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what was this film about?

also this was one of two films in 48hours this year to use electro swing music as period music.

electro swing is modern music. very strange.

solid top down overhead shot.

good work taking on the period movie :)

ambitious concept. mostly pulled off. the costumes, locations and writing are all spot on to make it work.

I found the middle section of the film a bit of a slog.

the ending was hilarious though :D

solid film. i’d say there’s a pretty strong chance we see this one again at the city finals.

strong serious effort. keeps the audience hooked until the very end.

I don’t know if I fully tracked the implications of the ending so i’m keen to see it again

unfortunately I couldn’t follow what was happening here.

from what I did pick up it felt like on the friday night the team came up with a cool and artistic premise. but i don’t think the filmmaking pulled it off.

also did the film turn into a documentary half way through? or did the camerawork just chance pace completely?

lots of long drawn out shots of people walking places.

the only part i can really remember is the extended gag of the guy moving to sit closer to the characters

and the reveal that its a MLM thing.

credits were rather self indulgent

Creepy head turn was very well done

i was mostly pretty lost the whole time story wise

nicely shot, cute concept for a film. could have been a bit tighter in the edit.

the shark effect in the water was low fi but it really really worked!

cute shots of the dog to finish were a treat.

this film had the unfortunate experience of playing after Toot Toot’s DGAF masterpiece.

as such. I was still coming down from that high while i tried to watch this film. sorry to say but it was just hard coming back to reality with this film.

it’s a strong concept. a serial killer has lost his mojo so he goes to a psychiatrist for help.

turns out kids just aren’t scared of horror movie cliches anymore.

good joke to end on. in hindsight this film was actually a lot stronger than my initial experience at the heats let on.

if anyone else pulled this shit I’d probably grumble about ‘cinematic reality’ or some such wankery.

Stopping World War II is either a 1 Star Film or a 5 Star Film (out of 5 Stars that is) for arguments sake i’m going to give it full marks because its easily the hardest i’ve laughed at any 48hours film ever.

I don’t want to spoil any of this films delightful surprises (on the off chance that other teams are snooping around in the reviews) but i really hope it plays at the city final. I’d love to experience this film again with a full audience of 48hours classic teams. will it though? it feels like exactly the film the city final needs but if this film gets judged against other more sincere efforts it might come up short :(

it’s very much an in joke movie. usually i’m all about films standing up outside the competition in their own right. Toot Toot’s film last year blurred this line, but this year they break it entirely. the use of requirements become the entire driving force of their film and the story feels like a total throw away thing. but shiiiit. the local humour and in jokes they play with at the start are amazing
as well as the jab at the rebuild. I love it.

towards the end of the film they even bring the whole thing home it’s a bit of a poignant message.

side splittingly funny. and thank god Toot Toot are in the final heat. after 3 nights of short films this one was the antidote we needed.

from what i understood i liked, the commentary on social media?

problem is i couldn’t follow most of it.

he’s supposed to be getting married and now he’s giving a speech at the art gallery. hilarious!

funny stuff. hilarious ending

a good premise and a fun take on the genre.

Every aspect of the film works well together to deliver a solid entry.

The actors give great takes on their respective characters and the intense wide angle photography punches this film into higher gear leaning to the absurd nature of the the idea.

The editing and cinematography work well together to pull this film off. If either had been lacking i think the film just would have been far too silly for me. But because the filmmaking knows what kind of movie this is. It all works. The ending sure feels like the perfect way to finish this thing off

I guess my only issue with the film is the same one that I’ve been banging on about in the other reviews. This film feels more like a sketch than a short film. Perhaps I need to get a grip and accept that that is what 48hours has become?

Another instant classic from Team Fireworks

As always. Batshit crazy and confident as all hell

I dont really have anything constructive to add sorry. Didn’t stick the landing.

The live stream effect was well done though.

in truth this is the team that should win team intro.

The image at the end of the into is just priceless.

Submission Impossible’s Best film to date? I think perhaps so. Although I am a huge fan of Polaroid.

There are two things that i really like about this film, and they are kind of one and the same.

The first is just the overall tone and style, more and more 48hours films are starting to feel like sketches and not short films (i blame the 5minute thing) this film feels like a short film through and through. Tied into that its also Submission Impossible’s most cinematic film to date. With so much of the story told visually.

Which brings me to the other great thing. The ending. As Nimble pointed out. It’s great that the film gives you everything you need to understand what’s happened and in that moment completely changes your understanding of what you’ve been seeing. Its the perfect way to roll drama and tragedy into the film. Suddenly the character and performance are that much more painful and tragic.

Great take on the genre too.

It’s also been noted by others here. Once the twist is delivered and you start to understand what you’ve been watching. Some of the content starts to break under examination? Or does it? I’m not quite sure. But therein lies the issue.

And its another minor thing, and i feel bad mentioning it after praising the tone and style but the film probably could have been a touch tighter in terms of the edit? I don’t know. It didn’t feel it’s length while i was watching it, its just that in hindsight i can’t help but feel it would have been stronger if it was a bit tighter?

Finals bound i bet. It’s also one of those films that will no doubt benefit from a second viewing. Great work team.

As mentioned by Nimble this felt like a throw back to the days of V as naming rights sponsor and the first examples of 48hours films I saw when they broadcast the funniest silliest ones on C4.

I enjoyed this for what it was, but what it was wasn’t much. Silly and goofy.

Well done making everyone laugh all the same.

Cute simple idea. Done well.

Fresh take on the genre too. (Proof that the dud genres can be turned around by the good teams)

Between the performances and writing the gags in this film live up to the concept and deliver a good time for all.

Really the only way to fault it is to ask that it could have gone further, or developed into unexpected places?

But then considering they want us making 5minute films then this film nails the balance between runtime and style.

So with that said, my key point that this feels more like a sketch than a short film.

Charming and fun sketch none the less. City finals bound for sure.

A good looking film, but ultimately I was more lost than i was engaged.

Absolutely terrific. What a team and genre pairing.

Perfection from the performances and perfection in the film making letting the performances take centre stage. It’s a simple Idea done painfully well.

Finals bound. Grand finals bound too no doubt.

Great take on the genre. As noted in other reviews probably the best most original take on the genre from the whole city

There’s a good film here. It just needed a stiff edit to get it to the point.

And and as others have mentioned a bit more work to drive the tension up.

Scary shot to finish though!

I’ll just get this out of the way right up front. Hands down. Best team intro of the city. -come one AJ. Do it.

Don’t stop shooting on the iPhone though... like, unless you want to but it’s working very well for you guys. I can only imagine it gives your shoot a nimble freedom that is really good for 48hours. I keep meaning to do something similar one of these years. It’s only a matter of time.

But enough about me. ;)

A Nipple in Time.

this might be my favourite 48hours film from this team so far.

While I think their film from last year, and probably the year before, are better films. Those films are also safe in a way that this one isn’t.

Ripple in time is solid. But the storytelling ability wasn’t quite as developed as it needed to be

A Slice of you is on one hand as safe as a 48hours film can be, but then there’s this amazing streak of personality and style running through it. Really clever and inventive stuff that raises an almost painfully normal 48hours idea to greatness. (In my view only let down by an uninspired ending)

I blather on about their previous entry’s to come to the point that I think ‘A Nipple in Time’ may come to represent Rip Focus crossing a threshold. From making the films they felt they had to make. To making ‘personal’ films driven by their own style and sensibilities.

A Nipple in time is bonkers. But it doesn’t care.
There’s no substantial story to speak of. But who gives a shit?!
There are ideas and experiences to be had here that in 5 minutes mean more to me than a tight little story.

The filmmaking craft is rock solid. A step up on the previous years. (Which where both well above the competition average) but now all the wrinkles have been ironed out.

Keep watching Rip Focus. The team clearly knows what they are doing. They’re getting more and more comfortable with the 48hours format. All they need is the right genre one year and I’m sure they can go to the finals. A city placement/win is certainly in their future.

It remains to be seen if the judges will deem this worthy of a city finals spot. I hope they do. But wont be all that surprised if they get snubbed in favour or something with a more conservative character narrative. *yawns*

Heck of a film with a hell of an end point. (Weird)

The musical dance number on the move was quite something. Bolder musical stylings than most 48hours musicals attempt. Bravo team.

I have a feeling there’s more under the surface and in the writing of this film than made it to the finished product. Or perhaps I’m just not picking up on everything they put down.

Great performance from the lead.

Throwing shade at Dolphin was absolutely amazing.

Then the meta commentary we heard play out in the heat. Amazing.

The film was also quite something.
Well made serious toned film.

There was a moment where it felt like the film pivoted from being one kind of film into another type of film (it was a change for the better) but it probably should have been the second kind of film from the very start

Good tone, fun references. Good use of stock footage.
Fun film. Great sound design.

Love the set up, if they’re so annoying, just kill them. Ok sure.
The incognito mode joke was great.
The duck mask was hilarious
Great blood effects.
Great murderous rampage

And finally the non moral of the story. Good fun

Hate to say it but i really struggled to follow this film because I couldn’t hear the rapping.

Which is a shame because it looks like you put a lot for work into the lyrics.

Fortnite dance

Pretty great time travel film!
Weird concept and mechanic for time travel but I was into it.

Funny and committed performances.

Must be aliens.

Didn’t really play like a short film to me, more like a bad YouTube video you find when you’ve been staying up too late

Better luck next year?

Fun effects with the vines.
‘Violet is probably just messing with us’ made me laugh

The film takes too long to get to the point though,
Peaking audio
Too many shots from inside the fridge.

A lot of weird humour in this film that i was a fan of.
The idea of hazing in the afterlife was good. also Jesus yelling at people.

To be continued is a bold way to end the film, or they gave up in editing?

‘Listen Fembot’ made me laugh.

Was there a cross over with another 48hours film from this year? XD XD

Great use of the dog.

Fun film overall. Looks like everyone had fun making it. Good work getting the film in on time :)

Good use of stock footage.
Fun concept.
I didn’t understand the laugh track
Was the circle thing from that 70s show?
Curb your Enthusiasm music?


I liked that they got paranoid

Hell yeah PlanetFox

What a heck of a take.

Probably should be up for best use of wind :D

Great make up and designs. Great performances well shot, and aside from some mismatched ADR the filmmaking was all great.

The guy getting super excited about becoming the wind so he can dry his washing was hilarious.

Great ending, very funny.

Simple straightforward take on the genre. Respect for doing a serious take, but ultimately It didn’t engage me all that much. Then it felt like a big chunk of the film played out during the credits?

Good looking film though, no issues on the technical side

Fun concept, good excuse for a whole lot of gags

Great use of wind

Ultimately though this film could have done with a stiff edit to bring the pace uP

Cue heartfelt movie.

Ultimately though I tuned out pretty quickly.

Which is a shame, 48hours needs more filmmaking like this one.

Ironically about half way through i was wondering if they were done with the cringe element.

Then they delivered the motherload.

Funny film but overall quite messy

Terrific take on the genre
Great acting, well shot.
Great script
Lots of hilarious quotes.

Great effects towards the end too

Turns out this wasn’t a cringe movie?!

Fun concept, I liked the use of the influencer culture.

Great effects and use of the worms.

Fun take on the genre.

Great time lapse too.

Almost every team given this genre made nearly the same movie.

Of all this movies, this one was probably the best made.

Heartfelt and serious. Couple of nice film making touches too.

Funny and shameless

I enjoyed it very much.

Great double take.

Fun film, decent story that was easy to follow.

Couple of good tongue in cheek jokes.

Good set up and pay off with the crow bar. That’s a rare attention to detail for a 48hours film.

Cute film, fun premise.

Looks like everyone involved had fun making this. Nice to see the whole family got some screen time :)

Congratulations on completing a film!

Far out, what a film!

Slick as shit, brilliantly produced and designed.

Brilliantly acted, great subversion of the genre. (Benefit of the genre really being a non genre huh?)

I might have missed this one in my finalist prediction list. I really shouldn’t have. I hope to see this one again at a cinema!

Poor TBALC, I’m sure we’re all grading them on a curve. 

I’m going to do my best not to.

What I liked.

There’s a sense of style and tone that immediately feels like classic TBALC, but also something bold and fresh from this team.

Even though it’s designed to look like an old 80s TV show in many ways it feels like their most cinematic film to date. Something about all the location work gives this film a really fresh and fun feel

Gaaaah, I’m just comparing the film to their previous films :(

I’ll try again, 

What I liked, 

D.O.C Force: Death Island. What a great take on the genre. One of the only Nature Run Amok movies I saw this year that actually went out and got among the nature :D 

the whole style and tone is spot on. This feels authentic in a way that I’m sure I’m taking for granted. The logo is spot on, the opening credits are spot on, TBALC is no slouch on the technical side of things especially in the last few years, and this film does all sorts of awesome stuff to commit to the bit. Lot of hard work must have gone into this film behind the scenes. 

the performances and costumes are all spot on and the whole film really comes together in support of the tone and style.

It’s the script that feels like the let down here, its fine. It’s just nothing special. I know I’m grading TBALC on a curve here, I just gave a team a glowing review for simply telling a coherent story with a beginning middle and end XD this film certainly has a clear story to tell, and it tells it well. But a few days later, I can only recall snatches of it. It’s really only the shots, tone and the rabbet gags i can recall.

You know, if any other team had handed this in, I’d probably be frothing over it, its a wildly fun take on the genre. 

in fact, you know what I bet.. and in fact I’m just remembering something from the meme thread. That suddenly makes a whole lot more sense.

This should have been a 7minute film. 

Story was mostly quite clear and easy to follow, some of the developments just felt unearned.

The film overall just needed a bit more focus. Who’s story was this telling exactly?

