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Want to help make MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the new feature by Teen Directing Sensation, Emily Hagins?!?!?

Hey folks, Harry here with something that's more about reaching out to the community out there that embraces the very notion of a kid making a movie. I try to stay as much out of Emily Hagins' way as possible, just because early on when she was first making films as like a 9 year old, she would ask me for advice and I gave it to her. Telling her what types of things to watch, to try to shoot and very quickly I discovered that she was on the path to discovering a very unique and particularly "Teen" outlook and literally the last thing in the world I wanted to do was interfere. It has been amazing watching her develop, being a guest at conventions, film festivals, the subject of a film documentary... ya know... Lil Emily is getting all grown up and this is her last film to be shot whilst still being a High School girl. And she's calling it, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE.... and... well, here's her pitch:

My Sucky Video Pitch from Emily Hagins on Vimeo.

Now, Emily is a bit modest - but if you do a search on her, you'll find that this is a young girl that really has had a fascinating story thus far. I know I plan to watch and cover everything she does simply because... well, she's amongst the coolest people I have come across. To contribute, go to: IndieGoGo.Com where she's attempting to raise the enormous and towering $8,000 film budget. An obviously impossible amount. But surely... Go check out the incentives!

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  • June 24, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to help

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    thanks Harry!!!

  • June 24, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Emily's gotta eat

    by ORIONgods

  • June 24, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    indiegogo and kickstarter

    by OutlawsDelejos

    they're awesome sites to help people get shit done.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Wow the same fucking plot as Galaxy Quest

    by Darth Evil Dead

    Fucking great...She is already learning the Hollywood game of ripping off other peoples ideas. Way to go!!

  • June 24, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Interesting idea

    by Bass Ackwards

    the website I mean, I feel like it must be full of scammers though no? I see movie projects that have nothing listed on them except for a story idea and a guy and they still have raised several thousands of dollars, what's the site's policing method that the people are using the money for what they say they are? Just curious really.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    2 requirements for getting a movie made in Hollywood

    by Darth Evil Dead

    1. Teen Vampires 2. 3D !!!!!

  • June 24, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Hey! only room for one Orion here,backoff Gods!

    by Orionsangels

    or my Angels are gonna beat the shit outta you! Anyway, this sounds interesting. Tell me how it turns out.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by PapaKin

    No I don't.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    What the hell is this?

    by RPLocke

  • June 24, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    She's sweet

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    I wonder why vampires would go to a convention? Why not use some original monsters? The vamp thing is done already

  • June 24, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    No.... No I Don't

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • June 24, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST


    by daggor

    She seems like a nice person who has been working on digital films, and that is to commended. But, it's Twilight meets Galaxy Quest meets Lost Boys. Which means she'll sell the idea and make a kasquillion dollars.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Keep on pushing, Emily!

    by Shakeshift

    You have to admire a teenager that is working her ass off to succeed in the film industry, unlike most of the people *here* who RIP into everyone in the film industry while doing absolutely nothing involving the film industry. It is easier to critique than to get your hands dirty with your own little film. Go Emily!

  • June 24, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by SimonDunkle

    Mark Borchardt still needs your help. He still has to finish that first feature. PS: Good luck, Emily

  • June 24, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    If I Had The Money, I'd Certainly Give It To Her

    by Media Messiah

    I don't know anything about her, but I'll take your word for it...THAT SHE IS TALENTED, but actually, Harry, you should back her, in full. It's called talent development!!! Harry, you have a direct line to Robert Rodriguez, and now to Joss Whedon. If this girl is as good as you say, all of these guys should invest in her as executive producers, including yourself, and as mentors. If I had the money, I would give it to her.<BR><BR>Anyway, I am glad that you have given her this spotlight, it says a lot about you in a positive way!!! Good job!!!

  • June 24, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    PS: Her Outline Is Good

    by Media Messiah

    From what she mentioned of it, it sounds like fun, and a great idea. She's a very charming girl.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Poor kid

    by RPLocke

    She should just film a youtube video. She'll get more hits that way.

  • "We have no openings right now." Was the basic gist of it. My movie I wanted to get made was basically ripping into the whole teen-love-vampire genre that's popular right now. The person who turned me down was a woman. Go figure.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Pedobear says...

    by DickJones

    TOO OLD!

