Ness has already written an eloquent review for this film but I did just want to add for the filmmaker's benefit that my kid watched it 5 times in a row and asked me to tell the filmmakers that it was excellent.
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A budding student president bases her campaign at school on an anti-bullying platform. She asks that students vote for equality and destroys all the cliques in an attempt to make everyone the same. It all gets very dictatorial and her idea of equality soon becomes pretty fascist.
The film is a nice little parable about individuality vs the system and how badly wrong things can go when someone thinks they know better, no matter what their intentions. The lead character was really strong and the opening monologue/speech is pretty dramatic and engaging. I did think it was a little long and could have benefitted from a tighter edit. I enjoyed the ending even though it was quite metaphorical. In general it was thought-provoking and original.
A mockumentary about a young man who is passionate about music and works part time at Bunnings. He's trying to find love and is working on a song for his special girl online. His performance is very intense and more than a little full on. She's a bit put off and he is left alone and bereft.
Lots of mockumentaries get a bit static and boring but this one felt authentic, with the lead character being quite loveable and earnest. HIs flatmate was a fantastic wingman and the source of some wonderful comedy as well. Nice use of puddle.
A hitwoman receives a new target - a Greenpeace hippy. She acquires her target but she's in it for the long game. So long in fact that (you guessed it) the film spans 10 years. The hitwoman and the Greenpeace hippy hook up, move it, marry, have a baby etc.
The hitwoman plays it full deadpan straight the entire time which is where the laughs in this film are - especially the physical comedy gags. Technically it wasn't super polished but it was a good idea and got lots of laughs.
A story about what you might regret if it was your last day on earth. This film was a charming little number and its good to see the 48Hours baton being passed onto the next generation Tim. There were some lovely moments here and the interaction between the friends was heart-warming. Some of the present day footage didn't have the same quality of framing as the memory sequences but the contrast between then and now helped that work.
A nervous time machine portal operator falls in love with a woman who returns time and again. Unfortunately his feelings are unrequited and when he realises she is on her last trip to be with her girlfriend he takes revenge and destroys the time machine, ruining her life.
This film had a good solid script with a well resolved pay off at the end. It was made with an incredibly low budget aesthetic and some of the sound quality and the general B Grade-ness did affect the enjoyment a bit. Good work on getting the story basics right though - next time with a bit more care in the locations and technical end of things you could turn out something pretty cool.
A hitwoman is given the task of taking out a charming yet awkward laundromat owner, Greg. Greg falls for her and she reciprocates, but her watchful boss threatens her if she doesn't kill him. She tells Greg they must leave and goes to collect her things. Romeo and Juliet style, she finds him apparently dead on her return and drinks bleach. Sadly he is still alive and finds her body, drinks bleach too and joins her in death.
This film didn't seem to take itself too seriously which I enjoyed - it was quite corny and things such as Greg proposing despite not knowing her name were all good because it was funny rather than earnest. The location was refreshing and there were a few technical issues, but it played well and got quite a few laughs.
In the future technology allows people to live inside others for the day - a personal holiday. A lonely young woman spends a day in cheerful Mimi's body, something that becomes increasingly addictive until she spends more time there than in her own life.
This was a great idea for a technological thriller. The actors, in particular the guy who runs it all, were great and my favourite part was the use of the ocean location as the interface. There was room for improvement with the sound quality and I think that the ending was't strong. It felt like the film set up the situation and then bought up the problem of being addicted to being Mimi and then ended before any kind of climax, kind of like were watching the first half of something.
A strange machine in a kitchen looks on while a guy follows his daily routine, including eating a series of pills. The machine continues to provide pills until he breaks it. The film finishes like a kind of infomercial, explaining that the machine is an intelligent doctor that tests your DNA and gives you pills to cure all.
I think that going down the infomercial path all the way might have been a better approach as the film had a lot of setup and then was a bit over explained at the end.
It looked nice and there was some lovely editing to create the relentlessness of daily life.
On his first day at a wish granting company a young man makes a big mistake and wishes every day could be like his first day. He gets stuck in a groundhog style wish loop which he can only escape from with help.
This was a good idea and you had a good narrative arc. I think it needed a bit more trimming in the editing and there were obviously sound problems that meant some of it was a bit hard to hear.
A straight man wakes up in a world where everyone is trans. Cue much comedy around things that most cis people take for granted but must be eternally frustrating and alienating for trans people. This film was made by a group of gender diverse young people and I really enjoyed that they took the genre and made a film that took the audience into a world of their own experiences. It was a really great and original use of genre and because I also know that only one of them had made a film before I was impressed that a bunch of total newbies to film not only took on the challenge but completed a film.
It was a shame that the film screened out of sync - massive apologies for that and I was so impressed that you just started doing the sound effects and it was great when the audience joined in. I hope you come back for another go - its great to see new perspectives in the competition and I promise I won't muck up your screening next year.
The Breakfast Club meets Jurassic park. This was a really well-scripted film with loads of clever humour in what was a largely dialogue driven character piece. I have to say we saw a lot of Breakfast Club homages in the high school genre this year, but this was certainly one of the cleverest ones and there were a lot of more contemporary jokes that bought it into 2018 quite nicely. I think that it would have helped to have backgrounds to locate the dinosaurs (I know you ran out of time snd had technical issues on that). I also think the narrative would have benefitted from some more shot variation and using framing to create space and relationships between characters, it felt very static. Animation is really hard though and I liked the look of your characters so good work there.
After some kind of attack a lone man hides out, trying to get in touch with a girlfriend. Eventually her texts dry up and he goes to find her, discovering the house has been ransacked. He gathers supplies and waits. And waits. Eventually a dog joins him, bringing respite from his loneliness. The film ends when some kind of threat occurs and he has to flee.
I think the idea was a good one and I do like the unseen monster in this genre, but we could have done with more threat - blood at the house, sounds in the distance, something to bring the tension and danger to life. I think that the soundtrack was where you could have bought in a lot more to the story and this would be something to play with more next time.
A nerdy guy gets a quest from google messenger and heads off to find a ghost. Dressing in a cardboard suit of armour he heads out into the world, stopping for an unsuccessful slice of pizza which he can't eat through his helmet gag. He finds the ghost in a bunker and they rap battle until he tells her its not safe. She's ok though - she's dead. He leaves.
This film had a bit of an abrupt ending and the singing in the bunker was a bit too muffled to get some of the finer detail The start was stronger though and the lead gave us a few funny moments.
Lil' Time is a rapper and the son of Time so he can take as long as he likes to record his album. Once he's finished he has a nap - 1000 years later he wakes up (in a very large puddle of sleep-drool) to find everyone has gone.