Some of the technical elements let you down. The music/singing was a bit rough.

But considering that you went the whole hog and did musical and dance I’m impressed on that level

Pretty funny movie over all, its pretty absurd which I guess is the point of the film but if it is then i don’t really know if it goes absurd enough. perhaps silly is the better descriptor

Loved all the name calling. Very funny.

Solid 48hours film, clear and easy to follow, entertaining throughout. Never dull or outstaying its welcome.

Good twist and strong comedy performances on display here.

I’ve bumped my star rating down a star because it’s obvious that someone from the team dropped in to give their own film a glowing review.

Solid one room movie. Nice serious entry.

Plotting and script were clear the film delivers on its concept

I really enjoyed this film.

In years gone by there was an award for best bad film. And if that was still around then I’d expect this film to be up for it.

Which is not to say this film is bad. No not at all. This film was super charming and really impressive considering the age of the team on display.

My understanding of the best bad film award was that it could be used to recognise a film that while not at the same level as a city finalist. Stood out in its own special way.

This film was that to me, the concept is great, the performances are charming. The film delivers on its idea neatly.

Great work team. Keep making 48hours films!

My favourite part of the film was right on the end when the lead character lands on the couch from what looks like quite a hight.

For my money this is the most cinematic film ever delivered within 48hours.

Visually and sonically. It has no equal. (And the marriage of the two is amazing)

There are techniques on display here that I’m still trying to wrap my head around (like how the heck did they pull that off?) . I can’t recall how long this film was, it flew by. I was into every second of it.

Without the title though, I’m sure I would have been completely lost. (That probably says more about me than it does about the film)

I’m not going to try and understand specifically what the film was saying. I don’t think that’s the point. It communicated a feeling and the abstract nature of an idea quite well,

Story though? Nah not here. (But I’m all in favour of more films being made around ideas or themes than specific storyline’s)

Within the context of the competition I do have two notes.

1. Forth wall break?

I’m sure it was in there somewhere, but i sure missed it and it sure didn’t play into the thrust of the narrative. (An act of protest I assume) - ultra was a bitch this year.

2. Science Fiction... not saying it wasn’t. There just wasn’t anything for me to latch on to in terms of that specific genre. If I were to recommend this film to someone, i wouldn’t describe it as science fiction.

I’m particularly interested to see how the judges take this one. City finals could go ether way in my view. But i expect to see it nominated for a bunch of craft/technical awards. And it will probably win a few too. Possibly all the way up to the National level.

Interesting concept, and the film has my respect for taking on something so serious.

all in all though I don’t the team quite stuck the landing. It’s a real uphill battle to present something so serious in the context of 48hours.

Great use of the top down shot!

Very pretty looking film. Good use actors.

I found the wrap up to be quite abrupt. The premise at the centre of the film was fun but I wanted to see it go further.

but he could have just left? fire escapes etc make schools pretty easy to get out of regardless of if no one is there and its all locked up.

not so sure we needed the extended sequence of him waking up and getting ready at the start.

perhaps i’m just sick but is as expecting the ending to get a whole lot darker than It did.

the dialogue of the teacher’s was very funny though.

I enjoyed the montage of all the fun things you can do at school by yourself

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

congratulations, one of the better team intros of the whole region!

good take on the genre. solid ending.

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

good use of the genre. certainly a science fiction film black mirror inspired.

i just have questions about why any of the things we are seeing are happening. i can see how they are happening but why.

not the only team to do this but its weird seeing people hold phones up to their ears but not hold them against their ears. screams fake to me.

mostly a good looking film a few lightning issues though.

great sword fight.

pretty great ending.

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

nice story, but not the strongest take on the genre.

great top down shot at the end. could have done with a proper extended dance sequence if you weren’t going to do musical.

it was more a movie about dance, than a dance movie

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

actually no, this was my favourite film of the heat. especially the bloopers.

loved the electro swing.

lot of good comedy.

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time. good use of children and babies.

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

From my memory this was my favourite film of the heat

cool take on the genre, great over the head shot.

looks like everyone had fun making this, well done for getting a film in on time

focus and technical issues aside. my favourite part was the drawn out exchange around booking the hotel room.

very tightly made film... perhaps too tight? as in, i have questions that are detracting from my overall experience.

who is the guy, what is his relationship to the woman and her son.

I’m just left wondering. or is that exactly what the team wanted!?

time travel is a bitch of a genre though if you run at it head on, and this team did, so you have my respect for that.

as mentioned by other reviewers. the filmmaking craft is rock solid, the editing builds real tension. nicely shot and performed by all. strong emotional finish.

very likely city finalist.

reserving the right to re-review this film upon a second viewing. (its a very likely city finalist after all)

but honestly that might be the most scathing thing I can say about the film. it doesn’t come together until the very end, and when it does, you need to rewatch it immediately to understand what you just saw. (thankfully for the team that’s a luxury the judges can enjoy)

Impressively shot acted and scripted. strong character work throughout. I can see what the film is going for with the ending. I just don’t know if it worked for me. but then, that’s the twist ending for you right? the second viewing becomes an entirely different experience.

overall a strong take on the genre from a team that knows what they’re doing. respect from me for doing something so serious.

I do have some questions about the audio in places. was this all a deliberate effect? or did you have some audio issues that got sorted out in post?

Classic JAGBOG humour on display here.

brilliantly funny bonkers premise. performed to perfection by the lead. (performance nomination incoming without a doubt)

very fresh and fun take on the genre.

here’s my take on their take on ultra. The film works in spite of ultra, not because of it. the split-screen thing kinda adds nothing. but it also doesn’t detract. so that’s impressive in its own way. is there any kind of internal logic as to why we are seeing the film in split screen? is it all just part of the mockumentary thing? like is the idea that we are seeing raw streams of footage?

Minor niggle about the 4th wall breaks. personally I don’t subscribe to the view that a character looking at or addressing the camera in a mockumentary counts as a forth wall break. (can you break the wall if it was never there to begin with???) truly I don’t care, ultra was a dumb combo this year, and this team absolutely killed it in spite of ultra.

- it’s been pointed out to me that the real forth wall break is right at the start when someone mentions split screen adding a ton of work in post. I remember this line but I’m still not sure it counts (in my pedantic view) will need to rewatch to confirm.

one of the best films this year. very deserving of it’s high praise and reviews. I look forward to seeing it again at the city finals (which should start to make up for the travesty of justice that was JAGBOG’s film last year being snubbed)

I too was very confused throughout.

we can blame ultra if you would like :)

the forth wall break was funny though.

there’s something about Bogey humour that really turns my stomach. I’ll try keep that out of my reviewing.

quite a fun take on the genre. very disgusting.

Love that you guys made a musical when you didn’t have to. A+++++

nice cameo from a familiar face :D

some impressive effects work too.

I don’t think there’s ever been a more perfect blend of Team and Genre than ‘Foreign Objects’ and ‘Cringe/Gross out Comedy’

I loved every minute of it that i saw through my fingers

Strong take on the real time genre.
I liked the way the true premise of the film unfolded. based on this teams entry last year I was expecting something more metaphorical/supernatural. the actual premise was a nice surprise.

props to the actors for comfortably making their way through the script and the nearly wall to wall dialogue.

personally I found the floaty camera distracting. and I’m guessing that camera choice/set up is the reason for the occasional out of focus shots and exposure issues? a good tripod might have been a better call? (but i hate to be the guy telling other people how to make their films, but i know you can take it :P)

getting really brutal now I also don’t think the fire effects worked at the very end, (on a technical level) the sounds of the explosions, and the colour grade had totally worked to sell me on what was happening. should have just faded to white after that great top down shot. (strong use of the requirement too) hate to be that guy giving unsolicited notes but I know you’d rather know why i arrived at my star rating.

EDIT: came back to say, easily one of the best team intros this year. - you guys are really growing into your name too ;)

Four people stuck in a garage waiting out a mega storm.

a game of lifeboat begins.

the story is solid, nothing flashy, it’s a fairly tried and true concept at this point. a good excuse to let the actors drive the film. where this film sings is in the execution of ultra. the delivery of the spit screen format is darn near perfect*. I’m looking forward to seeing it again to catch some of the clever ways the format is implemented. either the team lucked their way into some cool moments while editing, or they did a lot of planing and storyboarding to make this film work. (I’m guessing the later) eye lines work across the split screen. and the split screen merges in one very cool moment.

what could have been a real mess to try and follow flows really clearly and coherently. some Ultra’s this year work in spite of the requirement, this film works because of it. so well done to the team to taking ultra head on and coming out the winner...

except ultra this year was a real F****** B**** the split screen stuff is great. GREAT. but for me. the forth wall break at the end of the film just undid the whole thing.

i’m gonna lay 90% of the blame here on ultra. the 4th wall break either has to be so subtle that it can be ignored (Pizza Wolf) or it needs to be done in comedy for it to not derail the whole film (basically every other ultra). but this team wasn’t making a comedy, so it’s extremely unfortunate that the film had to end with a forth wall break. (film is subjective though, your mileage may vary) I will commend the team for not shying away from any of the ultra elements. and finding meaningful ways to work them into their story.

safe bet for city finalist.

this feels like the film Crab Crab Crab has always been destined to make.

terrific set up and execution of the premise and gag feast.

typically beautiful visuals and bonkers designs. all brought together with a clear understanding of the craft.

for my money, the film kinda didn’t stick the landing though, I’ll need to see it again (at the city finals no doubt) to see if the film sets up some of the later developments. but from a first viewing i have questions about where the story goes.

cant wait to watch it again.

seems like there was quite an ambitious plot at the heart of this film.

but for me what it boiled down to was a bunch of characters on phone calls holding phones in the weirdest way possible? like is that how you hold a phone when you’re on a call? (stupid point to make I know)

my main feedback would be to tell it with a cut, a lot of very dull shots of people walking. or at least fill it with some music?

the top down shot was very cool though. highlight of the film for sure.

great quality of audio actually too. well done to whoever was in charge of that! extremely clean recordings.

oh, and i have in my notes don’t put on a ‘movie accent’ :)

I couldn’t follow it sorry.

fun film that delivers on its premise.
they bone, they swing, they swing again.

certainly went down a treat with the audience.
I absolutely laughed harder at this than I have at any 48hours film in years.

confident strong performances from all those involved. good filmmaking craft too.

will be interesting to see how this goes down with the judges. as there’s clearly an element of Gay Panic in this film. but then is that the whole point of the the take this team gave their Cringe film?

for me I just needed a little something extra in regard to the cringe. I didn’t actually cringe myself at any point. I was just laughing too hard. I can see the ways in which the team was going for cringe. but I don’t think it ever actually arrived at a properly cringe moment the way they intended.

the characters shoulda kissed. and if they had played it right it would have been a truly cringe moment.

overall though this film was a highlight of the night. I cant quite order my thoughts around the gay panic aspect. on one had the film has a rather progressive attitude. but on the other hand the whole joke is, but I’m not gay!!! I might be over thinking it, or the team under thought it *SHRUG EMOJI*

are we as the audience supposed to cringe at the gay panic on display?
great use of wind.

I’m a fan.

I liked the swing from one kind of film to the next, makes the tone change that much more shocking and intense.

cool ending.

bit of a side step regarding the genre. but it was there.

everyone’s out here raving about this film and giving it 6/7. um what more do you guys want?

this film has it all. Ultra (more on that next) Musical, Animation, a rock solid script and great jokes.

so far the ONLY film I’ve seen throughout the heats where ultra actually works for the film. a lot of ultra’s work inspite of the ultra requirements, only Night Shift works because of Ultra. (and most films fail because of Ultra)

The split screen set up feels organic to the story, and never causes any confusion (other than when that effect is intended as part of the story) the forth wall break actually works, and doesn’t detract from the film. good call making it a passing joke.

J**** F*** it’s also a musical.

City Finalst for sure.
without knowing who’s the rest of the country went, I’d put money on this being a Grand Finalsist, a Nomination for best Ultra, and would be surprised if this took out the best Ultra award (especially if it’s actually judged on best use of Ultra)

Expect to see this go all the way to Auckland and don’t be surprised if/when it wins the whole comp.

between the genre and the ultra this was a great effort. but it fell short upon completion.

I struggled to follow what was going on. or how it all tied together.

but that might have been because I was so distracted by those incredible shots of the Christchurch CBD at night in the fog. WOW. between the fog and the neon lights those might have been some of the most striking images ever put together for 48hours.

Ultra has royally fucked a lot of teams this year. and while this team largely made the most of the split screen section (although it did play as mostly confusing to me) the 4th wall break really didn’t work for me. so I’m gonna chalk up most of what didn’t work for me here to ultra. the story that I did follow was cool. and without ultra it probably would have been a cool concept and take on the genre. pity about the DQ. better luck next year team!

for me it took too long to get to the point and deliver on its concept. as others have mentioned I’m more interested in what happens next than what happened.

well shot and constructed on a technical level. cool concept and take on the genre too. just needed more development.

Fooking weird as shit. but you know that already

interesting take on ultra, bit of a cop out but I would have dodged it too.

fun and funny use of stock footage. hilarious costumes.

great jokes and use of the mannequin. the arm ripping off thing was funny, and the stroking the mannequins face with its hand was hilarious.

Epic creature/costume designs. committed performances from everyone involved.

well acted. well crafted film.

one of the best double takes Ive seen so far.

I’m not 100% clear on how/what happened at the end. but I liked the film throughout.

Shame about the DQ

solid film overall

I also like Star Wars.

some strong inside jokes comedy here. a lot of meta humour.

the rocky montage set to a recorder version of the rocky theme was pretty funny.

