Amazon Studios has given people around the world the opportunity to explore their passions by producing movies, being creative and writing scripts online.
“Amazon Studios sounds really ambitious. It’s quite a courageous thing to do; to put your movie up online and have strangers watch it and comment,” said Film as Literature teacher at Pioneer High School, Maria Montri, who hasn’t heard about Amazon Studios before.
The world-renowned online retailer Amazon started the online forum in 2010. At www.studios.amazon.com, anyone over 18 can create their own script, idea, and storyline for their movie for free. People can then either film the movie themselves or make an animated version with Amazon Studios’ tools. Interested writes can also upload a script without making a movie and allow someone else to make your idea come to life. “Great movies are made every year, but it’s hard for new voices to break in,” said Amazon Studios.
“It’s hard to get money to make your own film. A place like Amazon Studios will make it much easier,” said Jory Tracy, a Pioneer High School senior. Tracy is dreaming of becoming a director and would like to turn her ideas into reality. “I’ve written several screenplays and I would like to see them made into movies,” she said.
Even though Amazon Studios mostly is made for filmmakers, any film lover is welcome: “If you’re a critic –a thinker about stories- offer your comments,” said Amazon Studios. On their website they would love to have people give feedback to each other and “discover voices that might not otherwise be heard.”
“Some people might be discovered through Amazon Studios. I think, Amazon Studios might only need one success to make it spark,” said Montri.
Amazon Studios’ policy doesn’t allow minors to join, simply because they aren’t allowed to sign binding agreements, which are required to make movies. “It makes me sad that people under 18 can’t join, but it makes sense. They want mature people and they want to secure the quality,” said Tracy, who is 17 years old.
“We know there are a lot of young, talented people out there, and we hope to figure out a way to allow you to participate at Amazon Studios in the future,” said Amazon Studios.
Amazon Studios have made an agreement with the movie company Warner Bro’s. Each year awards are given to the best movies made through Amazon Studios. Movies that win awards have the chance to be made into a film by Warner Bro’s and could be seen around the world.