  • June 24, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    3 question marks & two exclamation points?!?!?

    by Jarek

    This site has proudly overused punctuation for over a decade now. Not every sentence needs to end with !!!!!!! Just saying.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I liked it better when it was called The Lost Boys

    by Obnoxious_Username

    Seems like a cool kid, but at least go with something more original. You'll have plenty of time to sell out later.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Very cool idea

    by stewarco

    I like the idea and also like that Harry takes the time to shine the spotlight on someone who is just starting out that could really use the boost. I'm glad to help contribute. Now... when's the movie's release date?

  • June 24, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Not bad... 5% there already

    by stewarco

    She's reached 5% of her proposed budget already (in 4 hours). She's on her way!

  • June 24, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Why would vampires take over a con?

    by Cobb05

    It sounds a little corny. I mean she's only 17, so she obviously doesn't know a lot about film. She has a Land of the Lost movie poster. Why? But it sounds like an idea that a 17 year old girl would have. I can't see how 8 grand can be enough for the movie. I mean she needs to build a sci-fi convention set. So she needs to rent out a space and fill it with stuff you'd see at a convention and then get tons of extras. I just think it's not an idea that can be pulled off for so little. But hey, if she can do it, god bless her. I think 8 grand would be better used for a smaller movie like a teen drama or comedy. I also seriously doubt her screenplay is that good. I mean it takes years to work on your craft. But who knows. If she pulls this off, I would be very impressed.

  • June 24, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    She shoudl make a movie with a bunch of 80's references

    by DigitalDong

    Instant hit, *****'s, more money than she'll know what to do with. Plus Unicorns are back in style FINALLY, she should tackle that. Robot Unicorn Attack is only the beginning my friends.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    She needs $8000?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I could write her a check now. But that would be unfair to all of the other up and coming young directors who don't get exposure on AICN. So out of principle, I won't.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    She Hasn't Been Inundated with Credit Card Offers?


    Hollywood Shuffle was financed on a dozen credit cards. What happened to getting yourself into debt up to your eyeballs for your craft?

  • June 24, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Too bad all us other filmmakers can't be friends with Harry

    by alienindisguise

    then we could get our stuff pimped on this site regardless of quality and/or originality.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by bobbyjoe1985

    There sure are some cynical fucks on this board. Stop whining and bitching. Either help her out or shut the fuck up. She's obviously more talented than you guys if she's got a career already at her young age.

  • June 24, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I have to agree BP_drills_america...

    by Darth_Kaos

    What makes her different than any other inspiring moviemaker? Does she have talent? I have no idea. But I do know being a little white girl who wants to break into the big world of film makes great photo ops and press clippings.<br><br> The big endorsement of Harry, shouldn't really do anything but get her exposure on this site, so she can make her movie. $8000 won't be enough for what she needs to do, and we all know that. But don't worry, she'll get all the money she me.<br><br> Cause there's nothing like a niche'.<br><br> Good luck little girl!

  • June 24, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Darth Kaos


    That's not the whole budget, just what she needs to complete her budget. <BR><BR>as for helping other filmmakers. You're kidding right? Cuz, AICN goes out of its way to help a shit ton of indie filmmakers. Not often with raising financing, but we've done that a few times. When Edgar Wright was making SHAUN OF THE DEAD and need extras for Zombies, we gave him a plug and a ton showed up - and we had no idea who he was at the time, SPACED never showed over here. We helped DONNIE DARKO get made, when Richard Kelly was a teacher. And I'll help any project that sounds cool to me, but that's a personal aesthetic.

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  • June 24, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I've got five grand

    by SteveStevens

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  • June 24, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    she should auction off her virginity

    by Broseph

    it could help her rake in some serious doe.we all know hollywood is full of perverts,scumbags,degenerates,liars,theives,etc so why not whore your self out

  • June 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Is she planning on going to college?

    by umbral_shadow_

    It sounds like her parents have already put in the family savings for this film, maybe $30k and she needs $8k more. That's all very admirable, but maybe she should consider using that money and going to film school? Believe me, you'll be a totally new person at 21 compared to 17, and you'll have the knowledge and experience to decide if working in the "industry" is what you really want.

  • June 24, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Ahh, internet commenters

    by film_chic

    Did your dreams get crushed at a young age, so now you're so bitter that you must crush all others' dreams? Geez. Emily's great. Leave her the fuck alone. How many screenplays have you written, let alone actually produced? Why don't we help build someone up instead of cutting her down?

