Arts, Community, Entertainment

Movie marathon for film makers

Marlborough movie makers will put their talents to the test as they team up to take on a mammoth timed task.

Supported by Screen Marlborough, filmmakers have just 48 hours to create a short film from scratch.

Titled 48Hours, the competition is New Zealand’s largest independent filmmaking competition.

And Blenheim run film organisation Random Directions are gearing up to pit their wits against other groups across the country.

Chris Lippiatt will be helping the team on Friday night as they get a concept and script together.

I’m a five-year veteran of 48hours and am stoked to be part of the Random Directions Team.

“I hope to see some skills shared, inspiration nurtured and one crazy ass movie getting made.”

The competition is now in its 19th year and entrants don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition.

All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48Hour window beginning Friday 5 March at 7 pm and ending Sunday 7 March at 7 pm.

“Whether you are a professional production company, a group of hobbyists, a school group or two friends with a smart phone you can enter, have fun and get your movie seen,” says Chris.

48hours team leader, and co-creator at Random Directions, Phil McKinnon says the team have a lot of creativity.

“This is right up our alley, the Random Directions Film Project we created is similar to 48hours, but on a much smaller scale, so we should have a pretty solid team of creative filmmakers and outside the box thinkers and its fantastic to have the support of Screen Marlborough behind us.”

In 2018 the Council entered into a three-year partnership with Screen Wellington to promote Marlborough as a screen destination.

Screen Marlborough also supports the development of Marlborough based talent and expertise in various aspects of filmmaking.

“Our team is made up of a dozen Marlburians who have a passion for filmmaking and fun.” adds Phil. “We have a lot of creativity and talent here in Blenheim and this is one way to be able to show that off.”

The Random Directions Film Festival will be in August and be held at Event Cinema in Blenheim.

Follow the Teams 48hour Journey on facebook @RandomDirectionsNZ

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