‘you hired a furry’ also quite funny

‘we dont have the budget back off’ was the highlight for me.

all in all pretty silly and cheap looking. but it looks like everyone involved had fun making it so well done :)

Title: The Easter bunny gets destroyed by a huge bowl movement

the beeped out swear words made me laugh.

I cant really remember what happened in this film. something to do with the Easter bunny quits so they have to interview new people for the job? then it happens again

the soundcloud reference was the highlight for me

Weird AF

Humorous in it’s own way.

pretty messy though.

some pretty funny moments here. (perhaps not all intentional though)

the concept was simple and to the point. the storytelling was clear and straightforward.

the dialogue was bizarre, but this was my favourite part of the film. the phone call that clearly had no one on the other side of the line was hilarious.

off to the mall (but they’re in the middle of the country) was also pretty funny

‘maybe when I die’ was the highlight for me.

good effort!

Spent the first half of the film quite confused. but by the end most of the major pieces had fallen into place. (although to be honest I’m still a little confused by what the ending meant) I followed the story, but not the plot, if that makes sense? I’m sure it doesn’t.

well made film over all, the storytelling just needed a bit more clarity.

24 year old CEO who’s sick of this shit was the highlight for me :D

Pity about that DQ :(
some super impressive editing. generally very well constructed. and the ultra format worked well for the film you chose to make. especially in the dance sequences.

the two shot of the characters eyes in close up was the highlight for me.

not sure i caught the 4th wall break. but shit, ultra was hard this year, and you guys also got dance musical so you where pretty much set up to fail from the get go huh?!

good job!

Edit: looks a lot like the team is reviewing their own film on here

I couldn’t follow the exact plot, but there was enough to get the story.

pretty strong film overall, well shot, well acted. generally very well put together.

respect from me doing the Dystopian genre.

I have a pretty minor note to make about reframing for widescreen. if you’re going to crop for widescreen. you owe it to yourselves to also reframe those shots. there were a few instances of the framing not quite feeling right, when i suspect they were framed corrected when initially shot.

all in all a very solid entry. the locker room gimble shots were a particular highlight.

probably the most direct and to the point take on the genre we will ever see?

starts with a rather drawn out getting ready sequence and ends with someone getting soaked when a dune buggy type craft blasts down the river bed.

the simplicity of this film made me laugh. not really a story to say, just a set up and pay off?

some pretty shots throughout.

to be honest I could not understand what was going on at any point of this film

except for the scene where the all decided to call it a day and go to sleep. that was all pretty clear and coherent, because the characters explained that they were going to go sleep, then we saw them asleep, then we saw them wake up.

not sure what it added to the film, but I could at least follow that section which is more than I can say for the other parts of the film.

Fun film, cute title.

Yep, audio as has been mentioned, but my other note was around putting on a ‘movie accent’ just speak using your own voice

The costume was great! And did someone get spray pained? Yikes.

Highlight of the movie for me was when the robot was taught the human experience by way of being bullied.

Adorable. Great film, great concept, killer gag at the end.

Epic costumes and effects. Very well handled performances by the lead characters. Lots of complex dialogue to get through

great team intro too

Dragon V Mouse usually make very tongue in cheek meta movies.

this year they ditched their regular comfortable stylings for a high concept metaphor movie. as a pure concept it’s absolute genius.

time travel as a metaphor for menstruation. from there we follow a young woman’s first experience of her ‘time of the month’ and then we explore the concept as she gets support from her brother or uncle and then by extension his female partner. (because of course men are uncomfortable talking about time travel)

beyond the brilliance of the premise its a very simple short film acted to perfection and competently made. there’s nothing flashy about the film making here as the script and actors take centre stage.

I really don’t want to state my favourite parts. as there are a lot of jokes and touches that will be best experienced when the film plays at the city finals. I also wouldn’t be surprised if it takes home a bunch of awards and quite possibly even a placing. (remains to be seen how great the rest of the films during heats are)

some of the shot choices struck me as a bit strange, I noticed a few focus issues, and bizarrely the film is shot in 50p?

I tried briefly to review this film right after the heats but gave up almost immediately,
I needed to see it a second time,

Side tangent, when you do a serious film for 48hours, (especially during the heats) it’s hard for the audience to ‘get’ the film right away. we’re all so primed for careless, silly, low budget, comedy, and in most importantly, ‘ immediately accessable’ films.

This film is almost none of these things. Which is good and welcome.

Ok so now I’ve defended my late review - but also that call out on the radio show was just the kick in the pants that i needed ;)
First time I watched it, I didnt get it, second time, it all played a lot more clearly.

Because I suck at writing nicely thought out reviews. Ill just go to a list of things.

- It’s a really cool take on Star Crossed Lovers.

- I like the over all style, It’s poetic and as such it fits its runtime better than most 48hours films. (While most 48hours films, and just short films in general feel like they are pilots for feature film ideas. Or just very conventional formats, this one captures an idea, or a concept and focuses on that in the under 5minute runtime that it has to serve) - I wish this could be said of every single 48hours film.

- The imagery of the film (the location) - is also nicely poetic and lends a lot to the film and ideas at play

- the themes and ideas being discussed in this film are powerful and difficult to grapple with - this ends up being both something I really like about the film, but also where all of my issues with the film stand, but even this is a success of the film. My issues are with the ideas being presented, Not the story being told. I’m putting this in the ‘win’ column because if the film can generate thoughts and ideas outside of its own runtime that is a good thing. Most of my issues here are arround the presentation of free will, (i continued writing from here going further and further down the rabbit hole, so i put on the film again, and now i think i understand it even better...

- so the film isn’t immediately accessible. I think i get the whole film now, and I’m looking forward to discussing it with Stu. But yeah, its a hard one to understand, which is both a good thing and a bad thing...

- I like death as a child, to me it is that way because she has a child’s view of death, and a child’s view of suicide. (Much of this is about attempted suicide/self harm as a cry for attention right?)

- I like the intent behind the cinematography, but i don’t like the way its been pulled off here. I like the extreme closeups, I like that the ‘lover’ is always out of focus. But i cant help but feel that every single shot should have been locked off. So that we might have been better able to study the face of the character. And be more drawn into their experience. The style of hand held here reminded me all too often that there was someone filming the scene,

- I also really liked the drone of the sea that is used to dominate the soundtrack it’s a nice shortcut to presenting this as an ‘other’ place - however as noted by other reviews when you can hear the chance in background audio each time a character speaks it’s extremely distracting and doesn’t help with the immersion that this film needs.

Good idea that they pulled off well,
Many moments of really high quality comedy
Strong logical ending too.

Probably the best Splatstick that anyone did.

Funny and clever, but also really immature (in a good way)

I have no doubt this wins best DQd film

Very well done

This is the film where I want to talk about the Swede style.

While it’s been coming for a while now, this feels like the year where the Swede style has really truly matured. (Some of the best films this year went this route to great effect)

I talked about it over on M3 Merrin School Movie Makers film, but on that film you kinda get the sense that the Swede style might not have been intential, and just the only way they could make a film.

Over here though, Toot Toot clearly knows they could do more for their production value if they wanted for example there is an perfectly executed running on water joke, that they then IMMMEDIATELY undercut to great effect, almost as if they dont want anyone to think they are trying too hard

But what Toot Toot is going is choosing how they focus their film, what they put effort into, and what they put minimal effort into (also for extra commit effect)

What Toot Toot knows is that if you limit yourself to what you can realistily portray and pull off in 48hours your limiting the kinds of storyies you can tell, and by fully embracing the Swede style they are free to just do what they want and let the jokes shine*

*so obviously the Swede style is set up to help comedies, so now lets see a team do a dramatic film in the Swede style. That would be a hell of an achievement (but i digress)

This film is sharply written, tightly constructed and beautifully delivered.

It has all the DNA of Toot Toots film from last year, but it improves upon that film in every way imaginable.

I suspect this film will shine quite well once it’s available online, (put it on youtube with the right title and tumbnail, and just let the views roll in)
Bring on the finals.

Good concept, but considering TBALC’s line up of absolutely amazing concepts what’s above average for the comp becomes below average for an above average team.

Cute take on Ultra, although I kinda wish this team had actually worked with children or animals I would have loved to see what they could have done with real human children

What TBALC has put together they undoubtedly pulled off and pulled off with style, the way this film develops is especially pleasing. Thank you for going all the way. It was marvellous

I feel like a bit of a dick for saying this... but within the first two minutes of the film I leaned over to the person sitting next to me and just wispered one word...

Great use of stock footage too, this film wouldn’t have been possible or wouldn’t have been as good 2 years ago before that rule came in.

City Finalist no doubt.

So much for that duo team eh.

Strong concept and a whole bunch of supporting gags and jokes.

Points off for the mocumentary style. But then the points get added back in for fully justifying the use of the format with one or two really tightly constructed jokes.

It’s not hard to see how this won audience fav. Some of the best laughs of the night.

The best take on the genre I saw. As far as i can recall) this is the only film where the time spanned the whole film, rather than just a 10 year time jump at some point. This film felt really informed by the genre

Great work pulling off your concept so well.

To say it’s a simple idea done well or that less is more does the whole film a disservice. (Even if the film is a great example both those points) The pace at which things keep happening and variety of imagery we get is to be applauded and no doubt kept you very busy over the shoot weekend.

Lots of delightful moments. Lots of funny developments, the balance between story and comedy was perfect.

It’s also film that really works visually without being flashy about it. This film would probably be just as effective with the sound off.

City finalist for absolutely sure.

Great score too.

This would be so much stronger if it was just half the length.

Great idea well executed otherwise. Fantastic start to the heat.

Good concept that the actors and everyone involved do a great job of bringing together.

Great ending.

Pretty funny, stays its weird course till the very end and goes out in the same strange style that it started. Nicely shot, great locations. Good performances.

Be right back just of to get a picnic bar.

This films only weakness is how easy they make it look.

Starts strong, setting up something pretty standard, then it just twists its way into a darker more interesting place. Very funny

The ball managing to just get through the door, hilarious.

The whole film was a riot, but that moment was just too much.

I like this film a lot, good concept that played out for just the right amount of time, (so it was a great fit for a 5minutes short film)

It’s a strong simple concept done well.

Solid take on the genre, probably the winner for best use of the puddle.

Proves that less is more in 48hours

Something about the commitment from the actors really worked for me here.

I didn’t mind that about Half the film was a long unbroken take of the characters talking and telling the entire story offscreen.

I really liked this film, charming and well executed.

Plenty of touches of gold that elevate a simple idea and simply constructed film to greatness. Great performances and direction.

Great work team. As always, nice work shooting on a phone, You seem to put this out as a disclaimer, but it’s actually one of your secret strengths.

Not sure how to review this film. Sure i really liked it, and on its on merits i’d give it all the stars. But revised against all others. Lol, I don’t know how to review this film.

I’m always down for a film about a cult.

I can’t help but take points of for the documentary style. But i have to admit No Budget Ninjas use it really well and it complements the story they want to tell very naturally.

Great characterisation. Good premise for the genre

I also can’t help the feeling that i expected more from this team based on their previous films

NEEDED MORE MINI GUNS (more little guns for little hands)

Cute as hell, hilarious imagery. Good sense of fun throughout,

This years ultra and solo/duo team is a hell of a combo. Pretty fun film as a result.

Kinda hard to follow in places. But remarkable that it makes at sense at all considering how hard this film would have been to make.

Probably the most tightly made film in Christchurch this year. Expect performance nods for the two leads and directing and cinematagrophy nods

My only gripe would be that the ending was a touch generic or predicatable. But as a piece of science fiction pulp cinema it’s strong.

Technological imply’s ideas and content, Thriller sets the tone. So Technological thriller is a very specific genre.

The best way to thrill your audience with technology would be to present some scary new concept or idea. But good luck coming up with something that hasnt been done before with such short notice. All you can do is Prey that someone in your team has been sitting on a great science fiction idea.

Isolation is *I think* the only Technological Thriller that ive reviewed so far, because i dont think any other teams really pulled it off. I’m thinking now it was easily the hardest genre teams could get this year.

So Little Old Lady Produtions is the only team that got it right, in large part because they’re the only team that got the thriller part of the genre requirement right. (Subjective, im only able to judge how i responded to the various films of this genre)

Technological Thriller is an inspiring genre. But pulling it off without subversion in 48hours is pretty close to impossible and limiting the teams to 5minutes is just cruel.

I imagine a 7minute runtime would be just the shot in the arm this film needed.

Great use of location and *i think* the only film in the whole comp that used the drone shots without it feeling forced

City Finalist no doubt, probably has a solid shot at the city title too.

Love what you guys did with Ultra.

Absolutely friggin delightful

Great Fun, City Finalist for sure.

Fantastic execution of a great premise

Jesus Christ, i guess i must have blocked this film.

I was reading the other reviews, and still couldn’t remember it. Then someone mentioned the paper cut, my stomach flipped over, and the the whole film cam screaming back to me.

An absolute knockout from start to finish. It’s that sweded style that let’s this thing just get off the chain and fly arround.

City finalist 100% No Doubts.

Foreign Objects have a good thing going on.

These guys have consistently made charming and hilarious films for years now

Stanley and Mildred is a worthy addition to the collection.

This team proves that if you just commit to what you want to do 100% you’ll come out with something special.

What I love most about this film is that its comfortable in its own skin, the performances and characters just shine throughout as a result.

Probably my favourite use of a Time Travel movie this year too

Organised chaos. Funny throughout. Good take on the genre that works well for 48hours

Didn’t quite have the manic energy that their previous years films have basked in though.

The concept is probably their strongest to date, simple but effective.

Very watchable actors/characters. Cute concept with a good finish.