  • June 24, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Yeah, what the Hell guys?

    by BlueLando

    Would I rush out to see the flick? Probably not. But I give her mega props for going out there and trying to make the things that SHE'D want to watch. Especially 17, when most teenagers are goofing off and falling into rebellious and obnoxious patterns. </p> <p> Good on her for making her own luck, instead of bitching about films all day.

  • June 24, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Harry, Are You Going To Executive Produce This Movie?

    by Media Messiah

    And if the answer is no, why not? You believe in this young woman's talent--you have some pull in the industry, so, given all that, it seems to be a perfect fit? When dealing with developing talent, it is best to sponsor them early before they become the toast of the town. This seems to be a perfect opportunity to make a wonderful discovery in this girl. Why not take the chance on her, and put your faith, and money, into her???!!!

  • June 24, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    props given, originality, hmm, don't think so

    by jolliff89

    she has probably learned a lot in her years, but as someone else pointed out, she has a land of the lost poster. more power to her for wanting to accomplish the dreams but she needs some original ideas if i'm going to back anything. new stuff has to be fresh and exciting, not 3 recycled ideas mixed together. I want to hear something that says, oh, that's never been done.

  • June 24, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    So is this for Cinematic Shrimp?

    by JackSlater4

    Did Joss Whedon direct this?

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  • June 24, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    At that budget

    by gotilk

    500 should get a producer credit. Just saying is all. Best of luck though!! I bet the movie will be a blast to watch. And since when are spammers like kogogo allowed to keep spamming here?

  • June 24, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Ah, good. That was fast.

    by gotilk

    All of a sudden lately the spammers have shown back up. Good to see them dealt with swiftly. And if everyone here went in 5 bucks, she'd have more than enough and some left over for marketing.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Cool Harry

    by bobbofatz

    She seems like a sweetheart. Hope she realizes here dream.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    My hope is she gets more than the amount she's looking for.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Donation fail

    by jr42602

    I just tried to donate $100, but the website keeps saying "invalid email address". There you go.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Harry, you dropped something.

    by JackSlater4

  • June 24, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Drew Barrymore helped get Donnie Darko Made

    by schlockthemonkey

    that's according to just about every interview with Richard Kelly I've ever seen/heard/read.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I'm going to donate the entire $8000

    by Sro100

    Because this is such an important and timely cause and it's great to support people who've paid their dues and suffered for their art and craft.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    This sounds like a fun movie..

    by schlockthemonkey

    and this girl seems so creative. Hollywood needs more like her. She has my support.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I'll donate my time....

    by Quake II

    to play a vampire. Always wanted a chance to get all goth on camera. I watched the demo reel and she has a good eye for shot composition for sure. A few scenes looked very professional. 8 grand isn't a lot of money though. Especially with the storyline she's pitching. tommy1138 on youtube

  • June 24, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Someone give me money for my movie !!!

    by Darth Evil Dead

    It's called "Shity Teen Vampire Movie in 3D". It stars the whole cast of Epic Movie and Meet the Spartins. The plot is I throw a bunch of shity pop culture characters at a wall, and I see what sticks. Now give me fucking money bitches!

  • June 24, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    You know what's great about Emily and people like her?

    by Kraken

    While you guys are sitting on the internet making crappy comments about someone trying to actually accomplish more than being an internet troll, she'll be out there making her movie. Think about that; for every bitter comment you make, it only hurts your soul and makes you that much more of a failure at life. Meanwhile, Emily will be laughing all the way to success because she ignored your petty bullshit. Now you can sit there and have a moment of introspection on why people are willing to help someone like Emily, and not your bitter self.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah I wish Harry would help raise money for me

    by D.Vader

    Why don't we start the kid out on a budget of a few hundred dollars and save the bigger budgets of $8000 for people who are trying to actually make a living and are scraping by while trying to be a filmmaker, hmmm?

