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This was brilliant - saw it at the city final and was sure you would take out the win! Congrats on second place regardless! Really great cringe comedy, great acting, direction and production design - just all round an awesome little film. Can't wait to see what you make next year!

Honestly loved watching this - it was so great that you guys threw yourself in and just went all out on a massive story, with costuming and fight scenes and horses, all set outside. Obviously it was all a bit too much and the production quality/editing wasn't there - but I loved that you just went for it. I would just simplify your story next time, and maybe try for something shorter but nailing the basics.

This was great. You used split screen perfectly - it was easy to follow and you knew where to look when you needed to, and then other times it allowed you to enjoy looking around and learning more detail, without ever loosing sense of the overall story. Some really solid bits of animation in there, specially some of those falling shots! Agree with some others around needing a little more variety in the facial expressions, but in saying that - the dude smiling the whole time totally played up the lie he was trying to keep up with his wife... Really impressed - must be tough in Auckland... reckon this would have had a shot at the finals in another city!

Really really enjoyed this in the screening room. Loved the use of stopmotion - not often used in 48 hours! Really liked how you showed the bee's story in a long one take with a lot of clever transitions - deserves a lot of respect! I reckon it could have even been nice to restrict the bedroom scene to just the top down view - the lighting was super nice and it would have been cool to see the story play it in essentially two long 'shots'. Narration felt slightly low quality in terms of the recording, maybe a new mic for next year?

Really cool that you tackled some important topics with your film. Sound and camerawork could be improved on for next time, but i reckon with a bit more polish you could be on to something!

A nice way to attack the nature run amok genre - using what you seem to have access to in terms of the beehives was a great idea. Felt like it could have pushed the humour a bit more, and maybe cut a minute or so out to get to the punch quicker.

Love the unique illustration/animation style - definitely not what people expect during 48 hours! Nice work getting so many shots done too. I felt like i didn't quite connect with the London-ness of it all, but I appreciated how unique it was.

Loved that you created an quiet little scene between family members and allowed their story to play out through a conversation. The acting was great and felt really natural. Excited to see what you do next year!

Clever way to attack the musical genre - was overall pretty fun and entertaining. Felt slightly one joke - but had a pretty good well rounded story.

Really loved this - really likable characters, a clear story direction and kept things moving in unpredictable kind of ways. Cinematography was on point too. Nice work!

This got a great reaction in the heat and was super fun to watch. Clever little concept, and had a well rounded story structure. That elongated kiss scene was pretty disgusting hahaha.

Pretty excellent animation and great use of the split screen - keeping it simple and yet super relevant to the story was a great choice. Always look forward to your animations each year!

Loved the aesthetic, costuming and cinematography. Definitely one of the stronger films, with a clear story and satisfying ending.

This started pretty strong - some clever use of the puppets driving the car! Felt like the story didn't quite hold up as it went on, but overall a pretty fun little film.

This was pretty endearing to watch - a simple little idea about a girl desperate to win an award but seemingly not very good at it! Felt like it needed to be a bit pacier in the edit and maybe have a bit more of an impactful ending.

Fresh take on the pending-apocalypse, with the character acting super blasé about it all. Some nice dialogue too. Some higher production values and a bit more variety in the shots could have bumped this up.

Some nice VFX and a pretty satisfying all round story. Felt like the production values were a little bit down from previous years - maybe the location was a little bit bland? Overall pretty enjoyable though!

Woah the cinematography here was second to none - literally felt like watching a pretty polished feature film for the most part. Epic opening shot. Was helped slightly by the Bali location, though would have been nice to see a bit more outside as a good chunk of this occurred in a hotel room. Kinda lucky you drew Holiday as a genre right?? To be totally honest, I didn't follow the story and didn't quite get the ending...

Definite contender for cinematography - the whole production felt really high quality. Similar to others, I was totally engaged for the first half, but things got a little bit loose trying to tie the story up at the end.

This was stunning - loved the style and the overall concept. Was really enjoying how it felt like we as an audience were being tested by the experimental tape and kinda felt like it didn’t need the ending with the family (though I see how that ties it into the genre). Great editing, visuals and sound.

Wasn’t sure if you actually had all the issues you mentioned and made this last minute or If this was the concept all along - either way it didn’t matter cos I loved it. The humour was very authentic and endearing, and loved the little jokes in the text throughout. Was a nice way to lead into the heat!

This had a great script and i liked how you kept it simple. The characters were likeable too. Could have used a slightly louder sound mix, and maybe some tightening of the pacing overall.