Good concept for a 48hours short. I liked this one

I really liked the Mouse POV movie but this one might just take the cake as my new Dragon V Mouse film

I’ll agree with other reviews that a dragon v mouse house style is starting to emerge, but if they want to keep playing the comp this way, I’ll gladly keep watching what they serve up.

For my money I want Dragon V Mouse to do ultra every year.

This years ultra + Musical is the best combination of elements I could have hoped Crab Crab Crab would receive.

The film is delightfuly strange and unsettling. But also strangely grounded for this team which really works to the films advantage

Typically strong work from Christchurch on Air,

Good take on a serious idea. I just wonder if 5minutes wasn’t enough time to do what you really wanted.

Lots of fun, well put together

Totally Brilliant. Absolutely hilarious.

Not exactly a short film, much more a web video or sketch you might see on Facebook.

These are the kinds of films I hoped we might see when the max runtime was reduced to 5minutes.

Absolutely beautiful, terrific take on the genre too.

Strong Understated performances make this sing.

I just want to jump ahead and say how much I love this film, can’t wait to see it again.

Now let me Elaborate...

The whole thing on paper is a pretty standard silly lighthearted typical school teams take on a 48hours film.

And i’ll admit that part of my enjoyment of this film is taking in not only the story the team intends to tell, but also the greater real life story of a group of friends making a short film one weekend. (Side note, this team may have single handedly changed my mind regarding the ‘school teams should use their actors in age aproprite rolls’ thinking)

The advent of YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and other special media is that there’s a new format in short film, one where production value truly doesn’t matter. And the line between real life and fiction blurs. It’s that kinda low budget line that sketch comedy has always existed in.

But as a traditional short film it’s just amazing how much they get right so right.

The writing, performances, and especially the editing is razor sharp. On the surface it looks unpolished and messy. And while it is both those things it’s also incredibly well constructed and competently made all at the same time.

This team doesn’t care about the camera, the camera is a tool that they us to tell their story and their jokes. And boy are the jokes funny,

The quality of comedic timing in this film is better than I’ve seen from far more experienced ‘comedy focused teams’ and that might be down to the age of the team and the kind of energy and sensibility’s they bring to their film. (New generation of filmmakers vs old)

There’s also an energy present this film that comes as a direct result of the fast turn arround 48hours format. But that would be equally at home in a viral video you might see on facebook.

If it was up to me, I’d put this in the City Finals without a second thought. but that’s really going to come what the judges think are looking for in a winning short film. (The Swede style might work against them. Yes the image and sound is below average, although is might be above average for a school team, i actually cant remember any issues I had with the technical nature of the film, but that might have been because i was sold on the film very early on)

So with that in mind, best school team? Best newcomers? Best bad film even? I sure hope you win something.

(Audience favourite during the school heats means absolutely nothing by the way, yours was the best film in the heat)

Very funny, committed comedic performance, held up by the straight men.

Good work lads.

Wow, what a way to end the heats. Seriously well acted dramatic stuff.

The story wasn’t super clear, but the strength of the peformaces more than holds the film up.

For next year work on camera (especially focus) and audio, get a tripod and lock off your shots.

Pretty cool idea, good blend of drama and comedy.

Nicely made throughout.

I’m absolutly guilty of getting a genre and making the film i wanted to make anyway. So what im saying is you clearly side stepped your genre, this will probably hurt your chances of glory within the comp

With that out of the way I absolutely love this film, slick and stylish, expertly peformed. Just a real delight to watch.

I look foward to rewatching this. Brilliant work by all involved.

For real, do dance and musical every year. Just figure out a way to hit your genre a little more clearly.

Looking at my notes and the other reviews i cant recall this film at all, I will doubble back and re review it once its online.

My notes say: Funny. The sex scene was great.

really nicely made film, strong visuals and night shooting.

Story didn’t exactly resolve in a super satasfiying way. But i was enganged the whole time the pace was good and the film was just generally well made accross all departments

Some really strong character moments.

Not sure if this film nailed its genre but i liked it for what it was.

Pretty bloody Charming.

I wana watch this again right now.

Hilarious Z Grade style. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this.

Probably the best Christmas film made in chch

Cool take on the genre

With less dialogue this film would have been even more tense. The premise was simple enoguh so im not sure you needed the extra Dialogue,

ending was predictable but good.

Quite a sweet and beautiful idea. Great stab at the musical genre too.

Nice to see serious and dramatic work in 48hours

Mental, and hilarious as always.

I’m finding this one really hard to review.

I’ve actually just deleted and am now rewriting my review, as i just clicked on what the final shot means. Something that took days to put together, (and now i feel stupid for not putting it together instantly.)

That said im not sure how much this revelation improves the overall story. But it certinatly does make it all feel less random. Which was my major original gripe, why are they there, what is the point to this.

Ultra, Gah! Like almost all the Ultras, this was a Sequel to a film that really did not need a sequel.

And in a way you guys got double screwed. Make a sequel to your back catologue of films, which are primarly comedy driven films, and the genre you got was Thriller.

So I really can’t imagine just how hard it was to come up with a concept for a thriller that was also a sequel to your other films.

The characters from Down to the Wire make the most sense. But at the same time of all your films that one really strikes me as the most self contained.

Things I Liked, Cutting her hair at the start was a good Sequel bit.
Cinematography, flashy, but also fully in service of the genre. The long tracking shots through the house do a really good job at building tension.
The drone shots did stand out, but hey, they looked fantastic and again they really did serve the overall style. They probably only stand out because they are so impressive for a 48hours film. Watching the film on its own outside of 48hours and i don’t think they would stand out as jarring.

Not as tightly edited as previous TBALC films. Simple stuff though, another few hours in the editing room and those problems would be fixed. (Hey, thats 48hours for you)

I think my inital reaction to this film was too harsh, but TBALC brings that on themselves by constantly blowing us all away year after year. The combination of a sequel and a thriller might just have been their Kryptonite. (I would have loved to see them tackel either one individually) but with that said i think TBALC made a good job of rising to the occasion and turining in a film that is still strong in almost every department.

One of the more successful Ultra/Sequel films.

And yet, like all Ultras, a Sequel to a film that really really really didnt need a sequel.

But with that out of the way Submission Impossible submitted the Impossible.

A good film that matched the tone and style of the original, exploring new and relevant ideas while managing the tricky task of incorporating a whole new genre (interesting take, obviously you couldnt go for the most obvious version of this genre)

Like all Ultras this film suffers from throwing the audience into a pretty complex set up without much context, really you need to watch the original and this one back to back, which I look foward to doing.

As per usual, strong performacnes, well shot, tightly edited.

Should make city finals.

I wasnt a fan of the disclaimer, but i liked the film.

Better luck next year eh?

Well shot, well constructed and competantly put together.

Pity about the lead in drag, if im judging the film on its on merits i cant really look past a guy playing a female for no good reason. I guess this years requirement got you down?

Story was fun, i liked the ending.

Side note, yeah the credits, what on earth. Put everyones name up on screen at once. Credits for a short film should never run that long.

The call is coming FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!!!

Nice work guys, good tone, there was a shot that kept going from the kitchen to the living room, and i was sure that this was setting something up, like on the third time the guy would walk back to the living room and everyone would be gone.

This short probably could have been stronger with a few less actors, it kinda felt like everyone was onscreen because everyone want to be, not because the story required it. Fewer characters and more development and time per character.

PlanetFoxFilms have been doing good work and consistantly improving over the years.

It seems they are at a tipping point now.

This year they turned in a real Gem, the clear favorite of the heat.

Sure, it still feels like a film made by kids, but its got story, humour and character that rises above the standard 48hours film. The ‘film made by kids thing’ is only going to fade with time and a really strong team will emerge.

Keep your eyes on these guys for the future of the comp.

A brave idea in the face of the mighty musical. Great work guys

A simple yet strong take on the genre. Well done.

All in all quite a good short film. The beauty of this film is the team didnt attempt to tell a story bigger than they could pull off, which is so often the problem with new and school teams.

By picking a simple idea and following it through with a well made film you put together something quite great.

The development in the third act had me laughing and wincing all at the same time,

Great Job by all involved, I look foward to seeing the future work of this team in the comp

A strong peformance goes a long way.

Logan the Bogan was one of the highpoints for this heat. Despite being a mocumentary in format it still stood out to me as more of a short film than a fake doco,

Well written/improvised. Nicely made, and it has a proper ending to boot!

Some pretty funny moments... in this thriller.

Looks like everyone had fun.

Absolutely Bananas and I loved it! One of my favorite Z Grades from all the heats.

Respect to this team for taking on relevant and topical issues.

It’s great to see this team back year after year, I suspect theres a bright future for you guys in this comp. Keep it up.

Squire Film’s do consistantly good and interesting work. This film followed that pattern.

Nice clear story that makes for a fun take on the genre. Well acted all arround

Strange and Unsettling, you made me wince and turn away from the screen, which within 48hours is brave and new.

Good Tone, Locations, acting and shooting.

I got a little lost as to why things were happening, but i aprecaited the direction the film was going.

Beautifuly shot and well made, the girl falling backwards into the pool might be the best single shot this year.

I struggled to follow the details fo the story, but i’m confidnat that the team knew what was happening, they just struggled to comunicate that through the 5minutes.

For example i couldnt follow the significance of the watch. First it was on one person, then it was on another?

Great shots, good editing, its funny, shot on an iphone used to be worth noting, but now iphones shoot better video than you’re standard handicam. And they rival the quality of the bog standard DSLR from 4 years ago.

Funny take on the Genre. Well lit, good peformace from Santa.

An extra star for doing something new, the concept was cool and when I started to work out that it wasnt shot locally I was impressed.

I couldn’t follow any of the story though.

Very Pretty looking but kinda empty.

Some goofs in frame too, cars and things driving arround in the background. A cyclest biking past, (couldnt they yell for help if there are other people nearby?)

Truly Tragic, out of all the Sequels I saw during the heats, I’m pretty sure Pigs Guts made the best one.

That said, like all the Ultra films, its a sequel to a film that didnt need a sequel, which is unfortunate, and at the same time its clear to see why the disabled account would be their pick for a sequel, picking up right where the previous film left of is really strong, and gave me that OMG its a legit sequel vibe.

Sorta like that new star wars moment when im like, it looks fimilar but its all new, and my brain cant work it out but i get super excited.

Using a shot that didnt make the cut of the original film is so cool too.

Plenty of great jokes here, and all up its a tightly made film well shot and as always edited to perfection. Its a crying shame Pigs Guts didnt get it in on time.

Pretty sure the path to redemption is clear, Disabled Account 3 in 2018.

The Ghost Mother! A great take on the genre that I’m not sure the overall film quite lives up to. (Only because the concept is so strong)

Some really funny gags though. Just would have been good to see more done with this.

Musical or Dance?

Genre aside this was good, funny use of the cat, good peformance and well shot/edited.

Very Funny, and a genuinly great visual concept that the actors managed to pull off perfectly. Huge credit to them here.

Story was good, not exactly strong but it serves the comedy of the rest of the film.

The girl crying when she weighs herself was brilliant. A joke like that flashing past quickly was just perfect, great sense of pace and comic timing

I was able to call the ending after about 20seconds, but that didnt stop it from being bloody funny.

My Favorite of the Heat, and I expect we shall see this again at the City Final

The Names changing was funny, the stock footage was hilarious, (the first time you played it)

Really all of the Z grade elements were funny, but the rest of the film left me wanting.

Don’t act outside your age range is usually some of my go to 48hours feedback. And i stand by that, but at the same time i can’t fault you for wanting to make this film.

I enjoyed it, it made me laugh, although is it just funny to see young people acting old, or was the film itself actually funny. would the film have been as funny with actual old people?

Quite a fun film, the use of children and the acting they did was fantastic, really spooky stuff!

Pretty simple story overall but still fun to watch it play out.

My Favorite of the heat by a long shot.

the first 4/5ths were intersting and engaging enough on their own, and then the ending broguht it all home with some really cool ideas.

My only note was you held that final shot too long. Did you want it to play as comedy? Because holding it that long went for laughs, but It had seemed that you were going for gasps.

Fun take on the genre, i found lots to like in this film, the random way that the additional Jingles were added in was good. And you still managed to put a whole story into the film too. Strong stuff.

One of the Better Ultra’s made, which is helped for me in large part because I remember the first film.

Cool out of body death sequence. The most daming thing i can say about this film falls more on Ultra, its a sequel to a film that never needed a sequel.

But good work for pulling one off anyway!

Tightly shot edited and acted.

A clear and strong concept, story was solid and easy to follow throughout.

The comedy works for the characters and drives the plot. All over quite a good film, if not a bit forgettable.

Very strong alien effects, but i wasnt clear on the story, quite possibly because of the sound issues.

Some good effects and visuals, the securtiy camera and roll especially
For the most part the story was clear and easy to follow, that said the ending didnt really work for me.

Good film concept, well acted, it all comes together quite nicely,

My only note is the edit could have been a little tighter, a shorter cut of this film would strengthen it overall.

A mocumentry using fairytale/fantasy characters. But once you do a contemporary Mocumentary i feel like you have left behind any real sense of a Fairytale or Fantasy genre.

I’m on record saying you have to have a really good reason to do Mocumentary, and im not sure you guys did. But thats personal prefference.

I gladly will wait patiently for the more polished extended director's cut to be released at a more leisurely time-frame, im all about that.

As the team acknowlaged this film dosent quite live up to the wall to wall crazyness of their previous films, but what it does do is very fun and impressive. The skydiving bit is great but i was expecting Mad Scientists to push it further.

The plane set was very impressive.

I felt that the film ended rather randomly, but there is something to be said for not outstaying your welcome, short, sharp, sweet and all that. Funny as always.