It was a funny premise but put together a bit simplistically and the ending felt like a few too many shots of the lead. He had a great head of hair and obviously enjoyed the role.
A car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, stranding a couple en route to a wedding. Mostly dialogue-driven, they discuss how they feel about marriage, children and their own future together. At the end the car comes back from the dead and off they go.
This was a really well written, looked good and for the most part the performances worked well especially as the film got going. Its hard making something that relies on the performers to carry off dialogue in a static location so that was really impressive. I did think the setup was a bit slow but after the first part it was well paced and engaging. Unfortunately the genre was a bit tenuous but otherwise a good film.
Its the last day on earth and a group of people have sought sanctuary in a church. Some are resigned, some fearful, some want to keep remaining survivors outside, some want to go after loved ones.
I thought this was an interesting use of the genre, especially with access to a church as key location. The attempt to show different responses to the trouble at hand and use this to create conflict was a good approach.
I'm not sure it totally came off successfully, some of the characters worked better than others and same goes for the performances. It was a good attempt though so don't be discouraged - a dialogue-driven script with a variety of characters is a difficult prospect with months of script development and rehearsal so doing it in 48Hours was brave.
I saw you had some timing issues with day/night so imagine you ran out of time a bit, but great premise and good on you for not doing something easy.
A woman is keen on a very shabby red Honda Accord. She tries to seduce the owner in an attempt to spend more time in it in what is revealed to be a hilarious attraction to a car. I really enjoyed this film throughout the setup and right up until the end when the unnecessary killing didn't really pay it off for me. I was kind of waiting for the guy to discover she was only after him for his incredibly modest vehicle which I think might have left us on a high note instead of a weirdly disappointing death scene.
Otherwise solid shooting (its really hard to make things look good in a car) and enjoyed the performances - the woman was great.
A guy tries to travel through time to catch a girl who dies in an accident. This film had some great art department and nice shooting, however I was a bit confused at the start and wasn't sure if the lead's anger made much sense - I'm guessing it was supposed to be frustration. It ended in a very satisfying way, (even if things didn't resolve) so props for having a good ending as this is pretty hard.
The sound design was also a strength and really added to the tone and feel of the film.
Micheal is a ghost who didn't love haunting anywhere until he returned to his first year hall of residence and found a home. Mockumentary style, it is heavily interview focussed with some cutaways showing life in general. It felt more like a doco-portrait than a narrative and could have benefitted from a bit more drama or action to carry it along. The interviews were quite static and the cutaways stayed very wide so more visual variation would have helped too.
There were some funny jokes and I enjoyed some of the characters and I do think it was great that the team used something they knew (life in a student hall) to base the story around so it did have an air of authenticity which was one of its strengths.
Mockumentary type film about door slamming - anything from bins to cat doors - with a former door salesman trying to stop illegal door slammers. The setup was great but the ending was a bit weak and felt like it was box ticking the genre and some bits were lost with out of focus shots and quiet sound. Aside from those issues however, the actors gave some great comedic performances with and I enjoyed the puddle slide.
Its the last day on earth and a man is rushing to prevent impending doom. He keeps having to go back in time as each attempt fails, each time trying to avoid himself.
It was a cool concept but was a touch repetitive. I think a bit more insight into the setup or world would have helped us engage more with the main character, we understood what he was trying to do but not why. It was a original take on the last day on earth genre and there was an solid performance from the lead actor.
A comedy about what happens when all your social media apps come to life. This satire showed how we fill our lives with constant noise as a women's house is invaded one by one, by the personifications of everything from Linked In to Facebook. There were some clever lines from the app characters and some great time passing scenes in bed and the shower as the women's life fills up with more and more app people.
It was a great concept with excellent performances, especially from the lead, but I did think the ending could have been stronger - it didn't quite deliver on the set up.
An enjoyable watch never-the-less.
A fairly hilarious tv-esque comedy about a man who is oblivious to his flatmate's murderous. cultist ways but the audience is in on the joke.
Loads of hilarious near misses as he nearly sees dead bodies and blood followed by the climax where his workmates come over the through a weird misunderstanding the flatmate begins to kill them all one by one.
There were some focus issues and I'm not sure it needed the canned laughter as the audience seemed to be providing plenty of lols. I also thought the man and the flatmate could have developed a closer friendship, would have been more interesting. Good performances and original use of genre so even if it wasn't perfect it was definitely a good watch.
I think I've said before that I love me a super short short. Rifle Range Road is another super short film that manages to have a beginning, middle and end, surprise us, terrify us and also look great, all in one tight package.
The film opens with someone running down a long road, at first it appears they are fleeing but then it is revealed that they are chasing a car with a kidnap victim. We feel the struggle as they try to keep up and are despairing at the futility of it as the car pulls away. Who are these people? Where is she being taken? We never find out - this film is about a tight and intense moment of fear and despair.
My only comment is that the epilogue wasn't that necessary and maybe a touch more clues about the characters could have deepened the emotional effect. But great work otherwise and proof positive that the 5 minute mark is not a target.
Two young men studying Shakespeare mirror the beginning of Romeo and Juliet with some charming flirting. But various things serve to keep them apart despite their stolen smiles. Finally, in an extremely heartwarming scene, the filmmakers give over and let them get together. Cue much 'awing' in the audience.
This was a wee gem of a film with a charming story that did what all good films do - made me care about the characters and their needs. There was some dodgy focus at points and wind noise but this film really bought the feels which always cuts through the odd technical mishap.
Great to see some same sex romance coming from younger entrants - good work.
A lonely girl is left out of things in a busy class room. The class themselves are all sad and distracted, missing someone who has recently passed on. The reveal at the end ties it all together as the lonely girl has to face up to her new reality - she has died in an accident and noone can see her as she’s now a ghost.
This film was obviously made by a young team and we were really impressed by what you achieved. The story was brave and dealt with some serious subject matter in a convincing and mature way. It was well put together with a clear narrative and the performances were believable.
There were a few oddly repetitive shots but I’ve seen films made by experienced adults that have been less engaging so fantastic work.
A heist focussed around getting pills to relieve an addiction.
This film had some funny moments but the story was a little muddled at times. I think some work on tightening up the editing could have helped make things clearer and helped keep the audience engaged. Some nice performances.
A cleaner is left to sort out a storage shed and finds an ancient bottle of alcohol. His demanding boss has told him to lay off the booze while he's working but the temptation is too great and he takes a swig. His chair disappears, another swig and he's on a farm in the past with a local yokel. Turns out the wine is all taking him back in time. But its all good, a quick vom and he's back home, but busted by his angry boss for drinking on the job. No such luck for the local yokel who ends up somewhere far further back in time - cue excellent shadow of T-Rex.
