This week, Disney + has an exciting new way to showcase young presenters from a presented background. Their new short film series Launchpad Broadcast live on Friday, May 28th, the six stories take on a diverse perspective on everything from Chinese to Jewish to Mexican culture. We have a review of the series coming up tomorrow, but there is no better way to find out what all these short films are than what the filmmakers have heard.
/ The film recently heard these young actors share their stories, the messages they want to share, and how they learn to work with Disney. Here are all the things you need to know Launchpad, Through the words of the filmmakers who made it.
Filmmaker: Writer / Director Aksa Altaf
What it’s about: “When I moved [to the United States] When I was 21, I didn’t have a family. I had no community. Special leave [like Eid] Growing up for me [was] Some I was looking forward to every year. All of a sudden, [it was] For me, on a very lonely day, there was no one to celebrate it. No one knew about it, which added to the loneliness. I thought I wasn’t home, although it was considered my new home. And I just started talking about it [Eid] And advocating for it. The more people knew about it, the more they wanted to hear it. So when this opportunity [for Launchpad] Come along, I thought, ‘This is great. I always wanted to make an Eid film [for Disney]’It was a lifelong dream. ”
Why it’s important: “All the time [my Launchpad mentors] I was told that I had to tell a story that was true for me. They were an objective sound board. I had to tell a story that was true in itself. But there was no water for the western eyes. I don’t need [in this story] To compare [Eid] In order for people to understand what Eid is at Christmas, on its own terms. That is the power of stories. ”
What they learned: “The casting was a bit of a challenge because of how hard it is to find fewer presenters. We had a Disney casting team, one that drops all the big movies. They knew that agents and managers could be very limited if you reached them, Because the talent presented is not tapped. The only way to get there is to pick up the pilots and go to reach someone from the community. That’s a true representation. She was really helpful. I think it helped us find the little girl. Otherwise I don’t think we met her. ”
Come on, Tigers
Filmmaker: Writer / director Stephanie Abel Horowitz
What it’s about: “I was just thinking about the past,” he said. I was a little kid when I was in my early twenties and I took care of these incredible four year olds who were sweet and loving and smart. But one day he was shot by my gun. And i [said]”Do you know what that means?” And he said no. I said, “Well, I can’t come here if I’m dead. I can’t play with you.” And he was really sad and that made me think that this is the last tragedy of our lives, that we’re all going to die. Everyone knows that at some point we will die, and we will really have to grieve and lose again and again.
Why it’s important: “My question was, how do we behave? [death] In our culture and how do we share it? How do we talk to kids about it? I’m personally really bad at that. I am a doctor’s child and I want to be happy all the time and I like to listen, but not very good at talking. So I want to explore that, this act of bravery and how it creates relationships and communities and reminds you that you are not alone in this world. ”
What they learned: “I know filmmaking is always a big collaborative endeavor, but when we went to the show with some other ors directors, I crossed it as part of a team and started writing a film. With five other filmmakers caring, doing these criticisms. And now I think the whole process is going to be a team game. And if I can make it that way, I’ll do it. “
It is evening
Filmmaker: Co-author / director Hao Zheng
What it’s about: “It is evening Based on my own story. When I first came to the States for high school, I experienced everything [in the short]. I applied for the Maitreya location because I thought it was a spotlight on campus. Everyone will see you but I don’t know how difficult it will be, memorized people’s names and tried to pronounce everything correctly. And I was scared too. [But] I knew the story I wanted to tell. ”
Why it’s important: “I want a powerful ending where the character’s voice is his and he’s also an act of rebellion, because I think it takes courage. My gurus. [were] Very helpful and they gave me a lot of notes throughout the trip. But what impressed me most was that they always made sure to check on me to protect the story I was about to tell. ”
What they learned: “I was first in production [during the pandemic] And I had no idea how we were going to do things. I and my DP learned a lot throughout. Cutting shots and things. And with a mask and a face shield, you know, our actors have that distance, which was first for me too. How do you communicate with your actors? But they were very patient. ”
Filmmaker: Writer / Director Ann Marie Paes
What it’s about: “[Val is] Struggling with being half human, half vampire. To me, she’s from a Mexican-American and bisexual place. As I grew up, I began to struggle with what the world and my identity were and where I fit into those worlds. I should know later in life, but if you are a part of multiple identities, it does not make you less of that identity. All these compounds. That’s how I wanted to explore and show her travels, but still in a way that celebrates the fact that she’s Mexican and that the other element is this vampire element. “
Why it’s important: “I look back at this time and it seems to be a crucial moment in my career. And just my self-development, as a Mexican and I came out later in life and going to tell a story on a platform like Disney +. It healed for me and my self-development and A huge part of the journey. ”
What they learned: “I thought it was great Launchpad Was really diverse, not just from the cast but the crew, from top to bottom. On the set of the first day, I remember looking around and being really amazed, how diverse things were all about bringing their life experiences into the story. Everyone was at one point or another and felt like an outsider in their own way. And it felt really deep to tell the story of an outsider to those personal experiences. ”
Little prince (s)
Filmmaker: Writer / director Moxie Peng
What it’s about: “I went back to a program where I had a baby. When I was a kid, I was in feminine stuff, [like] Pink and princesses. I was friends with this other kid who was playing and running around, and his dad started worrying about us, and [thought] I’m a bad influence. One day, he decided to come to our dinner table and told my father that I was not normal and that I needed to fix it. My father took my side and said that he loves me for who I am. “
Why it’s important: “My father’s message [showing] That love and acceptance and freedom, allowing me to explore and not label me, made me very grateful. He showed me how we can be gracious when we face challenges. ”
What they learned: “Because it’s a studio project, it’s big. Your team is big, your team, every part of the team is big. But it also means that your time is more expensive. So trying to tell my story the best I could, but under certain time pressure was definitely a big challenge for me, plus COVID. And it takes even longer. Doing studio movies … it’s like jumping out of a plane. It’s scary, but it is [Launchpad] Community, it’s like we jump out of a plane with parachutes. “
The last of the Chupacabras
Filmmaker: Writer / Director Jessica Mendez Sekoiros
What it’s about: “The film … was inspired by my great-grandmother. She died five days after her 100th birthday. My family has always been Mexican, very, very proud, and we’ve always been originally from Arizona. After her death, I realized that I haven’t collected the information from him. It made me feel like a failure in my culture and I felt that we have a responsibility to keep our culture alive. Launchpad, I began to think what it meant on a mythical level. The way we look at the culture of this country may be with such a perspective of fear, of losing one’s own culture for fear of celebrating others. The best way to represent me was through a creature that was terrifying: Chupacabra. ”
Why it’s important: “Your story is becoming so incredibly specific … There are so many complex layers with my family lineage. At a certain point, you just feel as a filmmaker that you have to be so incredibly specific about who you are. I think that This is one of the greatest gifts we can give through our storytelling. There is no way that I could possibly be a blanket for the Mexican-American meaning or for what it means in the Latin umbrella term, but what can I do about my experience and culture layers? Getting incredibly unique is what I have. Share life and those stories. ”
What they learned: “I’m immersed in the short film format and it’s not just because I haven’t been able to do anything else. Short films [are] A very difficult medium because you have to tell the whole story, but you can’t literally tell the whole story. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. You don’t have to deal with the answer. You give everything about a character. You can just say, ‘This is what I want to think about the listener and put it at a very curious point and there is no need to give that satisfaction.’ This is an excellent format. ”
Launchpad Stream at Disney + May 28, 2021.
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