The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

March 1, 2009

Film Crew Invasion


He performed as one of the two lead characters in a Charlie Brown school play at Christmas, and he loved it...loved the singing, the bit of dancing, getting into the character.And for Evan, who's a bit like Charlie Brown himself, that wasn't such a tough challenge.

His ascent in the entertainment world has been incredibly fast, however. Because now he's in the movies. And he and his film crew invaded my apartment for some live takes that were full of laughs.

This collection of four Grade 11's and one Grade 12 are putting together some sort of school film, with the Grade 12 fellow as the director. I gathered they don't have a name for the film yet.

But they walked over with their camera and tripod and microphone and invaded my bedroom and living room and his bedroom for some footage. They were OK with me taking some snaps.

The film seems to be all about a young guy who never cleans up his room and gets into constant trouble with his dad for that (hmmm...sounds a lot like real life).

In the end, though, as far as I can understand, he cleans up his room, gets back in his dad's good books, gets the scholarship he's been waiting for and gets all his privileges restored to him.

During their time here, I had to move to different parts of my apartment to get out of their way. Harumph.

I urged the crew to actually go into Evan's room and see what a mess it was.

They razzed him endlessly and while I'm not sure of this, I think my suggestion caused the director to incorporate that scene into the film.

What I also know is these young guys were laughing like crazy all the way through as they did take after take after seemingly endless take...

Until, finally, they left.

Evan is second from left below and his best friend, Jeremy, is on the far right, foreground. The tallest guy in the back and second from right is Colby, who I coached in basketball with Evan years ago.

It needs to be added that Evan -- who worked until 3 a.m. Saturday morning, started filming at about 9:30 that morning and had to work again last night -- slept in this morning and I just got a call from Jeremy asking where he was.
Doh. Some things never change.


  1. Comment A;
    Technology is such a huge part of our kids' generation. My older son and his peeps get together to make ZOMBIE movies for Youtube.

    Just look at how they live..texting each other all the time, they have relationships online 24/7 without leaving their messy bedrooms! We didn't even have cell phones..or answering machines?
    They natter on Facebook, download movies before they hit the theatres, grab music out of the ether. They don't seem to have to wait (or save) for anything?

    Thanks to our modern penchant for divorce in lieu of being miserable for 40 years and sticking it out like our grandparents' generation did, these kids forgo the old-school girlfriend/boyfriend merry-go-round and have friends-with-benefits...very time/cost effective.

    It's the instant gratification nation that we Baby Boomers have spent our entire lives constructing for them. Somehow our generation abandoned saving the world and opted for buying them a coke. We created a universe of self-absorbed hyper-individualism where self-entitlement reigns supreme.

    Aside from all of this Alvin Tofflerian angst, it would have been fun to make your 'self' famous on a worldwide scale, especially during your peak peer pressure years when your personality is forming. Remember being a Teen and everything was D R A M A ! The smallest thing is blown into an End of the World scenario.

    They certainly need to enjoy these years because the harsh reality of the real world is just around the corner waiting to kick them in the balls. I'm not sure that we are doing them any favours by letting them extend this lifestyle into their late twenties?

    Comment B;
    Wow that would be so much fun!

  2. Wonderful..... at least you know he aint hanging around street corners getting into trouble...

    It all sounds exciting.... good for him, and good for you for letting them evade your space LOL


  3. sounds like oscar material to me!

  4. Connie Doppens:

    Holy sh*t, your COMMENT has more words in it than my post does! Friends with benefits, eh?

    "They have relationships online 24/7 without leaving their messy bedrooms...they natter on Facebook, download movies before they hit the theatres, grab music out of the ether."

    Hey! That sounds exactly like some of the stuff you and I do!

    Yes, we did abandon our ideal of saving the world, and look what's come of it.

    But Comment B is totally accurate.


    I'm so convenient for them and for, he doesn't hang around street corners, they just hang at my place!


    He DOES love it, he do...

  5. Art imitates life ;)

    Your Evan reminds me a lot of our cousin Steven, and kids like that give me hope for the future. That's just awesome. In an age when the newspapers are full of 16 year olds bashing up old men and raping disabled girls, it's a breath of fresh air to read about your son :)

  6. Stace:

    Yeah, I think he's kinda cool. Thanks.


  7. That's pretty exciting and fun! Making a film! At that age, I was too busy cruising around town, going to late night bonfires, and dreaming about escaping from my little town and seeing the big world...

    That's cool to do fun, creative things with friends, and that's awesome you give them the space and opportunity to explore their creativity and talents.

  8. I would set them all to work scrubbing my oven before I let them out of the house.

  9. Eroswings:

    Oh sure!!! You were probably out pickin' up all the local women, young and old.

    Thanks man.


    I tried that. They wouldn't go for it and did you see the one kid back there, he's 6-4?

  10. It’s Freakin’ Green Elf Shorts Caption Competition time again!

    Head over to Denmark to visit CyberPete.

  11. Ha! Ha! The only women I was picking up were the ones that needed a ride to and from church or needed help with their groceries!


    Life in a small town. The real fun started once all the adults went to sleep and we snuck out to just meet and hang :)

  12. MJ:

    Well for gawd's sake those things MUST be soiled a million times over by now...

    I can only imagine the debauchery they've experienced...


    Ha! Those are the women I'M DATING now! Just kidding...they're all young and innocent my own mind...


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