Elizabeth “Lizz” Marshall

One of Ahwatukee’s own has been selected for the San Diego Film Festival Web Filmmaker Discovery Program taking place later this month.

Elizabeth “Lizz” Marshall, 18, was granted the opportunity after applying for and completing a monthlong online branded content certification program with CreatorUp this August. Six students from the program were picked to participate in a two-day digital boot camp in San Diego before the festival.

The San Diego Film Festival partnered with CreatorUp — an online web series school that offers different certification programs for those looking to improve their skills — to provide the program. The festival runs from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28, and it will feature various film premieres, filmmaker and celebrity gatherings, and also panelists working in the Hollywood industry, according to a news release.

The branded content program gave students a chance to learn the basics of web development, low-budget production, and digital marketing. Marshall was awarded one of two full scholarships provided for the program.

Mike Tringe, co-founder of CreatorUp, said offering the digital boot camp “was a way for us to provide a deeper level of education and experience for students.”

“It also provided us an opportunity to work more directly with a film festival of this caliber,” Tringe said.

The boot camp requires participants to produce, film, and edit a short branded-content film in two days. “We will be providing on the spot training and coaching for all of the filmmakers,” Tringe said. Each participant is planned to be paired with a film festival sponsor upon which they will base their film. Marshall plans on partnering with BMW Encinitas for her project. “Usually with branded content, it’s web-based and goes to a wider audience,” Marshall said. “It’s really exciting to be working with amazing artists.”

“It’s meant to be fun and shareable” Marshall said, adding that she is planning on a Batman-themed concept.

Marshall said her passion for filming began when she was 11 years old and started out editing YouTube videos. From then on, it has always been something she has wanted to do.

“As I got older and when I got into high school, I figured out that this is what I want to do,” said Marshall, whose film skills were self-taught.

Marshall currently attends Scottsdale Community College where she is in the honors program pursuing an associate’s degree in film production.

• Stephanie Holland is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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