I secretly wanted to be an actress. In junior high (that’s what we called middle school back in the olden days) I was very active in the drama club and we put on plays and weekly skits at lunch time. For a variety of reasons I didn’t continue with drama in High School and by the time I went to college it seemed like pursuing a business degree made more sense.
It was the right decision, but I always wondered what it would be like to be an actress. As a senior, Christian has the unique opportunity to participate in an independent study program focused on film.
One of his recent projects was to create a Public Service Announcement for a local organization that is focused on educating kids and parents about the risks associated with things like teenage alcohol use. His teacher, Mr. Mahoney, teamed up Christian and Chris and gave them complete freedom to develop the storyline, coordinate production, and create the video.
“Would you be willing to be in a video for school?” Christian asked.
My ears perked up, ever since he and Jeff made the silent movie last year, I’d wanted to be in one of Christian’s video productions, “Of course I would. What will I be doing?”
“We’re making a PSA about alcohol awareness for the Lower Makefield – Yardley – Falls – Tullytown (LYFT) organization. Its supposed to be focused toward parents and that they need to be aware of what their kids are doing. So we’d like you to be the mom of a teenager who is drinking and you are completely oblivious.”
I looked up, “So you want me to be a bad mom for the video?”
“Not necessarily bad just unaware. Oh and by the way, I won’t be your son for the filming. So I hope its OK if we have a few pictures of Chris around the house for a while,” he replied.
We grinned at each other, “I suppose it would be hard to keep us in the same frame. You’d either have to walk on your knees or I’d have to stand on a stool or learn how to walk on stilts.”
“Exactly,” he said.
The filming began a couple of weeks later. For the following month I looked forward to the days when I would take an afternoon break from working and became an actress. It was great fun to work with the boys and they did an excellent job of directing.
My favorite part was watching and listening as they collaborated on the scenes and figured out the best way to work around issues and get the best shot.
The final scene was surprisingly emotional to do. The police officer that volunteered his time was super. He provided some great insights and was extremely supportive of the boys. We also managed to have some fun with it all.
I have to wonder what my neighbors thought when they saw a police car parked in my driveway for the better part of an afternoon. A “behind the scenes” post will be coming with lots of great pictures.