This felt like exactly what 48 hours is about - you clearly had fun making your film, the actors were even laughing at it throughout - and the audience was fully along for the ride. Hope this makes it further into the comp, was super fun to watch! Loved the cheesy camerawork too.

The start of your film was really well done - the cinematography was nice and the outdoor location was a great set-up. I think things went a little bit off once we got the the musical part and things leaned a bit too much on montages to make it work.

This was genius - loved it from beginning to end. Loved that you weren't taking life too seriously, a tonne of classic Wellington wind gags, some vfx that were so terrible they were amazing, lion king references... what more can you want?! Hope you make it to the finals!

Pretty beautiful cinematography throughout - really loved the lighting and colour. The music was great too - awesome to tackle musical even when you didn't have to! I will admit I got a little bit lost on some of the story details through the middle and wish it was a tad louder so that the music had a bit more energy.

Loved how quickly and effortlessly you set-up the time travel aspect, and then just let characters do the work from there. Had lots of great humour, and the ending had everyone laughing pretty hard.

Really loved this one - was nicely shot, had great performances and a simple story that built over time, with a great ending. The jokes landed and it felt like you guys had fun making it!

Had great potential but fell a little bit flat in terms of the acting. Cool to see an interesting style, and some experimentation being done in terms of the lighting and camerawork.

Is there an Incredibly Strange award again this year? You guys definitely will be a contender! Always great to watch an animation where you can tell the creators are having fun making it - and who are not afraid to push the audience to weird and wonderful places. Some really genius humour throughout - the robot tipping to get back in the spaceship was perfect! There was also a tone of animation produced (despite the deceptively simple style), which is never easy in 48 Hours.

Hoping a certain high profile New Zealander gets to watch this :D The story was clear, energetic and overall pretty fun to watch. Great job on tackling Ultra too!

One of my favorites in the heat! The two lead characters were great comedic actors, and the humour throughout was great. Loved the random golf bag and awkward walks off screen to fetch items :D

Absolutely nailed your genre - perfectly charmingly disgusting. Thought the ending was really good too. Could possibly have been pacier in places, as some of the jokes became repetitive. Overall really good though!

Stunning cinematography and a perfect example of a contained story done well - everyone in the team should feel proud :)

Pretty awesome small team effort and a smooth continuation of last years entry! Most of the jokes landed well with the audience, and there was an impressive amount of animated shots!

Definitely turned into an audience pleaser once the main gags started coming through. It was a little bit one joke and might have been stronger if the tone had shifted, or if something unexpected happened with the dead body - rather than just playing similar jokes one after each other. Overall though some pretty good acting, and a good sense of comedy throughout!

Love the use of stop-motion, and the stylized approach you took! The story took a nice twist half way through, and was engaging throughout. I think a slightly higher level of animation would have really made it stand out (but hey, it's 48 hours, who has time for that?!?)

A really good story, with likable characters and a good sense of comedy (as per usual!). The only thing that felt a bit underwhelming was the dialogue/sound in general feeling kind of low - without it, some of the usual energy that we've come to expect from Moffilaide films was missing. Some pretty amazing VFX throughout the film too!

Really high production values, and some pretty fancy looking night shots! Some great tension was built, but it all ended a bit abruptly and didn't quite give justice to all the great build up. Kept me engaged the whole time though, and lots of respect for what must have been a pretty tricky shoot in the forest!

The mockumentary style has definitely been done to death in 48 Hours - but you managed to bring something fresh to it, and made a really enjoyable film that the audience really got into! With some properly leveled audio, a lot of the comedy probably would have been even stronger!

So sad this was disqualified! I loved the style of your film last year, and I was so happy to see you carried a similar feeling through to this year! The wide angle lenses, the intense acting, pacy editing, absurd comedy - it's all so good! Both actresses did a fantastic job too, and the overall story premise was perfectly simple, and executed without many flaws!

Really solid idea, and great execution! Nailed the sci-fi genre, had a clear story and good humour.

Loved the illustration and animation style, sort of abstract and surrealist! Totally refreshing kind of film to see in the heats, and awesome to see you doing something unique!

Loved how restrained you were with building a story out of a very small premise, in one location, with really strong characters. The tension was perfect, as was the sound design and cinematography. I felt like the one scene away from the main location felt random, and I don't quite understand what it meant... I also got a bit lost with the ending, as to what exactly was the purpose of it all... In saying that, I have a feeling if i watched it again it might become clearer and everything about the film makes me want to see it again and figure it out!

