Disney today announced a major expansion of its "Dream Big Princess" photography campaign that first launched in 2017, which will see 21 talented young women provided with the tools to create inspiring digital short stories.

Disney has selected aspiring filmmakers from around the world, who will be tasked with "telling the stories of inspiring female role models." Each filmmaker will be paired with an inspirational interview subject, such as director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee, who also serves as the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios.


The 21 participants in the program will shoot their videos using an iPhone X, with content to be edited in Final Cut Pro X running on a MacBook Pro.

Disney has also partnered up with Apple for an Apple-led workshop that will offer the participants hands-on training from Apple technical experts along with mentoring sessions from production company Summerjax, and Apple will also provide ongoing mentorship ahead of when the videos debut in October.

The short films will be shared across Disney's global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation for Girl Up, a global leadership development initiative led by the UN Foundation.

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DeepIn2U Avatar
38 months ago
Oh they can’t just be role models in general? They have to be women only?
I don't mean to attack you in my reply just more food for thought.

Let's say you're caucasian ... how would you identify with characters or role models from:
Good Times, Different Strokes (Willis and his brother), Silver Spoons' Alfonso (you may know the actor as Carlton from FP of Belair), Sanford and Son, Luke Cage (himself), Black Lightning (or any of those black characters)?

In the USA:
a female is subjected to 50% of TV ads (TV only) that target their looks,
a female by the time she is 14, 50% do NOT like their weight!
1 out of 4 females suffers an eating disorder by the time she's 16 (Anorexia or Bulimia),
1 out of 4 females is sexually assaulted by the time she's 18; many know their attackers, roughly 40% are from known family members.

I read these statistics on an article a few years back and it was focused ONLY on females in the USA. Have a read of this article that focuses mostly on women's body weight image of the past and current; although it's not a source of what I've typed above: https://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/health/body-and-image-one-size-definitely-does-not-fit-all.html

My point with all of this ... why try and fight an uplifting project for women in the very first place? They're our sisters, mothers, lovers, wives, etc. How many movies do us men have to enjoy where we lookup to the main character as a role model? Countless.
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wubsylol Avatar
38 months ago
"...and this entire initiative is made possible off the backs of the old guard like John Lasseter, who we sidelined and forced out over unsubstantiated allegations. You go, girl!"
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
38 months ago
Who actually cares? I view everyone by their merits. Not what gender or color they are. This kind of stuff promotes sexism and racism. Ridiculous. My mother and sister don’t need a documentary to feel uplifted. They go take care of business on their own. Gove me a break.
No break for you. I view EVERYONE by their merits as well ... I've been BORN in a country that has a motto "Out of one Many people!" and my extended family is mixed! My friends, girlfriends, educators and society I live in in MULTI-CULTURAL! I don't live in a country that has issues with cultures - in fact my country has just about EVERY culture across the globe welcomed within and STILL no major issues like that south of our borders. So don't come at me like that with hatred and arrogance or ignorance, you're playing yourself here.

Actually YOUR post promotes ignorance. You didn't even READ my FULL post, just took what you wanted and replied. I grew up around strong women, your mother and sister maybe that as well.

Not ALL women ARE that strong. If you talked to your mother and sister heavily about this topic you'd understand just how much about appearance and self worth woven based on appearance women of any culture goes through in the western world!

TV, Magazines, Movies, social media ... all focus women as having:
Ideal weight
Ideal size/figure (take a look at runway models for the past 60yrs!)
Hair style, colour, length - how many women do you know have less than ear length hair or buzzed? I've happily dated one for months ... have you?!
Weddings: Why so many heterosexual women STILL cling to the ideal that a DRESS MUST be worn?! (that's right tradition based media).

Go to any major book store. Have a look at magazines ... how many are specifically catered to males vs females? 10/10 the answer will be females and specifically from age 14 and up in specific targeting!
^ I haven't looked, but I sincerely doubt there is a men's magazine targeted to teenage guys from 14-18!

Cars ... today are STILL advertised on release/announcements at auto shows with woman in formal yet slight provocative/suggestive attire! Why?!!! Just about every guy today STILL refers to his car as female.

If you wish to be so closed minded to NOT read someone's post before attacking them, then don't bother - you lessen yourself for doing so. I'm not going to even reply to your next post in this thread as we've already derailed it.

Sorry everyone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miniyou64 Avatar
38 months ago
Oh they can’t just be role models in general? They have to be women only?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
harriska2 Avatar
38 months ago
I don't mean to attack you in my reply just more food for thought.

Let's say you're caucasian ... how would you identify with characters or role models from:
Good Times, Different Strokes (Willis and his brother), Silver Spoons' Alfonso (you may know the actor as Carlton from FP of Belair), Sanford and Son, Luke Cage (himself), Black Lightning (or any of those black characters)?

In the USA:
a female is subjected to 50% of TV ads (TV only) that target their looks,
a female by the time she is 14, 50% do NOT like their weight!
1 out of 4 females suffers an eating disorder by the time she's 16 (Anorexia or Bulimia),
1 out of 4 females is sexually assaulted by the time she's 18; many know their attackers, roughly 40% are from known family members.

I read these statistics on an article a few years back and it was focused ONLY on females in the USA. Have a read of this article that focuses mostly on women's body weight image of the past and current; although it's not a source of what I've typed above: https://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/health/body-and-image-one-size-definitely-does-not-fit-all.html

My point with all of this ... why try and fight an uplifting project for women in the very first place? They're our sisters, mothers, lovers, wives, etc. How many movies do us men have to enjoy where we lookup to the main character as a role model? Countless.
Dear Canada,

Thank you.

Signed,

The women of the US
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fairuz Avatar
38 months ago
What if a girl prefers to use a Samsung Galaxy phone? Is she Shunned? Discriminated? Banned? Ostracized?
I do this with everyone, girl or otherwise :D My friend kept wanting to use his Samsung phone that took blatantly worse videos and was a total pain to download videos from (Android USB transfer or whatever was a hot mess).

Being serious, Galaxy should work the same with Final Cut Pro X. Maybe nonstandard stuff like slow-motion mode would be a problem, though?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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