If you followed me on my other blog or on facebook, you already know I had the opportunity to be an extra in the movie set to be in theaters this fall; “Woodlawn.” It was all wonderful and exciting. Last week when the trailer came out, the excitement only increased.
Let me tell you the story of how I became involved.
It all began three years ago. I was holding a position in advocacy and had the pleasure of meeting Senator Hank Erwin. He was an easy going, relatable man with a passion for his beliefs. I was immediately impressed with his charisma and knack for public speaking. Senator Erwin proudly told me of his sons and their dream of directing movies.
Over the next months, I attended the Erwin Brothers’ world premier of thier first movie and the Alabama premiere of another one. When the opportunity arose to see what happens behind the scenes on a movie set and be involved in the shooting of a teaser video for a movie they had plans to shoot at a later date, I answered the call and was there at the early stages of “Woodlawn.” The incomparable Sean Astin wowed the small crowd as he graciously and energetically talked with us in between takes.
I had the back story of the Erwin Brothers, had been there to watch them grow and was delighted to be a part of their dream. I auditioned to have a featured extra part in the movie “Woodlawn,” thought I wouldn’t get one, and was content with being a walk-on extra-a nameless face in the crowd- and went to Legion Field for the re-creating of the largest high school football game ever played in Birmingham, Alabama. The cold night was warmed by the excitement in the air.
Then, a few days later, I received an email to come back to the set and fill the featured extra position -still unpaid- of Chaperone #3 at the prom. I went through hair, make-up, and wardrobe. The set really did feel like a prom; it was magical and beautiful. I was impressed by all the hard work that had to be put into making a film, and all the people who kindly worked together to accomplish this same goal.
The movie trailer looks amazing and is very professional. I have been fortunate to have been involved, even in a small way. I hope that when we get to watch the film this October I will be in there somewhere cheering or chaperoning. But, like in life, I guess sometimes you just never know.
“In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player of the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds. Their dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of its first African American superstar, Tony Nathan” – Movie synopsis. Find the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xb8fhck0ks