  • June 24, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    Word. <p> I myself try to find a nice balance between being a snarky talkbacker, and actually coming up with scripts that one day someone might purchase. </p> <p> Seeing a teenager like this making a stab at becoming a full-blown filmmaker warms my heart and makes me think the internet will have a long-lasting effect for prospective writers and directors.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    Huh? <p> Harry KNOWS this kid. She's made a few pieces. He's clearly seen them and dug them. So he's receptive to promoting her because, to him, she's a proven entity of someone who WILL get it done if she receives the financing. </p> <p> I'm sure if someone else could show Harry the same drive, he'd promote them. It's just that I don't see any other talkbackers making a stab of it. And besides, it's not like getting your name on AICN automatically makes you a star. They reviewed an issue of a webcomic I wrote, and I'm not exactly lining my pockets with cash. Best it does is give you a start, and you have to keep the momentum up yourself.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    wait, a woman director?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    we all know women can't direct worth shit, they need to stay in the kitchen and leave movies up to men, no one wants to see the vision of a woman story teller

  • June 24, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    also, when are they going to segregate baseball again

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I miss those days

  • June 24, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    BlueLando doubtful

    by D.Vader

    I'm sure Harry meets indie filmmakers all the time, but I've never seen him promote their search for funding before. Sure he knows the girl, that's fine, I don't care. But I'm struggling to make money for myself and to fund my own movies. I find the idea of people giving a teenager $8000 to make a movie troubling. She doesn't need that much money. She doesn't have to provide for herself. Yes I'm totally and completely jealous. But again, give her a budget that's a few hundred dollars. Her parents can pay for that. I'd rather see pple give money to a filmmaker who is struggling to make it rather than a teenager who is doing it for fun and hoping it becomes a career later. There is nothing on the line for her, know what I mean?

  • June 24, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Barrymore did more than help Darko

    by Bouncy X

    her production company made it, hence why she's a producer and probably why she has that small role.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    D.Vader you sound bitter

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Remember when I told you that breaking into Hollywood is more to do with who you know and rather what you know, and you didn't believe me? I don't think Emily Hudgens is a prodigy. She's a girl in love with movies, but they're are a million like her. But you know what? I wouldn't be surprised if she broke into Hollywood because Harry is giving her his backing and he'll recommend her - and he's well connected. And I have no doubt that you probably have more to offer than Hugins, but you may never make it if you don't know the right influential people. That's how the game works, my friend.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Of course I am BP

    by D.Vader

    I'm standing on a set in 98 degree weather and reading about how a teenage girl wants $8000 to make a movie. And that's just to FINISH the budget. And I don't think teenage filmmakers need large budgets. They need to start small and struggle. They need to learn through trial and error. I'm not one to stifle creativity, but I think she and her talent would be better served by a $500 movie, and that's still more than I ever had. <p> Of course I'm jealous. I watch pple bust their ass and struggle everyday. She wants $8000 more. And she'll probably get it. Why? Because she's a teenage girl. It's great PR. I'm a 20-something white boy who wants to make a movie. I'm a dime of dozen. <p> And don't be ridiculous BP. Everyone knows it's who you know, but that's not all. I never said I didn't believe you. I think you misunderstood what I was saying last time.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Because she's a teenage girl?

    by Kraken

    That might have something to do with it, but this is her THIRD feature length film, on top of a slew of short films and music videos she's directed. She started when she was 11 years old. She has a documentary that's about her called Zombie Girl. I'm pretty sure that means something more than a teenage white girl wants to make a movie. Your bitterness is not becoming, sir. You're embarrassing yourself.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Oh I've heard of her Kraken

    by D.Vader

    I remember the stories. You need to note I'm not disparaging her. More power to her. I just find the situation a bit unfair. Like I said, I'm jealous. And you can't deny the fact that she is a teenage girl will has a large effect on this outcome. There are tons of pple with the same credits you just mentioned. The difference is, those pple have to struggle a lot more than her to get the jobs done and to make money to live. <p> So I disagree with you entirely, Sir Kraken. My "bitterness" (I was being partially faceitious earlier) would be embarassing only if I was shitting on her ideas too.

  • June 24, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Fred_Phelps_Felches_Fags

    I'm kind of in awe of all the negativity on here, even for a talkback. She ought to be some kind of adolescent fanboy goddess. Instead, I guess out of jealousy, most of the fanboys talk crap. Unbelievable. If I were in high school, she'd be my dream girl. Hope she raises the money and triples the investment.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    damn I need to meet Harry

    by turnbullAC

    and get him to plug my shit cause my budget is severely limited and its kind of a bitch to assemble a cast and crew in connecticut

  • June 24, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    No worries, D.Vader

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Sorry, I may have misunderstood you last time. Like you, I have worked in Hollywood (I decided to get out while I still had my sanity). I wish you the best of luck.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Thank you BP

    by D.Vader

    Glad you still have your sanity.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to it but the title...

    by NoLaw4000

    ...sounds like it belong here:

  • June 24, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    I'd promote you the same I'm promoting her, if you were looking for donations. Have faith, dude.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Naughty Harry

    by packpick

    Saying shes one of the coolest people youve "come" across ;) what would the missus say?:) Ps nice to see you promoting a spoiled middle class rich kid is there any lower income filmakers in Austin Hmmm?

