There’s just about six weeks left to go in the Firefox Flicks 2013 competition, which means it’s time to announce our second round of Early Entry Award winners.
Marvin Nuecklaus wants to study film direction in the United States. Tuition fees being what they are, however, may make it take a while to have that dream come true. The expense of film school isn’t holding him back, though. He has already founded his own production company in Germany and acted as producer, writer, director, director of photography, set designer and pretty much everything else for the creation of “Be Part of It - Get Mobilized.” Hopefully someone in his family at least helped out with craft services.
In the development of his story, he did some research. “There is actually one generation who doesn’t know anything about it [using the mobile Web]: our grandparents.” So he spoke to people between the ages of 70 and 90, asking them why they don’t use mobile phones like their kids and grandkids do.
“They told me they don’t want to use it because they are afraid. That it might be too complicated and they don’t know the advantages,” he says. “And that’s where Firefox comes in. Safe and easy to use even for old people who never used the Internet before.”
Laury Herubel dreams of being a film director one day. As director, editor and cameraman on her Firefox Flicks entry, she knows that developing your passion and drowning yourself in it results in total enjoyment, fulfillment and success. “Don’t limit yourself and have fun,” in her own words.
To create “My phone, my thing, my everything,” Laury worked with Adrien Dewitte, a fellow aspiring director and actor, to produce a film that highlights the phone and the potential ways that apps can change our lives, with very humorous results. With the production of this short film under his belt, Dewitte advises future contestants to never be afraid to push themselves creatively and to be confident in their work. “Above all else have fun with your passion and just enjoying being creative,” he adds.
The third person on the team is Théo Galano. While Théo’s career goals are more in the world of media, production or journalism, working on the Flicks entry pushed him to start thinking creatively. “I really enjoyed helping my friends, as an assistant,” he says. “I like the concept of this competition as it gives amateurs a chance to show their ideas and put the studies to practice!”
Since he was very young, Ian J. Walton has been making low-budget short films to entertain his friends, hoping one day it could turn into more.
“It’s a hobby that I have always hoped would become a career, but it’s a tough industry to break into for anyone,” Walton says. Not being a professional filmmaker hasn’t held him back, however. For his Flicks entry, “From Dream To Reality,” he took on the challenging task of making an animated film without having had any formal training in animation or art.
“It was quite difficult to get it to all come together.” The results were worth his hard work.
When asked if he had any tips for other people looking to enter the contest, Walton said, “My advice to other people thinking of entering would be to think a lot about what tone you would like your shot to have, be it comedy or serious, and then work from there.”
You have one last chance to qualify for our Early Entry Awards. Get your flick in by July 3 and you could win $1000 and automatically have your Flick seen by our judges. The final deadline for entries is July 31, 2013. Learn more at https://firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/#prizes.
Congratulations to all the winning teams of these Early Entry Awards!