Have you heard of Shaun Escayg?
The Trinidadian filmmaker recently earned the admiration and respect of famed director Steven Spielberg during production of the blockbuster movie, Transformers3: Dark of the Moon.
Escayg animated the popular character Bumblebee and when Spielberg saw the early work done by Escayg he openly expressed how impressed and excited he was.
Though that is only part of his personal success, the filmmaker has made it to the top 50 finalists in the world for the International Your Film Festival with his dramatic short film, Fish.
The R-rated Fish was written and directed by Escayg and explores the criminal underworld in Trinidad and the Caribbean. Fish is, in a nutshell, dread and not for viewers under 18-years-old.
On June 11, YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free, announced the 50 semi-finalists in the Your Film Festival competition – a global search to find the world’s best storytellers. Scott Free had the difficult task of narrowing down more than 15,000 submissions from more than 160 countries across the globe.
It is now up to the YouTube community to view and vote on the semi-finalists at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival thus helping decide which 10 filmmakers will attend the Venice Film Festival and compete for the $500,000 grand-prize.
Check out “Fish” below:
FISH: Written and Directed by Shaun Escayg Synopsis: In the southern most island of the Caribbean, Trinidad, two young street hustlers Fish and Sticky comb the lanes of the central market in search of loot. Thieves by street credit, the cousins regularly hunt for unsuspecting shoppers while cleverly evading the local police in daring escapes. Recently times have gotten harder and the pickings slim.Will fortune favor the brave? Cast: Lead Actor: Marc Escayg Citizenship: Canada Gender: M Supporting: Carlos Quashie Jr. Citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago Gender: M Supporting: Anthony Lawrence Citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago Gender: M Supporting: Fabrice Barker Citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago Gender: M PRODUCTION CREW Marie Escayg Producer Dawn Cumberbatch Location Manager; Production Manager Charlene Escayg Production Assistant Shaun Escayg Executive Producer/Writer/Director/ DOP/ 1st camera operator Leo Santos Executive Producer/ 2nd Camera Operator Cedric Smart Field Sound Recordist Selwyn Henry Boom Operator Dawn Cumberbatch Makeup Artist; Make-up Effects Phill Kovats Supervising Sound Editor Nick Neutra Foley Supervisor Michael Collison Soundtrack Composer