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Haxan avatar 12:18 AM on 08.09.2012  (server time)
Dtoid community: I need your help to launch the career of filmmaker

It's been a long while since I've blogged here. For the two of you that remember me: How've you been? Long time no see. To the rest of you: How's it going? I like what you've done with the place. I'm Jason, and while I haven't been active on Destructoid in some time, I do occasionally contribute to the front page over at Tomopop (most recently with this review for Evil Dead 2 figures).

I'm going to cut right to the chase- I need your help. Or, rather, my best friend Sandy needs your help. Sandy Stenzel is a film student at UCLA. She became one of the 6 finalists for a film competition hosted by Sprite. These six directors were given a minuscule budget to create a short film showcasing Sprite. Ultimately the winner will get their film shown in movie theaters across America during that blitz of ads and trailers they show before the flick you paid to see.

It's a huge deal, and can and probably will launch the career of the winner. The hitch is that a large part of the judging is done by internet voting. If you're already gung-ho to help out, I think you're amazing and here's how you can do so:

Go to and watch Sandy's movie "Love, Refreshed", then vote for it. It's about a 3-minute short. You can vote once a day every day in the month of August. You only have to watch it once. You can skip straight ahead to the voting on each other day. Thanks so much. You don't have to keep reading anymore, Mr./Ms. Awesomely Helpful Person. I'm just going to keep trying to convince the others from here on out.

I'm just going to keep listing reasons why this girl deserves this, and why helping her out is a completely noble, charitable, and worthwhile thing to do.

-First and foremost, this girl is one of us. Hell, I probably wouldn't even be one of us if it weren't for Sandy. This girl is a gamer. When I first met her 15 years ago, I was amazed to meet a woman who played video games, let alone one who could occasionally kick my ass at them. I was kind of a lapsed gamer at the time. It was she who brought me back into the fold. Girl got a Dreamcast on launch day, and I remember playing Soul Caliber with her until dawn.

Beyond gaming, she loves anime, cult films (the first night I went over her house she showed me "Tromeo and Juliet", and I knew right there that she'd be my bestie for life), and before she moved to the other side of the country, we would scour every toy department in the state for rare variant action figures. (For my 25th birthday, she bought me a giant Leatherface action figure from Texas Chain Saw Massacre. She's a rare and awesome breed.)

Long story short, this is a girl who will make films that we like, because she loves the same things that we do.

-Sandy shot her film on actual 35mm film stock, as opposed to the digital cameras that her competitors used. Film is way more expensive, much more time-consuming to shoot with, and makes post production more complicated. She shot her film on the same budget as her competition, which created headaches of its own. The result, though, is obvious. Her short looks amazing. Her's looks professional. Shooting on film is coming closer to being a lost art, yet she took a major risk and made it happen.

-Every time you cast a vote, you're entered to win a trip to Universal Studios. It's kind of a weak reason, since it never really feels like people really win those things, but I'd love to see a Dtoider walk away with that prize.

-If her film wins and is shown in theaters, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped make it happen. Feel free to turn to the person next to you and brag about how you jump-started that filmmaker's career. You've earned it!

-Do it because it's the right thing to do. This is a pathetically easy contest to hack. (All it requires is an email address and entering a captcha code to vote; a person could just punch in random email addresses all day long and win this thing.) It is widely suspected that the current front-runner has people doing just that. The help of the Dtoid Army (i.e. YOUR help), could overcome those nasty cheaters.

-Remember that time in 'Nam when I took that bullet for you? I've never once held it over you in any way since then. If this weren't really important, I wouldn't remind you now. If you help me out now, we're totally even. (There's still shrapnel in my shoulder, and when it rains it hurts like you wouldn't believe. Just saying.)

-Because someone who can sport a hat this pimp simply deserves to win!

If you made it this far, I thank you for your time. If you voted today, I think you're a rockstar. If you're going to vote on multiple days throughout the contest, you're pretty much a god in my book.

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