“Mary’s Descent” By Jericho Rock-Archer, is a clever short film from a New Zealand-based crew and narrates the story of an environmental tourist who shows up in a place where he should not. The team behind this short film includes producer Joshua Rollo and director of photography Ollie Stent.
An interesting fact about Mary’s Descent film project is that it was written, shot and edited in only 48 hours as this was one of the key requirements of HP48HOURS competition for which this movie was made.
HP48Hours is New Zealand’s largest guerrilla filmmaking competition. Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition.
All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 pm and ending Sunday at 7 pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements.
In previous years, they have included lines of dialogue, props, characters and special camera moves. The best films are selected by judges to compete in the city finals. Then the judges select the best of the best and along with Peter Jackson’s Wildcards, compete in a massive Grand Final offering fabulous prizes and glory.