Well, that was definitely something. I don't think it was quite as crazy as last years film, but that's neither a good or bad thing. In general, it felt a bit too much like a slick music video than a short film, but the editing and shooting were very good (as was the music). I couldn't really follow the beats of the story, though. The whole stalker-killing angle and what appeared to be some kind of assimilation at the end came through, but it didn't really feel like it was going anywhere until the very end.
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Always a fan of your films, and this years was no exception. I thought it was a great use of the character, and one of the first films I've seen to understand how to use the "film within a film" conceit properly. The jokes flew hard and fast, the acting was solid all around (I particularly liked Jeff and Morgan).
I thought this was a well-told short, and only really seemed to suffer in comparison to last year's competition-winning effort. Your budding young actress continues to be very good, and the actual idea of the story was quite clever. To me, the main thing that seemed off in the script was that the time travel element was a little unclear, so at the beginning it plays more along the lines of a cautionary tale to a similar girl than actually being her from the past. Also, the ending didn't quite work for me, as the deliberate ambiguity made the film feel a little unfinished.
Technically, it was extremely solid, but that wasn't really a surprise given that you have a feature film and a 48Hours winner under your belt. That this didn't make the finals makes me very excited about the quality of the films that have made it, because they must be pretty damn good to get through ahead of this.
Props for trying something a little different for a 48Hours musical. Writing a musical about the creative process isn't a bad idea, and the story was well-structured, but I don't think that the way it was executed worked (it seemed a little too simplistic). I get that she's battling her inner demon/muse while trying to meet her ideal (in this case, Mozart, which I thought was a slightly odd choice), but the way the conflict was handled didn't seem especially believable or interesting. Lyrically, the songs were alright, but the music didn't really match the lyric and the lyrics lacked structure themselves. It was also a bit strange to shoot the first musical number with Vic's back to the camera. Seeing as you mentioned Sweeney Todd as an inspiration, I wonder if you are familiar with Sondheim's musical about the creative process and being an artist, Sunday in the Park with George. It covers some similar ground to your film, though in quite a different fashion, and it might have given you some good ideas about how to handle the creative process in song. Overall, it was good that you tried something different, but it didn't quite come off.
I think that the montage approach let you down a bit here. It creates a strong effect to begin with but, because your film is so short and the characters are therefore not really established, it doesn't result in the film being strong overall. Some dialogue that was actually directed towards both story and character development would have helped to create a stronger emotional impact. Also, I think you could have played into the genre a little bit more, because as far as I could see the reunion was at the very end (and it wasn't actually a reunion). The individual shots in this movie looked quite good, but put together each scene with more than one shot was visually jarring. The editing wasn't really following the 180 degree rule, and it looked a bit muddled. The music was nice, if a little over-used, but the whole thing didn't quite come together for me.
Definitely had some funny moments, along with some sound issues (dialogue was often far too quiet). The acting was pretty good (especially from the boss after seeing the YouTube video) but the overall pacing needed work. A lot of the scenes ran too long, especially the one of the guy crying. Shooting both storylines as mockumentaries from different perspectives was a neat idea, but it didn't quite work for me. Converging storyline is very hard to pull off in 48Hours, and you guys made a good fist of it.
Impressive action movie. I thought the set-up was quite good, and the actual action very well-handled. Obviously the kind of visual effects (and sound) you can do in the 48 hour time-frame aren't going to be the slickest ever, but these were pretty good and, most importantly, believable. The direction was strong as well, choosing to shoot everything clearly instead of go in for the shaky-cam/quick-cut approach a lot of action movies use these days. I think the pacing could have been just a bit tighter to start with and a little slacker at the end, as Vic's final confrontation didn't quite feel tense enough. This heat must have been insane...
