Sheer persistence rewards students
It's fifth time lucky for four Burnside High pupils, who have been catapulted to the grand final of the hotly-contested 48 Hour Film Festival.
Year 12 students, Lachlan Wilson, Tannock Blair, Ben Sapsford and Joe Coughlan, of Pigs Guts Films, won the student film category for Christchurch this week.
The competition saw more than 120 Christchurch crews race to make a film over 48 hours in May.
Crews had two days to write, film, edit and score their films and have no idea what the genre will be until the competition begins.
This year competitors had to make a movie based on "race against the clock" and at least one character had to suffer from insomnia.
Pigs Guts Films took insomnia to the next level and reinterpreted the threat of a zombie apocalypse as society suffering extreme tiredness, making Inzombnia ... a race against time.
Wilson said it was a real coup to have made it to the grand finals.
He put it down the the experience built up over the five years that Pigs Guts Films have entered the competition.
"I think we've been doing it for a while and we understand how the competition works and what it involves, like time management.
"It's just a lot of fun and you get to meet a lot of people who like making movies as well," he said.
Luckily they did not repeat their mistakes of 2011, when the crew were just a few minutes late to hand in their film and missed out on entering the competition after a weekend of hard work.
The group may not be able to go to Auckland for the grand final next month due to school work and the costs involved.
They will see how they do when the results are posted online.
If they win, the Media Design School in Auckland will provide a $3000 film screening event night at a local cinema.