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Up to Your Interpretation

Andy is an art enthusiast who has found an art piece he really connects with a painting. Jenna is not so sure Andy knows what he is talking about. It doesn't take too long to find out who had the correct interpretation.

  • Gareth Cartier
    Director
  • William Kizer
    Writer
  • William Kizer
    Producer
  • Esme Roberts
    Producer
  • Kady Serlin
    Producer
  • Leah Jarvik
    Key Cast
    "Jenna"
  • Christopher Romero-Sosa
    Key Cast
    "Andy"
  • Terrance Schenck
    Key Cast
    "Art Gallery Employee"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (1080) on Canon C100
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - UCLA High School Summer Institute
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
    Canton, MI
    United States
    August 5, 2023
    Official Selection
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
    San Luis Obispo, California
    United States
    April 25, 2024
    Official Selection
  • STTP+ Rolling Ideas Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    November 15, 2023
    Honorable Mention
  • SFO Short Film Festival
    Brentwood, CA
    United States
    August 12, 2023
    Best High School Short Film
  • SFO Short Film Festival
    Brentwood, CA
    United States
    August 12, 2023
    Best Screenplay: High School Short Film
Director Biography - Gareth Cartier

Gareth was born and raised in the Bay Area. Ever since he was young Gareth has loved making films. Originally, Gareth started filmmaking through animation, but as he got older he was introduced to Adobe Premiere Pro and turned to digital filmmaking. He has created many personal projects since then and plans to continue to pursue film in the future.

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Director Statement

Recently, the museums I’ve visited have displayed more and more art pieces that follow a very simplistic design. Whether the canvas includes a banana taped to a wall or a singular dot, this artwork looks straightforward and uncomplicated. It is as if anyone could create something similar in 5 minutes. This art is called conceptual art, and it is meant to be very open-ended so that viewers can interpret their own opinions of the meaning of each piece.

Conceptual art holds great value and meaning but some extremists tend to interpret things that are not supposed to have any meaning. That is where this idea came from.
Andy is an art fanatic, especially in the modern/conceptual genre. He is majoring in art and believes that it speaks to him and that each piece has abstract meanings.

Jenna does not understand Andy’s interest. She believes that this type of art is a money grab and doesn’t actually have the deep and abstract meanings enthusiasts like Andy think they do.

I was super interested to see how these two characters would interact in front of one of these “art pieces.” It is so fun watching these polar opposites collide on the big screen and I think that it makes for a comedy short film.