that it almost seemed to be a better version of the stories it was copying. The daughter had a very good face for film and could pull of all those slow motion shots of her smiling or looking into the distance.

This film like many were let down by poor camera work. Focus was especially bad in this film. On several ocasions the focus would miss the character, try to pull back, miss again, try to pull back. If this happens, shoot it again. Give the focus puller a practice shot so they can try keep the characters in focus, as this can be extremely hard using a lot of the cheap lenses offered for DSLR cameras, that have a very small focus ring. Also those new to using cameras with depth of field, can be tempted to think that the out of focus look is interesting; this is true for some shots, but 9 times out of 10 it is much more impressive to see a character run across the screen in focus for the whole shot.

Also exposure was very inconsistent. We were watching impressively captured shots of the herione racing on her motorcycle, but every time we cut between shots the exposure and colour completely changed. Many shots were overexposed and when the subject is women dressed in black on a black motorcyle, there should be no need for overexposure. Throughout this film I saw many shots that weren't captured perfectly and should have been reshot, though of course we do only have 48 hours and there was a lot of locations visited for this short, so I probably shouldn't be so fussy.

As a last note, a better prop gun could have been used, as this one was clearly a fake and pulled me out of the well constructed atmosphere, but this is probably of no fault of the team.

A very well directed short, with better fight scenes than I've seen in most movies, and a story that I would actually be very interested to see a sequel too. I want to know what happens!

This film is what it was.

I must admit I started off disliking this film. The team got superhero film, and just chucked a bunch of people together and had a party. An injoke film at heart, and in the beginning I found discluded. However as the film went on, there was nothing I could do to stop the corner's of my lips pinching me into a smile. This was just the kind of film that this team wanted to make. They got lots of people involved and gave them all notable and memorable parts.

The filming in the tennis scene was great, and the lead really commited to his character, despite how outrageous and unrealistic he was. His reaction to hearing Nicky Brick's name was terrific and the highlight of the short. Nicky Brick too really helped tie the story together, his awkward mysterious performance lifted this film to an unexpected level. Magnet Man's reaction to the death of his friends and whenever he talked to Nicky Brick were just priceless.

I struggle to give advice for improvement for this team, as I feel they have made exactly what they wanted. What I will say is that the camera work could do with a lot of improvement. They managed some really nice shots, but generally there was a lot of bad exposure and bad focus. Also a poor use of the line, it is always much more interesting for the audience to see the line used at a key moment, rather than an inserted conversation with the sole purpose of using the line.

Well done for a good shot at a serious flick, which is very out of the ordinary for a superhero film.

Excellent opening. The audience wasn't quite sure what to expect, the filming of this scene was excellent. The performance of the lead was credible, I believed him when he spoke, and his whole angry demenor was very interesting to watch. The slow reveal of the backstory was handled well, and though relying on a cheap camera trick for the display of super powers at the end, the emotion of the scene was carried so well that this was easily forgotten.

A good ending, I bought the change in character.

However this film was let down by sticking too closely to the cliche. Much of the dialogue and story were recycled and boring. Many great moments were missed due to lack of originality. The lead was clealy doing his best to deliver the emotion of the scene, but could only do so much with cliche lines. Also I feel with just a little bit rehearsal time and direction, he could have given a truly great performance.

Also the camera quality was a little average. This team clearly had a good enough camera, and they did make some strong frames, however they need to spend some time working on there exposure. Sequential shots varied too much in terms of colour and light, and many scenes were overexposed.

This team shows a lot of promise, and there is clearly a lot of talent here. But more camera practice is required, and they need to find more originality, they need to find something that makes them unique.