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Hey kids, JJ Abrams wants to see your short films!

May. 3, 2011by:

SUPER 8 is a movie about a group of young teens who like to shoot their own movies, which is based on JJ Abrams' childhood spent shooting his own movies. Now both Abrams and SUPER 8 want to see what movies you crazy kids are making (and not the NSFW kind).

To help inspire budding young filmmakers, SUPER 8 is teaming with in-school TV channel Channel One for the "Your Directorial Debut" contest, which could have you well on your way to working with Steven Spielberg yourself* (*winners not guaranteed to ever work with Steven Spielberg). So what do you have to do? Read on for details.

In Super 8, debuting in theaters everywhere on June 10th, a series of creepy and mysterious events follow a horrific railroad crash witnessed by a group of friends making a film. Now it's your turn to be the filmmaker and create your own 3-minute movie! Your film can be about whatever you want, and shot however you choose. If your movie is selected, you'll win a Mac loaded with movie-editing software, an iPad 2, a camcorder, $1,000 for your school's drama or arts department, and best of all, a chance for you and five of your friends to see your movie screened before Super 8 on opening day! One runner-up will receive an iPad 2.

Sorry to all the film school students who are "young at heart," the contest is only open to those ages 13-18. Also know that when you submit your short film, it's no longer yours. It becomes the property of Paramount, Bad Robot and Amblin and they can do with it as they please, including turning it into a big-budget Michael Bay film* (*winners not guaranteed to have Michael Bay direct a remake of their film).

To get started head over to the contest page and start working on those storyboards!

Source: Channel One

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9:51AM on 05/03/2011
How about a short I made when I was 16?
How about a short I made when I was 16?
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3:36PM on 05/03/2011
Yeah, I made a couple of really bad shorts when I was senior in High school! Can I submit them? ;)
Yeah, I made a couple of really bad shorts when I was senior in High school! Can I submit them? ;)
9:54AM on 05/03/2011
What a great way to get younger kids to get together and make some movies.
What a great way to get younger kids to get together and make some movies.
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11:02AM on 05/03/2011
What's JoBlo's main demographic? I always figured it was 20 and 30 year olds. I think most of us are disqualified.
What's JoBlo's main demographic? I always figured it was 20 and 30 year olds. I think most of us are disqualified.
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11:32AM on 05/03/2011
If I had the chance I would make a Cloverfield 2 or Star Terk 2. You know, to remind Abrams that us fans still want these films sooner than later.
If I had the chance I would make a Cloverfield 2 or Star Terk 2. You know, to remind Abrams that us fans still want these films sooner than later.
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3:40PM on 05/05/2011
There are a lot of ppl waiting for a cloverfield sequel including me. also law&moreno talked about it on the podcast a few episodes back.
There are a lot of ppl waiting for a cloverfield sequel including me. also law&moreno talked about it on the podcast a few episodes back.
12:42PM on 05/03/2011
Star Trek 2 is coming calm yourself. And no one wants Cloverfield 2. except you, apparently.
Star Trek 2 is coming calm yourself. And no one wants Cloverfield 2. except you, apparently.
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12:41PM on 05/03/2011
I'd love to enter this. Too bad I'm turning 19 in less than a month.
I'd love to enter this. Too bad I'm turning 19 in less than a month.
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1:30PM on 05/03/2011

Was totally excited

Until I saw the age limit :(
Until I saw the age limit :(
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4:14PM on 05/03/2011
It is a great opportunity for young film-makers.
It is a great opportunity for young film-makers.
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5:20PM on 05/03/2011

LAME...

EPic fail, I want to enter. I would have been pretty stoked for the prizes. This is stupid. I look like I am 17 so does that count.
EPic fail, I want to enter. I would have been pretty stoked for the prizes. This is stupid. I look like I am 17 so does that count.
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