Business end a winner

THE idea behind the film was simple: pick up after your dog on the beach.

The challenge was to get it done within 40 hours, with the only editing allowed being within the camera, and certain objects, phrase, and locations having to be included.

But first-time film-makers Malcolm Hill, Sandra Moon and Julie-ann Willis managed it, with their short film, Mind Your Own Business, winning this year's 40-hour Film Frenzy Best Film award.

"We were very surprised that we won," Ms Willis said.

She added that without a digital camera, the editing was quite difficult, and hav- ing to drive from location to location was time consuming.

"But it was heaps of fun," Ms Moon said.

Entries for the 40-hour film frenzy had to include certain locations and the phrase 'lighten up', as well as a Fox Studios keyring, to show that the film was shot within the set time period.

Judge and Birch Carroll and Coyle Manager James Jones said that Mind Your Own Business stood out because it had a good story and performer.

"The story was out there, with a lot of humour. It was simple and straight to the point," he said.

The Best Story award went to Product Smile, the story of a scientist going on virtual adventures and getting a chip in his brain to make him happier.

The Best Performer award went to Echoman, where the character tries to help the environment by stopping cars, which included running down the highway half naked.

Entries were screened at Birch Carroll and Coyle last Sunday, and it's now on to the next challenge for budding film-makers, with the Cool Bananas film festival entries now open. For more in- formation visit www.coolban-

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