Film in the can, now it’s down to the nail-biting
Team Cromwell among 51 creative hopefuls
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.