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Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:08 pm

Filmmakers get set to shoot a movie in two days

FILM IT: Wellington V48 Hour Film Competition teams will discover their movie briefs at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre tomorrow night. IMAGE: Kimberley McCombie

V48 Hour Film Competition is offering free entry to Christchurch teams participating this year and filmmakers there have jumped at the opportunity.

Competition organisers and V decided to cover the costs because they wanted to help show their support to Christchurch and help make things easier for team members to register.

“It’s worth it, to give back to Christchurch,” says Christchurch manager Andrew Todd.

The biggest number of Christchurch teams registered in the past was 78, but this year 144 registrations have been received.

People are looking for a creative outlet, and the registration fees being removed are part of the reason why registration numbers increased, Mr Todd believes.

“[They are] keen to get out and have a good time,” says Mr Todd.

He says V48 Hours has been running in Christchurch for about six or seven years and teams have started to enter on a regular basis.

There is a change in the judging system for this year’s competition.

In the past judges helping to pick seven winners and filmmaker Peter Jackson chooses up to three wildcards to go through to the final.

“This year is kind of different, the pool goes to TVNZ for screening and the top 10 are chosen and Peter Jackson chooses one to three wildcards,” says Mr Todd.

He says this will be a huge change, but is a better way of judging the contestants.

“It is the highlight of the year and we spend the year looking forward to the next one,” says Mr Todd.

Meanwhile, Wellingtonians are also getting the chance to compete in the 48 hour film competition, which runs from tomorrow – May 19 – to Sunday.

The teams will head to Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre tomorrow night to find out what their genre, prop, line of dialogue and camera shot is.

Once each team has received its brief, filmmakers start writing, producing and editing, but must finish by Sunday night, to have a chance to qualify for the Wellington regional competition.

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