Disney and UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative Join Together to Train Female Filmmakers

Disney’s Jennifer Lee

Disney and the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative have launched a project through which 21 young women from around the world will make digital shorts telling the stories of female role models.

Jennifer Lee, the Academy Award-winning writer/director of Frozen who was recently named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, succeeding John Lasseter, will be the subject of one of these shorts.

The studio declined to reveal additional subjects for the video series, dubbed #DreamBigPrincess, only saying the women would come from a range of professions.

Supported by Apple and female-led production company Summerjax, each video will be made using Apple products — shot with an iPhone X and edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro. The filmmakers — each of whom was selected by Disney and Girls Up — will received training from Apple and mentoring from Summerjax and Disney.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Carolyn Giardina