I've really enjoyed watching your films since your 2011 Christchurch one, and this was probably the best that I've seen from you, improving on some of the pacing issues from last year. Your scripts are always funny, but this was just a bit funnier. I'd also add that you are the first team I've seen nail converging storyline, which was a fiendishly difficult idea to pull off in 48Hours. I liked that you essentially started somewhere in the middle of both your storylines, while giving us just enough hints as to what had happened before (Vic's been having trouble with insomnia for quite a while, one of the guys in the man-time tent just broke up with his girlfriend). The acting was brilliant all round, and I particularly liked how natural all the performances seemed. The one thing that I would say is that it still could have been edited just a bit more tightly. There are a couple of spots that lag a little (the end of the doctor scene, and two or three spots in the man-time scene), and it would have been nice if you could have tightened them up by cutting to different angles - though I suspect that you guys shoot a lot of wide shots, making that a bit hard.
I think that this ran a bit too long. I got the whole beat-poetry slam vibe, and thought it worked quite well for the first few minutes but, as steelpotato said, the poem did just repeat the same ideas over again to the end. I'm pretty sure that this wasn't meant to be played straight, poking fun at pretentious short films while also being a fairly well-handled one itself, and it did have quite a few laughs that (I think) were intentional. I also think that the Wiki definition was a bit pointless, as the rhythmic intertitle thing was more humorous and, to me, clearly suggested that the team wasn't taking the whole thing completely seriously. One time that the pretentious part of it got just a little too much was the "individuality" written on lipstick in the mirror shot, but generally it rode the balance fairly well. Well-shot, and the blank stare from the protagonist was very consistent.
On a side note: If you get musical again, you should actually try making one. The actual music in the background was fairly nice, and nobody expects great singing from a 48Hours film.
Slightly smaller scale than the Fractured Radius films of the last couple of years, but a hilarious story told quite well. I really liked seeing the various stages of development of RoboGreg, and the various robot movie references. The flatmate dynamic was really well-captured, and Vic was suitably unhinged. The split-screen shot featuring Greg and RoboGreg was really well done as well. The ending wasn't fantastic, as it was a bit predictable, but the rest of the film was so funny that it didn't matter. I loved the team intro as well.
This was pretty neat. The concept of a few guys slinging back bourbon and making up a drunken story about whatever happened to Vic Meyer was a good idea for a 48Hours film, if it maybe overstayed its welcome just slightly by the end. The final little bit was clever, but the story didn't really develop or end, which was a touch unsatisfying (if totally in the spirit of a bunch of drunk guys). The various fantasy sequences were really well done, especially the one involving Vic being sold into slavery, and looked quite good. The framing device was a bit cluttered visually however, and the various shots in it didn't cut together very well. The acting was really solid, though the dialogue got a touch self-indulgent in places (the Whale Rider thing just kind of sat there). Overall, I quite liked it, but I can see maybe why it didn't make the finals.
I'm going to make an educated guess and say you guys love Taxi Driver. You did a pretty good job of capturing the feel, with solid visuals that were well-edited. Sound could have used a little work though. The voice-over was maybe just a little too close to the actual one from Taxi Driver, but it was pretty bold to end the movie on a fart joke like that and the title card was very cool. You clearly know what you're doing, so I'd say just keep on doing it.
I'm going to be honest, I couldn't follow this story at all. I really liked the opening shot, but the story didn't really move. From what I could tell, it seemed as though there was a murder conspiracy involving two assassins who used playing cards to mark their kills, and another guy who was following it. It did fit the converging storyline genre, which is hard to pull off in 48Hours, but the story itself was way too muddy. I think I've said this about virtually every high school team I've reviewed so far, but use more dialogue to convey your story (and not deliberately cryptic stuff like the stuff your conspiracy nut was saying). I know that you've probably worked out you're not the best actors in the world, and you're probably more comfortable editing this way as montage-style editing is easier, but it is very hard to create a good story without dialogue, especially given the time constraints. The cinematography was nice, with some really good framing, but the mixture of black-and-white and colour was confusing. There seemed to be little pattern to it, and mixture of cameras was a bit odd as well. The use of music was really over-bearing, and the sound recording could have used work.
I think there was one montage too many in this film. Showing three days in montage to establish how he is when he's on his meds meant that nothing really happened in the film for the first few minutes. Though it was well-shot and edited, the horror of it just seemed to be a lot of images jumbled together. I think that it did a good job of conveying what Vic's like when he doesn't sleep, but it left a lot lacking in terms of story (which was pretty thin to begin with).