  • June 24, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks BlueLando

    by D.Vader

    That makes me feel better. It's an interesting site she's using there. I think I've seen it, or one like it, only once before. I really should check it out.

  • June 24, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by BlueLando

    Go for it, dude. <p> I myself started a petition up to put myself in contention to write the next Daredevil film. </p> <p> Yeah, it didn't work... but out of the box thinking does help you get some of the way to reaching your goals online. Even if some people just bitch, instead of getting off their fat asses and making their own luck.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I used to make movies in high school for free

    by RPLocke

    using Star Wars figures.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I think that jealousy is totally understandable...

    by DrBrianOblivion this situation or any situation really and that its probably actually good for people like d.vader and any other people who are trying to create their own projects, because it'll just be another driving force to help keep them focused. Having said could also lead to d.vader hanging himself in his

  • June 24, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    True to an extent. But I can't get angry at someone for getting a break like this. <p> I'd snatch it up in a second if it was offered to me.

  • June 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    No i totally agree lando...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...its ridiculous to get angry about other people getting a break, but I think if you're the type of person who needs motivation to stay focused and on track then jealousy can be a really useful motivating tool. You just cant let it make you sick is all....

  • June 24, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Well hell, help fund MY movie now!

    by Mike_D

  • June 24, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Harry, can I borrow a grand?

    by RPLocke

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    You guys heard of aq film called Colin?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    It was made by a British guy for (allegedly) about $100. It found a distributor, got a limited release in the UK. So it makes me chuckle that this kid needs $8K to FINISH her budget. If I were her mom and pop I'd say "Honey, here's $300 and a dv camera, go knock yourself out".

  • June 24, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    I've seen Colin. <p> It's a very, very good zombie film. And the guys who made it are jolly nice chaps. </p> <p> Not sure you can compare them, though. Colin is a gritty flick which works BECAUSE of the budget. If they spent more money on it, it'd be too polished for what they were trying to do. </p> <p> The kid we're all discussing has more mainstream interest in film. So I'd imagine she wants to make something rather polished looking. Hence the budget.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Sunhawk7

    The bitterness in these talk backs is proof enough why those shouting the loudest will never rise much above their ability to complain. Keep it up because people like Emily will continue to do what they love while the rest of you are destined to hate even more. It's great that there are people like Harry who will throw themselves behind new talent. They did it for me when I was her age and you pass it along...or you mire yourself in your own jealousy and bitterness. It's no one's choice but your own.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    They did it for you? Care to explain.

  • June 24, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    But I think that's the problem. She has a mainstream interest in films, hence a bigger budget for something more polished. But I've worked in the industry for six years and dealt with pre and post production and getting the kind of results she's after costs easily a minimum of several hundred thousand dollars minimum - and trained professionals who are likely to charge $100 an hour (unless they give their services for free). $8k won't get her anywhere near the kind of results she's hoping for. That's why I think she is quite young and naïve. She thinks she can achieve something as polished as a Twilight but that's impossible. It's better to work with micro budgets and be super creative (like Chris Nolan did with Doodlebug and Following). That's what will get her noticed.

  • June 24, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    BP your last line....

    by D.Vader

    Is what I was trying to say. A smaller budget will serve her better.

  • June 24, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Being naive

    by BlueLando

    While you make a valid point, if the internet was around properly when Nolan made Following I could see him very easily using the internet to raise extra money for the flick. </p> <p> Heck - this isn't much different from Raimi and co going to investors, or Smith racking up credit cards. The internet gives her an option to raise the budget she feels she needs. </p> <p> Not to mention how the whole 'being cautious' thing is what leads so many geeks to never attempt making a flick. Taking that leap is insane and it does require a certain naive attitude to do it... but everything worthwhile comes from risk, not sitting around and working out practicalities.

