Introducing Filmmaker Chelsea Avery Competing in Kodak Super 8 POV Video Contest

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How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?

Years of finding solace and inspiration in film music primarily. Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, these are my heroes.

What is your favorite part about the short film form?

It’s accessible and concise. At first I thought, “easy to digest”. But I’m not sure that’s always the case. They are sometimes easier to make than a feature length, but that too, isn’t always the case.

Still from "Chutes & Ladders"

Still from “Chutes & Ladders”

Who were the people that supported the making of this film?

My friend Katrina who took behind the camera every so often and the lovely bluegrass-loving people of Winter Park, CO who kept on dancing.

What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.

I used in this short, just a super 8mm, my friends, and the environment around me.

What is your next project?

Illustrating a children’s book.

The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?

The industry is already become much more accessible… It makes for more films, which also means it’s harder to be seen. I couldn’t even predict where that will lead, but I’m excited to see.

Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?

Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Miyazaki, and their musical partners.

What advice would you give new filmmakers?

Spend time with people who intimidate you.

Watch and vote for Chutes & Ladders competing in the Kodak Super 8 POV Video Contest.

Follow Chelsea Avery’s twitter account.

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