This was a really good short film that was just a bit too long and muddy. The twist was excellent, and I'm pretty sure that the film was supposed to be taking place over the night/early morning before the funeral while Vic can't sleep and is playing back old messages. I could be wrong, as it isn't exactly made clear, but that's what I took out of it. I agree with MistaTeas - the ringing was unnecessary. A tone would have been better, given that they are messages. The constant fades to black were an interesting idea, as was Vic being in the bath for the entire film, but it didn't quite come together as the messages became a little tedious after a while. I think something needed to happen before the twist, but I'm not quite sure what. The cinematography was really solid, especially for a one-man team, with some nice-looking shots in there. The sound needed a bit of work, but that's understandable given that you're doing everything yourself.
Brains? is my favourite 48Hours short film, so I think this one suffered slightly from the expectations I'd built in my head. Tough genre, but a pretty good handling of it. As others have said, the twist is a little obvious due to the "come and join the party" line, making the final part of the film lose some impact. In general, the middle stretch of the film was very good, while the beginning and end didn't quite work for me. Good film.
There was definitely some potential here, but I don't think it was really fulfilled. As I saw it, the main thrust of your story was Vic overcomes depression while he is hallucinating due to insomnia. It's a good concept, but telling your story entirely visually (with far too few lines to dialogue) really let you down, and the idea wasn't especially related to the genre you were assigned. The silent movie-style dissolves of various headlines were a fairly bland form of exposition, and it would have been smarter to integrate this via dialogue into the various hallucination/fantasy sequences, therefore having the audience discover more about Vic as the film goes on in a way that gives shape to the plot. Given that you didn't have any kick-ass martial arts choreography, it probably wasn't your strongest choice for 48Hours to make a martial arts movie, and I would suggest that next year you weigh up the practicality of your story before deciding to go with it. There was some nice framing, but overall the film was a bit of a mess visually, telling the story but not in a particularly interesting way.
I think that the story for the film was alright, but, like nimlin said, it didn't really feel very horrific. I think that the structure, starting in media res before flashing back/forward (I was unclear) to the new guy at the brewery, before featuring another flashback later made things a bit muddled and killed at least some of the suspense that could have been built. The walk-and-talk introduction to the brewery was very cool, and there were some other nice shots, but I think it was framed a bit wide overall and some more dramatic framing might have added to the film. The acting was generally pretty strong, especially from the manager, but the music got to be a little over-bearing in places. Overall, it was a good effort, and nice to see you've made a short that didn't get disqualified.
This was a fun, quiet little spin on humans being replaced by robots. It's nice to see a 48Hours film that is loosely, but well, structured as a lot of films either move too quickly or too slowly. The script had quite a few good jokes in it, and the acting was superb all round, giving it a naturalistic feeling. The little touches of robotic stuff were very well-handled, and the sound was terrific the whole way through. I thought that some of the profanity was a bit unnecessary however, as there are other ways to show someone is disenfranchised than swearing constantly, and that the framing could have been a bit tighter (or at least a little more varied). The same setups repeat a little too much for my taste, and it would have been nice to have some more options.
This was slick. Even the stuff I didn't really like (the filters, hand-held camera) was well-done. Good framing, too. On the other hand, the story was pretty bland, relying on the editing to make it seem more interesting. I think dialogue would have been a more useful tool than editing to make the story interesting. Frankly, we learn nothing about anyone, except that Vic is called Vic and he's an insomniac. The motives for revenge are pretty thin, even under the influence of drugs. The drug trip didn't really work for me either, though the Requiem for a Dream-style editing at the end was fairly effective. The music was effective, though the different styles didn't quite mesh for me and it was a little over-used. Overall, I liked it.
This film had a good story idea, and some really good moments; in particular the drowning was chilling, and the POV shots were quite well-used. It also looked pretty good. The sound was less good, however, with background noise overwhelming the track at certain points. I think that the first 30 seconds or so of the film were kind of unnecessary; this was because it didn't really need to be a flashback movie, and didn't really gain a lot from being one (the actual ending, to me, seemed a bit pointless). The film looked good, but the actual shot framing could have been tighter - though I would imagine that would be difficult when working with kids, and the editing was a bit jerky in places. I liked the use of the line, however, quite different to most of the ones I've seen so far.
