Launched on July 30, Take Your Shot called for amateur film enthusiasts to compete for a lifetime opportunity to work with famed Asian-American filmmakers who will mentor and help them create short films based on their script ideas. Nearly 3,000 film ideas were submitted in the first two weeks on TakeYourShotFilms.com, followed by more than 6,500 votes during the one-week fan voting period to help determine the winners.
On August 23, AT&T announced the pairing of three winners and mentors at www.takeyourshotfilms.com:
- Wong Fu Productions will mentor Brian Zhang, 21, of Glenview, Illinois, a mechanical engineering student at University of Michigan. His submission is entitled Luv(Sic), a story of an online writer who falls for one of her biggest critics. Wong Fu Productions is an independent production company known for their popular YouTube channel. They created recent AT&T viral hits “Away We Happened” and “When It Counts.”
- Jon M. Chu will guide Robynne Guillermo, 18, of Oahu, Hawaii, who is attending Hawaii Pacific University this fall. Her submission is entitled Grandma and Grandpa Adventure, the story of kids who discover just how exciting their grandparents’ lives were while flipping through photos in scrapbooks. Chu is a director and screenwriter best known for the movies “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.”
- Freddie Wong will work with Alexander Natalizio, 18, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, an advertising/film student at Winona State University. His submission, entitled Weight of Love is the story of a quiet co-ed who doesn’t want people to know that she is weightless. She eventually falls for another student who helps her try to come to terms with the condition while trying to keep her from floating away. Wong is a filmmaker, musician, VFX technician, and competitive gamer.
For weekly fan voting and a series of behind-the-scenes videos, visit www.TakeYourShotFilms.com.