Hero photograph
Photo by Kate Boyes

48 Hour Film Festival

Joanne Clark —

48 Hours is a New Zealand film-making competition. It involves teams of various sizes competing to write, shoot, edit and score a short film, which must be between 1 and 6 minutes long, over a single 48-hour period.

Teams attend a launch ceremony on a Friday night where each team is given a randomly selected genre within which to base their film's theme. They are also given features which are common to all teams. All creative work required to produce the film must be undertaken and completed within the 48 hours of the competition. This includes storylining, scriptwriting, filming, editing and audio mixing. Teams must deliver their finished film to the competition organisers by the Sunday evening .

Genres assigned:

Senior TEAM - Crime - Theme : Ambition & Justice

Junior TEAM - Thriller - Theme: Jealousy

  • Character: A female
  • Physical Element: A collision
  • Technical Element: Smash cut
  • Sound Effect: Wilhelm scream

Junior team "Hornby Heroes"  created a fast-paced suspense. thriller called Twisted Envy, a tale of blood-thirsty betrayal at a junior dance. Great fun was had by all.

In the words of Chloe McQueen: “This year for 48Hours the junior team did a thriller short movie called Twisted Envy.  48Hours is a film festival where teams have to make a film in 2 days including the editing .  In this movie 4 people got killed. Samantha Rogers died of strangulation, Jakita van Ekaris was drowned in a sink, Chloe McQueen had slit wrists and Natasha Fry was stabbed in the stomach. All in all the movie making process was fun and exciting. We had a lot of bloopers consisting of us forgetting to lock the door we were running into and Brayden saying there's no proof he killed Chloe, when there was blood on his hands! “

The Senior Group, "Carmen Road Academy Films" , took their film Political Agenda to the Palms for the Christchurch Finals as it was nominated for best use of the Wilhelm Scream. The Wilhelm Scream is a stock sound effect of a man screaming that has been used in more than 360 movies and countless television series, It was cleverly edited into our movie by James Cameron who has done a wonderful job of editing the team’s films for the last 4 years. The film had a real political message about young people taking up their right to vote.

Watching films gives performing arts students the chance to look at a range of genres and performances. Students viewed musicals like "Into the Woods" and "Little Shop of Horrors", and documentaries about New Zealand performers. The Globe Theatre in London produces a quality range of filmed live performances of Shakespearean plays, this year we added Othello and Titus Andronicus to our collection. Sweeney Todd helped Year 11 Drama learn about the melodrama of Victorian England and the film Steel Magnolias was an interesting comparison with the stage show we saw at the Court Theatre.