I thought this was a brilliant concept for a 48Hours musical, and pulled off (almost) without a hitch. The singing was more than good enough (except when it intentionally wasn't), and the acting was enjoyably hammy all round. I particularly enjoyed the appearance of the father, and the general reflexive vibe of the whole thing. The one thing I would say is that the opening number could have concluded slightly more strongly; You had a great hook line/title ("a song in my heart"), and the introduction of the non-singing protagonist added interest to the number, but the song itself just sort of ends without bringing everything together.
I liked this one the most out of the films at the heat, as it was pretty well put-together and had some good ideas in it. I didn't really notice the script being overly crass, but I felt it would have been better without the voice-over, which is a bit of a crutch in 48Hours.
I loved the campy ending, but putting the countdown in didn't really help the film. The two cameras didn't match, which was a bit distracting, and the clown thing was totally unecessary.
I liked the idea of the short, but I thought the night-walking montages weren't very interesting. The scenes with the psychologist (good acting on his part) worked really well, and I think they could have been used as a way to structure the film, which was lacking in structure.
This was the second-slickest film of the heat. I liked it, but I wish it had been a little more different to "Stain". They both have an emphasis on fighting, and '80s/early '90s pastiches in the soundtrack. The game thing was pretty cool, though it made the structure of the film seem a little too similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and I especially liked the temptress montage bit.
Talking dog = comedy gold. I thought it was quite a smart idea for a reunion film, even if it did end up more as a quest than a reunion, and the card to the master was hilarious. Obviously working with animals in this time-frame is going to make it basically impossible to sync anything up, but the jokes carried the day.
This was, hands-down, the slickest film of the heat (especially if Alpaca Punch are discounted). The editing choices were, in my highly subjective opinion, a bit pretentious, but the thing came together pretty well in the end. I really liked the POV shot.
I think that the film would have been a lot better off without the tortured poker as metaphor for life thing. Each of the individual stories had some interest, but I don't think that the poker stuff was a strong way to link them together. Technically, it was pretty good though
This was an alright movie. I thought the opening twenty or thirty seconds were a bit redundant, and the film could have just started when Vic enters the car. The tech montages were quite entertaining, but the finale was a little disappointing. Quite well-shot in some places, but there was also a distracting out-of-focus shot later on.
Weird, and hilarious. I liked the commitment to not explaining anything, and just letting a series of disconnected images play against each other. The wide-angle car shots were particularly great, as was the fight scene in the elevator. To be honest, I preferred your short from last year, which had a bit more of a story.
(Watched in the Screening Room)
This was quite good, and in many ways a step up from your great short from last year. The age appropriate story was a very smart choice, and definitely made the film more audience-friendly as well as allowing for a very smart play on the teen suicide angle in the twist. The narrative was very well-constructed (essentially the origin story for a slasher villain from my point of view) and your editing continues to be excellent. I think the cinematography was possibly the weak point of your technicals, but I know from my 48hours experience this year that night shooting without a lot of lights is extremely difficult.
However, there are a couple of things that I thought weren't as good (though one is just my prejudice as a teen film-maker myself). The voice-over felt rather unnecessary as their motivations were perfectly clear and the voice-over made the tension of the opening scene weaker while adding little at the end, though this is partially because I am sick of voice-over in short films (especially those by teenagers because for whatever reason they always strike me as cloying).
I also thought that an original score, or at least a more tonally consistent score could have added to this film. I get that you wanted to balance a sense horror/dread with some dark comedy, and I think it was largely very effective and smart choice, but the score cue in the second scene didn't really match the scoring in the opening and was a little misleading as to the tone you wanted for the film due to the lightness of the pizz strings.
Overall, another great effort as I continue to feel jealous of how much more you accomplished in 48hours than I did.
Decent idea, and it was nice to have a non-horror, non-spoof found footage as the first film from that genre in this competition. The university film project framing device was not great, and the story was a touch predictable. I liked that there were jokes, but I wasn't really sure if some things (the campy American accent) were supposed to be funny or not.
