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THE TRIBUNE, APRIL 25, 2012
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Back for more: Last year's budding UCOL film-makers, many of whom will be back for this year's movie challenge.
48 hours of action
UCOL Bachelor of Applied
Visual Imaging (BAVI)
videography papers will
once again be tested to their limits
in the 48-Hour Film Festival, which
starts on Friday May 18.
It's the seventh year that UCOL
teams have taken part in New
Zealand's largest film-making contest,
and the third year it has been
integrated as part of the second-year
BAVI course assessment.
UCOL video lecturer Mel Edmon
says: "This 48-Hour year is huge for us,
we have three second-year teams
entered and one third-year team. The
second-years are required to
participate as part of their assessment.
The third-years just couldn't help
themselves, and are doing it because
they loved the experience so much last
Mel says the contest is a great way
for students to learn by doing. "They
have to plan well and work together to
meet a very tight deadline. It's a
brilliant assessment tool."
All teams are assigned a movie
genre at 7pm on the Friday night. They
must then write their script, produce
storyboards, arrange locations,
costumes and props before their shoot
begins on the Saturday morning.
Editing and post-production takes
place as the film is still being shot. All
entries must be submitted by the 7pm
The UCOL crews are already
preparing for the busy weekend by
scouting possible locations and
forming basic storylines.
"The more they can pre-plan the
better the weekend goes," says Mel. As
usual, the teams have tons of energy,
but they are going to need it."
There will be blues a-plenty at the Old
Railway Hotel on Thursday May 3,
when UCOL's Certificate in
Contemporary Music students take to
The free gig, from 6-9pm, is the
second of eight live performances the
students will present as part of their
During the year, the students
form bands and are trained to
perform in eight different musical
genres including blues, rock,
homegrown (Kiwi), reggae, country,
pop, urban and rock 'n' roll.
Each of the bands is required to
perform two "covers" of their own
choosing and arrangement, a song
they have composed themselves
and a "control" song.
Led by local musicians and UCOL
lecturers Kane Parsons and Graham
Johnston, the certificate programme
is in its third year.
There are regular band rehearsals,
13 hours per week of classroom
tuition and practical tutorials
covering music theory, composition,
music arrangement and band
The Contemporary Music
students will also perform Kiwi
homegrown music at Murphy's Law
bar on Thursday May 31.
Concert supports Street Van
Veteran entertainer Ray Woolf
will lead a lineup of local
artists in Concert 12, this
year's big Street Van concert
at the Regent on Broadway.
Themed Anzus Alliance: the best in
American, Australian and New Zealand
popular music, the show hits the stage
on Saturday 12 May at 7.30pm.
Audiences will get an enjoyable
night out with a bonus: their ticket
money will help to keep Palmerston
North's iconic Street Van running.
The Street Van, the only one of its
kind in New Zealand, gets people,
especially young women, safely home
from the city late at night.
Run by co-ordinator and city
councillor Lew Findlay, the van has
been a familiar sight around town for
There are actually three vans: one is
based in The Square, and another two
travel around the streets from
Thursday to Saturday night. ''There are
certain roads we go round all the time.
Ferguson Street is one of the regular
streets,'' says Mr Findlay. On Thursdays,
it's ''student night'' and for many, stuck
without a lift in the small hours maybe
miles from home, the van's cheerful
drivers are godsends.
''Street Van has taken people to
Woodville, Dannevirke, Pahiatua. I can
guarantee we go to Feilding at least
once every night,'' Mr Findlay adds.
''We even get letters from the United
States, England and other places,
thanking Street Van for taking their
The van project is mainly self-
funding, he explains, with running
costs coming from the annual concert
and the November street appeal, along
with some financial aid from the city
council, help from the business
community and individual donations.
''Demand for services has been
ballooning lately,'' says Mr Findlay,
''especially since Street Van moved
into town.'' (The van and its sister
organisation, the Shepherd's Rest
Trust, now operate out of an office on
Four part-time and two fulltime-
equivalent workers are paid.
But there are also more than 500
unpaid volunteers on the books,
including 120 street van drivers.
Street Van doesn't charge for its
services: giving out food, taking
people home, parent support groups
and work with the Shepherds' Rest
City councillor Adrian Broad joined
the Street Van and Shepherds' Rest
team about six months ago. He's paid
for 15 volunteer hours weekly, but all
up, spends 25 hours a week on the job
at the King Street office.
He says up to 10 people a day come
in, needing help, needing someone to
talk to. Their problems include
poverty, drug and alcohol issues,
mental-health challenges. About 50
homeless people are housed at five
Shepherds' Rest Trust houses around
The Street Van Concert is sponsored
this year by the Rotary Club of
Palmerston North and local businesses.
They will also arrange some special
audience guests: children who could
never otherwise afford to see a show.
extravaganza should once again be
a great night out, as well as a
chance to make a real difference in
someone's life. For tickets, phone
357 9740 or visit the Regent on
Broadway box office.
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