This film was nicely written, with a clear and simple premise that worked well. The way were were led along at the start before we realised he was time-travelling was nice and the wrap up effective. The performances were also really good and it played well to the audience with lots of laughs.
Some issues with the camera-work which was a little grainy and over-exposed at times but the story carried it along.
This is one of those weird little gems that make me love 48Hours so much.
Its an old VHS movie about - you guessed it - a werehorse. That's kind of like a werewolf except its a horse. Lots of great vomiting and blood splatter and an exceptionally hilarious and budget transformation scene in the bathroom with a random 'say no to pre-marital sex' sticker on the door which is frequently used as a cutaway.
I really enjoyed the B-grade-ness of this film (it makes me feel old that there's a vhs filter now). The bad musician flatmate was a great performance and was just the right kind of comedic-annoying that there was a solid sense of satisfaction when he got his guts ripped out. Nice work.
A couple try to date but are plagued by accidents, split coffee, burning dinners. They persevere but luck is not on their side and they finish up in hospital. I'm not quite sure how it ended. I think they decided that despite everything they would make it work, but the sound was very low and I couldn't really hear the outcome.
It was a great idea for the anti rom-com but I'm not sure it was realised as well as it could have been. It was a bit repetitive and could have been edited a bit shorter as it was quite simple (simple is fine, just keep it short if you're going that way).
The lead performers were charming and I thought the use of shadow was great.
A mother-to-be goes to a witch to make sure her child's future is assured. But witches are tricksy creatures and not to be trusted. Unlike most wish movies this year, 'Woodland Witch' went dark and scary, with no happy ever after ending. In fact it was pretty chilling.
Technically this film looked great and I was impressed by the performances. The sound design in particular was really well done and helped build the sense of unease.
I'm so sad that this team came in late (only by a few seconds) but I know this won't put you off making films. You've ended up with something that you should be proud of.
(Also to note that this was an all-female team - great to see a group of women making films together and please keep doing it).
A pair of robbers accidentally steal a kid along with a car. They keep the kid in their warehouse lair and he ends up becoming part of the gang, finding out more and more about criminal life. The kids is smarter than the criminals and ends up giving them helpful suggestions which eventually lead to the twist in the tail.
This was a really great use of Ultra and the fish out of water genre, together they made a pretty great match. With the script, the beginning and end in particular worked really well. I thought in the middle it could have been a bit tighter, there was a lot of sitting around that could have been shorter and we could have had a bit more insight into the kid's character. We were definitely quite observational in this film rather then clearly following the kid or the gang. Some of the performances were a bit too 'nice' - the gang weren't really that threatening - but that did lend to the comedy of it somewhat.
Ultra is hard work and good on you for signing up - I definitely felt that you dived into ultra wholeheartedly, making it core to your story. This film was enjoyable and while I've noted some areas for improvement I think overall you did a good job.
Some kind of angel lady sings us the story of what happens when someone makes a rap about fire that is so hot they'll get burned. The film cuts to a producer listens to 'Lil Burn. Ie's' demo but she wants more 'FIRE'. Cue a montage of the rapper developing ideas while the hilarious producer (love her performance) demands more FIRE. The producer dies of fire poisoning and the rap is revealed. Its pretty well-produced with some great shots. But people die when they listen to it. Too much FIRE! At the end the angel cautions us not to play with fire using my favourite line of the film - 'if your musics too lit that will be your demise, so come on guys get fire-wise'.
This was a pretty weird film and had a few plot holes but it was fun and the main rap with Lil Burn. Ie was great.
Set in a video store we see a woman dealing with a terminal illness that declines over time. Its such a great location for a film as we see the world move from VHS through DVD etc as time passes which is clever but also perfect for a 48Hours audience who love that kind of thing. The lead character is great and I loved the interesting and varied ways she helped customers and the contrast with her replacement at then end. It did get a bit muddled in the middle but in general I enjoyed it and commend the clever use of location with the genre.
A young man is picked up from the side of the road by a supernatural taxi. Will the driver give him a second chance?
Set almost entirely in a car on the south coast this is a very impressive film. Tonally it is very gentle, mostly a conversation between two people in a car, but the beauty of it is that the story has depth enough that make us care about what is important to the characters and feel for what happens to them. We see them make decisions and we feel really strongly for them at the end. The only beat I didn't buy in the film was the doll - I am being picky here but it was a touch heavy-handed and wasn't necessary - we still had the connection to the young man knowing he had a young daughter. Its not often that 48Hours films have depth and subtley, its very hard to achieve in such a short time, but I really felt there was a lot of work and thought put into that script and those performances, which is what made the film what it was.
Of course it was also beautifully shot and the score and sound design were incredible, but this film is a lesson that it is story first and those technical elements make what is already good, great.
A creepy murdered sets up a dinner party where all the guests are dead and the last live one, a woman, gets killed.
Stylistically this film was pretty beautiful. Black and white with a record playing over the movie, it had quite a style going on. The opening scene in particular was quite gorgeous. The story however fell flat. It didn't take me anywhere and was pretty cliched.
A couple begin with a little lick which turns into quite a lot more. Not sexually, just edibley. That's right, they start to eat each other.
The leads were great in this and while it was funny and pretty gross it did have a sense of metaphor for a darker more abusive relationship and how people can fall deep into those without noticing which was really clever.
It could have done with some more technical polish but the premise and narrative were well crafted and the punchline was brilliant.
Two kids set out to steal and actual Oscar award from Peter Jackson. This film was pretty charming and props for stepping up to the Ultra challenge. The kids and dog stole the show as expected and it was a nice approach to the genre that felt very 'wellington' with some classic kiwi humour thrown in. Only thins I'd suggest is thinking about how to build the tension more to keep surprising us about what might happen next.
Two Cheech and Chong themed leads are leaving a movie when they come to believe a woman is following them. Plagued by a deep sense of paranoia they defend themselves and kill her in an alley. Turns out she was just trying to return something to them. Bummer. The second half of the film involves disposing of the body, accompanied by more humour.
Script-wise the escalation to killing wasn't quite believable and we could have felt a lot more threatened before it would have made sense for them to kill her. I get it was splatstick and you were trying to get into the bloody body cutting up etc but an accidental death might have worked better and given you more fodder for comedy.
