Filmmakers get fast and furious for 48 Hours
With his murderous days behind him, Johnny Barker is moving to the other side of the camera.
The 28-year-old Ponsonby resident is best known to New Zealanders for his role as serial killer Joey on Shortland Street.
But now the talented actor is putting on his director’s hat to compete in the V 48 Hours: Furious Filmmaking competition.
After Johnny and his team Lense Flare took out first place in the competition last year, they are seeing if they can make this year even better.
Johnny, who has been working “non-stop” on several projects since he left Shortland Street, says although he is tired, he is looking forward to being in the competition again.
“It’s draining but also incredibly exciting if you make it fun for yourselves.”
Each team of filmmakers is assigned a specific genre and have fewer than 48 hours to create an entire film from scratch.
Last year saw more than 500 teams, made up of 8000 people, competing for the $100,000 prize.
Lense Flare’s winning film last year saw the group draw on their varied talents to produce a musical.
“It was one of those times when you get pushed into a corner and just creatively explode,” says Johnny.
“It was a bold idea and everyone came into their own but it was pretty close to going the other way.”
The South Seas Film School graduate says being on the set of Shortland Street has also been a useful learning platform.
“Just being in that environment every day, you’re going to pick things up,” he says.
Johnny has certainly taken the ball and run with it since leaving the show, already having produced music videos and short films with the Lense Flare team.
They are also working on a documentary about Johnny’s life as the Shortland Street serial killer.
And his advice for anyone entering this year’s competition for the first time?
Keep it as simple as possible, he says.
It helps to break it right down by having one location, minimal characters and preparing your post-production.
Most importantly, he says: “Be prepared to stuff it all up.”
Competition organiser Ant Timpson, who launched the competition in 2003, says his only advice is to have fun.
Mr Timpson says the reason behind Lense Flare’s success last year was its infectious, fun tone. “It sustained the level of entertainment the whole time. I still like it after watching it more than 10 times.”
The V 48 Hours film competition will be held over the weekend May 16 to 18. Registrations close on May 1.
Ready, steady, film: Johnny Barker and his team Lense Flare say the V 48 Hours film competition is all about having fun.