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Filmmaker from Manhattan asks for help

By Ned Seaton

Shannon Schnittker, a Manhattan High School graduate, is asking for hometown help in an online contest to win $15,000 for the best short film.

It’s basically an ad gimmick by Lenovo, the computer company, to promote one of its products. There are 15 alternate endings to an ad campaign for Lenovo called “Seize The Night.” Schnittker’s version is called “Fire in the Sky;” it lasts about two minutes. The video ending with the most views on Youtube wins the $15,000 prize. As of Wednesday afternoon, her video was in third place with just over 21,000 views.

Here’s the link to watch:

The contest ends Sept. 9, 2012.

Schnittker graduated from MHS and then went to the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in film production in 2011. She is currently working and making films in New Zealand. Her film was shot in Wellington, New Zealand; and Toyko, Japan. It’s a collaborative project with Yuta Okamura of Japan; the project took three weeks of shooting.

“You can create anything, with anyone, from anywhere in the world, if you have the right tools and positive energy to make it happen,” Schnittker said in a written statement.


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