We see a lot of problems being solve by killing someone in 48Hours and I cant emphasis enough that its not that believable and you really need to set killers up to be capable of murder, even in the heat of the moment and these guys were hilarious bumblers. Keep in mind as well that everyone also makes women the victims of violence in 48Hours and that has gotten pretty tired.
Despite that there were some great moments in this film and it played really well in the heat. The two leads in this were great, really funny as a duo of bumbling stoner idiots and the banter made the film. It was also shot really well, editing was snappy and the music was on point. I also note that it looks like you did it all at night so either you started really early or took a risk and waited until Saturday night which is brave.
A young man tries to connect with his dead girlfriend via some kind of computer-machine that he builds. As he works he hears her voice in his head. Worried friends try to connect with him but he definielty lost in delusion-land.
I felt the story was a bit weak, while it had a good premise the ending especially didn't really seem to resolve and it felt the start of something longer. The friend ends up reassured but things aren't actually better for the guy and he hasn't let go.
The strength in the film was the look and tone of it - the care and thought around colours in particular was really well-done and the shots were beautiful. It was a great pairing of filming and art department that created a very considered tone and world. I've seen this team's work before and its a visual style they have used in the past and I do like that they are developing a look that is particular to them.
The performances were good - its hard to act alone and play a little crazy so props to the lead performer for that.
A guys is kidnapped at the bus stop and kept in a basement with his mouth sewn shut and cardboard rabbit ears. Two creepy girls appear to be recreating a Sylvanian family scene with real people, in front of a weird static TV. In the end they appear to believe they have Stockholm-syndromed him and give him the keys to go get something, so he escapes.
There was quite a lot of WTF in this film, and the story was creepy, especially in the first half as you start to put together what might be happening. Unfortunately the ending fell flat as he just left using the keys so there wasn't an urgent threat that made you invest in his escape.
I did like the TV with static as a device in the film, the hissing sound helped increase tension in the basement and added to the strangeness.
A teenage boy who is always late signed up for driving lessons after his girlfriend ghosts him. He's pretty bad though and his instructor won't let him do the road test. I think he then has a dream where he drives triumphantly through the countryside in a 4WD with a blonde girl. He wakes up and its a dream. I think that is what happened anyway. The story was quite confusing with some odd flashbacks and an unresolved ending. This film would have benefited from a lot more work on the story and it felt like the attempt to use flashbacks etc was a clever idea that didn't pan out. It is great to take risks but always keep in mind that story is king with films.
Technically there were some cool drone shots that tied in well with the triumphant driving scenes but sound issues were a big [problem and meant we couldn't hear a lot of what was being said.
A person and a puppet seem to be having a deep existential crisis which is improved by taking a bunch of mushrooms. I think the puppet was the lead's inner demon which they are fighting. Narratively this film didn't make a whole lot of sense and the tone was a bit confusing - It started off quite poetical and deep and the images were fairly good but the puppet threw it off a bit because it was a kids' toy and wasn't really that threatening. (I might be interpreting things wrong here though).
You did make use of a good range of locations, there was a narrative arc even if it was a bit vague and the lead performer was striking and engaging. I also think the songs were attempted well and there were some nice images.
This film is pretty much exactly why I love 48 Hours so much. Every year there is a film that has something so random that no matter the quality of it you can't help but love it. Its not a finalist and it probably won't win a lots of awards but it just sticks in your head because the idea so so random and all you can think is 'what the fuck were they thinking on Friday night?". Its the film that you tell people to watch when they ask if there's anything outside the finalists that are a must see.
Cosby park is basically Jurassic Park but instead of dinosaurs they have multiple homicidal clones of Bill Cosby. Why? So they can make him serve a longer sentence for his crimes. How? A magic door/portal thing. The Cosbys are played by shuffling zombie-types who are wearing square boxes on their heads that have Bill's face glued onto them They aren't particularly realistic but the simplicity and total randomness is genius. When protesters turn off the electricity and then destroy the back-up generator they run amok. This team had a bunch of guns to play with and there's a whole lot of shooting and blood splatter.
Technically its rough around the edges but who cares, that is part of the charm and there is so much to love here. Laugh out load and easy best use of genre in Wellington.
Set in a medieval/vikingish period, an intense, husky-voiced stranger convinces a warrior to help him find the 'chalice of power' with the promise of reunion with his beloved. The husky-voiced stranger guides the warrior along rugged coastlines to a cave which the warrior enters, biceps flexed and sword raised. Inside he finds misty and mystical figures wait silently, guarding the chalice from thieves such as him.
This is film had fantastic production values, costume, art department and the vfx and staging of the cave were really impressive. The tone of the story was very 'medieval quest' and felt quite earnest but there was a sense that the team were having fun with this and moments of humour with what I'm describing as the husky-voiced stranger kept it engaging. I'm not sure the humour was intentional - it was hard to tell and I think that the space for improvement in this film would have been to work on the story a bit more. More insight into the warrior and his beloved may have helped us have a stronger emotional connection and the more you make us like a character and want what they want the more an audience is engaged with the journey of the film. That said, this was an ambitious film to attempt to make in 48 Hours and its commendable to see what you did achieve. Unfortunately it just didn't quite make it in on time so better luck next year and don't let it put you off taking on complex technical elements in your films.
This was the second of three films by the same family in the one heat - this one made by the mum of four boys. Only one helped her out on the film and together they made a pretty lovely piece.
The film begins with some toilet cleaning and once jobs are done mum and son have a reminisce over the photo album which comes to life as they flick through it. There are lots of hilarious family films of the boys burning things and jumping through fireworks, she's so proud of them all. (She should be considering they made up a quarter of the heat). This film was quite simple but really charming. The performances were great and while it wasn't a deeply complex story it was warm and charming and I think shows that it has been a good thing to allow stock footage into the competition. Nice work Hamiltons.
A group of farm animals talk about the terrifying things that the humans get up to. This film could have been an Ultra entry with voiced over animals and small bloodthirsty children. Personally I love llamas so I enjoyed this film from the get-go. The animals all had great voices overlaid and there was a good sense of them interacting. I think that it dragged a little bit as some of the shots between animals was a bit static. The film really came to life at the end with some fantastic drone shots and the smokey/silhouette scene.
I think this team did really well using their resources and had some great camera-work. I think it just needed the script and talking tightened up a bit but in general it was an enjoyable watch and I definitely recommend the inclusion of llamas in films.
