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Your Chance to Direct a Project with Star Trek Beyond Director Justin Lin

posted by Randall

InterpretationsBy Anderson
Reposted from YOMYOMF

By popular demand, the deadline to submit a short film to Interpretations and a chance to direct a project produced by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin has been extended to July 15, 2016.

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding this initiative and we also know that producing a film, even a short one, is really difficult. It takes a village, as one would say. So, we’re extending the deadline by almost a month to provide you budding filmmakers some extra time to complete your short film entries and also convince anyone else who hasn’t decided to submit to consider now and enter your film!

However, do keep in mind that if you finish your film before the new deadline, we encourage you to submit early, because it allows more time for the judges to review your entries and also allows you, the filmmaker and your team, to also promote your entry via social media as we’ll start making the entries live on the website after June 17. It’s like campaigning but without the super delegates!

If you haven’t heard of Interpretations, then head over the contest website. But in a nutshell, Interpretations is a way of encouraging aspiring filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice. All participants will “interpret” a four line script, and can produce and shoot it any way they wish. The only caveat is that the lines are static and must be in that order and the actual film itself is no more than 3 minutes long. Therefore, everyone is shooting their films from the same material and leveling the playing field in a way that traditional filmmaking competitions cannot. Three shorts will be selected from the entries and these winning filmmakers will have an opportunity to direct a project for one of the Comcast or NBCUniversal platforms (or equivalent platform) under the mentorship of Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast and Furious, Star Trek Beyond) and other industry professionals. YOMYOMF will produce the projects.

In an interview with Salon, Justin explained why he started Interpretations:

“I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but feel incredibly lucky to be in the position I am now and to be able to play a small part in trying to support talented, aspiring young filmmakers out there through a program like ‘Interpretations’ who, like me, had the desire and passion, but no connections to the industry.”

Interpretations really stretches your creative chops. It’s like a filmmaker brain game and if you’re one of the lucky final three winners, you get an opportunity to work with Justin and other mentors on a digital project. Seriously, there are no more excuses. Take this opportunity and submit your entry to Interpretations!

Head over to the Interpretations website for all relevant info, including the rules, an FAQ, the script, and how to enter your film.

If you’re an aspiring Asian American filmmaker, don’t miss this opportunity and regret it later. July 15 is right around the corner.


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