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Numerous Production Teams
Various, including - Main Camera, Lighting, General Production, Production Co-Ordinator, Production
Assistant, Runner, Still Photos, Effects Wrangler, Sound Editor, Main and Background Actor.
2010 Wellington Regional Finalist & 2006 Dunedin Regional Finalist
2006, 2008 - 2014

Originally based as part of the worldwide 48 Hour Film Project, the
New Zealand 48HOURS film making compeition has run yearly since
2003. Every year since 2006, except for '07 due to work, I have worked
one one of these films with a team of friends in a variety of roles. Twice
films I've been involved with have made it to regional finals, and each
year provides it's own rewards and challenges. Instead of creating a
page for each film, I've included them here with information on each

In 2014 aside from doing the New Zealand event, I also took part in the
international event in Brasov, Romania in July and London in November.

2006 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2014-B | 2014-C |

"Speed Dating"
Callum Macdonald, Nic Roland - Team Telenovela - Dunedin, NZ - 2006
Camera Operator, Production Assistant - Opening Sequence, General Production
Dunedin City Regional Finalist

Genre - Road Movie

After dabbling in the 2005 48 Hour Film Competition, I decided to help out on the 2006 shoot being organised by that year's CowTV producer Nic Roland. The genre we got was Road Movie, and during the pitching of ideas and keywords I blurted out 'Internet Dating.' Followed later by the idea of shooting two people who crash into each other by framing them coming from one direction each at all times (guy from left, girl from right) allowing split screens of travel.

This later idea really pushed the concept forward and people went with it, but ironically the shooting idea went out the window while the crashing, internet dating thing stayed.

My other issue was work I had to actually do over the weekend, so aside from helping plan the script with the rest of the team, the only shooting I got to do was for the opening scene at night. Working with one of the other cameramen, John Fleming, we attempted to make car crash scene in the middle of nowhere and then shoot and clean up quickly before we attracted too much attention.

The rest of the shoot was split into two crews who shot during the day. One team, led by Nic, shot the girls part, and one other, apparently led by Callum Macdonald, shot the guys. Then the whole thing was edited back at the station with a title graphic made by Tony Moore.

The film went on to be a Dunedin City finalist, which was a great buzz for those involved, and even though I didn't get to do much I was hooked into the idea of the competition for sure.

Jez Brown, Carly Mackay - Team Cupcake Go! 6.5 - Wellington, NZ - 2008
Camera, Lighting, and Production Assistant, Runner
Genre - Action

I'd moved back to Wellington at the very end of 2006. However having been stuck at work for the 2007 48 Hours event and not being able to make it in, I made sure I was free for the 2008 event, at least on the two shooting days. Having missed the pitching session and scripting on the Friday night, when I arrived on our location on the Saturday morning I was surprised to find organised chaos in what must have been a 35+ person crew.

I ended up being a mixture of runner, lighting assistant and 'Jez Wrangler', trying to make sure our director was kept on track of his work and not side tracked by too many questions and distractions where possible. As the day wore on I became more of a general directors assistant on top of the runner duties, going between "departments" that had seemingly set up, and finally also helping as a secondary camera assistant with some of the more tricky shots, including a dolly zoom that is at the end of the film.

The idea of the film was to do with a guy who comes to a hotel with the latest super intelligent A.I., which then goes haywire and attempts to trap him, and a local escort girl it ordered, in the hotel room. As far as action went, it wasn't the most action packed, but we also got good humor in there and the finished film got some great laughs. Sadly the film suffered from some audio level issues when first displayed, with our A.I. character voice over not appearing in some places.


"Insert The Turtle"
Jez Brown, Carly Mackay - Team Cupcake Go! 6.6 - Wellington, NZ - 2009
Production General, Lighting and Camera Rigs, Background Actor

Genre - Revenge

For the 2009 48 Hours I was sadly stuck at work on both Friday evening and most of Saturday until mid-evening. This means I was only able to arrive for my usual teams evening shoot. Compared to last years crazy production number, this year the much smaller team was shooting with a handicam in a office supply closet and mostly with a single actor.

