Film crew in finals

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Southland film-maker and Super Furious Ninja Dragon director of photography James Wilkinson at work on Super Furious Ninja Dragon's short film Office Fighter for the HP48Hours film-making competition. Photo: Supplied

FOR the third consecutive year, the efforts of a team of Southland film-makers have been recognised.

Super Furious Ninja Dragon’s short film Office Fighter has received eight award nominations in the HP48Hours Dunedin regional final being held on Saturday.

The film has been nominated for best production design, best animation, best editing, best sound design, best use of required elements – puddle and best use of required elements – door slam.

As well, Matt Inns has been nominated for best director and Maggie Watts for best performer.

The team of 12, consisting mainly of Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) students, is one of 10 groups in the Dunedin finals. The grand final is on July 14.

“We are all honoured and excited to be going to the regional finals and see how we get on,” Super Furious Ninja Dragon team member James Wilkinson said.

HP48Hours is a New Zealand “guerrilla” film-making competition in which film-makers make a short film no longer than five minutes long, which must be written, shot and edited within a designated 48-hour period. This year’s shoot was held on May 11-13.

Film-makers don’t know what genre or what elements must be included in the film they will be shooting until the start of the competition.

The genre for this year’s competition was splatstick, a genre of film which blends slapstick-style comedy with splatfest blood and gore-filled horror.

Mr Wilkinson said Office Fighter was an office drama in which each time a particular character was faced with an office confrontation the shot reverted to an old-school fighting game. They used a green screen to digitally produce the blood effects, which took two team members 36 hours to produce.

This was the third year they had entered a team in the competition.

Mr Wilkinson said the first year they won the Dunedin regional finals.

Last year they placed second in the Dunedin regional final, but were awarded the Peter Jackson wildcard entry into the national final in Auckland where they took out the cinematography award.

The secret to their success?

“We just love what we do. We do it for fun and that sort of comes through.

“Also having access to the fantastic facilities at SIT.”

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