One of my favorite in the heat! You nailed your genre, were un-apologetically silly, and had some pretty good laugh-out-loud moments! The number plate gag was genius... and I felt bad for the kids in the audience who might not have been expecting this...

I loved your film last year, and this one was just as awesome! I think you stepped up your game, and produced some awesome, crazy, weird, bizarre stuff! I'm guessing you ran out of time to finish the last section, or some technical problem happened... but regardless, the film was super fun and impressive to watch!

Loved the silliness, and the way you owned the low budgetness of the VFX, and that you tried something that was unique!

As per usual, the cinematography was pretty stunning, and there was some really good performances throughout. The film picked up nicely from where Irrevocable took off - the music, the tone, the camerawork, everything felt like it was from the same world and made with the same level of production. I think the story got a bit lost in the editing and and some sound level issues pulled me out of the film a few times.

Totally appreciated the way you tried to switch up the genre in a unique way, and there was some great comedy throughout too! I think the final sequence could have been stronger, I think by that point you kind of expect him to get fired, so doing it in a way that either subverted that, or in a way that was surprising, might have been interesting!

Technically strong and a super cool animation style. I love that you guys aim for super short films. I sort of struggled to follow the plot a little bit but hoping to watch it again soon!

The basic premise was good but needed a stronger performance from the lead to really nail it. A more likeable puppet design would also have gone a long way towards making the audience feel something by the ending. Pretty decent cinematography and technical skills throughout.

Super energetic and fun, loved the graphics and music. Nailed the punk genre and clearly enjoyed making it. Hoping to see you go further in the comp!

I was initially jarred by the young actor playing a grandma but I quickly got over it as the rest of your film played up the ridiculousness. It was a great play on the real time genre, and had some hilarious comedic moments. I loved the abruptness of the ending.

Really great acting and a simple but effective story. I thought you built some super good tension in the few quiet, eerie moments after the main character was left alone in the room - but the tension was lost once the music kicked in and it started feeling a bit forced. I think you could have gotten away with not showing the ghost and just playing up the sound/dialogue and then having the door slamming/body dragging scene.

This was awesome - the main characters mind-blank montage was a perfect commentary on all the weird psychological problems that detectives have in these types of films/tv shows/real life. Super funny and self-reflective and a perfect ending sentence that acknowledged all the ridiculousness.

Awesome set-design, costuming and music. The opening was great, and there was some great moments of tension throughout. I liked the general premise but I felt like there was missing motivation for why the possessed painting wanted to do what it did - maybe a second viewing will make that clearer though.

You played up the stereotype of the bossy/over-dramatic drama teacher pretty well and had some funny moments spread throughout. Like others have said - you would definitely benefit from working on your sound recording technique, as a lot of the dialogue was lost. There also felt like quite a few unnecessary camera angles/cuts.

I didn't really care for the first part of this film but I thought all the cutaways with the puppets were hilarious and perfectly shot. The contrast between the inappropriateness with the innocence of puppets was super strong.

A perfect take on the Punk genre with great cinematography and editing. It took a little while to click with the audience, but once it did, the reaction was pretty strong. Hoping to see you get through to the next stages in some form or another!

Really enjoyed your film and it was clear that you had heaps of fun making it. I loved your sense of comedy and 'Placeholdersaurus' is definitely the best dinosaur name ever.

It was clear that you guys have a super talented team. The cinematography, costuming, acting and location were all super impressive. Unfortunately, I really struggled to hear what the actors were saying and as a result, found it hard to follow the plot.

Brilliantly terrible acting and a simple but entertaining story. The beach location was awesome and your cinematography made the most of it. I liked the abruptness of the main guys change/decision at the end and the humour throughout was great.

This was another nicely restrained story, set entirely in car. The general comedy of the 'Bro' dialogue worked pretty well and the third character's monologue was perfectly surreal and contrasted nicely with the other characters. My only gripe is that the main 'Bro' conversation felt like a ran a tad long.

The general concept of this film was great and played nicely on the found-footage/point-of-view camera approach. The pacing of the film could have been tightened - the middle section car journey dragged a little - and it might have been nice to see the camera go through a couple more scenarios rather than just sitting passenger for most of the film.

Mockumentaries tend to play well in 48 hours and this followed that trend. It had great awareness of the punk genre and hilarious comedic timing. Loved the match/wool joke :)

The film could probably have started in the car-park, the international shots just felt a bit indulgent and unnecessary. I honestly found the lead character a little too annoying to care about her at the end of the film, and was hoping for a big twist or something unique to make it all worth it. In saying that, the film was shot really well, had good sound, good music and great locations.

