Fu­ri­ous film-mak­ers in fi­nal

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION - By ALASTAIR LYNN

Many projects can be easily com­pleted in 48 hours but mak­ing a film is not one of them.

Sleep is swept aside for the Rialto Chan­nel 48hours Fu­ri­ous Film­mak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

Run­ning on lit­tle more than three hours’ rest a night, Auck­land team Chess Club were ‘‘ com­pletely wrecked’’ by the end of their week­end but made it through to the na­tional fi­nals.

‘‘It usu­ally takes about a week to re­cover,’’ Chess Club mem­ber Barnaby Fredric says.

The friends have been en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion since 2009 and af­ter six years the hard work, strong cof­fee and long hours have paid off.

‘‘It’s one of those things you look for­ward to,’’ Fredric says.

‘‘When you’re do­ing it you of­ten ques­tion if it’s all worth the crazy hours. Af­ter­wards you re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.’’

More than 800 teams spent May 1 to 3 fran­ti­cally mak­ing an en­tire film from scratch.

Teams were given the genre at 7pm on the Fri­day and were re­spon­si­ble for writ­ing, shoot­ing, edit­ing and adding a mu­si­cal sound­track.

Chess Club team mem­ber Paul Har­rop says be­ing asked to cre­ate a mu­si­cal seemed a daunt­ing task.

‘‘It was a blast,’’ he says. ‘‘ We were wor­ried to be­gin with but all the songs were epic.’’

Har­rop de­scribes the team’s win­ning en­try Bread Win­ner as a tale of heart­break, re­venge and de­ceit.

‘‘It’s Les Mis­er­ables mixed with Kill Bill for bread,’’ the Mt Roskill res­i­dent says.

The group must now bide their time un­til the na­tional fi­nals on July 4.

De­spite mak­ing it so far in the com­pe­ti­tion, Har­rop in­sists win­ning is not the ul­ti­mate goal.

‘‘We are just a group of five guys who do it for fun.

‘‘It’s not just for pro­fes­sional groups who have a big cast and lots of fund­ing. We look back on the whole thing and just think: ‘Wow, that was awe­some’.’’

Photo: KELLY NEW­LAND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

48 Hours Fu­ri­ous Film­mak­ing Auck­land win­ners Barnaby Fredric, Sam Bunkall, James Kupa, Paul Har­rop and To­mas Cot­tle.

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