Forty-eight-hour film competition finalists (from left)
Woody Bruce, Cameron Hunt, Sam Mehrtens, Sam Reynolds,
Isabel Aitchison and Sam Kitson. Photo supplied.
Six Dunedin students ''bounced back'' from a
disqualification to make the grand finals of the national
48-hour film competition.
SML Productions director and editor Cameron Hunt (22), of
Wellington, said he learnt this month the short film We Run
the Night he created with producer Sam Reynolds (22), of
Hawkes Bay, cinematographer Woody Bruce (21), of Rotorua,
composer Sam Mehrtens (22), of Queenstown, lead actor Sam
Kitson (22), of Christchurch, and lead actress Isabel
Aitchison (21), of Taranaki, had made the grand finals of the
The whole team studied at the University of Otago with the
exception of Mr Bruce, who studied at Otago Polytechnic, Mr
In May, the team had 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a
short film, with the stipulation there be no dialogue, Mr
With a minute spare, the team entered a 4.5-minute ''love
story in reverse, that starts at the end and ends at the
start'', he said.
The film included scenes in the Octagon and the Dunedin
''It has a lovely shot of Dunedin from up there.''
Last year - the first year SML Productions entered the
competition - the team was disqualified when it entered a
film 4 minutes late, he said.
''This year we really bounced back and have done awesome,''
Mr Hunt said.
They would go up against 10 other grand finalists at the
Auckland Civic Theatre on Tuesday.
The films will be streamed live at Metro Cinema in Dunedin
and entry is by gold coin donation.