The camera the film was shot on was clearly pretty decent, but not really suited to hand-held filming at all. I assume it was a DSLR, but I could quite possibly be wrong. If it was a DSLR, bear in mind they are really not designed for hand-held filming. The framing wasn't exactly top-notch, and got very difficult to follow some things with all the shakiness. The editing and structure were pretty strong however, just the hand-held bugged me a bit.
Best film of the heat in my opinion. The film was technically slick, extremely well thought out and very coherent. The end of the world one shot seems like a difficult idea to pull off, but due to a well-constructed script which used the idea of impending apocalypse to allow for the examination off basic yet well-defined character relationships, it worked.
The acting was largely great, especially Nicky Brick. The drunk scientist wasn't the greatest character idea in the world, but it worked well enough. The ending left me with no real sense of finality however.
The most difficult thing about one shot, from my point of view, is creating tension and a coherent story without cutting. The film was so close to being really great, but the script structure seemed like one for a slightly longer short with more room for character development across an ensemble and because of this the characters weren't developed enough to give the ending real weight.
I didn't quite follow how this was supposed to be an inspirational film. The idea of lugging the mother's ashes around was neat, but there wasn't very much dialogue that was audible and the story was hard to follow just based upon the visuals.
I think that this may have been a bit of a rough cut, but there were some good ideas even if I couldn't quite follow the execution.
Sorry, I meant for it to be a 2.5 star review, so this should even it out.
It looked good and sounded good, but I think the story was a bit weak. Time Travel rom-com is a good idea, but I didn't buy that she had fallen in love with him just on that meeting, and also felt that it didn't have the resolution needed. In general it felt like a scene from a larger story. The acting wasn't great or bad, but good enough for the short.
The technical elements in this film really shone, especially the sound. There were some very strong lighting and framing choices as well, and the film had a sharp look about it. The sound was great, with the lounge piano music fitting the mood very well, and it sounded very professional (did you ADR the entire film?). The film dragged a bit and could have used some tightening on the editing side of things however.
Fun, with some nice self-aware humour from the lead actor. The other actors weren't as convincing, and the effects generally were a little bit cheap. The Other Guys-esque freeze frame movement looked good though and a nice use of the required element. The opening shot was nice, but some of the shots just didn't really cut together despite generally looking pretty good.
I liked the ending, and the use of the character, but I think the story could have been built a little bit better.
Fun movie. One of those v48 shorts that really make the competition worth going to. The twist of the urban legend, with Nicky Brick walking into the fridge, was hilarious, and I loved the reaction when they realised that the video tape filmed in their house. The film didn't quite make complete sense, but I think that was part of the fun.
Technically the film looked pretty slick, and was put together pretty well, but I think there was an over-emphasis on ECU's. The ECU's were probably an artistic choice, but I don't think it quite sold on the big screen. The sound was pretty good as well
The acting was all pretty solid, and there were some great laugh lines. I can see why you guys are legends in the judges room.
Short and to the point, a very short film about someone captured attempting to steal a priceless artifact before then using it to escape. The editing needed a bit of work, and there were some awkward framings (the canted angle of the thief in shot with the museum person was a bit awkward), but otherwise it looked pretty decent. I liked the use of the leaf and the slow-motion. A pretty decent short.
I didn't get this at all. The idea, which was to have the text of murderers watching a murder scene over the top of the murder, was simply not very cinematic. The sound levels were all over the place, meaning that the story of the murder scene wasn't really followable at all. The black and white looked cheap. Some nice gags in the text though.
First heat, first film. I liked it because it definitely captured the mood of an action film, with a very simple story about someone trying to rescue a kidnapped daughter. The lead actor was reasonably convincing as a tough guy, but the main drawback of this film was the actual action itself. This is partially my prejudice, as I don't really like the "if you shake it's more real" approach to film-making, but also some questionable editing choices in the fight scenes which seemed to obscure the action and it doesn't seem like there was enough time to get the right sound effects to sell the fights.
I really liked the twist ending, though it was a bit at odds tonally with the rest of the film, and thought it was a good use of the character. It looked pretty good, though the night shoot was a touch grainy, and the editing was generally pretty well-thought-out.