Good work with Ultra too

beautifully shot, well acted. But kinda limited in its overall scope,

In my book you have to have a really strong idea to justify doing mocumentry. And i’m not sure this idea was strong enough.

Perhaps if the main santa had been the only santa the film could have develped more of a strory, i have in my notes that the ending was Abrupt and unsatasfactory.

Funny, well made, well written, just a really strong 48hours film over all.

Great use of Genre, impressive location and production design.

Well shot, directed, acted. Everyone involved should be supremely proud of this film.

The Doctor/Nurse bit in the middle of the film is fantastic. The pace of the film also is excellent.

My enthusisiam for this film softens slightly at the ending, personally i find the use of sound effect to be a cop out, but that’s when you consider this film in the context of the comp, and as i like to say the best 48hours films stand up totally outside of the comp, which this film does, so in that sense the sound effect is used quite cleverly within the script.

Also the selfaware joke about how you’re probably sick of this sound effect felt cheep, this film was better than that, but it also works in the context of the film. So thats probably just my problem.

The lead actor does a great job, the character is so so watchable and funny, his energy, fear, panic and instance that he hasnt stuck something up his butt is funny, although it starts to verge into gay panic teritory.

What this team has pulled off in 48hours is extremly strong accross the board. ‘Not Again’ is my safe pick for Christchurch City Winner. (So its a city finalist for sure)

I say ‘safe pick’ because its a typical 48hours films in many ways, it’s pure comedy.

I wish that Les Cousins had had the full 7 minutes of years gone past to let this film breathe, i think my niggles with the ending stem from the whole thing wrapping up very quickly.

A strong idea trading in sadness and darkness. Toneally quite good.

That said, actors acting out of their age range really dosent work for me. It’s tempting but just dont do it. It does you no favors.

Probably the best At Night movie,

Brilliantly funny. Even if it is trading on the standard silly comedy that 48hours seems to bring out in a lot of teams. But that sounds harsher than i mean it to,

The comedy here is really good, the use of onscreen text is consitantly laugh out loud funny. The eyes effect is great too,

The whole style is that of a weekend crew having fun making a film, and you can feel that beaming off the screen.

Strong chemestry between the two male leads,

I expect to see this in the city finals.

Just the kind of film you want to watch in the middle in the middle of the third heat of the night.

Some seriously funny bits in this film, id say its a strong contender for best bad film. But frankly it might even be too good for that award its a pretty clear and well done story inside a Z grade style.

The Hacker stuff was funny, the 4-6 days later card was great, and the car special effects was Hilarious, funny performances from everyone too.

Bold and strong as hell.

Extremely well made, well shot, tightly and expertly edited. Strong peformances and cleraly a stable hands at work behind the film

I’m not sure i can really comment on the ‘story’ untill i’ve had a chance to rewatch it, but then this isn’t really that kind of film, its more about an emotional gut responce.

Extra points just for making a 48hours film that dosen’t trade in comedy on any level. Probably the most purely artistic film in Christchurch this year.

City Finalist without a doubt.

I have a soft spot for this team, a few years back they made a film that absoultly killed me during the heats, gut bustingly funny. (In a best bad film kinda way)

It was nice to see you take on Musical, the rap was great, production value was all over the place as you have commented on, shooting on phones is hard haha, but it works just fine for this team.

Hanging the dishes out on the line was a brilliant way to finish the film.

Already looking foward to the film you make next year!

I’m not sure i can accurately review this film, the sync issues really got in the way of just following what happens, but what happens seems to be pretty limited.

Good location, costumes and make up though.

Im gonna copy and paste my notes in for a review:

Whaaaat the fuck?

Technical difficulty gag funny

+2 for Lightsabers

Weird as all hell

Funny, made me laugh several times.

Strong visual style, confidently made

I will need to watch it again to fully ‘get it’ and because it was Ultra I unfortunatly couldnt recall the original film over than recognising the art style.

Of all the Ultra teams though, this was one of the better ones.

The scene in the bar had some quite funny lines.

Dystography Studios + Z Grade Film = A Match Made in Heaven

Brilliantly funny, they absolutely nailed their genre and in getting Z Grade i feel they werent too ham stung by the dastardly beast that was Ultra.

City Finalist for sure. I know im looking foward to rewatching

Strong Set up, Nice subversion of the Genre,

Weeeeeird ending, but strong film all over.

Great work, probably one of my Favorite Christmas movies from Christchurch, Cute premise, well acted with a clear story throughout.

Taking the car was especially funny, the final gag with the skeleton of santa was great.

Everyone involved should be proud of this film.

I was under the impression that a team had to have entered 5 times or more to be able to register for Ultra?

Nevermind, Newcomers Dragon V Mouse surely are one to watch! Its especially amazing that in their first year they were able to make a sequel!!!

Ok, for real though, I loved the film, of all the Ultra teams that got fucked over these guys did the best job with it, thanks in large part to their genre, horror comedy, the inital premise of a first time torturer with low self estime and the girl hes torturing holding all the power is brilliant, i can only imagine the kind of brilliant film DvM would have made if this wasnt a sequel that also required all the elements from a previous year. The comedy betweent the leads is easily some of the best in any chch film this year.

The transition from bear to human was also spectacularly well realised. The link back to the original film is also quite well done, its a sequel for those that have seen the orginal, and its a delightlfully strange horror comedy for eveyrone else.

And then the film starts to turn inwards and become selfaware, for me this was too funny, the Ding’s on the required elements are a pretty nice middle finger to Ultra, the only thing missing would have been a direct diologue refference to how ultra sucks.

So this film is an interesting one, of all the Ultras out there this one manages the best, partly by coping out in the final moments and becoming selfaware, but the first half is so good that i think it will make finals if only so that the comp dosent feel embarased that most of the ultra films suck.

DvM for rising tallent award 2017. You guys should enter again next year!

You had fun making it and i had a lot of fun watching it,

The ADR was a particular highlight, i also have in my notes that everyone was doing a Batman Voice,

The listing off of all the themes at the end was also really fun, over all this didnt strike me as a serious effort but it broke up the heats quite nicely.

The joke with the drink being poured intop the glass was well done. The lets get back to the office joke was also really well played.

I’m really sorry but i wasnt able to follow this film beyond the inital premise, the tone was good so the genre was well used, but i got confused very quickly, some patchy audio didnt help with this.

But i have to respect the attempt at such a dark and serious film.

Musical, Teams either rise to the occasion or they dont,

Congratulations Cruel World Productions! This was a DELIGHTFUL film. The music and lyrics are GREAT, the performances are great, the story was simple and effective.

Its absolutly the kind of quiky comedy that plays well at 48hours, and while i like to hate on this out of context in the face of your film i cant help but smile, I can’t wait to watch it again, likely at the city finals.

I just rewatched your film from last year too, very funny.

As mentioned in other reviews the sync goes in and out throughout the songs, and the overall production value dosen’t quite match the quality of the rest of the film. But christchurch has never had a problem looking past production value to see the gold inside the film.

And direct from my notes, it’s a musical, which means hightened reality, I would have liked to see them kiss at the end.

Crab Crab Crab’s straightest film in recent memory but still delightlfuly strange.

Great comedy throughout, strong peformaces, production value and direction.

Excellent work with the Slug Creature. Super impressive effect.

Some of the simplest and strongest jokes of all the Chch Heats.

Really high chance that we see thisin the City Final, I look foward to rewatching it.

I loved it, less about plot or a three act structure, just a simple story idea done well.

Tightly edited, well shot, great way to take on your genre, of all the christchurch films this one really felt like a fairytale.

Loved the reveal at the end, which was made all the more satasfying by the panio framing device used throughout the film.

I feel most sorry for the Ultra teams that got Thriller, Without ultra these great teams would be free to just go make a great film, but instead they had to find a way to connect it and spin it off from a previous year.

With that said, Cat House Films made a pretty good job out of an unfortunate situation, this thriller is prettty tense and acted well, the story wraps up nicely. I only had a passing memory of the film this was a sequel too but that was enough for me to follow how this one was set up.

I noticed a few focus issues that draged down an otherwise good looking film.

Slick and stylish as the best of them,

Being an Ultra/Sequel ment i was kinda lost once the film started so i cant really speak to any plot of story.

But what they did have was some moments of extremly strong comic timing, directed, edit and acted to perfection.

Not the strongest use of a female character, but hey, you got a gal in so you have a leg up on some other teams haha.

My only other note is that the film takes a backseat to the music towards the end,

Great sound design and score, very atomospheric,

Strong idea that all came together with a satasfiying ‘twist’ ending, i say ‘twist’ im not sure if it was a twist or if i wasnt following earlier on in the film, eaither way by the time the film finished i was clear on exactly what was happening and i loved it,

Great use of special effects, strong in a non show off kinda way. Competently shot and acted too.

Pretty strong film over all, shows how far a simple idea done well can get you,

Subtle but great use of special effects too, probably the strongest of the heat overall

Decent premise, two friends collect the third friend and they go off to look for a crashed alien ship.

Subtle use of the sound effect which was good, better use than most teams in this heat.

For next year, its ok if you audio comes from the camera but you have to consider that while shooting, this means keep the camera close to the actors, no long shots for you!!!

Pretty clear story and concept. Good peformances make up and over all direction.

Nice ending too

Not really sure what this was about. But i liked the party scene quite a lot.

I get it. I wouldnt be able to live without my ipad. (But i also like playing with my star wars toys)

As usual a cute and fun film from a christchurch regular.

Hate to say it but I really liked the films from previous years more. I look fowaed to a new entry next year. Still this was a totally competant well made film. Clear, to the point and simple.

Interesting take. Some funny moments arround the dietary requirements of a vegan, which i can imagine would be painful at christmas.

Unfortunately I really cant remember any of the rest of the story or drama. Quite possibly a limitation of the mockumentary format. Talking heads can get a bit tedious

Yes. A stand out of the heat. In the first minute I especially noticed how clear the premise was and how well set up the characters were. Throughout the film i was always able to follow what was happening. Which is more than i can say for others in this heat.

The thriller was handeled really well. Some proper scares and thrills.

This film followed a clear beginning middle and end. It used its characters well and made me care about what was happening. Well done!

I enjoyed this. It was a fun take on the genre. The QT style attempted was fun too. Unfortunately im not sure you managed to totally pull off your action sequence. Although at several times i was truly worried for the safty of the actors so perhaps you can call it a successfuly tense action sequence

One of my favourites of the heat. Great work taking on musical.

Strong production value and style. A really good set up but i must admit i was lost by the end.

As i sit here reviewing films. Unfortunately I can’t recall what the story was here. Which in effect is the best feedback i can give. Focus on telling a clear and simple story next year.

Hate to say it but this film did nothing for me.

Apologising during the credits leads me to believe that the team already knows everything i could say about this film.

It looks like everyone had fun making this. You got a few chuckles out of me during the leg waxing and shoe gags.

Considering you had females on the team im not sure why you decided to do charcters in drag. I also wasnt clear on any of the motivations of the characters.

The literal bad seed. Good cast with comitted performances. Its also good to see a story that finishes confidently. As in you had a clear ending for your story

As mentioned elsewhere, for future films look out for your audio levels.

Great work from this team. See you again next year.

What a brilliant take on the genre. Really no other bechdel movies i saw did anything close to this interesting with the genre. Best single laugh of the whole of chch is in this film. And its a 5/5 for that moment alone.

I like this more than every film TBALC has made in the last few years whcich surprises me

Another very strong film out of NZBS.

Good story idea. Well peformed and directed. The highlight for me was the silhouette style imagery.

I look foward to seeing this again. Likely at the city final.

Strong concept. pulled off pretty well. Nice thriller vibe.

I guess the most damning thing i can say about this film is that I doubt it has any rewatchabilty

This would be a first for TBALC

At least i can go and gush all over the other one now

Great storyline. Humours characters. Plenty of funny moments. Solid film team.

Wow. It sure looked GREAT!

The freaky part was how ive filmed several times at your final location. So weird to see such a specificly small spot in someone elses film.

Great way to do cat and mouse. A chase film! Freaking epic

Beautifully absurd. Just what i wanted to see from a puppet film.

Made me laugh several times.

Submission Impossible have a real knack for doing real human drama and comedy.

I enjoyed every second of the film but ultimately i felt the ending kind of fizzed out. I would have liked to see tem go big with your ending. (I guess sort of like last year)

Somehow? I dono.

Great work. See you all next year!

Im really sorry but I couldn't follow the story. What i did see was well made. the car crash was well handed

Some good laughs came out of this film.

Unfortunately i saw a punk band mockumentary the night before!

Solid twist. Decent enough horror vibe.

What we have here is a perfect team dynamic that's been building over the last few years. Now it must be nearing its epic final form. Its a team that shits quality at ever turn.

Between several magically charismatic on screen peformances and who ever is behind the camera these guys know how to do it.

The unforseen advantage of having the weekend this late in the year has clearly been the quality of the films from the student teams coming out of NZBS. But pigs guts films takes this and turns it up, By about 1000%

What we truely have here is the best short film ive seen come out of christchurch since IS LOVE ENOUGH from 2013.

Brilliant monologue in the middle. Some good comedy here too

Good on you guys for tackeling such interesting drama.

Great costumes and a cute story. Cutting to the real socks was used really well.

Lovely movie. Great concept and take on the genre.

Great ending shot too

Beautifully designed beautifully shot.

Lovely story and performances too.

Great take on the genre. Great ending. Solid short right here

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckin strange. And delightfuly so.

Great lead performance in a creapy movie

Chilling stuff. Ive used the word tone in a lot of my reviews but this one takes the cake. A confident hand is at the whelmin this film. Beautifully surreal

Nicely done. Great style on display here. Good ending too


Bloody beautiful film. Great puppetry!!! Solid story. Really well done.