Being around to help I setup and moved around the light they were using for some of the shots and then got asked to sit at a desk and be a bit part actor who just looks confused at what has just happened at the end of the film. I was working in the Sunday evening as well but came in during the day to help on the edit, doing some audio edit work to assist the main editor before he would work on exporting it out.

It was a simple affair and the story probably wasn't as well explained in the film as people had originally intended, the revenge thing - a required element - wasn't so obvious. Additionally to this, the export was going to be to a DVD this year - which caused problems, and we didn't get the film in on time. I still also have no idea where the title came from, but I did enjoy setting up and helping make the title work as part of the character's action in the film.



"Lake Flaccid"
Jez Brown, Anna Pendergrast - Team Cupcake Go! 6.7 - Wellington, NZ - 2010
Production General, Production Co-Ordinator, Runner, Still Photos, Effects Wrangler
Wellington Regional Finalist

Genre - Musical

2010's 48 Hour entry was to be an amazing event. When we first got our genre, musical, it sent us briefly into a spiral as some of the crew had ended up with Musical back in 2005 and had greatly struggled with it.

But somehow a comment about dance musicals and then Michael Jackson's Thriller music video started a concept for a zombies vs. vampires thing, and then that spun off into a lake side camp thing ala Friday the 13th, and eventually into a fleshed out movie - with lots of fake blood.

The issue was the writer/director, Jez, also had to help co-write the music, leading to an epic overnight session of ideas and then most of the day making music so it could be played on set. Then go and direct the shooting ofthe thing the following night. I could just tell how tired he was getting the longer the shoot went, and I hate to think what it was like to be him by the time he finished shooting on Sunday morning.

hooting didn't begin until close to sunset to get a lakeside shot (actually shot on the beach at Oriental Parade in Wellington's city, but framed to not give any clue of this) and then moved to a series of night shots in the Mt. Vic forest and nearby crew member flats. Shooting didn't finish until half way through the night, but it was also the most unified I'd seen both cast and crew ever be on a 48 hour film shoot.

This year I took on a full production assistant role, being the right hand for both the director during the shoot and the producer during both shooting and production. This often meant co-ordinating various areas and getting missing materials or much needed equipment. I also did the occassional runner task while doing this just to sort out stuff like food to eat and other such runner events. Every once and a while too I would take some production stills on one of the other crew's camera.

The film was well recieved in it's screening, and we recieved great feedback. The fun on set obviously spilt into the film itself. From that we went on to find out we'd managed to make it into the Wellington Regional final. We managed to win Best Makeup in the award catagories, but sadly didn't progress any further than this.



Jez Brown, Carly Mackay, Anna Pendergrast - Team Cupcake Go! 6.8 - Wellington, NZ - 2011
Main Camera Op, General Production

Genre - Road Movie

Sweetcorn was a tough but fun film for the 2011 48 Hour competition. After last years success in getting into the finals, we had hoped we could pull off another decent effort. We ended up with Road Movie, for most of us this was once again. I had had it with my team in 2006, and one of our Producers - Carly, had also had it the same year I had also in Dunedin. The pitching and ideas are a blur to me, but somehow we ended up with bicycles and a whole hick inbred family thing, espcially with our frequent actor, John, dressed up as a lady in a well undersold gag that got good laughs.

The shoot needed something looking rural, but also couldn't be too far from Wellington City to make it an easy location for lots of our production to get to. But it also couldn't be too busy either. After scouring around locations at night, we ended up by the Maupuia hills near the local Prison, just above Miramar. Here was a stretch of road that looked rural enough, but allowed us to be close to a city looking area but not too busy either.

The shoot day was fun. We started as early as we could for us, which considering getting everything sorted, was just after lunch. Being the first day shoot we'd done in years we took a while to get adjusted at first too. Of course with this we ended up battling daylight to get the shoot done in time, and ended up pushing out the last scenes into the fading light.

Considering we shot in a chronological order, this actually wasn't too bad for the film, but meant that getting consistant or good looking light was always going to be a concern, especially in the edit. We ended up shooting a second camera from a DSLR another crew member had to avoid losing all the light, however without realising he was shooting in 24p (opposed to my 25p) meaning we had to convert his material which softened the images a little sadly. As usual the art department and costumes worked a wonder however and we solidly sold the hick concept, and generally the film was feeling good.

