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Published by: Jake Pearce on Mar 02, 2009
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may/june 2006
nt Timpson is a film buff from way back. This self-confessed movie nerd knows more about the big screenthan most die-hard rugby fans know about the injuries of Buck Shelford—and there have been a few.But ask Timpson if he knew how happily his own filmcareer would progress and he shakes his head. “I’ve beenstunned at the volume,” he says.Not volume as in sound, but volume in entries. Timpson is founder of the48Hour film festival, a competition to find the best short film made withina precisely-timed 48-hour period. The wacky, stress-filled, movie smack-down has become a cause célèbre, not just in the rarefied airs of Grey Lynnmovie circles, but for anyone half-competent with a digital camera and asister with acting skills. In its first year the competition attracted 88 entries inWellington and Auckland. By year three it almost tripled to 234 entries andexpanded to Christchurch and Dunedin. This year the competition is beingrun nationwide and Timpson expects entries to pass 450.“It might plateau at year five, I guess,” he says. We doubt it.Suddenly it feels like we’re all filmmakers. In fact we are. The world’s mostpopular camera brand is not one the professionals would necessarily pick.It’s Nokia. There are already 350 million camera phones out there, meaningwe’ve all become snap-happy movie makers and photographers. Flickr, apicture-sharing website, boasts over 100 million photographs on its servers,up from 15 million just a year ago.Suddenly we’re all publishers too: research firm Pew claims 44% of American adults have created some kind of Internet content. We’re now allhistorians (Wikipedia), columnists (blogs), book reviewers (Amazon), moviecritics (everyonesacritic.net), advertising creatives (Trade Me) or globalauthorities on matters obscure (visit any specialty site).Thanks to technology you can be a singer (Songstar), a musician(GarageBand), a disc jockey (MP3 players), TV programmer (MySky),model (MySpace) and designer (go to Nike.com and design your next shoe).You might have a
in your bottom drawer but printing anddistributing it was always beyond the ability of most ordinary folk. Now youcan it take to Blurb.com, where wannabe authors can have their masterpiecepublished for as little as $50.Digital technology has lowered the barriers that once stood between JoePublic and his artistic cousins. It’s a massive change. Marketers have evencoined a snazzy new name for this onslaught of digital artists: Generation C.
Internationally-celebrated film maker
Film editor, actor
Big break:
Winning the 48Hour film festivaltwice gave Gerard and collaborator Luke Sharpthe money and clout to pitch a comedy/drama series called
The Last Year 
 to TV3.The show awaits NZ On Airfunding.“There are so many creativeand talented people in thiscountry who don’t make it becausethey’re not in the right place atthe right time. I hope that digitaltechnology can change that.”

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