Yeah punk! This team took the genre and ran with it in a way that really worked well for them. It lead to a great pace and set of performances

Silent Film eh?! Nice stuff, i was particularly impressed with the title and dialogue cards. They where seamless!

I loved this teams take on the genre. Like A LOT! Good performances and some slick film making brought it all together.

Great punk movie. Simple yet effective story. Great chemistry and performances. Great work team!

The branch breaking earns this film an extra star.

Very dark. I liked it.

First up. Mad respect for managing to put a gun fight with no women in it into your rom com. I wanted to stand up in the cinema and start clapping right there and then.

We also got rom com and lets just say things on friday night went from bad to worse before we managed to find something that worked for us.

So with this in mind i think you should all be really happy with your film. I especially enjoyed the ending. Really sweet and beautiful. You clearly got dealt the genre you where least prepared for but you totally pulled it off.

Virtute Scientiam Complete!

Lovely film. Some of the strongest visual storytelling i saw this year. Who ever came up with the concept please take a bow.

My only advice for the future would be to try and find a better camera. Your strong sense of visuals wiould benefit from this greatly.

Bloody good make up and effects. Very impressive.

This film achieved quite a nice tone and style too.

Good time travel idea. Good performances and banter between the leads too.

Well made on a technical level. And in truth the story was strong just not very original. Still cleary a good effort from everyone involved. Looking foward to see what you do in the future

Very cool. Great work team. I didn't see the ending coming and when it happened i loved it.

Great rack focus too

Strong visuals. But to be honest im not sure what happened in the story. Well made film on the technical side though.

Brilliant. Great story. Fantastic performances. Very funny.

Perhaps the ending was a little simple for me. But thats only because the set up and the rap battle where so good.

More from this team please.

If best teen team or best newcomer team is still a thing this would be my vote.

Superb performance from the lead character. Very well made film from the shots to the snappy edit. A great use of genre. The story really worked well.

Above all though, Wonderful performance!!!

Great work team

Fun film. Nice story.

Great cast with a good story that keept me engaged. Solid from beginning to end really because it keep me wondering what would happen next.

Strong way to tackle the genre.

Brilliant. Cant wait to see it again. I hope everyone involved is planning on doing it again next year.

I absolutely loved the one take all genres sequence. Bloody brilliant.

To me this is a clear winner for best bad film. I really hope i get to see it again on the big screen.

Strong idea. Cool characters. It's nice to see Cousins step it up again in terms of audio and video too.

I believe this idea would have benefited greatly from the older 7 minute timelimit. As it played i was actually shocked when the credits rolled as i was expecting the story to continue

The perfect 48hours film? Yeah. I think it could be.

Is love enough still might be my favourite film by this team (all teams) ever but this one is absolutely number 2.

I look forward to a film by Mad Scientists every year.

Can i please request an ongoing continuity for your future films? Or are you already doing this?

Bloody great stuff. You should go skydiving next year!

This film had a lot going on which both worked to kerp things interesting and hard to follow. The good sense of humour throughout was really nice.

This film gets an extra point from me puurely for the way the decided to hit their genre. Good performances. Quite an unsettling film to watch which I believe might have been the intention. Strong colour palate.

Considering you got puppet film i think this film brought it all together quite well. Good performances and approach to the puppet.

Cute story that played out to an entertaining conclusion.

Commando is a good film.

I also cant recall this film and my notes didnt help much.

Good use on the line?

Dystography Studios sure know how to make a slick and stylish film. The mood and atmosphere where really strong.

Honestly. I couldn't follow the story though. Congrats on achieving the genre so well!

I suspect this film make sneak its way into finals which would be nice so i can see it again.

Great performances. With a story that i was fully engaged in that managed to surprise me nicely in its movements.

Great stuff team. Looking forward to future efforts

Clearly inspired by the famous Ridley Scott directed 1984 superbowl mackintosh advert, which is pretty much the most punk thing ever. This team finished their film proudly displaying the badge Shot on iPhone6. making a punk film on a phone. So fucking punk.

If there was an award for best use of the cinema sized screen (and why is there not?!?!) then this film should win it.

The unbelievably strong and effective POV style of this film elevates a pretty simple story to greatness

This short succeeds in a way that not nearly enough 48hours films even attempt. It gives the viewer an experence. Short stoures are fine. But I like to go to the cinema for an experience.

Im calling it now. This was the best use of the technical element in chch this year. Crazy simple. Unbelievablely funny moment. Testiment to how well the pov was.

Fuck i didnt realise how good this film is untill just now.

Finalist for sure.

If it had done more (not been so simple in its ending) I could imagine seeing this win the city. But the judges typically have hard ons for story over stye/concept. Pity.

This film was great! Really stylish and fresh.

The final line was obvious but still bloody funny and strong.

This team should be proud of their work. I look foward to future entrys.

Cool use of split screen and a nice way to play out the expectations vs reality thing. something about the treatment of the gay characters felt just a little bit tone deaf to me though

Quite a good concept though.

Simple story done well. Good work on the production design from costumes to props to locations. (Although i did spot that one car in the background)

And then. The osmo! Which made for a really cool shot at the end. (But was that the native camera audio???)

Well made film. But the story might just be tol simple to let it into the finals. But I wouldn't be surprised to see it make the cut.

Very fun film. I enjoyed this film quite a lot. Good ending too. Great performances all arround.

Great dancing too

Very fun story the cut away scenes where really strong.

Great work team.

My favourite film of the heat. Great concept and a strong delivery of that idea. Perhaps the ending could have been stronger or bigger? But hey. This is 48hours and endings are hard.

This film was just great. Pure and simple.

I hope to see this in the finals.

GREAT costume too

YEEEEEP, very fun film from a very entertaining team.

Started nice and weird. And developed and built on its strangeness very nicely.

Good way to tackle the genre!

City finalist for sure

Cool concept. Ill need to watch it again to remember and understand it fully though.

Lovely ending. Fun film.

Very entertaining and clever film. Probably the best use of this genre i saw.

The subtitles gag was great. The whole concept was really great

Nice commitment to the mystery genre! Unfortunately i was left unsure of how the story played out.

I liked the tone and especially the look of this film.

Ill need to watch it again to understand the specifics of the story though.

You may dissagree but i think you should have Letterboxed the 16:9 footage inside of the 2.35:1 footage. The widescreen footage looked great on the big screen. The 'raw' fullscreen video footage just felt too big by comparison

The colours and cinematography where great. Should get a cinematography nom :)

Quite a strong film. I was properly freaked out at one point during this short so well done. Some very good tracking shots over all This film was technically very well made.

Strong film. Good use of grenre. Cool locations, good sense of style. I liked how it all came together in the end which is more than you can say for most films in 48hours!

I quite enjoyed the gimp too. The weirdness of this film felt very authentic.

I really enjoyed the mime cop, the sax horse and the use of prop.

Nice use of genre. Good locations and production design.

Nice looking film. Very strong use of audio and music.

Cool concept too.

Some funny lines

Hilarious performance from the friend who has the house.

Weird tone with some funny meta moments

Charming story. Nice and simple done well. Very watchable

Yay! A time travel film that didnt shy away from doing proper time travel!

Ill need to revisit it to properly understand it but this film was nicely moody and visualy striking.

Hilarious character and ongoing gag with the tracking.

The bro code. Decent enough story and everyone played their parts well.

Yep. I really liked this film. Best laughs of the heat. Great deadpan performances. Really strong all the way around

Hey yeah. Great work achieveing a truly creapy and unsettling tone. The story was nicely set up and delivered too

Strong take on the genre. Just needed some stronger scenes and energy.

Hey congrats on the audience win!

Loved the performances, all extremely watchable. shot selections and characterisations where really nice too. Cute tight story with some funny moments that landed perfectly.

That wind though ;)

Nice way to do rom com. Fun and confident performances. I really really liked your rack focus with a zoom. Honestly one of the best rack focus's i saw in all the heats.

Nice concept that was seen through to a fun ending. .

What I liked: I'm a huge fan of high concept 48hours entries and I can only imagine the kind of workload a film like this would have created for the team. Thankfully then the final result was totally worth it. dynamic camera moves, some very slick stop motion animation and proper close ups. To me everything about this film was great. I look forward to watching it again!

Whole lot of WTF

What i liked: Very committed performance form the lead, I enjoyed watching him as he took us through the weirdness. when the shot zoomed out of the tower i laughed and all hope was lost for this as any kind of serious film

What didn't work for me: If there was a story it was lost on me, it does feel like you where trying to be weird and crazy for the sake of it. others have said this might win incredibly strange best bad film but I don't think a film that is trying to be weird/bad should ever win.

You made me laugh and this film was a nice change of pace in heat 8. It would of been the weirdest/funniest film of the night but the film that closed out the heat stole that title from you.

O dear god, THE TOAST!

Things I liked: humours use of the prop and interpretation of the genre, some nice shots too (the top down bathroom shot was great)

I was waiting for a mountain of toast to come crashing down over the main character but it never came... (at least in the crazy over the top amount I was expecting)

What I Liked: Great performances, nice take on the genre (two cat and mouse stories going on at once was cool) lots of strong visual comedy get me interested with good music keeping it all together. The resolution brought a smile to my face too

It's a tough genre and they did about the most exact version of cat and mouse that you could do with out getting actual cats and mice involved.

What I Liked: I don't think I've ever seen a better concept and execution of that concept come out of 48hours. To me this film is not only a brilliant achievement within 48hours but a wickedly cleaver short film in it's own right.
I'm amazed that in the space of 7minutes (or how ever long this film was) the concept was so strong that they where able to sneak in the moment where two characters started thinking/talking over each other before one character said "You go first" this was for me the best joke of the film, and that it lands so well is only testament to how onboard I was with the concept and what the film was doing.

And i haven't even mentioned the acting and technical aspects. both of which stood out again as major achievements

if i had to pick one area that this film could have been improved upon it would be that in an ideal world this script/concept would have been done with a larger costume budget and filmed on a real studio backlot from the 1940s :)

City Finalist? Yes
City Winner? Yes

Its about time TBALC won the 48hours competition outright (at a national level) and retired so the rest of us can have a go ;)

What I liked: funny awkward comedy. the edit worked well to keep the comedic timing, nice concept and script -

For next year: the dialogue was weak compared to the strong non verbal aspects of the performances. so focus on more natural sounding dialogue and performance.

What I liked: Wonderful concept, beautifully crafted film, superbly acted. very moving story. Hearing the child while seeing her tearful reaction really got me.

Submission Impossible always turn in interesting and often great films, this year was no exception.

My only niggle was the final shot, the VFX really let you down, Less is more, simply having the colour grade change as dramatically as it does would have been enough.

City Finals? 100%

What I liked: Great opening/closing shots, friendship storyline was nice, nice set up and pay off with the hook up. (although more should have been made of this when this when it happened)

For next year: Spend a little more time working out the story, the car chase and drinking sequences added nothing to the film other than distract from what was working, (the relationship between the two main characters)

What I liked: This was a good black comedy that understood the genre, great performances, production design and location. it also had several laugh out loud moments,

Gags like the car splashing the character with a bucket of water and the pony tail pulling were very funny

I wasn't entirely clear on the main characters reason or wanting to get into the cult though.

What I liked: some good gags, continually going back to the dead guy got funnier with every shot, going from a cooked chicken to a raw chicken was very funny. this was a silly film that begged not to be taken too seriously (so I wont)

as has been pointed out in other reviews this film did feel like a rehash of the Eh Teams film from last year so i can't help but rate it lower because of this, even if it is a fluke

for next year, turn off your auto focus! or just what ever was going on with the focus, sort that out as it was a major distraction. and try come up with a slightly more original film?

Top marks! This film was bloody funny, loaded with film references, I can't wait to watch this one again.

recreating the chest buster with a Baguette was the best moment of the night for me.

A true 48hours film if ever there was one (on flip side its not much of a film without considering that it was made within 48hours)

probably will win best DQ film for chch (if thats even still a thing)

I think I'm reviewing the right film here... the beach party one right?

this was a strange film but it had a clear storyline that played nicely, it was well shot and acted.

What I liked: clear and easy to follow story, nicely acted, some very funny moments (esp the Bacon's in the building line) good ending.

Im not sure what hell is going on in relation to the comment from the team above but Im glad everyone had fun making the film

Enter again next year! and hold on to that younger actor who was in the kitchen scene, he's clearly very committed!

What I liked: Funny concept, cute storytelling. Fantastic jokes told by characters within the story that really made me laugh. when the wrong person drank potion the performance by that guy was brilliant

Practice makes perfect, keep on making films and in time your craft will get better and better, i could say plenty about the technical aspects of this film but you guys are clearly young :) So keep at it and i hope you enter again next year!

What I liked: good concept with an ending that I didn't see coming, the judges where funny to watch.

For next year: the edit could have been tighter. with a shorter runtime the ending would have worked even better.

also im not really sure you stuck to your genre. but I might be reading it the wrong way.

Simple concept, funny concept, made me laugh out loud more than once.

nothing too serious here, Animations not really my thing so good on you for doing it.

What can i say, I think I liked this film a lot more than I should have... Super funny start with a rant at a girl selling chocolate. it only got stupider and funnier from there. the blow job in the car was really funny even if at that point the film was just trying to be funny without any internal logic behind it.

ending was kinda random and abrupt

all in all it looks like the team behind this one had plenty of fun making it.

What I liked: Great concept, well excited, pacing, cinematography and performance all serviced the story well.

I can't think of anything that needed extra work with this one, it's nice to see simple story pulled off during 48hours, not every idea needs to be a mini feature film.