Once again Tim delivers us surprise and delight with a strangely meta film starring himself in a parallel 48Hours version of his life. This time Tim is in the south island, far from the internet, his mum has ditched him and is making her own film. (She really did - it was in this heat along with Tim's other brother's film). Tim is heartbroken that Raymond is the favoured son (Raymond knows more about special effects). Tim drinks a lot, he films himself naked with a drone, he is sad and alone. Tim cries into the river and reveals... a second version of himself. Two Tim's alone in the wilderness, what will happen? Well what could happen when you make a film alone in the wilderness and get star-crossed lovers as your genre - you have to fall in love with yourself. Complex sfx ensue and Tim actually manages to make out with himself. But Tim must choose - Tim or his mum? He chooses mum. Awww. It is Mother's day (honestly what kind of monsters schedule a film competition on Mother's day?).
I revealed the ending there because Tim has subsequently deleted his film and I now have the only copy but am honour-bound not to put it online without Tim's permission. So you will need to make do with bad descriptions of what was a really cool film.
I should also note that it was disqualified because it was late. We hope that Tim changes his team name for next year to 'Makes a really awesome film and gets into the finals again where he deserves to be Tim'.
Loud overwhelming sounds become too much for a young man who wishes for silence. When he wakes up the next day he can't hear anything, instead sounds are all in subtitles. He enjoys this for a while but eventually being unable to hear becomes fatal.
The premise works well but unfortunately the sound and subtitles are bit inconsistent with the film edited so the audience hears the sound then switches to the young man's POV and back again. Its a bit disjointing and I think it would have been more effective if we'd stayed in his world, at least until the reveal in the end.
There was some good editing and acting in this film and I commend the experimentation with the sound, it didn't always mix that well but I could see what you were trying to do. INext time it might be worth shortening the film a bit to give yourselves more time in post to refine things.
For some reason my enjoyment of this film is increased by the many questions I have around the team name - enter next year and explain it me please.
The story here is set in a workshop and begins with a safety briefing by the hilarious and arrogant boss. His parents bought property in the 70s so he doesn't have to wear high vis, but by god everyone else does. Anyone who's had to deal with workplace safety would have been rolling around with laughter at the parody of what is now a regular part of a work day. Unfortunately the risk assessment didn't include the weird and really disgusting monster thing that is unpacked from a delivery, early on in the film. Some kind of jelly worm thing on a string leaps into people and causes them to attack each other. Ensure much unsafe activity. The last workers are only saved at the end by Wellington's best door slam - the garage door beheading the monster.
This was one of those films that was a bit rough and ready technically but the story was really funny and weird, it had a bunch of great lines and you can't help but feel the team had a ball making it.
In some kind of apocalyptic future a virus is causing a buzzing in people's heads. The daughter of one of the scientists succumbs to the disease. This was a first time team and I think that you did really well coming up with a solid premise - you managed to create the sense of a lot more going on in the world using the radio which was really effective and some of the high pitched buzzing, while a bit painful, helped to take us into the character's experience. I think you have some technical areas to work on but this was a great effort for a new team and I'd encourage you to keep on making films as you obviously have some original ideas and thats the most important thing in a film.
Two friends are trying to survive in a post plague world. One is really ill and the other is trying to keep her alive as they scavenge for food and medicine amongst the remains of Newtown. This was a lovely 'small story' in a big world about someone who has to eventually do something terrible to help their best friend. The story was pretty sad and the team managed to carry it well. I think a bit more connection between the friends at the beginning would have helped make the ending more emotional.
Art department was great - I commend the use of locations costume and makeup to shape the world.
A sweet young couple make brunch together, but something is a bit off. Fried crumpets eaten with a knife and fork look like cheap art department but then it gets odder and odder - some pretty strange dialogue, some weird costume changes and generally pretty childish behaviour escalates until the reveal at the end explains it all.
I really enjoyed this film, at first it was pretty strange, were they acting badly? Why were they saying these strange things? but the explanation was a lovely simple way of approaching the genre. (I'm trying not to spoiler it).
The shooting was a bit grainy and out of focus at times - I think you needed more light inside to get the best out of your camera, but great work on the concept.
In this tech thriller our main character uses an app called Opco which is 'your life curated'. Constantly comparing options, the app recommends choices to improve your life, landing our lead Kieran a job and a better life. But does he really want that? Opco seems to actually be fairly sinister, controlling the participants and using them against each other. The premise was an interesting approach to the genre and was somewhat satirical in regards to the over-dependance on our digital devices but there were some story elements, in particular the stalker, that weren't super clear. It was well-shot and the performances were great, just needed some more work on refining the story.
An animated retro video game (set outside the Paramount - thanks for that fantastic bit of homage) with a hero who has grown tired of cleaning up the mean streets and wishes to have a break. Great story and original ending. I loved the consistent aesthetic, voice acting was great and it was heaps of fun to watch.
A guy wakes up and goes about his daily business in a world where everyone is frozen. He goes shopping , studies, and goes on a date. With a frozen women... Its a little creepy but mostly sad. He talks to his frozen flatmates, he is basically going crazy. Until suddenly he hears a sound - is someone else alive (unfrozen)? Or has he lost his mind? Its a good premise, original and works well for the genre, although the story does drag a bit as most of it sets up the world with the action right at the end. I felt they could have jumped into some action and played with him thinking he heard things a lot sooner. It did have some technical issues with focus and camera but all in all a satisfying fish out of water for me.
A robot in a back corridor is running out of charge. Her friend is leaking and has no batteries left. She must venture alone into a hostile set of tunnels, looking for somewhere to plug in and charge herself up to escape. There are sentinel robots ready to raise the alarm however and its touch and go whether she'll make it.
This film was one of those ones that make you go 'woah... how'd they do that'? Which is a very satisfying feeling to have when watching a 48Hour film. Full 3D animation, the robot itself was quite a simple 3d shape but still elicited a real sense of empathy from me. The ending was a bit of a tearjerker and props for going solo/duo.
The high light for me was the soundtrack in this one - it was fantastic.
An angel appears on a beach to take a nice young lady who has died but not realised it to heaven. He's a little creepy in an amusing and self-aware way and his singing is definitely not going to win him an oscar as it is mostly talk-singing. He does repeatedly state that 'this is his musical' which does help it achieve the genre in a random way. On the positives the film is beautifully shot and I especially loved the scooter sequence along the coast shot. They obviously had some technical difficulty at the end with the warp stabiliser but hey its 48 Hours and musical can be a distracting curveball.
A man tries to kill himself and arrives in a bar to find the drinks are free. Two people arrive and describe the various and strange deaths that bought them to afterlife drinks. Guilt ensues and the man returns to his life. This was an interesting take on back from the dead as someone makes a decision about reversing their own death.
