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Two filmmakers, one script: Anna Martemucci talks 'Hollidaysburg' and participating in 'The Chair'

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In Starz’s competition series The Chair, two filmmakers are given the same script and the same budget—then challenged to make two different movies. Last week, we caught a glimpse of YouTube star Shane Dawson’s trailer, Not Cool, which featured a some broad humor. Today, we’ve got the new trailer for Anna Martemucci’s Hollidaysburg and some explanations from the director herself as to why she took her film in a more relaxed direction.

“I set out to make a classic teen sex comedy,” Martemucci said, noting she tried to include elements she hadn’t seen before, like “a grounding in reality, and a representation of female characters that was complex and nuanced—where they are just as important, if not more important, to the story as the male characters.”

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Two filmmakers, one script: YouTube star Shane Dawson takes Starz challenge

In Starz’s competition series The Chair, two filmmakers are given the same script and the same budget—then challenged to make two different movies. YouTube star Shane Dawson is one of those directors. The trailer for his movie delivers just the sort of comedy his fans might expect, with sight gags aplenty. But Dawson also tells EW that he also tried moving away from his typical mode of comedy, using the feature film timeframe and budget to focus more on his characters.

Using a screenplay by Dan Schoffer titled How Soon is Now, Dawson’s take (which has been retitled Not Cool) follows a group of college students who return home for Thanksgiving. Dawson said that the film’s title comes from the experience he and many of his peers felt after leaving high school and realizing the rules of popularity don’t matter anymore. “The movie is about how important ‘being cool’ is when you’re in high school,” he said, “and the realization you have after you graduate that maybe it doesn’t matter that much anymore.”

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