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Movie director, age 9, wins big

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Left to right: Maia Costea, Izabel Pearce and Carla Costea in Behind the Rocks, playing Jan. 30.
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Left to right: Maia Costea, Izabel Pearce and Carla Costea in Behind the Rocks, playing Jan. 30. Submitted

Scene continuity, script writing, story development, lighting, logistics, editing and special effects are surely not regular topics of conversation for a nine-year-old B.C. girl — unless your name is Maia Costea.

It’s hardly a surprise, then, that the fourth grader was already the recipient of a best narrative short film award at the Calgary International Film Festival, and is currently one of the headliners for this year’s Vancouver Short Film Festival taking place on Jan. 29-30.

“As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve had a director this young,” said festival director Kristyn Stilling.

Reached at her North Vancouver home on Wednesday, Costea launched into an in-depth explanation of her five-minute production, Behind the Rocks, with a sense of excitement fitting for her age, coupled with the confidence of a college professor heading a lecture.

“Continuity is a big issue. If you want to film on a day and the next day it’s different weather, that could be a continuity issue. If one of the actors has a bow, or wore a bracelet or watch on the other side of her — if it’s on the right and she puts it on the left — that’s a big issue and you can see it on camera,” she said.

“Location is No. 1. You want to know where your character and where your movie is going be ... we did it in our backyard, it looked nice and we did it behind the neighbour’s house because there was a forest there and we could carry the electric cable.”

Behind the Rocks is a tale of three girls who discover magical rocks capable of transporting them to another world. The story is playful, as the girls discover the rocks’ different abilities, and includes a sudden twist when things spiral out of their control.

The film, part of the Child’s Play series for the two-night festival, goes Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Vancity Theatre.