Film in the can, now it’s down to the nail-bit­ing

Team Cromwell among 51 creative hope­fuls

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The script, film­ing and edit­ing is wrapped up and now it’s a wait­ing game for the 18 mem­bers of Team Cromwell who en­tered the Rialto Chan­nel 48 Hours film com­pe­ti­tion. The national com­pe­ti­tion, which was held for 48 hours be­tween May 24 and 26, has run for the past 11 years and teams were re­quired to pro­duce a short film us­ing the genre Ro­bot, Cy­borg and An­droid, which re­mained un­known un­til the start of the com­pe­ti­tion. Team Cromwell be­gan brain­storm­ing and cre­at­ing story boards for the short film once the genre was re­leased and, seven long hours later, which hap­pened to be at 2am, the script for the screen­play was ready. A busy day of film­ing fol­lowed at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions be­fore the film was edited and sent off to com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers for the 7pm dead­line on May 26. Mr Lum said, ‘‘I don’t think we put out a Ter­mi­na­tor movie or Lost in Space but there is a bit of drama’’. The line of dia­logue ‘‘did you hear that?’’ needed to be a part of the film as well as a char­ac­ter named Vic Meyer, who was an in­som­niac. Team Cromwell’s plot fol­lowed Vic Meyer into a dream and her daugh­ter’s de­ci­sion to try to save her life by us­ing cy­borg medicine tech­nol­ogy. Otago and South­land com­pe­ti­tion man­ager Craig Storey said the stan­dard of en­tries for the Dunedin sec­tion, which in­cluded the two re­gions, this year had been bril­liant. A panel of seven judges is ex­pected to meet this week to pick the top 12 short films from the 51 en­tered in the sec­tion. A to­tal of 828 en­tries were re­ceived na­tion­ally. If the team make it into the top 12 their film will go be­fore a national judg­ing panel with the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion be­ing an­nounced on July 17.

And ac­tion: Team Cromwell mem­bers, from left, Ray­mond Lum, Emily Gif­ford, Erin Cole, Susi Swhon, Odette Bride, Dan­nella Smallridge, Hermione Kemp, Liz Brown, Eloise Cole, Erika Hol­low, Natasha Pasco with Jess Hol­low and Ethan Wed­lock who are sit­ting in the tree.

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