Eight years of 48Hours
It’s taken Grand Cheval almost a decade to learn that story is the key component to a successful 48Hours.
The Auckland based HP 48Hours filmmaking competition team are set to enter their eighth event this weekend. Participants have just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film - until this year the length has been limited to seven minutes but has now been shortened to five.
Consisting of core members Cam Neate and Tom Furniss, Grand Cheval began when the pair were studying at Waikato University in 2007.
But despite not getting it in on time in that first year, they have since taken out the national title as well as a range of awards including best script and cinematography.
The pair say they love the competition because the brief turnaround enforces productivity.
‘‘You need these set things and these people giving you 48 hours and subject and genre to allow you to actually make something.’’
Regardless of what the competition hands them, narrative is always integral, they say. ‘‘For us it’s probably taken almost eight years to realise that story is so key,’’ Neate says.
Success also involves sleep as a low priority, Furniss says.
‘‘If anyone in the core part of your team is getting more than five hours sleep a night you’re not going to finish it, it’s going to be crap.’’