SoCal teens write, direct short films for 'Direct Your Disney Side' campaign

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Three Southern California teens were chosen to pitch, write and direct their own short films to show what Disney means to them.

This season, moviegoers across the country can watch the creative talents of three Southern California teens come to life.

Disney Parks selected the young filmmakers to develop original content as part of the "Direct Your Disney Side" campaign.

"Soar" by Claire Jantzen, 15, of Encinitas


In collaboration with Disney Yellow Shoes and Adolescent Content, the trio each received production help to create their masterpieces. The teens all pitched, wrote and directed their own films. Each were inspired by different Disney attractions, such as the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland, and movie characters.

One short film, titled "Sock" by 13-year-old Jack Vinetz of Santa Monica, features a sock that somehow winds up at Disneyland on the bare foot of one of the pirates on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

"Sock" by Jack Vinetz, 13, of Venice Beach


Another short film, titled "Rocket Boy," was done by Thousand Oaks resident Elwood Quincey Walker, 13. He began making films when he was 5 years old.

"I want to make movies. That's what I want to do with my life," Walker said.

"Rocket Boy" by Elwood Walker, 13, of Thousand Oaks


All three of the winning films are being played before movies at more than 1,500 theaters nationwide.

Find out more about "Direct your Disney Side" here.

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