I really liked this film and would not be at all surprised if it made the finals

I love Vogel's bread too :)

Silly yet well pulled off story, (it totally saw the ending coming) it was a pretty epic adventure that the hero was sent on, lots of quirky characters. the fight at the end went on a little longer than I think i needed it to.

Nice references to the big lebowski made me laugh.

Fun fact, this was (as far as i can tell) the only film made in chch used a drone, i was convinced there would have been more

I actually really enjoyed this one, the banter and relationship between the two duck hunter characters was a highlight of the all the heats, I'm looking forward to seeing this when it hits the screening room.

not sure if they really did the genre justice but I cant complain. pretty simple film and they pulled it off.

really the characters at the end where fantastic, the way one character kept shutting down the other was simply fantastic.

What I liked: Good performances, nice take on genre (most teams didn't get black comedy but this team sure did)

unfortunately the film was rather forgettable, other than some lighting continuity I can't really make any more comments than this.

What I liked: simple story thats been very well told, likeable characters that were well acted, great shots too, tracking back with the trolly looked very nice. I also thought the shock ending was well handled even if it was a tad predictable. Nice title and great sound (a rarity for 48hours)

For next year: because this was a simple film i thought the whole thing could have been shorter and not lost any of its impact or story. some of the dialogue felt a little directionless and was simply there to pad out the film before the shock ending.

all around though this was a well crafted film from a team that I look forward to seeing more from in the future

What I liked: by far the strongest thing on display here was the acting, the premise also was interesting enough to keep me engaged through the film

however I wasn't really clear on what was going on for the first minute or so, this film also played more as a comedy than as a rom com, the comedy that was on display was great but the romantic side to the story seemed to be sidelined in a big way.
the pacing also didn't feel quite right, things happened in a very fast and episodic manner.

the shots in this movie looked good but i question the decision to crop down to a 2.35:1 ratio, as far as I could tell this was done purely in post and i don't think it added anything (i was aware that there where parts of the composition that we where missing)

What I liked: Story was simple and easy to follow. good on you guys for doing a chase

for next year: tighten up that edit, if this film had been half the length then the ending might have been worth the Journey and would have been much funnier as a result

What I liked: Good story, easy to follow which meant that all the dramatic build up worked really nicely and created some nice suspense.

the set up and pay off with the nose stud was well handed and worked very well

For next year: Camera and sound have room to be improved upon but the essentials like storytelling are right there.

What I liked: I wish i could do his during 48hours, it looks like a lot of fun. I laughed my ass off when this teams film played at the finals last year and i was thrilled to see this "spiritual" successor.
everything to like about "one man army" (their film from last year) is back this time around plus some. stuntman leaping backwards into a river, an extremely good looking gattling gun.

in your team comment you mention how you would like to make more films like this on a regular basis, PLEASE DO!

I don't want you guys to ever stop making films like this during the 48hours weekends, my only suggestion for improvements would be to try and upgrade your cinematography , it might be worth looking into some colour grading techniques (up the contrast and crush the blacks)

also as much as i like seeing the action movie essentials 2 after effects plugins it would be great to see you guys do even more practically, look into building your own blood squibs with a pressure sprayer. ( a few years ago me and some friends built something similar to the one in this video using an adapted weed sprayer :)

Keep up the great work, can't wait to see more from you guys next year

What I liked: Beautiful colour grade, one of the best of heats, nicely shot and acted.

sadly I quickly became lost. I'm pretty sure they had a cool story behind it all, but the way the film was made didn't do a good enough job of conveying that to me.

In the future perhaps work on clarafiying the story or just telling a simpler story from the outset
Also your sound quality could have been stronger, I only say this because your other technical aspects where very strong

What I liked: competently shot, good comedic timing, nicely acted, In most of my reviews I've suggested that films could be edited tighter but I think you guys got this spot on.

What to think about for next year: with even stronger production values this team could be a regular finalist. (although I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the finals this year)

What I liked. Cool concept that this team explored very nicely. Epic titles/character names. (How come we saw each one twice though?). A very committed actor.

I was left wondering why this film was cropped to 2.35:1 when the style was documentary. (A Somewhat unusual combination that I don't think added to the film)

This team turned in a great short film last year writing is clearly their strong suit. I was very plessed to see them step up their game visualy.

This film tackled some very Interesting and original ideas that for the most part elevates this film above the typical 48hrs fare.

However, I was disappointed when the film ended as i felt it had only really just begun and I would have liked to see the character developed more.

To the filmmakers credit though they did leave me wanting more.

Finals? Yes!

Great film. Very well made. Really good acting across the cast. Cool take on the genre.

My only niggle might be that I didn't understand the ending. But my friend was able to explain it to me. So I might just be my problem

Finals? I suspect so. I hope to see it there.

I was very exited to hear that this team was doing a horror. And while I think they pulled off the film they wanted to make. I'm a little disappointed that they didn't go fully for a horror especially as it had a very scary moment at the start.

Minor story point. Why did they meet at a child's playground?

Finals? Could well be. It had some good comedy and was stylishly made.

I can only assume this team was going for incredibably strange/best bad film award.

It certainaly felt like it

I didn't find anything to enjoy. Sorry to say.

By all means make a weird film. But at least tell us a story at the same time.

What I liked. Incest humour. This film made me laugh. as weird as it was it build up to some good moments. The scene with the priest was great.

The way the film reveals its big twist/concept was bloody amazing.

Strange that one of the best black comedys of the comp didn't even have to be a black comedy. So good on you guys for taking rom com (stupid genre for this comp) and doing something interesting with it.

What else can I say. This film was funny! (And fucked up)

What I liked. Fantastic child actor. Cool story although I got lost at the end. But I liked the concept.

Visuals could have and really should be stronger.

What I liked. Fantastic black comedy. Plenty of great jokes that really worked for the genre.

The film was nothing until the vet character arrived.

Lots of great wtf moments here. I look toward to seeing this in the screening room when the time comes.

If I'm being totally honest I've given this one a high rating because it's so bad it's good. :). Still good though.

What I liked. Great visuals. Cool premise. Nice pacing for a 48hours film. I liked that they took the match cut and made it a key reoccurring element.

Ending didn't quite work for me.

What I liked. Man this one was funny! Great visuals and a great take on the genre.

I liked this film for exactly what I was. Yes it could have looked even better but the rough around the edges look only added to the comedy.

Lots of lols and a way to start the heat.

Lacked any real substance but that was the whole point.

What I liked. Cool story. Good take on the genre. Good acting too. I really liked the story with this one.

For next year: tighten up the edit. Less is more. You can clearly come up with good stories now tell to us a bit faster!

What I liked. Great singing and songs. Nice story. I enjoyed this film!

What I liked. Great shots. Very funny story. Good performances. It's no surprise that this film got audience favourite. It made me laugh out loud several times. Well done!

Enter again next year, make some more films between now and then! I look forward to more work from these filmmakers

What I liked. Good editing and acting and an intriguing story. This is also one of the only black comedys I saw this year that really took a good stab at it's genre.

For Next yeah. Try to make your story fit the age of your actors. While I enjoyed your film a lot I was very aware that was was watching young people play older characters :)

I hope you guys enter again next year!

Things I liked. Puns. Zombie Zumba joke. Great make up and effects. Good characters and story.

For next year. It worked well for the story you where telling. But next year you should try get out of your house ;)

Great work though team!

I loved this film. It looks like everyone had a great time making it.

I hope you enter next year! Well done!

What I liked: Strong visuals and a expertly crafted film. cool take on the genre, it was an ambitious concept but they really did pull it of with a great combination of practical and post production effects. as always with TGA the performances where great and kept me watching

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this one in the finals although it did feel like there was a lot of story left untold when the film reached it's finish What happens next!!!! (this could be another point to the teams credit though)

What I liked: Good Performances, competent visuals, and a interesting enough story to keep things moving along. nice use of the genre too (although how does that work?)

What to work on, a tighter edit would have improved the pace of the film and while it was competently pulled of the story felt a little to simple. still a good effort in 48hours, suffers from playing in such a strong heat

What I liked: Beautifully crafted movie, strong visuals, editing and effects (as always from the Eh Team). what this film does best (and indeed their other films have too) is very quickly build a rich and engaging world for it's characters. The performances across the board where great. the effect of Hamish in the blue paint/glue/gloop was great (I'm still trying to figure out how this was achieved)

Unfortunately I don't think the story lived up to the high standard that the Eh team has set for themselves (and Christchurch) I was never very invested and I don't think the resolution of the main characters plight felt earned.

City Finalist: Of Course! (it will probably take out a few major awards too)

Hate to say it but I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this film

A last minute revelation that a farmer has been sleeping with his animals only confused me further (although the rest audience really got a kick out of it)

I think this film will win the incredibly strange best bad film award. from the opening line the tone is set.

I started off thinking it was just another bad 48hours film, but by the end I was laughing myself silly.

At it's core is an interesting take on the genre by way of the the prop.

It looks like everyone involved had a great time making the film. so good for you all :)

what really made me laugh was the constant exposition. on a serious note to the filmmakers, It's cliché but show don't tell, many times in the film the lead actor told us exactly what he was thinking or feeling when his performance and the on screen action had already done this. (this is a big reason I think this film will with the award mentioned above)

I really REALLY hope to see this one again at the city finals.

What I liked: Made me laugh a few times, the set up and call back to the spy pen gadget was amazing.

What to work on: this film suffered from bad audio making it a little harder to enjoy, personal I'm also not a fan of the documentary style. The story felt a bit random and unfocused.

What I liked: this film sure made me laugh. very simple concept but they really delivered on it. good visuals and a tight edit which made for a good pace.

What to work on: I'm really stretching here but not a heck of a lot happened in the film which ultimately makes it somewhat unmemorable and not all that special in relation to the rest of the competition and a stacked heat.

What I liked: The Concept, simple enough but these guys really pulled it off, with a pitch perfect music selection and cleaver onscreen action that made the most of the the reverse slow-motion. this film was a stand out from the night. I'm sad that these guys have changed names from Speakerdip Productions as they where a key part of what made last years heat 8 so strong. Great performances from everyone (nice surprise seeing Jess) the team behind this short are one to watch. last year they also took a simple concept and made a great short film out of it. a cleaver way to approach your genre.

What to work on for next year: I would encourage you all to continue making short films between now and next year hone those skills and you will fast become one of Christchurch's best teams. In my review of your short last year I think I commented that the visuals and technical aspects could be improved upon, Its great to see that this has been done for this year, unfortunately the storytelling that made last years so good wasn't as present this year. I don't think this film has quite the rewatchability that last years did. This film stands strong on its first viewing but a second viewing will only show up how simple the story is.

City Finalist: You bet! Despite my comments above I am excited to see this film again knowing what to expect.

What I liked: Cute story, nice visuals that worked well to tell the story. good performances too. nice match cut

What to work on: as cute as the story was ultimately the whole story was unmemorable to me and a bit cliché

What I liked: So many clever rock puns! this was a very well written film! the best part for me was the dog eating the bread at the end. the use of photos and puppetry was great. I would be happy to watch this film again just for the story and script. (it was nice to get a break form all the bread puns)

What to work on. this film existed almost entirely in it's writing - It lost points from me for it's visuals, other than the great visual gag of the dog as mentioned above this film probably could have looked better and done more with visual comedy.

City Finalist? Not sure. but wouldn't be surprised (very good writing after all)

What I liked: This was a great short film. A very strong performance and story kept me interested and engaged throughout the film. The teams take on the genre was fresh very humorous. I particularly liked watching the lead try to be sinful while her true character won out. Great match shot too that added to and served the story well.

What to work on: its a very minor quibble but i didn't like the way God was introduced at the end. Im not going to try and suggest a better way that they could have done the ending but a different approach could have ended the film on a stronger note. but that's 48hours eh!?

City Finalist? For sure!

What I liked, The tone, shots and acting where spot on. all around this was a very well made film. the ginger bread men looked perfect.

What to work on for next year: the ending didn't live up to the quality of the rest of the story. so unfortunately this one didn't go out with a bang.

City Finalist? Could well be, depends how the rest of the heats shape up

What I liked: when they got to the mistaken identity part of the short I really found this one to be quite funny. the way the story progressed beyond the half way mark was very amusing, nicely shot and acted too

What to work on for next year: the start of the film felt very directionless and could easily have been cut way down. I can see what was being set up here but it really detracted to the overall pace and quality of the film. Personally I didn't think the additional twist at the end felt earned but it was a funny moment.

What I liked: Made me laugh, good production design. - Perhaps this whole film would have worked better if it hadn't had sound issues at the start, ( I understand this was not the fault of the team)

What to work on for next year: I'm really not sure this one counted as a black comedy. so for next year try to nail your genre a bit more clearly. - I really had very little idea what was going on with this film

What I liked: great acting from the guy playing the bread (loved his expression) simple enough concept that the team really delivered on (gunning for that incredibly strange award?)

What to work on: by the half way mark I felt like I wasn't seeing anything new. the short just got weirder and weirder. It looked like a lot of fun to make and clearly went down really well with the audience. It's obvious that the team behind the camera has an eye for good shots and editing, I would love to see this skill focused on a more "conventional" short film, but if they wanted to make a weird film this year they totally succeeded and who am I to tell them not to. :)

What I liked: This was another great film from heat two, (pretty sure it got my 3 point's vote) Extremely well written (good quips and puns) great acting, perfect editing that drove the story and pace. this one went down a real treat with the crowd.

What to work on for next year: The film took a little longer than it needed to to get started, and perhaps the shock ending didn't live up to the quality that had come before it.

City Finalist? Could be, I would be happy to watch it again

What I liked: Great take on the genre, very cool story that kept me interested up until the last minute. (I always wanted to know what was going to happen next) solid performances from the actors made this one of the stand outs of the heat

What to work on for next year: while it was funny and crowd pleasing I felt the adult baby gag at the end really undercut the quality of the film.

