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by Alison Willmore
January 4, 2014 6:00 PM
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Watch: This Collaborative Elle Fanning Short Will Air On Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Variety Show 'HitRECord on TV'

The short below, "First Stars I See Tonight," will air as part of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's upcoming variety show "HitRECord on TV," which debuts on Pivot on January 18th after making its world premiere at Sundance. Gordon-Levitt announced today that the first episode of the show will be released online for free on Monday, January 6th, so consider the video below an early taste. Here's his explanation of how short came into being:

Collaboratively made on our site,, this short film began with a text record roswellgray (United States) contributed recounting the true story of the first time she ever saw the stars when she was 16 years old. I adapted the story into a script and KatSmash (Scotland) RECorded narration. We shot the actors Elle Fanning and James Patrick Stuart in front of a green screen and a ton of visual artists on the site began to illustrate the world around them. The animator 12.42 (United Kingdom) took visual contributions and animated them all together. megancarnes (United States) composed a beautiful musical score and musicians from all over the world played along.

Take a look:


  • JANET GANE | January 7, 2014 12:03 PMReply

    Absolutely love "the First Stars I See Tonight."

    Thanks for sharing and please do tell me when you have other projects. I would love to be a part of one as a SAG-AFTRA actress. These are special moments made as permanent memories.


  • bb | January 6, 2014 3:55 AMReply

    Lovely piece of storytelling, animation, music, and performance--collaborative art at its finest. Kudos to hitRECord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I'm very much looking forward to this show!

  • Anon | January 6, 2014 2:07 AMReply

    HA! gayyyyyyyyyy

  • Chris Rasmussen | January 5, 2014 5:31 PMReply

    The chances against a movie being good are astronomical: at every point of production and post, a poor or rushed decision can derail, or lessen the impact of the piece. FIRST STARS I SEE TONIGHT is that rare gem wherein every element from every contributor fits perfectly! This is wonder and joy wrapped simply and beautifully in under three minutes. Kudos and thanks to each and every for their heartfelt contribution. You made magic!

  • Amanda | January 5, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Love this

  • rebecca | January 5, 2014 5:02 AMReply

    Love love love love...

  • Ashley Brown | January 5, 2014 3:04 AMReply

    Simple wonderful.

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  • MaryBerry | January 4, 2014 7:38 PMReply

    touching and amazing story, thank you!!!

  • Jamie T D | January 4, 2014 8:19 PM

    I agree it is a well done short film

  • Kathleen | January 4, 2014 7:35 PMReply

    Beautiful visually and her voice enchanting. I'v love stars because there all different, like us, yet we are all part of the whole.

  • JayneWebsterras | January 4, 2014 7:33 PMReply

    like Jeremy responded I am blown away that some people able to make $4357 in 4 weeks on the internet. find out here now,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Jaci Gardner | January 4, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    Gorgeous. Truly beautiful and touching story.

  • Tobey | January 4, 2014 6:53 PMReply


  • momof2 | January 4, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    I LOVED it....