Slasher film earns top marks
THEY were cutting it fine but this team of film-savvy students now has a trophy to prove its film-making worth.
Five Western Springs College students took home the Best School Team award at the 48-Hour Film Festival last Friday with their ‘‘revenge’’ film Malice.
Each entrant is given a genre, several compulsory features to include and has just one weekend to write, shoot and edit their short film.
It is no easy task, but the Western Springs team managed to pull it off and hand in its entry with 30 minutes to spare.
The group calls itself Filmsplats and comprises teenagers Benjamin Zambo, Jimi Frizzell, Matilda BoeseWong, Jack Connor and Zac Johnson.
It’s the first time the school has won the final.
‘‘We were totally convinced we weren’t going to win so we were so shocked when we heard our name,’’ 17-year-old Zac says.
‘‘We actually hadn’t seen what we were handing in on the day because we didn’t have time.’’
Sixteen-year-old Matilda was so determined to make the deadline she ended up with some battle wounds after falling over on the run to the finish line.
The Herne Bay teenager says the film itself is a bit of a gore-fest.
‘‘We always wanted to have blood in it right from the very beginning – we didn’t want to make a comedy, we wanted to make a slasher film with lots of blood.’’
And there is an awful lot of blood – but don’t worry, it’s actually just a mixture of golden syrup and chocolate sauce.
It is the fourth time they have been in the festival.
This year they had to make do without team-mate Olly Clifton who is overseas.
Western Springs College’s head of media studies Deb Thompson says the team’s effort was amazing.
‘‘They’re the best team for it. They’re really enthusiastic and they’re always editing and creating their own films,’’ she says.
Take five: Students from Western Springs College took out the Best School Team award at the 48 Hour Film Festival. From left: Benjamin Zambo, Jack Connor, Matilda Boese-Wong, Zac Johnson and Jimi Frizzell.
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see the Western Springs College team’s winning film.