Like most 90s kids I was obsessed with Air Bud. The idea that your ordinary life could suddenly become extraordinary was fascinating. Not only was the plot desirable but this was the first film I saw behind the scenes footage featured at the end of the VHS tape. I finally got to see a bit of how a film is actually made. In Air Bud: World Pup, I would fast forward the end to get to the cast interviews and behind the scenes snippets.
Acting Behind the Scenes
Seeing the soccer choreography and bloopers from the actors helped me understand how fabricated this entire world was and how intriguing it was. The film is the earliest memory I have of moviemaking. I learned that the world I thought I knew wasn't exactly real. Buddy was not real. His family was not real and he really did not know how to play sports. Although this broke my heart I was also incredibly interested in how they got the dog to do incredible things and how the actors won me over as a believable family. Also, how they managed to create a world in which these characters lived. Such as the house they lived in, a believable amount of soccer playing, scary dog nappers (the idea still scares me btw), and a huge realistic World Cup crowd at the end. In the behind the scenes footage all this is revealed to be make believe. With costumes a soccer team is created, with practice soccer playing is made believable, and with the help of the Women's World Cup Team at the end the film becomes that much more authentic. This film made me realize that with some sort of artistic ability you can create anything, from set making to costume design, to CGI. From then on I wanted to be a part of the moviemaking process.
This little movie was a turning point in my life. Now I was not only fascinated by the movie's plot I was way more curious to see the behind the scenes in every movie. From then on after a movie would end I would immediately fast forward to find bloopers or any behind the scenes footage I could find, whether this was seeing an actor break character or the director yell "cut". I imagined that the actors and filmmakers got a thrill every time they were on set and about to create a different world. I love watching the process behind making a movie and comparing this to the final product.
My name is Meadow Rhodes and I'm 24 years old. Recent Banana Slug alum and film major. Check here for film updates/funny videos/life advice/reviews and all around nonsense!