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Friday, April 28, 2006

What is 48Hours?

We;ve had quite a few questions, asking, "What is 48Hours?"

This has been taken from the 48Hours website

"48Hours is officially NZ's largest film competition. When it comes to shooting movies no one quite does it like 48HOURS. Past winners/competitors have gone on to make features and direct TV series – will you be the next?

"This is the most intense film school on the planet and is seriously challenging for first timers right through to experienced directors.

"The weekend 48Hours takes place each year is responsible for: equipment/rental facilities selling out, actors suddenly cancelling commercials, celebrity friends being abused, broken bones, relationships ending, moments of pure ecstasy, absolute exhaustion, extreme bonding, mountains of fun, production gear disappearing, freakouts, office spaces destroyed and more digital filmmaking genius than a 1000 monkeys could shake sticks at.

"The competition started in 2003 with 44 teams in Auckland only. The following year it grew to 80 teams in Auckland and 45 teams in Wellington. In 2005 the competition became a truly national competition with Christchurch and Dunedin joining the chaos and 270 entering the competition. Even Peter Jackson joined the fun as a Judge with big pockets.

"Teams have just 48 hours to create an entire short film – this means writing, shooting and editing – or die trying. Shorts are then seen in cinemas and judged by a huge appreciative audience. The top 8-12 from each city are chosen by a panel of judges to compete in their city's final. And then, the best short from each city competes in a live TV National Final on C4.
So... are you ready? Hurry up and sign up for one weekend you'll never forget.

"Hundreds of teams compete.
Hundreds of thousands watch.

So that's 48Hours in a big-ish nutshell!

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