Eight years of 48Hours

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - HUGH COLLINS

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.’’

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