The idea for the film was fine, but I don't think we sold the jokes as well as it originally looked on paper... even naming the film was a difficult situation with us taking half a day on the Sunday just pitching things before settling on a reference to a joke in the film. On a technical side, aside from the softness of some shots, everything else seemingly went smooth, and we got the film in with plenty of time to spare. We did okay in reviews, but didn't get a chance in on a second year in the Wellington finals.


"Big Ben's Big Bean Challenge"
Alwyn Dale, Becca Barnes, Carly Mackay, Anna Pendergrast - Team Cupcake Go! 6.9/Team Cupcake Squidwig - Wellington, NZ - 2012
Main Camera Op, General Production
Plays alongside "Wheel Love" as a two team/two sides of the same story film.

Genre - Underdog

48 Hour weekend has returned, this year we're taking on the idea of doing two films that are linked as one. This also means two sets of teams, our mostly usual Team Cupcake Go guys, and some of our Director's friends in Squidwig Productions (this year as Team Cupcake Squidwig) The idea ended up not being trouble free however,
with our usual director Jez, having to drop out of duties due to conflicts with the direction the films headed into. This was even after the original pitching session for these got more heated than other years, but came down to a lot of no to this, no to that from certain people until the two genres we got (underdog story and romantic comedy) almost seemingly vanished for a while.

As part of the two story team, I went off to be Camera Operator on our teams side of the story - Big Ben's Big Bean Challenge - which had us shooting at the Mt. Vic Bowling Club, standing in for the inside of a standard pub. Story mostly consisted of our main character trying to get his courage and lady back by beating the local bean eating legend at an eat off. The beginning and end of the films tie into the other story which follows his lady on a roller skating date.

While starting much later than we originally expected, the shoot went mostly smoothly. My main regret was in not checking consistancy of lighting and color, but we had very limited lighting gear and knew there wouldn't be much time for color work in edit sadly. The finished edit was quicker than I'd seen in 48 Hours before, due to us having a different editor who'd come from a News editing background. However after that was all in place, the director spent a lot of time fiddling and we were in a rush to get the export out in time based on how much time we'd seen the rendering counter show. It didn't matter in the end, as it sped up and we got the film in with time to spare.

When we got to the screening however the short was disqualified. Sadly however none of us noticed that once we added the opening and closing from other film to link our films together, the runtime on our film had gone way over the 48 Hour comp limit of 7 minutes (our run time was over 8), meaning it wasn't in the competition. We were commended however on the two film idea, something no one else apparently had done in the nine years of the comp so far.


Becca Barnes, Alywn Dale, Anna Pendergrast - Squidwig Productions - Wellington, NZ - 2013
Main Camera Op, General Production

Genre - Immobilized

For 2013's 48Hour Competition I teamed up with producer Anna Pendergrast, who I'd worked with in the few previous years, as well as Becca Barnes and Alwyn Dale who I had worked with just the previous year, to produce an "Immobilized" type film. This basically meant someone who got trapped in one place for a large chunk of the film. Pitching ideas didn't go as smoothly as previous years, and in the end the Producers/Directors decided themselves after some other ideas to basically make a monster movie mostly under a house.

I was asked to be camera operator again this year, and basically worked on the fly to create shots and movements around the placement of actors as we got to and ran through the script in our locations. Filming didn't take as long as in previous years overall, even with two very far apart locations being used to create the one area. One
was mostly for above the crawlspace, in a kitchen. The other, a larger space under anothe house, allowed us to shoot much more coverage underneath. However, through editing Sunday became a larger than expected pickup day, especially when it came to audio that was needed or missing.

The film was handed in on time with no major technical issues or problems. The finished film also rated well with the local audiences as far as the reviews on the competition website went, however we did not make it into the Wellington finals after that. Competition was exceptionally high and and the eventual Wellington winner was a stunning film however, and went on win the overall competition nationwide.


