Pro­duc­ers make cut in re­gion­als

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS -

"Six out of the team of nine spent the whole week­end at EIT." Tessa Tylee, pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor

A team of EIT Screen stu­dents pulled off fast and fu­ri­ous as en­trants in HP48Hours, touted as “New Zealand’s largest guer­rilla film-mak­ing”.

The EIT team rose to the week­end chal­lenge, which set a topic for teams tak­ing part from all around the coun­try and re­quired them to com­plete their movies within 48 hours.

Work­ing with “back from the dead” as their topic, the Screen Pro­duc­tion stu­dents pulled it off with two hours to spare.

“That’s quite a feat,” says pro­gramme co- or­di­na­tor Tessa Tylee. “Many teams don’t even fin­ish the com­pe­ti­tion.”

“Six out of the team of nine spent the whole week­end at EIT, sleeping in the Screen Pro­duc­tion rooms. An­other class­mate brought them hot pizza on Satur­day night, which was her way of be­ing in­volved.”

Of the 22 east coast en­tries, 10 made the cut as re­gional fi­nal­ists. That in­cluded the EIT team, named ‘Pete’ after tu­tor Peter Janes. Some of the stu­dents trav­elled to Gis­borne for the re­gional judg­ing and al­though their team didn’t make the na­tion­als, they re­turned home with sev­eral awards.

The team won best use of a shadow (one of the ex­tra re­quire­ments for the film) and best score, which was pro­duced by Paul Marsters. They were also nom­i­nated for best edit­ing (Jor­dan Wood), best cin­e­matog­ra­phy ( Mitchell Knights) and best act­ing (Luke Chap­man).

Jor­dan found it good to see what he could deal with – “I wasn’t sure if I could get through it and I did.”

As a first-year Screen Pro­duc­tion stu­dent, Mitchell says to be thrown into op­er­at­ing the cam­era was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

While the week­end of film­ing was, as promised, a fu­ri­ously fast chal­lenge, Tessa says the stu­dents found it a fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The com­pe­ti­tion had brought them to­gether as a group, and they are now keen to en­ter again next year.

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