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happiness | ˈhøpin1s |
1 feeling or showing pleasure or contentment
2 inclined to use a specified thing excessively or at random
3 an abundance in your life of that which makes you happy and giving it away (darwin's definition)

Saturday, November 6, 2004

Night at the Ball

Once we started producing home movies it wasn't long before our kids' friends got into the act. Some Saturday play dates turned into production efforts with multiple script writers, choreographers, designers and actors getting involved.

In "Night at the Ball" the Burns' kids joined the Stephenson and a fairy tale like tale emerged. As always, the adults sat back as the plot and narrative came about. We only get involved when their aspirations exceed our abilities (e.g. no one can fly in our productions) but otherwise we simply ask them what scene were shooting and how they want it to appear.

"Night at the Ball" was made before Stone was born so the only male character you'll see in the movie is Bobby Burns. He originally wanted to act in the movie but at the last minute decided not to be in the movie. This might have something to do with the theme being constructed by two young girls. Maybe he wasn't interested in being typecast as the prince. In the end we recruited him to play the role of "the bear" and the growling sounds were inserted from the very young Ruby Stephenson.

The main princesses in the movie are played by Ruby Stephenson, Téa Stephenson and Sarah Burns. Stay tuned at the end of the movie for a few bloopers from the set.

Sunday, March 7, 2004

Blueberry Tiger

Blueberry Tigers was the first home movie we made. For all the movies I have the kids come up with their own plot, script, props and costumes. I stay out of the creative process and put myself in the role of facilitating their desired outcome. As such, the storylines are best interpreted via the mind of the age of the actors in the movie.