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.
Hello and welcome to my blog!! I don't have much experience in blogging but I've just finished college with a degree in Film Production and Digital Media and through my experiences I can say I have written A LOT of film related essays and stories :) I'd love to share some of my professional analysis and ideas with you all in the future but for now I just wanna talk about how silly the world of film is! We get to play and create make believe worlds all day and it's a real job! Filmmaking is awesome :)
My idea for this blog is to share my love of films and television and engage with you in conversations about what everyone has been watching lately and how you're feeling about it. The main components I like to analyze during a screening is the film's overall color, mood, props, lighting, characters, actors and time period. I love a good period piece because I always imagine the costume designers, and production designers had a blast creating these worlds.
I am not at all claiming to be an expert on anything (I mean I haven't even see all Godfather films! Don't kill me I know it's bad...) but I do watch a lot of TV and like to keep up to date on most casting and film release dates on my Twitter page. Check it out!
I want to start by talking about why I wanted to be a film major in the first place. Growing up I wasn't much of a reader. Sure I sped through all the Harry Potter and Animal Ark books within a few hours or so, but I wasn't drawn to them as much as other kids. Instead I made up my own stories. Imagination was a big part of my childhood and dolls were my favorite. I'm not afraid to admit that I played with Barbies until I was in the 7th grade. Growing up in farm country there wasn't a lot to do. It wasn't until I was a little older that I realized I didn't enjoy Barbies for the characters. I enjoyed it for the circumstances and sets I put the characters in. I planned out what was going to happen much like scenes in a script. I spent hours inventing scenarios in which the characters would get involved in until I had the whole thing planned out. Then when it was time to actually start playing I got bored and called it quits. The script building was way more interesting to me than the actual playing. Around 8th grade I knew I wanted to work in the arts. Art was the only way I knew how to relax. I had a knack for solving problems and figuring out a way to fix them. Painting allowed me to fix these problems by letting time melt away. I was playing, just like a did with my dolls. But I would also consciously plan out my next move in a painting which unfortunately meant I was a total procrastinator (a typical filmmaker in the making!).
Barbies also fueled my love of props, sets and costumes. By picking out specific elements of a world I envisioned my dolls living in, I was creating an environment tailored toward a certain era. I built upon the script/plot with the help of props and costumes. These early experiences helped me realize how important these elements are in bringing realism within a film. I love props, sets and costumes and can't wait to share some of my favorites with you all!
The world of film and art is all I've ever known and I can't imagine what I'd be doing without it!
My name is Meadow Rhodes and I'm 25 years old. Recent Banana Slug alum and film major. Check here for film updates/funny videos/life advice/reviews and all around nonsense!