*Viewed in the Screening Room*
Damn this was good. As a teen film-maker myself (my 48hours short was godawful), I can really appreciate the amount of talent on display here. The cinematography and editing were both truly great, not just good for a teen team. But what really stood out for me was the sound, and how well it was used. The music was really well-mixed and actually complemented the scene effectively, and the sound really helped sell the various cuts into the imagined murder sequences and other things around the film.
As I said earlier, I thought the cinematography was fantastic, except for the shaky cam. I can see that you were trying to go for a sort of verite-style, like a lot of police procedurals do these days, but your film was so stylised in the other elements that it really didn't gel so well with everything. I think you could have improved the cinematography by either using some sort of steadi-cam rig to ensure that you could move around without the dodgy framing that the film sometimes had, or by locking the whole thing down and trying to really stage your scenes in longer takes. Again, I thought it was great, but for the future you might want to think about some different approaches.
The story was simple, and really well-told. I feel that your acting was quite good, but a few iffy line-readings created awkward moments. I didn't mind the age-inappropriate casting, because you sold it really well, and that definitely reflects on the ability both in front and behind of the camera. Overall a really good short, except for my minor gripe with the cinematography. I can definitely see why you made the finals ahead of stiff competition and were able to pick up cinematography and editing awards.
Two people are sitting at the park bad mouthing the U.S.A when Bobby Young turns up and makes them re-think this negative view of America through song. A very funny song with some clever lyrics which I felt was let down by a lack of plot (it was basically one long song) and generally boring, shaky cinematography.
A free couch turns out to be more than these flatmates bargained for when it starts to absorb people. Good sound design, some great visual effects and a funny script make this short well worth watching.
Well this was a fun little noir parody short. I think as a Quest it works, because Noir is always a Quest from plot point to plot point, until they reach the conclusion. I'm not sure if the makers have seen it, but this felt a lot like an episode of the Venture Bros. called "Everybody Come to Hank's", which also used the hat to transition between black and white and colour and had a similar noir parody theme.
Pretty solid technically, and some nice music simmering in the background of the noir scenes, and the really neat aspect ratio shift. Ending could have been a bit better, but the freeze-frame was very good.
A bit of a step down from Frequencies, but a nice enough short none-the-less. A monty-python-esque take on the Quest movie, with some nice comedy. Well put-together, but unfortunately at the end of one of the most singularly weird 48hours heats I have ever seen.
The basic plot was a student being kidnapped by his year 12 teacher, before being killed by a mexican. Honestly, the plot was unimportant as the gloriously low-fi look and hilariously stilted line readings sent the audience into fits of laughter. The mexican was hilarious, as was the campy teacher. Best Bad film contender for sure!
This was without a doubt the artsiest 48hours short I have seen. A mixture of black screens, with the occassional white flash and accompanying syncronised sound. A little bit of live-action was placed at the start, with a man drinking whiskey. The audience took to cheering as the white flashes popped up, as this undeniable work of incoherent genius took 48hours to experimental places that no film in this heat could touch. Obviously it was missing the required elements, but nobody cared.
In a heat of disturbing films, this one took the cake. The plot appeared to be about a mystery as vague as it needed to be to set up their real plan for the first 48hours porno. Intensely weird things followed, and the audience laughed uncomfortably throughout.
Stone cold brilliant. Better than Time-o-saurus. I couldn't stop laughing at the deadpan nature of his relationship with Mr. Breadins, and the hilarious mixture of voices put on through the film. An amazingly engaging one-room film, which followed all of the trappings of the genre so subtly you didn't even notice.
The crime element was a touch dubious, but I suppose Mr. Breadins is intelligent enough that it counts as murder. The technical elements were all solid enough, but it really didn't matter because I was gasping for air through most of it. This really set the tone for the heat, and was far more coherent than most of the other shorts.
I have absolutely no idea what was going on here, but it had a certain charm to it. The inexplicable cutting to crude paint animations of birds, and the filtered look was cool.
Another very good entry from Spooce Media. The one-man team seems to be working very well for him creatively, and his illustrated narration mystery was yet another slick short. As others have stated, I did get just a little bit confused at the end, but it didn't really matter.