What I liked: solid performances by the two leads, interesting story that was complemented well by the music and audio cues, The joke moment where the husband went up the stairs only to call out all clear was brilliant

What to work on next year: The visuals really let this film down, while I can tell that those behind the camera had good intentions the final product didn't live up to what they where aiming to achieve

What I liked, Nice art department and visuals, good use of match cut that contributed to the storytelling, simple and easy to understand story which can't be understated in 48hours. the set up to pay off by was good. great practical effects on the broken/gashed leg, this made me flinch.

What to work on for next year: the location in the first two thirds of the film was great, but at the end it was all happening on a nicely mown lawn somewhere. watch the mix also as the music felt like it was mixed to high at some points

What I liked: The performance by the leads was good, their back and forth banter was enjoyable to watch. the captured fellow did a good job in a mostly non verbal role also. Solid visuals throughout, good sound too.

What to work on for next year: Story felt a little random and unfocused, I wasn't clear on the motivations of the characters by the end of the film. predictable ending also.

What I liked: Nicely shot, and I think at it's core it had a cool storyline. (reminded me of the drummers from THIS IS SPINAL TAP)

What to work on for next year: Unfortunately because this short suffered from poor audio/mix I found was very hard to hear and follow the storyline.

What I Liked: Great Film, cool take on the genre, very nicely shot and edited - the editing especially served the comedic timing perfectly, so far in the heats I've watched this one has the best match cut. all round really good short film.

What to work on for next year: Can't really think of anything here but I guess the story and character took a bit of a back seat to the stye, if someone asked me what the story was about specifically I probably wouldn't be be able to tell them

City Finalist? Sure, I wouldn't be surprised.

What I liked: Great music guys, I was humming your tracks while I waited between heats, The story was cute and quite nice to watch. good performances too, I didn't pick up on the Boy playing Girl thing for way longer than I would care to admit (it was a long night) so kudos to that actor!

What to work on for next year: If you end up with musical again then work on that Sync! otherwise a tighter edit would have improved the overall pace of the film.

What I Liked: The Ebola paranoia was funny and a good way to get into the black comedy genre, also a nice silhouette shot against the sunset :)

What to work on for next year: I hate to say it but I outside of the first few minutes I was completely lost, while i think there was some good comedy inside this film i had no idea what was going on so the jokes where lost on me. A simpler story for next year might help focus the talents of the team.

What I liked: Nicely shot, good sound for the most part, cool story idea, the relationship between Adam/Harper and God was funny to watch. (thought the trip to the zoo was very funny)

What to work on for next year: Do a work flow test or two, I can only assume you were pushed for time during the edit (we could hear the director?) over all the whole film could have also been edited shorter.

Things I liked: Well shot, and some stylish editing. (the food being eaten was very cool) the ending did a good job of partly explaining what was going on (and I found the bread party very funny)

Things to work on: the story was far too complex for me, I was lost very early on. Next year just keep it simple!

Things I liked: Nicely shot and edited the story as cute and enjoyable to watch. (I liked the literal trail of breadcrumbs) the character too was a great interpretation of the required trait

Things to work on for next year. Watch that sound mix, the audio levels where a little inconsistent, the music at times was much too loud.

Things I liked: this team had a great take on their genre, and several very funny moments, (the detectives brainstorm board was great) the dynamic between the two detectives was a joy to watch. Funny ending too!

Things to work on for next year: This film would have been greatly improved with a higher edit. The pace of the whole film was slow and could have moved faster without sacrificing the solid story

Things I liked: Wonderful story, I really enjoyed this film, the actors did a fantastic job with great script. the seesaw gag was the highlight of the entire heat for me.

Things to work on: a tighter edit would have made this film even better, as good as the seesaw gag was it played for longer than I was laughing at it, leave the audience wanting more!

Great work by all though, I can't wait to see more from this team

Things I liked: The use of the mirror was great, the production design of the entire film was superb.

Things to work on: I was lost very early on with the story, this might be down to the sound quality making it very hard to follow the dialogue. from what I could pick up of the story though it seemed you where going in some very interesting directions perhaps work on making sure even the slower members of the audience (perhaps me) can follow along

Things I liked: Well shot, Really great editing and effects (the match cut was a real highlight), all round these guys really got their genre right! I was also properly scared by several moments in the film

Things to work on: The characters felt a little under written and secondary to the story, but over all I look forward to seeing more entries from this team.

Things I liked: This was one of the best films in the heat. Great cinematography, slick editing and a wonderful performance from the lead. the story was interesting and moved along at a good pace.

Things to work on for next year: I think the only weak point this team had was in the ending, a little more work on the the script on Friday night will greatly improve the quality of your film next year!

Things I liked: Great work from the cast, the acting was good, the story fresh and original and a clever way to include more than one character in your genre. The best thing about this film was a good set up and pay off at the end with the bread. Another thing I quite liked (although I'm going to include it below also) was the opening credits, these were nicely edited and quite enjoyable

Things to work on for next year: Do you really need opening credits on a short film? watch out for that camera shadow too ;) focus on the essential story points I got a bit lost in the middle of the film,

Things I liked: The slow-motion running montage was very cool and the music selection worked well. The story kept me interested and the performances worked well.

Things to work on for next year: Tell it with a cut, several times we watched characters walk from one scene to the next, this unnecessary walking could easily have been cut out and the film would have been stronger as a result.
Even though the film makers where going for a found footage look I often found myself missing what was just beyond the edge of frame (particularly the actors heads) if you're going for hand held in the future watch out for this.

Things I liked: at least twice the filmmakers used a very stylish combination of shots and editing emphasise an important moment. (Pushing in and out over a series of quick cuts)
I also thought the split screen joke was very funny when both characters where sitting side by side on the phone to each other.

Things to work on for next year: try to use shots that work to help tell the story. Several times a particularly specific shot felt very out of place in a simple dialogue scene. save the stylish stuff for the moments that need it (like above)

While the gay character was an important part of the teams subversion of the rom com genre I don't think they handed it tastefully. Perhaps next year try a simpler take on your genre.

every year I'm impressed by the films that upshot makes. this year was no exception and intact probably their strongest film yet.

Given the dreaded musical genre Upshot really stepped it up and with a great setting they put together a solid musical.

their key musical number is STILL stuck in my head which is only a good thing here. the story is solid, the acting is good and the cinematography and editing does a good job of carrying the film.

perhaps the film could have been a little shorter? I think that I might have heard the main chorus for 'Saint Lyricals' just a few too many times.

A typically brilliant film from TBALC

very well made, great score, great cinematography, not much to fault this film on but I will try :)

perhaps the AH-HA moment where the film really takes shape could have been played a little stronger? perhaps the tone could have been built up just a little more before we meet the girl. so that when it changes gears the shift is more dramatic? but then again what do I know, that may have hurt the film.

my only other thing was that by the middle of the film we are being told a lot of things and not shown that much. It's a tall ask for 48hours but it would have been good to 'see' the things they are talking about.

City finalist for sure. I look forward to seeing it again.

yes yes yes yes yes!

I really really really hope to see this film at the finals and beyond.

while the film starts and continues largely as a very standard and frankly boring 48hours film (inside a fridge shot, meal prep) the shock ending turns the entire thing around and validates everything we have seen up until that point. The montage of innuendo's right at the end was amazing.

obviously it's a minor thing but this film could have benefited from higher quality cinematography and editing, not that the cinematography and editing didn't work for the film but it's the one area that will separate this film from other great 48hours films. i really only say this because the story/ending was so darn good.

That's just me though, here's hoping that the judges look past technical stuff like that and just concentrate on the brilliant short film with an amazing ending.

what the hell was this? Thats not to say i didn't enjoy it, nicely shot, nicely edited, generally a really well put together short film by a team that clearly knows what they are doing.

Sneaky Horses clearly wants the WTF reaction from the audience so by this standard alone the film is a complete success.

I'm kinda lost for words on this one, I enjoyed watching it, I look forward to watching it again, and as has been noted by other reviewers it's really good to see something fresh and different in the competition.

upon realising what this film was going to do with its 'race against the clock' genre I was in love with it, very funny concept, that really made me laugh.

Given that this is more of a web skit and not a short film (which is a step in the right direction for 48hours films) I would have liked to see it be slightly shorter/tighter, i also think it would have benefited from a puncher ending.

also, (and this is a minor suggestion) because the bulk of the film was the hero eating his spaghetti this section could have been even stronger if it used some more experimental cinematography and more interesting editing. that said the music selection was good any everything did work as it was done.

just my 2cents, plenty of other more talented people would probably disagree.

so although I've mostly just said how i think the film could have been better this is only because i love the core of what made the film funny so much. more like this from 48hours please!!!

For pure entertainment I can't fault this film. Its' a Brilliantly funny Horror comedy that still got the tone, cinematography, and editing part of the horror genre right.

I'm not sure how intentional a lot of the comedy in the film is, particularly the lead male, at the start of the film. It's ether a perfectly timed performance of comedic genius or a 'so bad its good' type thing. ether way the result is a very funny performance.

I look forward to watching the film again ether at the finals or online. I for one would love to see it at the finals, but I'm not sure it will hold up against repeat viewings and other more polished looking films.

what a way to end the night!

visually stunning and technically marvelous.

extremely strong soundtrack and good sound which set the mood and feel of the film perfectly.

I hate to say it but i feel like you where let down by your story. great concept for sure. I just dont feel like i was told a story, more like a small piece of a much larger story. I know obviously this was the whole point but i still feel like at the end of the day i experienced amazing visuals and great scene making without experiencing any real story telling.

but at the end of the day that first tracking shot has me totally in love with the film and I cant wait to watch it again (at the finals no doubt)

a great concept, i really have to give it to you. let down by your technical ability.

two great jokes in the movie, the pregnancy one was funny but not exactly smart, the end joke of the film was inspired.

sorry to say but the film was let down by its technically ability and sadly it's age inappropriate casting.

great concept, sadly it's letdown by the story that follows.

sorry to say but,

What the hell?

really confused about this one. nothing in it that really made the film enjoyable.

I saw the film that you made last year. If your only goal this year was to try get best worst film again then i still dont think you managed it.

I have no idea how best worst film is awarded but I dont think they go for films that are just really strange and messy.

Next year try make a coherent film. I get the feeling that you do actually have the ability. so dont just try really hard to make something bizarre, instead focus on making a film that we can all follow and enjoy.

I realize this may come across as way to harsh, this is 48hours after all, for all i know this film is the result of a weekend gone wrong.

Very solid film here, you totally nailed the romantic comedy thing. nicely romantic and funny but something more than that. I could really believe that this would be the premise for a romantic comedy film. the characters all felt true to the genre.

good laughs across the film, GREAT use of the Nicky Brick character. and the "Dad" character was also a great one.

just like last year you turned in a film that was especially solid from a script standpoint.

I will say though that i felt the ending was a little off.

I would really like to see your entry next year push your technical abilities. If you can just up your technical skills, sound/shooting/editing etc you will be a force to be reckoned with.

The opening musical number started the film off nicely. then it was all downhill.

I spent most of the film laughing at the film and not with it.

that is until the end, after the credits had played.: at first I was like what the hell guys please stop wasting my time, then it got to that point where it had gone on to long...

then it was possibly the funniest moment of the night.

Looks like you had fun making the film, or at least it looked like some good friends having fun. Im not going to put you down for having fun.

That said if you want to, next year have a go at telling a story and don't drink so much V :)

with the first cut I was wondering if they had misunderstood the found footage genre.

but as it turned out this team has rather an interesting take on the found footage idea.

nice shooting and editing. (although depth of field was just a bit to shallow for my liking)

clearly a team that knows what they where doing. good script. solid acting well made technically. just lacking an x factor.

the creators should be happy with their finished short. I look forward to more next year.

Interesting film, i liked the use of the brick following her around. the guy in the red mask was cool also.

The music sounded well recorded, sadly I cant remember any of the songs except one. which brings me to... The final song was great, should have made all the songs in the short like that one.

the film was strangely morbid at the end, also sadly i have to say that i cant quite recall the specifics of the story and the characters.

as Spooce said it looks like you had fun making this which clearly shows and makes for an enjoyable short to watch.

I can't fault it. a funny and well balanced script, technically well done, well acted, well directed.

only potential niggle (and this really is nit picking) is that if Geoff could spit the apple out when he did then why wouldn't he do so earlier.
non issue in the scheme of things though.

the one shot genre played perfectly to your strengths. I can easily see this going all the way to the top.

The team intro had me SO EXCITED!!!

however from there on I was rather let down by this film.

interesting approach using a split story. although given that you got action film I dont understand why you chose make a drama/thriller.

sadly your "action" fell short of ever making this an action film.

I can see that it was competently edited and at times well shot.

all n all I thought it was a solid enough story but just not fitting as a action film

I'm sorry to say but i think the story was lost on me here.

as has been noted by others the acting did stand out as being solid. for future entries work on your technical side and you will have a good team.

on a side note I was very impressed with the amount of (disturbingly realistic) guns you had.

Time and location made for a very impressive start to heat 9.

Nice shots and editing made for some very good suspense.

Over all I enjoyed watching this film as the concept was a good one. This said I felt that what I watched was the first scene of a bigger story. So ultimately It didn’t play out like a short film. the film didnt really live up to the potential of the concept. "a dark gun-for-hire superhero"

A very solid entry, I look forward to your future efforts.

Loved it, well shot edited and directed... as well as great performances by all...

Genuinely funny.

nice to see such sexy men in such a sexy short mocumentry... great ending...

Such a pity about the technical issues :(