  • June 24, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by BDT

    Emily has made two EXTREMELY low budget features, worked her butt off to get them made working with extremely dedicated and talented young people like herself to get them made and no-one got paid. She has made about 10 shorts and 4 music videos and 1 PSA commercial. She is absolutely driven. One of the hardest working people I have ever known. She spends an average of 2-3 years writing feature scripts. This script is original. It is not Lost Boys or Galaxy Quest. I'm not going to dis the haters...they are important and here's why...if you don't have the moxie to deal with haters, naysayers, and wade through the muck of hate, disappointments, obstacles, compromises, you do not have what it takes to be a filmmaker. Emily has done all that, and will continue to do that. Anyone who knows Emily knows her talent and hard work are exceptional and she is, as Harry says, pretty coolf. Those who don't know of her now, probably will someday. If you don't like her style or work then...fine. But it is the height of ignorance, IMO, to talk negatively about someone or something of whom you know nothing and it only reflects poorly on you. Thanks, Harry, for supporting Emily. She is very lucky to live in Austin that has one of best film communities in the world. And yes, I am Emily's mother so, of course, I am completely objective;)

  • June 24, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    Heh - if you really are her mother, you just stepped into the lions den. Kudos on the post!

  • June 24, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    You seem to have referred to one of my posts. I meant no offence to your daughter. I'm sure she is very talented and wish her all the best (if you look at my earlier posts you will see that I have not badmouthed her at all). Again, I wish her all the best.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Sorry Harry, I wasn't able to respond to your reply...

    by Darth_Kaos

    ....I actually have a job, and had to do that. But now I can respond.<br><br> Anyway, I'm not taking anything away from a focus and deadicated teenager, (lord knows we need more of them). My point is, is that she wouldn't be getting this spotlight if she wasn't a white, female 11 year old(back then) and now 17. I agree, with most of the people on this talkback relating to the opportunities she has because it. Again, I have no idea how talented she is (for a 17 year old) , or not. My point was that there are tons of more talented (real directors) who can't even get a cup of coffee, let alone a budget, cause they seem like everyone else from the outside, instead a niche'. Sure there are haters out there (I'm not one of them, cause I actually work in the industry) for one reason or another. I'm just pointing out the fact of why she's getting all this unnecessary attention.<br><br> My advice, go to film school, intern, work on a real set, make a movie and then you'll have the right to call yourself a filmmaker. Then you'll have a true chance. Instead of just being that cute little girl you started making movies at 11.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kaos

    I was typing fast, but you get the point....I hope.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Darth Kaos

    by TheWacoKid

    You're a tool.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    anyone bad mouthing this girl and her project

    by slappy jones

    is a true fucking douchebag. seriously. here is a fucking KID working her ass off to make a film. someone actually being productive and the same tried bored braindead bullshit gets thrown at her. what fucking cocksuckers. I notice most of the biggest douchebags have star wars related tag names. funny that. FUCK YOU.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Its true

    by slappy jones

    the biggest cocksuckers on these boards always have darth or fett in their names.FACT.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Before you know it, there'll be constant updates on her.

  • June 24, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I stopped listening...

    by SunTzu77

    as soon as I heard "vampires."

  • June 24, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    ok slappy jones, let me get this straight....

    by Darth_Kaos

    People can rag on non-kids (over 18, I assume) but god forbid people have a different opinion other than yours. And if they don't share what you think, they are douchebags. LOL, fuckin'funny. Thanks for making my original point more clear.<br><br> This "moviemaker" wants to be taken seriously, but we're suppose to still treat her like a kid? ok so which one is it? <br><br> And to rag on the "Darth" prefix, well I guess using a twist on a meat sandwich shows creativity as well.<br><br> oh, and FUCK YOU TOO!

  • June 24, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Slappy Jones

    by D.Vader

    I hope you weren't referring to me too were you?

  • June 24, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    It's not who you know... it's who knows you.

  • June 24, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    She's really getting a lot of coverage... Harry should do PR work. <br> <br>

  • June 24, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Pretty cool..

    by SunTzu77

    A guy shot this in 4 hours with *no* budget. <br> <br>

  • June 24, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    In one more year she'll be legally fuckable

    by GimpInMyPants

    That Hugins got balls. She's got the drive. I hope she has the talent. Good luck to her. It's funny that Harry is taking credit for making Donnie Darko. When he reviewed the script he also reviewed a script by Moriorty without telling his readers he was his friend. Harry undermind Donnie Darko to pimp Mori's script called Amusements. Now DD is a cult classic and Amusements is in a drawer somewhere.

