Hi, I'm Justin Leyba, 16 years old, living in Chicago, IL. I was born and raised in the Philippines. I just love watching movies when I was a kid and I always wondered, "how did they do that?". And that is when I tackle the world of filmmaking. I started out with slideshows because i can't get my hands on a videocamera before. good thing when i came here in america, oppurtunities started opening.
I use filmmaking to show people how I feel about a current issue and how I see it through my own eyes. One thing about me is, I am a shy person, and I use filmmaking to express myself to others whenever I can't. Filmmaking is my life. I did not decide to pursue filmmaking because other people told me, i did it because my heart told me.
Some few years ago, I made a documentary about my grandfather. I don't really know anything about him because I was a kid when he was still alive and I only see him a couple of times. But after making this documentary, I felt like I've known him for a very, very long time. Me, behind the camera, listening to what his children has to say about him is really touching. It sometimes make me want to tear up. When I showed the final product to his children, I saw mixed emotions. There is crying, and there is also laughter in the room. I loved it when I saw those emotions. And I knew that I have succeeded as a filmmaker.
My current editing computer is a VERY OLD Sony Vaio Desktop. And old means slow. It will take me minutes to even start my Sony Vegas project and I can't barely preview what I'm editing because it's always lagging even though it is set to the lowest resolution. It's just very slow. This laptop would be perfect for me because with this laptop, I can edit my videos FASTER, which means I can get more projects done. And plus, it has always been my dream to own my own laptop and edit or surf the internet wherever I go. This would just make my life as a young filmmaker, who cannot afford expensive gadgets, much better.
So thank you Mr. Philip Bloom for giving us, the young filmmakers, to have the chance to win this wonderful laptop. Thank you!
Music by Matt Gates
Watch this video to learn more about my passion of filmmaking and watch some of my work. =)
Some people say they are aspiring filmmakers. I say if you start to press that record button, you're already a filmmaker. -justin leyba