Actors Lutz, Dobrev to direct in Vachon project

Cambio and Killer Digital have launched a partnership aimed at thesps looking to become filmmakers by producing and directing short films — including Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”), Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

The shorts will appear on the 15-month-old Cambio site, which will also feature live video chats between producer Christine Vachon and the filmmakers.

“I began my career making short films, so to be able to revisit that genre and help develop the skills of talented, young short filmmakers is full circle for me,” Vachon said. “And, unlike when I started, the Internet will allow millions to enjoy and experience these films.”

Vachon, who just wrapped on the untitled Ramin Bahrani racing pic starring Zac Efron, said the shorts will be in 10-20 minute range and could start appearing next year. She told Variety that the idea evolved about a year ago. “It’s a great way for actors to get out of their comfort zone,” she added.

Bellisario said she’s already working on three different ideas. “This is great for me because I’m such a fan of Christine’s work, and I’m not really very good at sitting around on a set,” she added.

Lutz said he hasn’t locked down an idea yet. “I want it to be original, and creative, but with a twist,” he added. “Short films are tricky because you don’t have time to develop the characters, so the plot has to grab people’s attention fast.”

Lutz said he’s never directed but is looking forward to it. “Having worked with and observed so many talented directors, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, but I’m really just looking at this as an opportunity to see if I enjoy it and would want to one day direct feature-length films,” he said.

Vachon’s films include “Boys Don’t Cry” and “One Hour Photo. “Christine’s track record in creating meaningful and relevant films that speak to this demographic is unmatched,” said Cambio general manager Nathan Coyle.

He also said Vachon’s Killer Films banner would be a producer should a short become the basis for a feature.

Killer Digital is a partnership between Killer Films and Kevin Iwashina’s Preferred Content to create digital, shortform filmed entertainment content.

Bellisario said she’s already working on three different ideas. “This is great for me because I’m such a fan of Christine’s work and I’m not really very good at sitting around on a set,” she added.

Lutz said he hasn’t locked down an idea yet. “I want it to be original, and creative, but with a twist,” he added. “Short films are tricky because you don’t have time to develop the characters, so the plot has to grab people’s attention fast.”

Lutz said he’s never directed but is looking forward to it, noting, “Having worked with and observed so many talented directors I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, but I’m really just looking at this as an opportunity to see if I enjoy it and would want to one day direct feature length films.”

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