Jez Brown - Bunny Shart - Wellington, NZ - 2014
Actor, General Production

Genre - Film within a Film

"One" might have been the most extreme ends of a 48Hour production, being both somewhat the most fun but also the most difficult to make in the several years I've been involved with the competition. I originally contacted people to see who was involved in a 48Hour film for the year to find none of the previous people I'd worked with had plans, except in contacting Jez I somehow sparked an idea of him making a return. And so a week out we had scope of a 10 person team making a return to the competition. However by Thursday our 10 person team was just two, Jez and Myself. This would make creating the film possibly far more interesting. The weekend was also over Daylight Savings giving each team an actual 49 hour length this time around.

I managed however then to wrangle David Duxfield, a co-worker from Avalon, into our team as well as Kirstin Cambie, another co-worker when she was free from work. Jez would later find an actress for a needed female part, and our usual producer Anna stopped in briefly on Sunday to make sure our paperwork was done. However this also meant Jez was reliant on me acting in the film, something I've never done (and likely will never do again). I expected this wouldn't help our progress and indeed I blew through take after take after take. Additionally prancing around in skin tight white suits for part of the film as well, put me well out of a normal comfort zone as far as films for 48 Hours went.

With such limited numbers for our team we mostly had to take on dual roles, which also meant we were not looking great when we only wrapped filming at 3pm on Sunday with minmal editing done so far. The idea was also far more ambiticous than we probably should have gone for, with a reality within a relality Quantum Leap inspired concept. Indeed we missed the 7pm hand in and arrived just after 8pm with not much more than an assemembly cut of what we shot. Our 48 hour project, with the extra hour and the hour late, became a 50 Hour film.

"Merge Secundele"
Razvan Pirlog, Adrian Eremia, Vlad Ionel, Victor Jantea - Noobz - Brasov, Romania - 2014
Director of Photography
Winner of Best Actress, Best Use of Prop, and Best Editing

Genre - Time Travel

I ended up signing up for the team list in Romania in case someone was looking for an extra crew member and didn't mind my lack of Romanian. Adrian from Team Noobz was the first to get in touch and so for the weekend I joined their team in Brasov. As always the discussion on how best to tackle the genre was probably one of the hardest and even when I left at 3am on the Saturday morning thinking things were finally looking to be in place, I returned to find the team still planning the film out later in the morning.

I shot the first part of the day in the alleyway and attempted to do my best in getting coverage of the scene for editing purposes. Aside from collecting some other outdoors shots, the rest of the film would be shot in one interior location and it was there we spent the next dozen or so hours working. My focus for the rest of the shoot was mostly the light and look of the interiors and left the producer to shoot based on what the directors and other production members decided to use. There was a lack of coverage shot which came across in the edit, but in general the film was a blast and worked better than we may have first thought it would.

The concept was reasonably simple in the end but came across slightly more complex on screen. A guy goes out to buy flowers for his girlfriend on their anniversary and meets a gypsy who sells him a camera. The camera ends up sending the user back into the past, but the gypsy ends up coming back to collect both his camera and the users of it. The film was in the local finals automatically as there is only 8 films in total for the local competition. From it the film won Best Actress, Best Use of Prop (a pipe), and best Editing.


"What We Are"
Marcus E. Ako, Michael Burhan - 8ft Ants - London, England - 2014
Sound Recording

Genre - Film de Femme (film with one or more strong female leads)

Much like with the Romania team, I registered my details for the London event via the offical website and was contacted by Marcus Ako about joining their team 8ft Ants for the event in November 2014.

I met the team late due to work on the launch night at the launch venue where the idea for the film was already fully formed and Marcus had begun scripting it. We proceeded to unintentionally tour around south London trying to get to our overnight accomodation/shooting location before changing to yet another and bigger filming location for the film.

My role, while not exactly my normal background, was sound recording - being done so externally to Director Michael Burhan's laptop. The idea would be for the editor to edit the footage (which had poor camera mic audio only) and replace the sound with my recordings. Sadly the editor did a basic edit which also didn't include much if any of our audio recordings combined with no grading meant our finished product wasn't as strong as we felt we had shot. Live and learn for next time.

The film did make it and and screened with no issues, but we didn't manage any awards for the shoot. However the team on the shoot worked so well we've already got back together again and shot one other short with another on the way soon.


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