The film was visually cool and had a great range of funny and sad moments but some of it did ramble a bit and the shallow depth of field was sometimes distracting.
Credits were great.
Tension builds as a junior criminal heads into a building on a heist mission. She checks her instructions and makes a call at which point a terrible misunderstanding ensues and we realise she's called a Pizza delivery HQ. There is a confusing and entertaining exchange before she heads off to perform the heist by knocking on the door and asking for the money. The pizza HQ chap is confused and worried - no pizza is being delivered here.
I thought this film was incredibly simple and a nicely original take on the genre - no epic complex heist drama here, just a small, funny conversation and I like a small story in a big world. I do think we missed out on the payoff though - it would have been cool to see what happened.q
*Another of my favourite team names in Wellington - I hope there's a good story here.
This film is a classic promise of the premise - its about New Zealand's Next Top Slasher which is a great approach to this year's curveball genre. It plays out as expected with interviews with the judges and aspiring slashers. Theres some lovely comedy and the team is obvisouly having fun. The surprise entrant is Gary from Gore, who really wanted to be on New Zealand Idol but came into the wrong suburban garage and ends up taking the crown. It wasn't the most surprising of stories but I enjoyed the performances and it was a shame this team was late in (although only by a few seconds).
Working daily in the checkout and surviving on two minute noodles in a damp grey world, our hero finds love when he sleeps. We catch flashes of her in the real world but its uncertain whether she is merely a figment of his imagination or part of a world he might travel to. The ending is sad, despite the idea that he might find his true love.
There were some beautiful moments in this film. The images were lovely and I enjoyed how quiet it was. I would have liked some more character development and there was a lot of repetitive visuals of the actions of his life whereas some insight into who he was, his hopes and dreams may have helped us feel more connected to him which would have made the ending more emotional.
It was a nice approach to the genre however and I did enjoy the ambiguity in it.
Late one night, a young man is driving to his mate's house when his cell phone begins to play up. At first his map app starts repetitively telling him to do a u-turn, then changes the music randomly. But what initially seems like a series of irritating technical difficulties increasingly becomes sinister. Alone on the road in the dark, the tone changes and frustration turns to fear. This was a great film, and deserved its track through to the Grand Finals. It was a small story - one actor, set in a car, and Jordan's performance really took us on a journey, from humour, right through to dread. There was one moment where he looks around that you felt the character shift into vulnerability. The sound design on this film was also really great - changing the music volume unexpectedly threw us off and was a big part of carrying the audience on the journey. I wasn't sure the ending needed the figure to appear, there was already a sense of aloneness that was really threatening and for me I wondered if you could have left the audience to imagine what might follow but thats just my feeling. Great work - its been a pleasure seeing this team develop over the last few years and I look forward to seeing more from you.
Townie cousin William comes to visit Foxton and can't find the wifi. His four teenage cousins try to make him welcome by making him play a series of increasingly unsuccessful team sports which result in some great physical comedy. The puddle and sand dune falls are great. It is a little repetitive and the ending is abrupt with a sense that the characters didn't really learn to get on as I expected they might, so perhaps a little more work on the character evolution in the story could be something to think about next time. I have to say the dad was great - I laughed out loud both times he appeared.
A high school student is unengaged with learning until he discovers photography which helps him find his passion and improve his grades. The film was pretty simple, mostly a musical sequence and I think the team could have varied that a bit. The end part where he wakes up and then it repeats the camera discovery wasn't really necessary. Positives were that the film had a nice premise and I enjoyed the positive sentiment.
So I love this team's name, just wanted to say that before cracking into the review.
A young man is terrified by mysterious sounds but the monster in the closet turns out to be a friend. Cue happy times hanging out together and lots of warm fuzzies. This film was super shot and I love that they kept the story short, sweet and simple. The monster was a fuzzy glove arm that is only seen in the side of the shot and was a most excellent low budget approach to a monster. Downsides are that the production values aren't particularly heroic and the story is a bit of a one-liner so those are areas to push further with for next time. However, I do feel like this team made a solid little number using the resources and skills they had and I think thats the best approach to 48Hours.
A mother to be is driven to violent fantasies in which she murders her partner over his continued failure to do anything helpful around the house. Busy developing so form of VR game he repeatedly ignores her as she becomes increasingly pregnant and lonely. This film was quite clever in that you initially felt like he was coming back from the dead, then made you think it was in her mind. Around the middle the women's friend and their relationship begin to be outlined - the friend is trying to convince her to leave and her eventual frustration with this leads to conflict, before a final resolution. The last shot is quite ambiguous and made me wonder if she did finally do that useless loser in. I did like the ambiguity of this film, it does make you guess but I do think it was a touch too far towards confusing and its only been on a rewatch that it seems clearer. This film had good production values and made use of a domestic space which well. I did enjoy the opening wide shot with the characters acting in the frame but I think they could have benefitted from a bit more rehearsal or ad-libbing to make it feel a bit more realistic and natural. But hey, it was a great effort and I felt like this team were playing around with the narrative in a promising way.
A time travel groundhog day with the character aware they are in the loop. The film was dark and grainy and had a consistent style that suited the horror movie nature of the story. The low light did mean some focus issues but was a brave move and worth trying. It is tricky not to get repetitive with repeating action and I think less wake up cycles or more efficient editing may have sped up the pace a bit. But it was a great watch, played well at the heat and had a clear visual style.
Love is found down at the local dump. Then lost again, or something is...
We always have high expectations of two time Wellington winnerthe Couch Kumara and were pleased to see them smashing out another finalist. I know with the composition skills on their team that musical was a bit of a gift rather than the ever-feared genre that it is for most other teams and it was good to see them putting those skills to use. Musical is tricky and its great to see a team go whole hog on it, rather than make a music video or have a couple of random songs in there.
The film was beautifully shot and the acting was great, there were some hilarious moments - I loved the diving cameo - and music and score were top notch. If anything it would have been good to see a bit more depth in the main characters. We see them meeting and maybe the ending but not a lot of depth into their back story, but I am being picky here.
Great work Kumara - the only other thing I’d say is don’t fear ultra, you should be jumping in next year.
A Chinese exchange student tries to win the girl of his dreams. This film was a hilarious and poignant cross cultural friendship that failed to get the girl. I loved the Chinese language with subtitles and pop culture references. Sadly that segment of Baywatch meant a DQ, because while funny it was a breach of copyright.
The strongest thing in this film were the characters, they were funny and energetic. Unfortunately the Freinds song at the end went unnecessarily long but overall this film was really enjoyable and a good approach to the genre.
In a dystopian future we see a young boy in a lab - 10 years later that future is destroyed and he returns.
