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A betrayed ringtone artist takes matters into his own hands.

Up top let me say that this film does one thing well that is vary rare in 48 Hours: non stilted two-shot dialogue. Combined with some great shots, nice sets, and classic kiwi self awareness and I found this to be a really solid short.
The lead actor did a magnificent job, portraying weirdness without being alienating.
This film was also beautifully shot. However I got the impression they may have got a bit carried away for a few shots, yes they were cool (piano in particular) but didn't really fit with the rest of the style. This is being slightly picky though as the film was better shot that 95% of 48 Hour shorts.

A search for a shirt leads to a unforeseen end.

This animated short was a stylistically well presented, using mostly black and white drawn cutouts that matched the noir themes perfectly. The plot was two parts tragedy, one part farce with some very well placed humour which punctuated the overall Nick-Cave-Ballard-Vibe well.
The length was good too, a great story that didn't drag.
If I were to level one criticism, the audio could have maybe done with a pop-filter or something? With so much quiet, moody narration it was a bit distracting to hear the main characters mouth opening to speak.

Overall a great vision, well executed!

Behind the scenes of a radical new cinema technology.
This film had a very witty premise, and being a momentary had plenty of scope to exploit it for humor. I liked the credulousness of the main character, and I thought both the leads handled their rolls really well. I would have liked to see the actual 'vertical cinema' exploited for some laughs (noses talking to each other etc) and I felt a bit frustrated when it wasn't shown. Some of the improvised scenes slowed the pace of the film down a little to much, however the ending was really nicely timed and hit just the right note.

I really loved this film! Right down to the excellent ghost effects! The plot was great, well thought through, and with an hilarious ending. One criticism would be the beginning felt a bit at odds with the wittiness of the rest of the film e.g. 'get in the box'. Also as others have said, the audio effects on the female character were a little to strong, making it hard to make out what was being said.
Overall though great work!

I thought this film had a really witty plot which covered all the bases well. Unfortunately it was let down by a lot of technical shortcomings; the mastering on the (obviously talented) leading lady's singing made it quite hard to make out what she was singing, and the violent scenes just came off comical sadly. That said, I don't want to sound over-hash, I think most of the frustration comes from thinking your plot was great and wishing I could see a fully-realized version of this film!

A voyage isn't quite what it seems.
I really enjoyed the style of animation in this film, it had a great deal of motion and depth. The plot was simple and apt for the genre, and the short running time reflected this which gets you points. I thought the ending was an unnecessary break from the style of the rest of the film, and judging from where I was sitting, turned off a lot of the audience.

A musician struggles to find inspiration.
This film had a solid plot, interestingly expounded via onscreen text messages. It was also obviously making clever use of cast members talent/resources.
Overall the film dragged a little, it was a clever trope, but the message didn't take long to get across, and after that I found myself waiting for the resolution. A few shots were also of indoor scenes with bright windows washing out half the frame.
The music in this was really well done and very well matched to the films tone.

Friends deal with loss/tension/drug use/water safety.
This film was certainly mysterious. The opening scene spelled out the tension in the film in no uncertain terms with the line "I hate the way you're living your life" delivered deadpan to the girlfriend/friend character. This is followed by either a flashback or the future (the mystery aspect?).
I thought some of the cinematography and editing in this film was really cool, particularly the restricted color palate towards the end. However other parts of the film let it down in terms of shaky camera work and lighting.

Morgan Foster finds himself pursued by a mysterious adversary.
This film felt a little jumpy, starting well, the pace dropped to a crawl with a painfully true-to-life walk from an office to a car. I'm not sure if this was intentional to build tension? But the effect was to make the film drag.
I enjoyed some of the photography in the house/night scene, but once again felt the pacing could have gone a bit quicker, and the tension in this film would have really benefited from a musical score of some kind.

n.b. I've given this film half a mark less than I otherwise would given its fervent fans one-line reviews.

Two friends embark on a quest to find and recover an exercise ball.