The illustrations were all very good, with just the right noir-ish element to them, and the story was cleverly told so as to essentially be a camp-fire story. This heat was stacked with good teams, so unfortunately this was just out of my top three.
I thought that this was a pretty well put-together short, albeit in a style that doesn't particularly appeal to me. The basic story idea of an agoraphobic falling in love with the girl next door was simple and easily understandable, if a bit trite. The acting was solid, though any line-readings outside of voice-over were avoided. It wasn't trying to be laugh-out-loud funny, but there were some nice moments through the film. The voice-over approach to exposition was a bit lazy, and I'm sure that they could have found a better solution but, hey, it's 48hours.
The technical elements were solid, though some shots are definitely sharper than others and it is a bit inconsistent visually as a result. The only things that bugged me was the music-video style approach to telling the story, an editing style that I don't particularly respond to and undermined parts of the film for me, and a somewhat shaky grasp on One-room, where the camera leaves the room at least twice to show the love-interest moving around outside the room, undermining the basic principles of setting a film in one room. To be clear, showing him watching from the window would have been fine and that was fine for most of the film, but to set up a shot of her walking to watch him before cutting to her Point of View is definitely questionable.
Overall it was pretty good and a lot better than my entry but, then again, few entries were as bad as mine. Based on Lincolns Year 13's, my previous choice for Best Teen Team, having 18-year-olds in it, this will probably win in that category.
I directed this short, and would agree wholeheartedly with most of the criticisms raised. It was utterly incoherent on the screen, as a result of a rough cut with massive issues being handed in. I would suggest that the issue isn't in the story, which I imagine is probably indecipherable anyway to anyone viewing it cold, but in our total inability to translate it to the screen due to afore-mentioned editing problems and general lack of organisation on the shoot weekend. I have never been so disappointed with a 48hours short I have made, and I have made some shockers. This was a heat for indecipherable and deeply disturbing stories though, so I thought we were a decent fit, albeit not as intentionally funny as others.
This was a funny short, with the plot essentially revolving around a little kid deciding to leave home in search of his mother. This story, apart from dialogue at the beginning and end, was essentially told in the format of a silent film which shows the child's tribulations. These tribulations range from the funny (him attempting to open a can with a bent piece of wire) to the sad (him sleeping alone in the dark). The dramatic ending is quite awkward with him meeting his real sister at his mother's grave.
Technically this short had issues, with some occasionally very grainy cinematography and the dialogue scenes had some sound issues. While there were technical issues, the original score was good if a little repetitive.
An interesting reality TV take on the Road Movie genre, this short was about a reality tv crew going on the road to help Bobby Young find a new victim and his friend find true love. This was very funny, especially when a different bully used the crews boom pole to beat up his victim. The romantic plot was weaker than the bullying plot but still had some good laughs, especially in the end just before the freeze frame.
The technical elements were weak, but they made this work with their reality TV style. I thought that they integrated most of the elements relatively effectively, especially their funny freeze frame ending.
This film essentially followed a member of the young family through a body-switch movie which was reminiscent of "22 Short Films about Springfield." The switches appeared to be somehow caused by a birthday present, which was a bent wire bracelet. The body-switches became more and more confusing despite the linear structure. I didn't quite understand why we were watching the pharmacy scene at all. Many of the jokes in the film were in poor taste with large amounts of profanity.
Techincally this film had a lot of issues, with some very bad editing, disparity in camera quality and one impressive crane shot which was ruined by the camera being so clearly visible in the car window. I didn't like the way they integrated the character. Also there was some age-inappropriate casting, which stuck out because there were also adults in the film.
This short played like a public service announcement about drugs, reminiscent of Death in The West's syphillis announcement. The story of Bobbie Young's death by overdose was told via a series of interviews, in which this one-person team played multiple characters, which would have worked better with a changed voice and locations for the different interview subjects. I feel the connection to the fad genre is tenuous at best, with the text at the end really doing all the work.
This was not well-made technically, shot in 4:3 with some weird editing between subjects, and iffy sound. Moments in this were cringe-worthy, but the audience reaction was generally positive.