I love me a super short film and nothing makes me happier than teams who tell a story in well under the time limit. This year Blowfish took that to the extreme with a bare minimum one minute job that is a lesson in how much can be told with so little. It may be that they went a touch too far and its been great to be able to re-watch this film as there are subtleties that you can pick up on a re-watch which the audience in the heats may have missed out on. Please put it up on the screening room for everyone else!
The animation is great and the sound works well and all in all its pretty slick.
A young girl blows out the candle on a birthday cake in a silent house filled with the sadness of recent lost. Her wish returns her sister to life, but at what price? This film is beautifully shot and has an amazing soundtrack, hence the nominations in score and cinematography and the sound design win which are much-deserved, along with its place in the Wellington final.
The thing that I think sets this film apart is the tone of it. It is creepy and filled with intense foreboding, we feel viscerally that something is wrong but as we move through the story with the main character we are captured by her hope at the return of her sister. This underlying darkness is cleverly controlled and keeps us enthralled throughout.
The only point of improvement is that the ending didn't feel surprising and it kind of just plays out as expected. Its still a beautifully put together short though and I commend what is a new team to the competition on putting together something so slick and tonally confident.
A great POV journey into some kind of random drug trip that is part music video, part abstract dream. This film is pretty beautiful, with a fisheye camera that travels around, taking us into a house and then into someone's mind/the city. The editing is great and the cuts between sections flow really well, but what stands out is the sound design and music. The sound is subtle and really creates a world for us that takes us on what is a strange and weird journey. Not all films need a clear and detailed story and I really enjoyed the playful way this film explores visuals and sound in a surreal way that leaves you feeling satisfied despite the lack of specific detail.
A sort of memory-lane style reminisce of the high school years in black and white. This film had a nice tone and some touching moments. It was unfortunate that the frame rate it was delivered in meant it went out of sync when we converted it to DCP so I hope the team upload the synced version to the screening room for people to watch. I felt the story could have been a bit stronger but I liked the concept and the black and white worked well for me.
This film opens with eerie scenes in a high school of bags lying around abandoned. A monster stalks the school and the surviving pair of teens are trying to find their friend. We never see the monster, instead we hear it in the distance. This team really managed to paint a picture of the world very simply and effectively with just the use of abandoned bags and audio. It was really clever and there was a strong sense of threat that followed us throughout.
Where the film could have been improved was with a bit more energy in the script and performance.There wasn't quite enough urgency about where the characters needed to go and the actors were a touch flat in some of their reactions.
It was still a good effort and really clever approach though and I'd love to see this team do more.
We see our hero wake up and realise he's late. As he desperately panics we realise its probably not just for work, maybe a plane to catch? As he runs out the door he loses his car keys in a beautifully choreographed moment of "oh no"! Nevertheless he takes to his feet and sprints.. and sprints... and sprints... The lonely streets and a final desperate attack make us realise something much more is at stake and the final reveal is a perfect twist on the Last Day on Earth genre.
This film was beautifully shot - the wide framing of the street with the guy running across was fantastic. The acting was great - I feel like that actor must have been broken by the end of the shoot - there was a real sense of desperation and energy, I felt like he was running all out the whole time.
This film had an original take on the genre and didn't feel at all like a film made in 48 hours. I love it when school teams make films that put the adult teams to shame and this was one of those - It really deserved its place on the shortlist and best school win. Congratulations!
The main character tries his best to get close to the girl of his dreams, but this is a case of only one star crossed lover who is perhaps maybe a little bit more of a stalker. There are some humorous moments as his efforts are repelled time and again and the scene with the roll in the back yard is a pretty sweet stunt. It was a bit rough around the edges technically but I did think that the stalker chap still seemed fairly human and likeable which made the final scene slightly touching and funny.
A group of school kids run a heist to steal test papers. Heist is a tricky genre and teams often go wild with epic heists, fake guns, accents and it's never really that believable. This team took the genre and applied it to something in their own world - their school. They were already staying there for the weekend so it makes good sense to use that location and tell a story in it. Nice work. Areas to improve would be to refine the script and dialogue a bit more and the sound wasn't great. However, some good performances and a tidy premise left me pretty satisfied.
Our main character is caught in a time loop where they arrive home from school to a parental argument, repeatedly, until suddenly they realise its happening. And they’re not the only one looping. I really enjoyed this film - I felt the frustration of the lead character as the loop continuously repeated and really enjoyed the surprise as we saw what they did to escape it. The second/third/fourth loops could have been shortened a bit more but otherwise the lead performance was great and some lovely camera shots.
A b-grade version of the breakfast club turns splatter as a vicious murderer stabs the high school cliches one by one. This team took some great high school movie tropes and combined them with some serious splatstick so good work on the genre-mashup that fitted perfectly for a high school team. I loved the dramatic and weird over-dubbed voices and the characters were great. It did get a bit rambly towards the end but everyone got stabbed and thats what we expect from a film called ‘Slaughter High’. Also, as a side note, i love this team name. It makes me giggle every time.
A young man fights his inner voices to reveal to his friends that he’s gay. This was a heartwarming story by Taita Clubhouse and I love it when young people make films that are relevant to issues that are in their world. This film felt authentic, took us on a journey and finished with a sense of warmth. The two young leads were great and the sound design to bring out the inner voices that called ‘shame’ were a great way to show the character’s battle with his own thoughts. There were a few sound issues with filming by noisy roads but all in all you should be really proud.
A young woman/robot escapes from some kind of institution in the future. In search of a mysterious target she travels to Kaitaia to find that it is out in the ocean.
This film was an impressive entry from a solo filmmaker who is only 16 and I'd still be impressed if this film was made by a group of adults. The performance was great, the shooting was well thought-out, and I imagine quite tricky considering the filmmaker had to set up the camera, then act. This did mean that the shots were all quite static and occasionally had some focus issues but it still had lots of energy with action happening in the frame and that carried us past any technical probelms.
The use of locations was clever to give a sense of the future and I liked the little touches like the "no humans allowed" sign in the toilets. Well-done and fantastic work.
"There's a ghost in the basement and it's gonna grant me a wish"... And so begins a sort of scary, sort of funny quest through a strange institutional basement that looks like some kind of abandoned hospital. At first the group of kids play around, fake scaring each other and being idiots with a wheelchair, until things get sinister as everyone slowly disappears. The build up could have been a bit tighter, with the tension increasing towards the climax, which unfortunately didn't feel quite scary enough. The comedy ending worked well though and the final wish was sweet. This team has some solid music chops and it was good to see them not head directly to musical, but instead focus that energy on a great score and sound design which has earned them another well-deserved nomination. And that wheelchair silhouette is primo!
