One day when Lindsey Collins was watching "Finding Nemo," she noticed her name was in the credits, under production manager.
Was it her doppelganger or just curious destiny? Whatever the case, inspiration was born.
Collins, an incoming freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School, has since created her first film, a four-minute animated movie called "The House Strikes Back." It's one of 23 shorts showing in the latest Juneau Underground Motion Picture festival.
JUMP plays at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Back Room at the Silverbow. Admission is free, but if past festivals are any indication, the room will fill up 30 minutes prior to each screening. You can reserve a seat in advance at Lucid Reverie/JUMP headquarters in the Emporium Mall, or at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 206 North Franklin St.
Collins spent the last school year putting "The House" together as part of her mandatory rites of passage (ROPES) project at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The short is based on the P.E. King book "The House That Had Enough," in which a little girl's possessions run away after she mistreats them.
Collins worked on the movie with filmmaker and JUMP co-organizer Pat Race at his Lucid Reverie office. She learned how to use Adobe software, taking still images and adding animation.
"I took images from the Internet and magazines, and I cut them out on the computer and then I'd animate them," Collins said. "I would have to separate some of the parts so I could make them walk and talk.
"It was hard at first, because I wasn't used to it," she said. "Then I started to improve my skills and it was easier to use. The hardest part would probably be the precision in creating it. There were so many little details, and it took a lot of time and energy."
Collins recruited some of her friends as voices for the characters. Nellie Metcalfe stars as a roll of toothpaste; Kirsten Jorgensen plays the dishes, the spoons and the little doll; Allison Bremner portrays the bed and the pillow; Carly Lehnhart plays the house; and Michaela Goade stars as the main character, Ann. Collins herself plays the coat.
Initial reviews have been excellent. A ROPES panelist who works for the University of Alaska Southeast asked Collins if he could show the film to some of his colleagues.
"I was out of town (for last Saturday's JUMP premiere) so I didn't get to see it, but I've seen it many times before," Collins said. "All my ROPES friends said that it was a really great movie, and all my classmates too."