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San Diego Film Week

Real Artists

Directed by Cameo Wood

SD ❤ LA / 2017 / 12 mins / English


Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios — who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? But when she meets arch, mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain. Every instinct Sophia has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged.

Based on Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, Real Artists asks a poignant question: In a dystopian near-future where big data, AI and natural language processing learn and create quickly and at massive scale, what role can a single artist play? Is Sophia a creative rebel who can make a difference? Or is the situation more serious than that?

Director's Bio

Cameo wrote, produced, and directed “Real Artists”, a narrative thriller about Artificial Intelligence and the future of filmmaking. Cameo Wood fell in love with movies at the age of seven when she saw Amadeus on the big screen, and she has been making films ever since. At the age of ten, Cameo began writing epic adventures, and shooting scenes on still photos. She began her film education when she was 12 and worked full time at the family video store and was a camera operator and editor for the weekly high school television show. Originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she now lives in San Francisco.
Cameo Wood’s science fiction homage to Jonathan Nolan, Jennifer Phang, and the intersection of bioethics and business is an exquisitely produced short film. Stunning images, lean writing, inspired casting, and a seemingly effortless deftness at storytelling create a this stunning film.
Wood considers short films as “tiny stories, perfectly crafted,” which fairly sums up this film’s ultimate effect on the viewer. Produced with help from Kodak, “Real Artists” perfectly pushes the boundaries of the short film format, delivering feature-length emotional impact and unforgettable visual style in 12 minutes.
Her first for into directing, writing, and producing, Wood has more in store for us in the future, noting, “I’ve wanted to make films for such a long time; now that we’ve received such kind and enthusiastic response to REAL ARTISTS, I have the confidence to nurture my ambitions.

Plays in

  1. SD ❤ LA – Shorts Program

    SD ❤ LA / 120 mins
    Los Angeles is the mecca of film production and just hours away from our beautiful city. This block features some of San Diego’s strongest short films alongside some of the best short films LA independent filmmakers have produced. Working together with New Filmmakers LA, we’ll get a taste of what our two film communities could do together. Networking is at it’s best during this block of films.

    In This Program: Real Artists, Bye, Bye, Baby, Contigo, DigiBit Commercial, The Duel, Rosie, Oh, Daisy Belle, Pursuit, The Ride, Siren, Revenge of Dean

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