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
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.”