Great idea for a contained and simple story line. Production values could have been better, and the character design of the eggs could have been developed more to give a better sense of personality to the different characters. To me, it felt more like a comedy, with a couple of songs added, rather than a musical.

Was gutted you didn't get a top 3 spot at the city final, I had my bets on you taking it out! Loved the classic Traces of Nut twist ending (much like you did in 'The Sleeping Plot'). It felt like a film that had been made in a much longer period. The sound design and music was brilliant, as was the editing and cinematography. The final scene was so tragic, considering the reveal (which I wont spoil). Best of luck with the nationals, let's hope you pick up some more attention!

You have a good understanding of story and structure, but the film was let down by not being particularly believable. The mother didn't show enough urgency or worry, nor did the neighbour. I guess you nailed the 'thoughtless' nature of the mum though, because how could she have gotten that far out of the park without checking the four kids were with her.. It also didn't seem plausible for her to have that kind of money stashed in a few ornaments around the home (but i'm guessing I missed something in a line of dialogue to explain that - I know she mentioned something about a ****ing business, but I don't really know what that was referring to). It felt like the film was confused between being serious and being a comedy, and the result was that I didn't feel much in either direction.

Cinematography was on point, and the opening scene was really well done. To be honest, I got bored through the montages that made up the chunk of the film, and ended up skipping through it a little.

Beautifully shot, great acting, great editing, perfectly contained storyline, great costuming, great locations, great practical effects.

My favourite film so far this year from the competition. Auckland must be strong for you not to be a finalist!

Reminded me of the film "Rubber" (perhaps that was an inspiration?). I actually was hoping the film would have ended right after the first murder, after the 'toasted' title came on screen. It would have made a brilliant, 1minute film. In saying that, the overall narrative arc worked well, and there was good costuming and characters throughout. Also love the practical effects :)

Some good consideration of composition and visual humour, and your actors clearly put a lot of effort in. Those lunges looked tiring.
Considering the film was largely one big montage, i think you really could have tightened the edit, and made the pace a lot snappier. The story got a little lost somewhere, so worth focusing a little more on how you explain things to the audience for the future.

Definitely appreciated your attempt to create a serious, script driven film. Unfortunately I personally didn't really connect with the characters, so the dialogue heavy scenes became a little tedious. The cinematography for the most part was pretty good, and the editing/effects worked very well. As others have said, find the balance between dialogue and visual story telling, and you will do well in the future!

Good on you for having a go at a difficult genre, and actually doing some singing. Store-wise, your characters and plot didn't feel age appropriate. You're clearly a high school team, so you might as well make a story that involves high school aged characters.

Didn't predict the twist at the end, so it was a great attempt at the 'shock ending' genre. Some good acting in places, but some further editing might help to mask some of the more forced moments. To really nail the unsettled/scary feel during the middle section, you might have benefited from more dramatic lighting, rather than the flat, room lighting. Overall, the story made sense, and held my attention. Good job!

Some good chemistry between the two leads, and generally worked well as an overall story. Didn't see the twist coming either. Drones are definitely popular this year, but you way overused it, and it lost any effect other than 'look, we have a drone'. Definitely be selective with your use of techniques and make sure they help the story.

My mind also jumped straight to memories of 'Lost' when the scientist popped up at the end, which isn't a bad thing. Built up the solitude in the world really well, with a good choice of locations and composition for the most part. Liked the inclusion of 'ones' scattered around the place, kind of want to watch it again to see if I missed any. Major thing that let this one down, was that I wasn't particularly engaged with the story, which is probably the most important part.

Really great to have a clear, simple concept and follow it through. Definitely work on your audio for future efforts, in particularly, make sure conversations that have been recorded separately sound like they are in the same location (by either removing noise, or adding it where necessary). Could have been shorter for sure, but the story worked, which is a big plus.

The story was great, and progressed at a good pace. The jokes generally worked well. Felt it was let down a little in the cinematography and editing, but the story held strong enough to keep me to the end.

Brilliant story and your ensemble case was great together. Some awkward camera angles/editing in places, and a few sound issues. Loved the end scene, but wished you'd cut before the long, slow motion shot, which kind of drained the mood. Not sure the drone shots were necessary.

The locations/set design was very believable for your genre, and there were some good moments of acting throughout. Unfortunately a lot of the jokes fell a little flat.

