Tense two days for film-makers

'It was a steep learning curve'

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 21/05/2012
Jacob Sisson, left, Wayne Doyle, Aaron Segar and Ferdinand Linton
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FURIOUS FILMING: Jacob Sisson, left, Wayne Doyle, Aaron Segar and Ferdinand Linton, members of a team of students from the Aoraki Polytech art and design school who were busy all weekend filming and editing for the V 48 Hour Film Festival.

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A team of Timaru polytechnic students have made their 48-hour Film Festival debut after a frantic weekend of filming.

The resulting seven-minute film, called Wanksy: Graffiti Grime Artist, was directed by Wayne Doyle, a graphic design tutor at Aoraki Polytechnic, and a team of 12 from his course.

"It's been pretty chaotic. It was a steep learning curve for us," Mr Doyle said last night.

"Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

"We realised that the quality of our movie was just crap, and we had to reshoot stuff."

In another setback, the computer did not recognise the files.

"Man, it was very stressful, but in saying that it was also very rewarding."

The competition, now in its 10th year, forces budding film-makers to finish all creative work, including writing, shooting, editing and adding a music soundtrack, within the 48 hours between May 18 at 7pm and last night.

This year, the set genre was inspirational movie, which was "a bit unexpected", he said. Entrants were told this year's theme at only 7pm on Friday.

The film also had to incorporate special dialogue, traits, and use a leaf as a prop.

The story centred around a famous graffiti artist in a spoof documentary on renowned London street artist Banksy.

"He actually goes around looking for dirty walls and he scrubs them clean, but when he does he only scrubs areas which reveal graffiti."

The film had taken a lot of "very hard work". "We worked through until 3am [on Sunday morning] and were up again at 7am.

"Would we do it again? We'd need to certainly have a couple of good nights' sleep and we'll talk about it. It was a good experience for everyone."

The film had to be couriered to Christchurch by 7pm yesterday, and will be judged next weekend.

Mr Doyle said the team hoped to hold a public viewing in Timaru. There were some funny moments in the film and the star, Aaron Segar, had put in an "amazing" performance.

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- The Timaru Herald

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