That's easier said than done, especially if "Titanic" and "Avatar" aren't on your resume. Every year, I listen to acceptance speeches at the
Freak tales of beginner's luck aside, trying to break into the movie business can be a frustrating grind.
Armstrong and his friend, director and co-writer Marc Jonathan de Jesus, submitted a winning entry to the Story Beyond the Still, a competition put on by the video-sharing website Vimeo. The contest began when Vimeo — backed by a panel of Hollywood heavy hitters, including
After the judges selected five finalists, Vimeo posted the films on its website and invited the public to vote on the best one. The winner officially became "Chapter 1" of the film, and the contestants for Chapter 2 had to begin their film with the still shot that closed the previous episode. By the time Armstrong and de Jesus heard about the project, it was almost time to submit entries for Chapter 6 – and after a quick post on
So what's the story through Chapter 6? I'll refrain from summarizing, because, after going through six different sets of writers, actors and directors, it's a shaggy dog tale if there ever was one. (Just go to vimeo.com/groups/beyondthestill and enjoy.) The important thing is, Armstrong and de Jesus won for their installment, and when the entire film is complete, their work will get an audience of some kind — whether it's at film festivals, online, in an Academy screening room or wherever else fate dictates.
In garnering votes for their chapter, the duo got support from an unlikely source: the team behind the website of Filipino boxer
"What I've learned in this industry is that if you hang in there long enough, your day will come," he said.