I really enjoyed this film, Superbad meets The Lord of the Rings. The main character had great energy and drive, with some genuinely funny throwaway lines. The plot was also well engineered while still being quirky. Little touches worked well too, like the custom-built website. The ending to this film was a little weak (you don't have to film somewhere dark for it to come off as dark onscreen) with in hard to see the characters executing a not-so-elaborate plan. Overall this speaks to the strength of the rest of the film though.

An ostracized young man takes it out on his companions.
This film did well balancing the violence inherent in such a plot choice without being too gratuitous. I didn't quite get the 'against the odds' genre in this one, was it the long (cricket) drive? Nonetheless this film managed to handle quite a large cast well without getting bogged down.

A young lady returns home to find things different and starts piecing together why.
This film had an excellent concept and plot, which was executed with some great creativity, like hiding characters out of sight. The mystery in this film was subtle enough to keep you interested to the end.
Unfortunately this film had a few issues with microphone hiss and background noise which pulled you out of the story on occasion.

A would-be noir detective tries to get to the bottom of a theft.
I REALLY liked the way this played on the traditional detective trope, and with it, made some great cinematic choices. This film was also very well paced, with a tight plot that didn't mess around trying to reach seven minutes.
At times, particularly the final scene, the dialogue came off a bit improvised. Improvisation is fine, but let your actors have a few goes to tighten up their timings.

A young lady leads an interesting life sleep-walking.

This was close to my favorite film of the night! A really great idea, well shot and fleshed out by some interesting characters; Morgan Foster the Liar as a youth enjoying community service was a great touch. The music and sound of this film was also very professional.
If I were to make one criticism, the film could have been paced slightly quicker; particularly the dream sequence had possibly one element too many.

A multiple murder mystery come down to one character having to take justice into her own hands.
This film started strongly with a well set-designed crime scene. However it bit off a bit more than it could chew in trying to develop a full police-procedural murder mystery in seven minutes. The quality of sound on this film was also an issue and I found myself struggling to make out the dialogue (of which there was a lot).
This film did have a very creative technique showing a flashback as if reflected in the glass of the police interviewing room, great work.

A disenfranchised scientist has little time to stop the universe turning triangular.
This film took the (very effective in this case) Pacific Rim approach of taking the end of the world as a given and diving into the action. The hero's (over)acting was perfect for the tone of this film, and the foreboding triangle transformations were great subtle touches. I liked the humor in this film and that it didn't take itself too seriously.
Some of the early scenes of dialogue were a little slow-paced, and came off quite improvised.

A geeky student gets the chance to dance her way in with the cool girls.
This film kept my interest, wanting to see what happened at the end and rooting for the main character. The cinematography was top-notch, particularly the stage dance scene at the end.
I felt the ending was a bit ambiguous (intentional?) was it a cruel prank or redemption?

The internal monologue of a frustrated young man as he trys to 'pull'.
A small idea executed well is where 48 Hours shines and this was a great example of just that. It was creatively shot with good sound and apt music choices. The lead, with the lions share of screen time, was energetic and comical throughout.
While I liked this film for keeping it simple, I felt that the 'stalking' scene, while containing plenty of humor, took up a disproportionate amount of the runtime. A few shots, while obviously treasured by the team, could probably have been cut to keep the pace up.

A Groundhod Day/Run Lola Run take on the mundane routine of a young kitchen hand.
This film had some great prop choices, including the toaster/time machine; and the main character was fantastic, a great mixture of humor and sympathy.
Unfortunately, while starting strong this film suffered from a plot that didn't quite go anywhere, and what resolution there was seemed to jar with the tone of the rest of the film.

An ostracized killer has a unique calling card.
I really liked the idea behind this movie; it had great use of the required prop, and, particularly at the beginning, some excellent and creative camera angles.
A couple of things let the film down including quite a shaky camera and an unruly auto focus which distracted from the climactic scenes.
The film lacked music but had excellent spooky sound effects to heighten the tension where needed.