Making a movie in 48 hours hard on crew

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 12:06 07/04/2014
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Raymond Lum battles sleep deprivation completing the editing of his revenge film for the Rialto Channel 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking Challenge. Musician Lawrence Watts is putting music to the script.

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Temporary insanity is one way to describe the feeling of making a film in 48 hours with only just over two hours sleep.

Cromwell filmmaker Raymond Lum, of Sword Productions Ltd, is recovering today from a weekend of sleep deprivation after co- writing, directing, filming and editing a film for the Rialto Channel 48Hours Furious Film- Making Challenge.

Lum and a group of Cromwell actors, assistants and a musician leapt to action on Friday night when a text with the team's genre came through: The Revenge Movie.

The team's task - complete a revenge movie centred around a main character - a liar called Morgan Foster, using the line - "Not with that you're not" and a using a ball as a prop. They also had to include an extreme close-up shot.

Lum said the genre, one of a possible 12, was much easier than last year's when he landed a robot/android genre.

"There is more drama this year . . . we have a group of kids who know someone and there is a relationship breakdown and there is a bit of a twist at the end."

He would not reveal any other details of the film, which would be screened at The Nose restaurant in upcoming weeks, he said.

"The biggest challenge has been the lack of sleep. I've only had about two and a half hours . . . but I love doing film work. It's my passion."

The competition, in its 12th year, attracted more than 800 teams from around New Zealand this year.

Assistant director Odette Pride said it was her second year working alongside Lunn and this year, while filming seemed more polished, it was not without its "chaotic" moments.

"This year we decided to take a light-hearted approach and use a lot of outdoor locations but it poured with rain all Saturday morning so we had to change locations pretty quickly but the filming went well," Pride said.

After an entire day filming, one actor pulled the pin during the last scene and the child actors had to be thrown a few chocolate energy bars to keep them going, she said.

"Everyone who has done it has said, 'call me, I'm doing it next year'. There is a wrap party [on Sunday night] but I will be home in bed."

Organiser Tim Groendaal said there were about 700 people from Otago and Southland competing in the challenge and numbers were growing each year.

"Per head of population, it is the biggest short film competition in the world. I think normally, when it comes to filmmaking it's a long protracted process for people and you don't get the quick fix gratification this provides . . . and it works because it is a cool social activity for people. That is the big thing for us.

"It isn't about winning the awards - that's the cream on top if you get that far - it's that social experience. Having Peter Jackson as a patron and guy who selects wildcard winners from the shorts is not a bad thing either."

The films had to be finished by 7pm last night, and would go through a regional final process.

The grand final is held on May 30 with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Josh Olson heading the judging panel.

 

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