Film­mak­ers get fast and fu­ri­ous for 48 Hours

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Ready, steady, film: Johnny Barker and his team Lense Flare say the V 48 Hours film com­pe­ti­tion is all about hav­ing fun.

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