HDSLR enablement – helping a 15 year old rock a video contest

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HDSLRs are enabling all sorts of things to happen – in this case, a 15 year old future filmmaker Michael Rees is using a Canon Rebel T2i/550D (reviews) to gain attention and possibly win a contest. It is quite astounding to find a 15 year old who is writing/directing/filming a 60 second commercial that has turned out quite well. (And the sound guy is 14! Ha)

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the contest entry

Hello everyone, my name is Michael Rees. I am 15 years old and found a contest to make a commercial for Netflix. The commercial had to emphasize the fact that you can instantly stream movies and TV shows straight to your Netflix device. I wrote, directed, shot, and edited this short commercial in just one afternoon. My cousin Ryan, who is 14, handled sound and other various key jobs to pull this one off.

Writer/Director/Editor/DP: Michael Rees
Sound Engineer and Assistant Everything: Ryan Rees
John: Thomas Boudreaux
Wife: Rachel Rees (Ryan's sister)

Camera: Canon Rebel T2i/550D
Lenses: 28-135, 50mm 1.4
Edited with Final Cut Studio 3
Color Correction in Color

We used three point lighting for all of the shots of the husband. And as for the grocery store footage goes…that was all rushed big time. Mainly because we didn't have permission :). No lighting was used other than just the store's lights for that scene.

Michael would appreciate comments on the video to be posted on poptent please

Where'd a 15 year old get a pregnancy test anyway? :)

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Great video quality, bad acting. <—- I'm being nice by saying this.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I laughed, good writing ( could make a decent commercial)

    Bad video and acting

    The supermarket shots almost look better than the living room
    (blocking is all off in the living room)

  3. @ Andrew McMillan:

    “Bad video?”

    I think someone’s a little jealous they weren’t entering film festivals when they were 15, haha!

    The kid’s off to a great start, give him some real constructive criticism, not just “bad video!”

    Not saying it’s anywhere near perfect, but hell…imagine what he’ll be pumping out in a few short years!

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