Several northwest area students recently had
the opportunity to work on a major motion picture with Sixth Sense
star Haley Joel Osment. Home of the Giants, a coming-of-age film,
tells the story of a high school journalist Robert Gar Gartland who
gets caught in the middle when his best friend, the star of the schools
basketball team, is asked to throw a game. The film began shooting in the Greensboro
area in August, using locals for a number of scenes.
of the Greensboro All-Stars Cheerleading Squad were used during game sequences
doing stunts and cheers. Alex Arney, Meg Sumner, Jennifer Duncan, Emily Mohorn,
Shelley Causey and Lauren Mosley were among those who sometimes endured long hours
of filming or waiting to be filmed.
cant believe its actually you sitting here with all these cameras
and everything, says Causey.
you realize how much goes into filming a movie, adds Arney.
girls say that the actual filming sequences were surprisingly brief compared to
the time it took to set up cameras, lighting and actors. The coolest part was
simply being there and meeting people.
got to meet the stars, says Mohorn. Were on a first-name basis
and I are going to get married soon, says Arney, grinning.
what goes on behind the scenes gave them quite the insiders perspective
on what it takes to make a movie. Setting up to film a one-minute sequence might
take as long as an hour and a half. The toughest parts involved getting little
sleep, waiting around between shots, and trying to keep up with their schoolwork
after working until 2 or 3 oclock in the morning.
go dragging into school, and someone would say, Looking really rough today,
Alex, says Arney, drawing a laugh from her friends. Did
you just wake up?
who played a small role in the film, says that his initial part involved utilizing
his basketball skills. A few days before shooting began, he was told that his
part had been expanded to include a few lines.
acting part appealed to me, says Fox, 18. Its neat being in
a movie. I enjoyed it n the process of learning how it was done and just hanging
around (the set) was fun for me.
also struck up a friendship with Ryan Merriman, who portrays the star basketball
player. The first night I met him, I took him to the Northwest-Western football
game. Hes real down to earth.
Ezell of Summerfield was also involved in the film, and served as a stand in for
Haley Joel Osment.
At this writing, the
film is scheduled for a December 2006 release. The girls say that if theyre
not invited to the premiere, theyll hold their own-though they might have
to beg a red carpet from someone and substitute Hondas for limousines.
all of the students interviewed for this article enjoyed their experiences on
the film set, they say they have no plans to dash off the Hollywood to seek stardom.
Theres a certain thrill associated with being on a first-name basis with
film stars, but theyve all kept the experience in perspective. Except, possibly,
for Arney, whose intent to become the future Mrs. Haley Joel Osment sends her
friends into fits of laughter.
going to end up together, Im telling you, she says, trying to keep
a straight face.