The concept was inspired by Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scottâ€™s groundbreaking filmmaking experiment â€˜Life in a Dayâ€™, which premiered at Sundance this year. Three filmmakers - Luke Doolan, Ariel Kleiman and Amy Gebhardt were chosen to make their own short films about summer and these films were used as inspiration. Amy was then chosen to make the final film.
Q: What does film mean to you? Filmmaking is an extraordinary way to document the world around you and in doing so define who we are as humans.
Q: Describe summer in 5 words? The sunshine of my life. Blame it on the sun.
Q: How did you get into filmmaking and what do you want to achieve? I started out as a Cinematographer and filmed everything I could, which naturally led to directing when I became fascinated by the actor/ director relationship. I want to make long form feature films in both drama and documentary that visually inspire, telling stories that push ideas of human possibility. I would also love to make more experimental works for online users.
Q: Best clip you've seen on YouTube? I love the literal video that some crew in the States made spoofing Bonnie Tyler's â€˜Total Eclipse of the Heartâ€™ - pop culture jamming genius.
Q: Your filmmaking idols are? Gus Van Sant, Fellini, Gasper Noe, Werner Herzog, Claire Denis.
Submissions to YouTube â€˜Map My Summerâ€™ are being accepted online until March 31 at youtube.com/mapmysummer and then five lucky winners will be flown to the SFF premiere in June. You have to be in it to win it. Jump online to check out Amyâ€™s short film.