Connections begins with the main character losing his phone in the required puddle - but with dire consequences in a world where everyone is deeply addicted to their phone. Unable to engage online he is suddenly separated and unable to connect. His family take photos of their dinners, his girlfriend selfies them, but no one pays him any real attention. The hero scene for me is the cinema of viewers all on their phones while no movies plays. The ending is charming and hopeful. I liked the way this film took todays' phone addiction and really only shifted it slightly to satirise our behaviour. It was clever and its great to see school teams telling stories that feel relevant to their own lives. Things to improve would have been adding some more stakes for the main character so that we felt more connected and empathetic about his lack of device access and also polishing up the production values.
This film follows a teacher who has come into school in the weekend to get some items for a student's family, implying that something has happened to the student. It's quite effective in capturing the audience emotionally and this build up works well with the ending, which is a clever twist on the genre. I'm not sure the ending was as effective as it could have been - it was still a sad moment and this could have perhaps been played a bit more emotionally so we didn't feel like it was just a twist, but instead gave us a sense of relief. The acting and production values aren't perfect but this film does well in taking the audience on a journey.
During an audition for "That Scottish Play", someone calls it by its name. What is usually seen as bad luck in theatre is most definitely bad luck for the cast who are hunted by a wraith who floats along to distant bagpipe music. This film suffers from some technical issues and is a bit rough around the edges but the script and performances are where it succeeds. It has witty lines loaded with funny references - RP with the "Scottish Slay" and the great Deadpool moment with the hat (watch this film just for that) and the hilariously named Jackson L Jackson Junior the third that just rolls of the tongue. A nod as well to the actor in the big glasses who is the real slayer in the film.
The story of a terrible rapper who inexplicably manages to get a record deal because everyone he encounters is a bit of a pushover. The 'make you my b***' line was unnecessary but there were plenty of positives. This team followed the musical genre well in that the story is told through everyone 'breaking into song' as opposed to just having songs in the film. While the rap was pretty bad it was funny and self aware and it seemed like this team had a lot of fun.
I loved this one. Fad seemed like the most annoying genre this year and this felt like a fun and original way to deal with it - witticisms. I also loved the bully who only bullied his exes.
Ambitious and well executed and nice to see some humour that stayed classy.
This film hit most of the marks for me. It was beautiful (who says one room can't look good), the actors and dialogue were great, and they tried for a serious story which is also hard work in 48 hrs.
The ending didn't quite nail it, it felt a little abrupt and I'd have liked to see the mother's reaction at the end more.
The Mother was incredible - Hope she gets a best actress nomination.
One of the best I've seen so far.
Second silent film in this heat and did it well. Shame it was is qualified. The lead actress was fabulous - the best facial expressions. The revenge bit didn't totally come off but you got the idea. Nice work on the style - it had a real art deco feel.
Lovely simple story that nailed the quest genre in a cute original way. Production values weren't amazing, but I didn't really care. Just loved the animated beard escaping through the city.
Poor beard. I did wonder why it left and whether it was happy to be reunited.
Mystery film where people's high school lives collide in a murder/stalking situation. Main actor was great.
Boy relives the last day before he is horribly injured/paralysed. I thought it was a great attempt at a serious script and there were some lovely poignant moments. I thought the acting was great and it looked good. I felt the body-switching didn't quite work - I got a little confused because he was still there in the group, and there was maybe a touch too much of him in the present.
Someone else has mentioned the awesome music and I also wanted to agree - the music was beautiful.
Nice work from what looked like a really young team.
'I paramedicked myself out before the accident'. Best line of heat.
So many weird things going on in this film. odd, odd and unnecessary cgi, creepy laugh scene... man on toilet, spewing blood,so many magic moments. So incredibly strange.
A guy runs from his family drama and meets up with a strange bird analogy man who helps him understand his troubles.
Nice use of coathanger to catch lunch with.
It was pretty weird and some bits didn't make a lot of sense but I felt strangely captivated by it - especially the bird analogy man.
This film did a whole lot of things right. It looked good, it was funny, it had some weird 'oh god' moments and the acting was great. The story started fairly expectedly but then kept surprising which is hard to do in 7 mins.
And lovely sick ending.
Charming little silent film rom-com - where man competes with baby for lady's affection. Man tries his best but baby wins with Seinfeld style finger. Lovely.
Nice work sorting a whole bunker set and also big ups for taking on the challenge of making a serious musical. The soldier characters were all great but needed more music for a musical.
Lots of effort in this film in terms of locations, people and props. Seemed like all of Otaki came out to help.
I liked how this film got more interesting as I watched it. It started with an average girl, who got funnier and funnier the more she talked about how amazing she was. Nice work on the acting and writing.
Lovely payoff with the two guys hooking up and ideal use of the freeze frame.
Medieval knights, spear in the eye, bromance, wizard, castle, everyone learns a lesson, what could go wrong?
Answer - nothing! This film was hilarious and awesome.
Nice looking quest film where Bobby Young heads off to a school reunion to apologize for his childhood bullying.
It had some odd editing and the ending didn't quite give a big enough payoff but the start was good and the main actor did an awesome job.
Graduating class party with murder mystery game that turns real.
The MC character was great, very funny, but the film had a few technical issues which detracted from the story.
Genius premise! Invisible superhero! I loved the invisible guy meets invisible girl at the waterfront scene with lots of empty shots and a vo. It totally worked.
I wished there was some cool fight foley over the ninja fight scene, but otherwise - great!.
This film did well on the technical front - looked really good and well done sound. I thought the actors did a good job, the female lead did well being subtley evil.
There were a few creepy bits early in the film but it could have got scarier sooner.
Three way standoff - some really nice shots and fast cutting and I liked the harsh lighting. I got a bit confused about what they were fighting about, but it was still totally enjoyable.
The actors did a great job too.
This was a solidly dark revenge film. Beginning with Mum and daughter coming home to find Dad shagging some guy set the scene for drama. Mum spirals into drink and drugs. Eventually the daughter avenges her, hunting down Dad at work.
Acting was good, a few technical aspects let it down, and there was a lull in the middle, but strong beginning and end.
I really liked this film. A nice comedy approach to heist crossed with a little reservoir dogs name humour.
A gang of baddies heists a cheese factory but it goes wrong and all the cheese is lost. The cheese loosing is all told through short still frame sequences which I thought worked really well.
I also liked the subtle hook up between Bobbi and the guy she bullied as a child.
Nice Team intro as well.