Spotlight: Chasing Rabbits

Chasing Rabbits

Thirteen year-old Ericka suspects her mom might be a spy and launches her own espionage effort – with her best friend – to find out what’s really going on.

Our goal with the film was to tell an entertaining, family-friendly, and female­-centric story about two girls who take on an adventure together (while also touching a bit on the question of what it’s like to live in a world where the tools of surveillance are accessible to everyone).

We truly enjoyed making this film and hope you enjoy watching it!

Thank you for considering us!

­ Julia & Jacob

  • Jacob Smith  Director
  • Jacob Smith  Writer
  • Julia Myers   Writer
  • Julia Myers   Producer
  • Jacob Smith  Producer
  • Carolani Bartell   Key Cast
  • Isabella Kaze      Key Cast
  • Julia Myers         Cinematography


  • Film Type:  Short
  • Genres:     Family, Drama, Spy, Adventure
  • Runtime:    12 minutes 27 seconds

15 mistakes

The last thing you are remembered by is your last body of work, so you want to make the most of the work you are currently working on. But if you are a beginner, then there is no body of work to carry forward. Beginners often make make the same mistakes that experience usually buff out, but why wait when you can eliminate them before they become a problem or worse yet, habit?

  • Weak story
  • Underdeveloped scripts
  • Bad sound
  • Poor casting choices
  • Poor shot composition
  • White walls
  • Poor lighting
  • Unnecessary insert shots
  • Lingering
  • Too many pregnant pauses
  • No blocking (movement)
  • Too much chit chat
  • Action for the sake of action
  • Clichés
  • Generic music

There are obviously more but Darious Britt goes into details about these 15 common mistakes.


The winners announcements

Congratulations to all the winners in their category:

Best Student film

Submitted by Mat Chasin

Best Short Narrative

Haley’s Angel
Submitted by Israel Marquez

Best Short Documentary

Poop on Poverty
Submitted by Vijay Jodha

Best Feature Documentary

Missions in the Wilderness: Milk and Honey Cambodia
Submitted by Simon Ives

Best Feature Narrative

The Return
Submitted by Frank Datzer

Best Animation

Submitted by Danielle Johnson

Grand Jury Award

Poop on Poverty
Submitted by Vijay Jodha

The official Selections

Here they are, in no particular order…

Project Title Duration Project Type First Name Last Name Country
HI 00:14:54 Animation, Feature, Student, Short Ye-eun. Son. Korea, Republic of
What to Say When Expecting 00:12:19 Short Rocky Westbrook  
Every Sunday 00:07:10 Animation Jenny Liu Taiwan
Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache 01:22:00 Animation, Feature Matt Orefice United States
Frankie 00:07:30 Short, Web / New Media Riccardo Cellottini United Kingdom
LA MOSCA (The Fly) 00:07:30 Short marco di gerlando Italy
Take A Chance 00:07:45 Short Zulema Nall  
That familiar scent of tea 00:07:15 Documentary, Short Prateek Payodhi United Kingdom
Respite at Christmas 00:15:00 Short Campbell Miller  
A Most Annoying Ghost 00:03:30 Short Damien Sung United Kingdom
A Ride Around Roscoe 00:06:22 Documentary, Short David Safin United States
Ambitions 00:10:36 Short, Student Daniele Sestito United States
Missions in the Wilderness: Milk and Honey Cambodia 00:57:23 Documentary Simon Ives Australia
A Matter of Principle 00:09:34 Short Roger Barker United Kingdom
Focus 00:14:00 Short, Student Matt Chesin  
The Importance of Lios 00:08:00 Animation, Short Danielle Edwards United States
The Asphalt Race 00:05:23 Short Gabby Brooks United States
The Fourth Wall 00:07:45 Short Garrett Strother  
True Love 00:15:46 Short Michael Giannantonio United States
Le Mime Chantant 00:03:52 Short, Student dexter gardner  
The Return 01:40:00 Feature Frank Datzer  
Elsie 00:14:05 Short Robert Mendoza United States
POOP ON POVERTY 00:06:30 Documentary, Short, Television, Web / New Media, Other Vijay S. Jodha India
Haley’s Angel 00:25:00 Short Israel Marquez United States
Nick and the Slingshot 00:10:12 Animation, Short, Student Vincent H. Kuan Lin Canada
A World of Difference 00:23:17 Documentary, Short Jaana Pirskanen Finland
Mixed Signals 00:10:00 Short Millie Thorne United Kingdom
The Village Boy 01:45:00 Feature Damien Dematra  
History’s Heroes:, Lincoln, Journey to 16 00:45:00 Television John Demers  
Egyptian Sons 00:30:00 Documentary Tania Kamal-Eldin  
“El Gringo Schindler” 01:28:00 Documentary Ralph Isenberg United States
Pooped 00:04:09 Short Kelly Ladd  
Eggventure 00:03:11 Animation, Short, Student Danielle Johnson United States
The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God 01:09:00 Documentary, Feature Ken Beale United States
RECEIVE 00:01:50 Short EDMUND CHEW Singapore
Boarding The Ark 00:01:58 Animation, Short, Student, Web / New Media Joshua Faust United States
UNION BOUND 01:44:00 Feature Michael Davis United States
The Evanescence of Hope 01:15:00 Documentary Loren Lambert United States
Painkiller 00:06:00 Short Shaun Cunningham United States
Kind Kay 00:12:30 Documentary, Short Bob Duffy  
I like you 00:02:26 Short Vito D’Agostino Italy


Audio tips

Mixing Music & Sound

One of the first struggles we faced when starting off was getting a balance between dialogue and the music score. So in this video by Curtis Judd, he covers this topic in a simple easy to understand way. Keeping the audience in the moment is crucial to getting your message to them. Seamless audio is just one way to keep them there.