I didn't follow the story here, which seemed to be related to multiple personalities. I liked the start of the film, but the recurring voice-over wasn't always as effective as at the start. The film was reasonably creepy, with some nice sound. The cinematography was nice, but the rack focus was too pronounced in certain shots and was used a bit too often.
The prop and line were well-integrated, but the character was a bit iffy as to their nature as a bully or ex-bully.
The introduction was funny, and the plot was quickly established. The idea of an ex-bully who bullies exes was neat, but a slightly firmer grasp on the story towards the end was perhaps needed. It was generally funny and likeable, with some nice reference humour and some forced perspective jokes. The acting wasn't great, but they seemed to be having fun.
It was pretty solid on the technical side, except for some small audio issues. The required prop and line could have been integrated better, and the whole thing felt a touch awkward. The team logo was good as well.
This film is essentially about a weird figure lurking outside who turns out to have some kind of relationship the female lead, there was something to do with tying up I didn't really understand what or why. This was just an intensely weird film which was mysterious in that it confused me, and appeared to be set in multiple rooms as opposed to the one they should have been limited to.
The technical elements were ok, with cinematography which was very different from shot to shot, occasionally weird editing and sound that drifted out of sync.
This was a fantastic dance film dealing with dance fighting. The film started off with a series of hilarious flashbacks to Bobby Young using his tap dancing skills to bully people (such as kicking leaves at them). This then cuts to him at a support group meeting, which I presume was for dance bullies who had quit bullying. Outside the meeting, Bobby finds a dance fight club and sees a man in a red leather jacket (not unlike Michael Jackson's) beating down a hapless dancer. From there on the film is an extended dance off between Bobby and "Michael Jackson" with Bobby now using his dancing for good.
The technical elements in this film were amazing; with vivid cinematography, great sound, visual effects and choreography for the dance fights as well as some slick editing. The use of the elements, particularly the freeze frame, was fantastic. This film had the audience in hysterics from the opening and looks set to be an audience favourite and possibly a city finalist.
This confusing and muddled plot was difficult to understand. The main character was either investigating or romantically involved with a serial killer (not sure which). A series of flashbacks showed some gruesome murders which the serial killer had committed and then we somehow got to the main character talking to the serial killer and then the freeze frame ending. A voice-over was present in parts of the film but was hard to make out.
I liked the use of the wire as the serial killers calling card and the callback to Sidney Manson, the 2010 required character. The sound cut out every now and then and some of the video was murky.
A solidly thought-out superhero film from a frontrunner for Best Teen Team. The protagonist Richard was a superhero in his own mind, but came across as a dick to others. He eventually discovers that his over-enthusiasm can sometimes be helpful as he helps someone unlock their car. The technical elements were largely solid with a few hiccups here and there in the sound and editing. The comedy came across well, but the acting was stilted in places. A funny subversion of the superhero genre.
A likeable film from previous city finalists. Right from the introduction the film was professionally made, with a strong voice-over holding the film together. The idea of a children's game being the fad was very smart and was generally well-executed, though the acting from primary school students was sometimes questionable. The idea of having a narration from a future perspective was a clever way of making Bobby an ex-bully, and the other required elements were integrated well.
The technical side was very strong, with a cohesive experience only put in question very slightly by occassional glances at the camera by the young actors.
Solid one-room fad film, which seemed to be commenting on the wave of vampire films, that was DQ'd for some reason. It was very short, so there really isn't much to say to about. I thought it was well-shot and the French narration was just on the right side of being too artsy. Great use of the required prop as a cigarette holder.
A very good comedic take on the revenge genre, with a likable lead performance. The film was about a trolley operator, who got his revenge on those that used the trolleys inappropriately. The revenge was suitably low-key e.g. banging someone's car with a trolley or stealing from their grocery bag. He was shown the error of his ways by being tied up in a trolley for the night. The required elements were used to good effect, particularly the freeze-frame ending.
Technically the film was solid, with decent cinematography and sound, good editing and great use of location (The Pak'n'Save on Moorhouse Ave). The Saw parody was gold, as was the voice-over. This is definitely potential finalist material, and I gave this the 3-point vote at the heat.