  • June 24, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Keep it up!

  • June 24, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Pretty impressive. Could have used some dialogue and acting work but damn, that short looked beautiful. Wonder what it was shot on.

  • June 24, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Woody Allen should date her!

    by RPLocke

  • June 24, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    In minutes. If we all went in 5 bucks she could make her next film. Maybe this kid is the next Penelope Spheeris or Allison Anders. And you could be a part of it.

  • June 24, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Richard Kelly was a teacher?????

    by TheDark0Knight

    what he teach? anyone know?

  • June 24, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    He was a teacher?!

    by D.Vader

    For what, one or two years? Didn't he make Darko in his mid 20s?

  • June 24, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    I swear he said somewhere in his comments that he shot it on the Canon XL2 in 24p mode. I agree... for no budget, etc. it looks pretty damn good. It goes to show... there's no excuse for ppl to sit around and whine about how they need cash for a short.

  • June 24, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This is so fucking bad it's causing me discomfort

    by GarysMidgetCorpse

    Harry, what is this garbage? And what the hell is it with teen girls and Vampires? "Oh God, I want a Metrosexual Guy to suck my blood". How come they never have vampires that are gritty, who look like Don Frye or Kimbo Slice?

  • June 24, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    GimpInMyPants I'm assuming you want to fuck her...

    by GarysMidgetCorpse

    because she's a teenybopper....because she sure isn't attractive...or even amusing. Good luck dominating that. See ya on the familywatchdog!

  • June 24, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

  • June 24, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    She should speak with JettL1993

    by Wookie_Weed

    He'll get her a gig.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    She should speak with Michael Bay

    by Wookie_Weed

    He might ask her to blow him, but he'll get her a gig.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    She should speak with Michael Bay

    by Wookie_Weed

    He might ask her to blow him, but he'll get her a gig.

  • June 24, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Proves it's WHO YOU KNOW

    by Wookie_Weed

    and WHO YOU BLOW

  • June 25, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Harry persuaded Hollywood bigshot JettL1993 about helping Kelly to write the script and find the right cast. Harry also fronted some of the budget.

  • June 25, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    So why did Harry shit on the Donnie Darko script?

    by GimpInMyPants

    Harry reviewed the Donnie Darko script and Moriorty's Amusement script in the same article and said Mori's was better. Harry also failed to mention Mori was a personal friend of his.

  • June 25, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Mori wrote a script?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Was it about a guy who thought he knew what a surprise trailer was about, then realized he got it horribly, horrible wrong?

  • June 25, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Yes BP, he did

    by D.Vader

    And it was Harry, i think, who reviewed the script and pretended like it wasn't Mori who wrote it. He may have even left out in his review that he knew the author.

  • June 25, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    D.Vader no way...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    That's pretty outrageous. On the one hand I can understand Harry doing that for a friend, but he should have owned up it was Mori's script. I'm sure AICN's credibility took a dive after that.

  • June 25, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    D.Vader... got a paypal or something?

    by onezeroone

    Or some website for your project? Economy's hit me kinda hard like most others, but would like to help a fellow dreamer if he is closer to his dreams than me. Other words, I'd rather help you than her, for very reasons you're jealous of her.

  • June 25, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    She should get a giant billboard

    by GhostDad

    and say how her movie has the passion of Tennessee Williams.

  • June 25, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    GO EMILY!!!

    by Count3D

    This project sounds like it could be a lot of fun! Good luck with the production!

  • June 25, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    For the record, it's not who you know...

    by bbbbeeeennnn

    You can't tell me Peter Jackson knew a bunch of Hollywood bigshots while growing up in some tiny town in New Zealand. No, he busted his ass to make Bad Taste on weekends. Spielberg bluffed his way onto the Universal Pictures pay roll. Tarantino worked in a fucking video store till he was twenty seven. And that's just to name a few. And in these days - like it or not - of digital film and film festivals there is an entirely democratic way of breaking in to the movie industry. The only thing stopping people is perhaps a distinct lack of talent and drive. Just because you like movies, doesn't mean you can make them. I hate to break it to you, but there isn't some grand conspiracy keeping talented filmmakers out of Hollywood. If you tried and failed, well, that's a shame for you. But that doesn't give you any right to get all bitter and try and dissuade young filmmakers from having a go.

