Film-making has been a passion of mine ever since I picked up my parent’s video camera when I was eight years old. When I took my first workshop with ViewFinders, I learned so much more and became particularly interested in stop motion animation. I have always enjoyed film-making and realized over the past few years that it is something I want to do for the rest of my life.
My short film Recipe for Love is a stop motion animation about a lonely cupcake who sees other couples in the kitchen enjoying each others company and decides that she needs a friend. With no other options, she chooses to make one. I take lots of pleasure in cooking and baking and knew that I could create an original and lovable character with a cupcake.
After working long hours on all aspects of the production, I was able to submit the film to the 2012 ViewFinders NBC Universal Film Challenge. I was incredibly thrilled to receive First Place, Best Animation and the People’s Choice Award. This encouraged me to share Recipe for Love with other festivals. To date Recipe for Love has been screened at the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival, YoungCuts Film Festival, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Women’s Independent Film Festival and the University of Advancing Technology Digital Video Festival. Most recently, as the Grand Prize Winner at the UAT Digital Video Festival in Tempe, Arizona, I have been offered a full tuition scholarship for their Digital video program!
All this success has been a tremendous joy and has further inspired me to pursue film-making in my future. I have ViewFinders to thank for teaching me what I know and supporting me, in particular Rose Zack and Jason Beaudry who have been two incredible mentors!
You can watch Recipe for Love on CBC.ca/download as part of their new Atlantic DOWNLOAD Program.
Note: Gwyneth received a bursary from Bill Niven to attend Women Making Waves 2012. To learn how you can help young and emerging filmmakers by being a WIFT-AT Champion, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.