Really impressed with the detail put into the animation, and the huge amount of shots that you had to pull off. It felt a little bit like style over story at some points, and the edit could probably have been a little shorter, but overall it was a really good achievement for 48hours (or however long it took, if the reason you were disqualified was for being late!).

Some really nice shots scattered throughout your film, and the general concept was a good attempt at working with the 'shock ending' genre, which is hard to pull off when the audience knows a 'shock ending' is going to happen. It would have been nice to see something more than a doll as the reveal, as this has been done a fair few times before.

Great props and production design, and good use of colour grading and titles to achieve the silent film look. In saying that, you either needed to allow the audience more time to read the text on screen, or have less text. Otherwise, the story was a little hard to follow.The overall film felt like it ran a little long, so it could be worth being a little more ruthless in your cutting (both in scripting and post-production).

It's easy to tell your kids had a great time making this, and you can't help but smile throughout. It was perfectly weird. Definitely keep up the surrealist greenscreening for your future entires!

Agree that it felt a little too long. Maybe one montage too many. You had a tone of terrible (in a good way) puns, that could have worked even better if the pace was quicker.

Your lead actor generated the perfect amount of likeability and pitty. I wasn't totally buying the 'cat and mouse' nature of film though. It could possibly have been made stronger by properly introducing the antagonist character, rather than jumping straight into having him annoy the lead.

While other teams may have referenced the infamous John Key hair pulling incident, good on you for making it the subject of your entire film. The pay off once you revealed the hair pulling was enough to have my smiling, despite the relatively low production values.

You had the right idea of taking a controversial/dark subject matter and trying to make it funny/light, though it tended to lean more on the serious side. Could have been worth exploring other ways of incorporating drugs without the overt syringe usage.

Your cinematography was beautiful, and your actors held their own for most of the film. Some of the scenes felt like they ran a little long, and I was a little confused with the ending. But overall, you kept my attention and I'm excited to see what you produce in the future.

Beautiful character design and animation! I thought the story was simple and well executed. I agree with others that the voice acting could have been produced slightly better, not just for clarity but also to give the cute dinosaurs more of the personality they deserve. I also felt the ending could have used a little more punch - maybe in the music/sound design, as it felt like the film just trailed off. Also extra star for having my favourite team intro so far from all the films I've watched :)

I weirdly find myself awake at night with a weird impulsion to re-watch your film. Having also animated our film this year in AE, I did in fact appreciate all the puppet tool work! The film felt complete and cohesive, despite the vast array of imagery, so congrats on making it work!

Loved the character animations, they were subtle and pretty organic looking. Also loved the mixed media approach and great compositing. I thought perhaps the story could have been shortened a little, as some parts dragged on.

The aerial footage wasn't quite enough to claim this film was a musical/dance film. I found the main actor pretty charismatic, but you definitely could have used some refinement in the editing - too many long pauses and messy cuts. Nice shots though in the sky.

Looked and sounded great. My only grip was that the urinal storyline/joke ran a little long, and started feeling repetitive.

In concept your film was great - following the journey of the $5 note. I think in future you'd need to refine your editing, as parts of the film dragged on a little, and the montages could have been tighter.

The initial set-up of the earthquakes did have me a little scared for the characters, but the humour used throughout the short seemed to dull down what could have been a very terrifying and close-to-home story. I liked that you tried to take a different, more subtle slant on the horror/splatter genre though. Of course, it was technically solid and looked amazing, as we are coming to expect from Noise and Pictures.

The location was great but the story needed more content beyond the group talking and various touristy shots. The connection between the film and the 'film within the film' was a little weak.

Nice and simple premise, and a decent modern adaptation of the whole Noah story. Though I did predict from the beginning that it was going to be a petting zoo rather than an arc, so I was a little let down by the expected ending. In saying that, your main actors performed well, and managed to keep it funny and interesting. I also liked how the weather went from raining to sunny within a few seconds ;)

Although the production value was low, and the songs a little rough, I still found this film entertaining to watch. It's nice to see a family making a film together for the weekend, and enjoying it! I appreciated the digs you took at generic musicals through the scripting. It might pay next time to work a little on the camera angles. You had a lot of straight on shots of your actors talking, when it might better have suited some over-the-shoulder shots etc.

Loved this film! The execution of the ocean shots, in terms of the sound design and cinematography, was pretty spot on. The story was simple, in a good way, and developed clearly through the time travel episodes. I thought the lead actor held his own well, and managed to carry the film through without it feeling over dramatic. Perhaps could have used slightly more drama at the end before his location was pointed out by the child, as it felt a little too easy.