×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cambio, Killer set film shorts

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.”

More Film

  • Mindy Kaling (L) and Director Nisha

    Women Directors and Writers Make Gains in Independent Films But Lag on Parity

    Women directors, writers, editors and producers are making inroads, reaching historic highs in the world of independent films — while still lagging in reaching parity with men, a new study shows. The latest Indie Women study, released Tuesday, found that women achieved record-setting levels as directors (33% in 2018-19, up from 29% in 2017-18), writers [...]

  • David Shin

    Disney Shuffles Management in Hong Kong, Australia

    Disney has reshuffled its management in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australasia following the March completion of its 21st Century Fox takeover. In Hong Kong and New Zealand, Fox executives have been elevated. In Australia and New Zealand, Disney’s management is staying on. David Shin has been appointed VP and GM of The Walt Disney Company [...]

  • SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 17: Liu

    Shanghai: Chinese Movies Dominate AACTA Asian Film Award Nominations

    Chinese sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” China’s Cannes competition film “Wild Goose Lake,” and Korea’s Palme d’Or-winner “Parasite” are among the nominees for the AACTA Award for best Asian film. The nominees were announced at an event on Monday on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The winners will be presented on Dec. [...]

  • Jenni Rivera Biopic

    Authorized Jenni Rivera Biopic in the Works

    An authorized biopic of the late singer Jenni Rivera is in the works, seven years after she died in a plane crash at the age of 43. The life rights deal was announced Tuesday with an agreement between Jenni Rivera Enterprises and producers Javier Chapa and Simon Wise of Mucho Mas Media and Donald De [...]

  • Judi Dench

    ‘Blithe Spirit’ With Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher Scores International Sales

    Filming has started on “Blithe Spirit,” an adaptation of Noel Coward’s classic comedy about love that just won’t die. Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens are among the cast in the picture, which is helmed by Edward Hall (“Downton Abbey”). Protagonist has closed a raft of pre-sales on the project, which was previously adapted [...]

  • Edward Cheng, Tencent Pictures CEO

    Tencent Pictures' Lineup Is a Mix of Hollywood Content and Chinese Propaganda

    A slate of Chinese propaganda films rubs shoulders with high-profile Hollywood movies on Tencent Pictures’ upcoming lineup.  The firm confirmed its investment in U.S. projects including TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film about beloved TV host Mr. Rogers, starring Tom Hanks; “Monster Hunter,” Paul W.S. Anderson’s next film adaptation of a [...]

  • Night scenery of the Bund in

    Shanghai: Festivals Grapple With How to Stay Relevant in the Digital Era

    Festival organizers from around the world Tuesday discussed the challenges of remaining relevant in a digital era at a Shanghai International Film Festival forum. The Festival do Rio’s executive director, Ilda Santiago, noted that online platforms are now an unavoidable part of the film business and creative process, and that “of course not all of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content