  • June 25, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Darth Kaos

    by slappy jones

    If being a meanspirited douchebag help keep the pangs of jealousy that tear at the fabric of your being every single day of your pathetic life then have it you fucking dick. and again its harrys site. he can put on here whatever the fuck he likes.

  • June 25, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    but my main star wars tag names are for dicks was directed

    by slappy jones

    at darth evil dead. three comments in and someone was a dick. wasn't surprised to see darth in his name.

  • June 26, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    If you want money for your film...

    by BlueLando

    Do what this kid has done. Make showreels. Plan a budget. Ask for the budget. <p> Or just make a film with whatever you have. </p> <p> Don't judge someone for trying to make the film they want, then worship Smith for his credit card scheme... Tarantino for using Keitel to start his career... and Rodriguez for becoming a guinea pig to get funding.

  • June 26, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Slappy Jones

    by Darth_Kaos

    What I find funny about you Sloppy Joe is that you try to write intellectually while also spooling obscenities. It shows two things. You don’t know what you’re talking about, and you use spell check very well. But overall, it makes YOU look like the “fuckin’ douchebag”.<br><br> Listen, you definitely don’t know me, just like I don’t know you. And I could never be jealous of a 17 year old girl, for whatever reason.<br><br> So don’t rag on people cause they don’t support this teenager like you do.

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  • June 26, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    The examples you gave - Spielberg, Tarantino, Jackson- are all super talented individuals. OF COURSE sheer talent can break you in. But Hollywood isn't made purely out of uber talented individuals. There are hundreds of directors there and most of them have middling talent (believe me, I worked as a producer for six years and I KNOW how talentless and clueless a lot of the directors are). Those directors broke in by meeting the right people at the right time and getting recommended for jobs. Its crazy blind luck most of the time. If you have immense social networking skills and know how to talk bullshit and get away with it, chances are you will get a break even if you only have average talent.

  • June 26, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    So far: $2,149


    Guys, Gals... In 2 days, y'all have raised $2,149.00. I would just really like to personally thank y'all. Emily is one helluva cool girl. She is not from a rich family, though she has an expensive passion. I'm really pulling for her. Anything y'all can do to help her is highly appreciated.

  • June 26, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST



    Actually - I had not so much as met Drew at that point. I also didn't even know Drew's last name at that point. A script arrived with Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan's names. At that point, I didn't know Scott at all. Those were EXTREMELY EARLY DAYS - And also - that wasn't the only mention of DONNIE DARKO, just the first.

  • June 26, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    BP Drills

    by bbbbeeeennnn

    I completely agree. I should have put, "It's not Always who you know."

  • June 27, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    so not only are you a douchebag darth kaos

    by slappy jones

    but you are also desperately insecure. what a shock. I am not ragging on you because you don't support a teenager. I rag on you because you come across like a complete knob. thats all. well that and that you have darth in your name. trying to be intellectual? not really. If I was trying to be I probably wouldn't say things like "darth kaos is a mean spirited cocksucker who couldn't help himself but come on here and dump on this story because he is a fucking jealous knob "

  • June 27, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    people who think this is a negative talkback

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    ha ha ha ha you must be new here

  • June 27, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Love her.

    by MarionRavenwood

    I interviewed the director of Zombie Girl last year and he had nothing but great things to say about her. What I like best about her is that she still loves movies, even in the face of "failure" at times. She has so much more humility and passion than most directors do once they make it.

  • June 27, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Truly Sad

    by Sro100

    When people who work their WHOLE LIVES to get interest with ORIGINAL IDEAS get squat, no help, no financing, this site is endorsing the worst kind of manufactured youth-is-where-it's at-more-of-the-same pseudo Hollywood garbage. 'Nuff said.

  • June 28, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Get this girl on the Donald Trump Apprentice

    by RPLocke

    She could win the show and then make her cheesy movie.

  • June 28, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by BDT

    To Harry and everyone who donated because of this AICN article. Every little bit helps. <3

  • June 30, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    What aboot me?

    by Ferrusloki

    I have an indieGoGo page too.. going strong at $0.. Can I also get promoted on the site? Pretty please? with Splenda on top? (wouldn't want to raise those blood sugars of a fellow diabetic..)