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|South Seas V48HRS Team Win Audience Choice Awards
|South Seas teams in 48 Hour Challenge win 1st and 3rd place!
Congratulations to our V48HRS teams – Team “SS Endeavour” and “Team “Cheval House”, made up entirely of current South Seas students, who won 1st and 3rd place V48HRS audience favourite awards. Their films now have a better chance of making the city finals (and maybe the national finals) after the judges have made their final selections.
Every year, over a weekend, usually in May, filmmakers from across the country divide into teams and must write, shoot and edit a short film within V48HRS. Since its beginning, V48HRS has become the #1 limited-time filmmaking contest in the world. Over its 9 year history, hundreds of teams have entered and produced a staggering 4,062 short films. Millions watch these films in local cinemas, online and on network television. In cinemas, those in attendance vote for their favourite film.
We are so proud that our students show that they have what it takes to enter (and survive) the contest every year. This year, those South Seas 2012 teams are ”Cheval House” - 1st place audience favourite award, and ”SS Endeavour” - 3rd place audience favourite award.
V48 HRS Team “Cheval House” – 1st Place Audience Award
V48HRS and are assessed on how they can make well worn genres “horror”, “coming of age” and “superhero” feel new again. While the ”Found Footage” genre has been done to death at the multiplex with The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, it was a new addition for 48HRS this year.
One of our teams, Team “Cheval House”, were lucky (or unlucky enough) to draw it. South Seas student Rebekah Palmer said “The genre was challenging, but exciting.” Her team mate Matt Smith (another South Seas student) agreed, adding “Found Footage isn’t your typical 48HRS genre, and made us be more creative.”
It worked for team “Cheval House”, who won a 1st place audience award, for their film about two flatmates stuck in a Groundhog Day-style loop of moving in and moving out again and again.
The team’s producer, Donna Stout, said the key to their team’s success was “Keeping it casual, making sure everyone had input and could contribute.” Her team mate Ryan Lamont said “We never took it seriously, and just had fun.”
The team were all “stoked” to have won. “When our film ended, you could hear audible gasps at the cinema. It made us feel special to know that other people enjoyed it,” said Matt.“Now we hope Peter Jackson will ring us up and hire us for his next movie,” said Donna.
V48HRS Team “SS Endeavour” – 3rd Place Audience Award
When asked what advice he would give to first timers, South Seas student and producer Sajo Mathew Sam said, “Good teamwork helps, don’t stand on chairs and never film near a noisy fridge!”
V48HRS teams are expected to incorporate a line of dialogue, a character and a prop as criteria for submitting their film. This year, that character was “Nicky Brick – an unlucky person”, played by one of our tallest students Connor Tde-Brake.
When we asked Connor what he brought to the role, he said “height” to the laughter of his team mates. “No, but seriously” he continued, “I’m unlucky in life so I could bring a lot to the character!” He laughed.The team was supported by two more producers, Adam Church and Destiny Gleeson, and director, Jarrod Macfarlane, who were all proud of how well their team worked under pressure and time restraints. Destiny said “Working together and getting to know each other at school first, helped us. We are like a family, but V48HRS made us stronger.”Even Destiny’s sister lent a helping hand. She is thinking about following her sister’s footsteps by becoming a South Seas student herself and entering V48HRS next year.
v48HRS Team “SS Endeavour”
Team Producer: Adam Church
Production Managers: Destiny Gleeson and Sajo Mathew Sam
Director: Jarrod McFarlane
Assistant Directors: Timothy Allis, Connor McKenzie, Greg BaileyCamera: Jason Aumen
Lighting: Allen Shih
Audio: Lance O’Riley
Editors: Natalie Hughes and Lydia Moore
Art: Jesse Stayte and Rochelle Gosling
Actors: Connor Te BrakeBrittany LowWepiha Te KanawaJarrod McFarlaneGreg Bailey
Runner: David Carter and Mercedes Wheeler
Production Assist: Gloriana Roebeck
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