Teen film-maker rev­els in silent suc­cess


A young ‘soon-to-be-film star’ has made it into the top 12 at the New Zealand Youth Silent Film Fes­ti­val.

Trin­ity Smith [16] has loved films from a young age. Since the age of seven she has been mak­ing home videos with an old cam­corder her dad found in stor­age.

‘‘I used to do home tours, like ‘this is my bed’ and ‘this my fam­ily’, but noth­ing re­ally came of it,’’ she said.

Then she en­tered the film fes­ti­val and re­alised her dream of be­com­ing an ac­tor and di­rec­tor could be­come re­al­ity.

‘‘I used to think maybe Peter Jack­son will put a let­ter in my let­ter­box to say he needs an ac­tor,’’ she said.

Smith sub­mit­ted a three­minute silent film called Nowhere Left to Run, that fea­tures her brother Calvin [7] and sis­ter Grace [11]. It uses one of the 10 mu­si­cal scores pro­vided.

The film steps into the imag­i­na­tion of Calvin and has a bit of a James Bond theme.

It is the first time she has sub­mit­ted her work.

‘‘It is hum­bling to see peo­ple ac­knowl­edge me for my work,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a cool dream, but cool to think you can do what you love.’’

She said film mak­ing al­lows her to step into some­one elses shoes and pro­duce films that gives the au­di­ence some­thing to think about.

‘‘If one per­son comes away feel­ing some­thing, then I have done my job,’’ she said.

Smith has ac­cepted a three­month in­tern­ship at an in­de­pen­dent film com­pany ZSOFI in Auck­land next year, which al­lows her to ex­tend her knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness.

Al­though this could lead to a job op­por­tu­nity, she wants to have con­trol over what she pro­duces and acts to.

‘‘I love act­ing but I like to have con­trol,’’ she said.

‘‘The idea is to cre­ate the job my­self. I need to have con­trol over what I am do­ing.’’

Smith is con­tin­u­ing to make short films but said she needs help from any­one with ideas and any skills to join her.

‘‘I have the equip­ment and the skills to help make this hap­pen,’’ she said.

Smith said this could open the door for some­one else to get the same op­por­tu­nity to make films. [Con­tact trin­i­ty­su­sana@gmail.com if you are in­ter­ested.]

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