Guest Filmmaker. . .
In the spirit of The Shoot Out we have on many occasions invited celebrity guests to take on The Shoot Out challenge. Some of those challenges have been:-
In 1999 The Shoot Out Newcastle challenged The Newcastle Knights Football Team to make a Shoot Out Film. And They Did It! Starring Mathew and Andrew Johns the film told a cheeky story of the search for the football grail. This was the first public sighting of the infamous ‘Reg Reagan’.
In 2000 The Guest Filmmaker challenge was between 3 teams:
Ben Gillies from Silverchair
Merrick and Rosso formally Triple J now Nova 96.9, and
Jabba and the channel V team
In 2001 The Shoot Out Newcastle challenged:
Ben Steel (Solomon Kane, Home and Away), Christopher Egan (Eragon, Resident Evil, Home and Away)and Mitch Firth(Home and Away) formed The Home and Away Team
Kyle from The Austereo Network (Today FM and NX FM)
In 2002 The Shoot Out Challenged Ben Steel (Solomon Kane, Home and Away) to make a film on film in 24 hours; starring:-
SCOTT MAJOR neighbours, Always Greener, Envy, Wild Side, Heartbreak High.
SAL COCO Walk The Talk, Bootmen, Wildside, Two Hands, South Pacific, Looking For Alibrandi
ERIK THOMSON Packed to the Rafters, Black Balloon, All Saints, Xena, Pacific Drive
DENI HINES R&B Artist
LARA COX All Saints, Blue Water High, Angst, The Lost World, Head Start, also
JEREMY KEWLEY Stingers, Disappearance, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Janus
The Film Industry was pushed to its limits in support of this event. Working all hours of the night, Kodak, Panavision, Movielab, Spectrum Films, Video 8, ASC Rentals, Huzzasound, Soundfirm and Slice and Dice.
In 2003 The Shoot Out challenged Jeremy Kewley (Stingers, Blue Heelers) to make a film starring some on screen cops, Clayton Watson (Out of the Blue, Under the Radar, Always Greener, Matrix) and Rupert Reed (Matrix Reloaded, Water Rats and Blue Heelers) and some of Newcastle’s finest. The Boys in Blue featuring Snr Constable Tony Tamplin from the Newcastle Police.
In 2004, Rupert Reid (actor Matrix, Blue Heelers) took on the challenge and as director made his debut film in 24 hours. "It's like the extreme sport of film making – I like a challenge," Reid said. His film featured actor Jenni Baird who will swap her nurse's uniform for a sexy flight attendant's outfit in her first role since leaving All Saints. Baird, who is dividing her time between Sydney and Los Angeles, was back in Australia for a couple of months, and iswas excited to be taking part in the short film. "I'm excited about the idea of playing an air hostess. The idea is sexy and cool – it appeals to me," she said.