EMILY Perry dreams of being a movie director and she won't let being 14 stop her.
The year 9 student from Annangrove has taken the unusual step of crowdfunding on website Pozible to film Falling Sands, and she has had bites from the likes of The Ren & Stimpy Show animator Dwayne Labbe to get involved.
"I wanted to raise the funding for the film myself, without having to rely on mum and dad who already provide me with so much support," Emily said.
"I figured I'm so cute and adorable that they'd [people] have to say yes."
Not that she needs much introduction.
Emily's the girl wearing a watermelon for a hat in the Gutsy Challenge TV ad, one of many ads she's filmed since she was six.
She's also acted in nine short films.
Now she is doing her utmost to raise $12,000 by November 8 to start filming her first movie script Falling Sands, which tells the story of two sisters — one whose battle is ending and the other whose battle is about to begin.
Emily said if she reaches her target Labbe, The Travel Bug TV series cameraman, Andrew Grant and sound recordist Brendon Maher have promised to be part of the project, as has 2011 Beauty and the Geek Australia winner Lachlan Cosgrove. Emily will also act in the film.
"I haven't met him [Cosgrove] yet, but he read my script and said he'd love to be a part of it [as the doctor]," Emily said.
The film would be produced by Tanzeal Rahim, the writer/director of feature film Muirhouse.
"Tan is teaching me what is involved in making a film behind the camera . . . he explains what needs to be done, shows me examples then makes me do the work, I am learning so much," she said.
Falling Sands is in pre-production and is due to be filmed in November with release expected in early 2014.
Braedy Neale has started work on the music score.
‘‘Braedy has screen composition credits for television shows such as Home and Away, Farscape, The Sleepover Club, Heartland and GP, as well as movies such as The Crop and DoomRunners plus dozens of advertisements,’’ she said.
‘‘Now it’s all about negotiations, putting the right actors into the right roles and availability."
She is still also looking for a major sponsor for the film.