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Nothing’s simple on movie set

November 11, 2012
Theresa Hermann,14 ( , The Mining Journal

Summer is a time that's always full of opportunities. Kids get summer jobs or just sleep the whole day away.

But, for me, I started making a miniseries.

I wrote the pilot episode the first week of June and started filming it by the end of the month. I am currently working on the second episode.

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Theresa Hermann,14

Moviemaking isn't quite as simple as you might imagine. I especially had a problem with getting together a cast and crew. I have trouble speaking to people, so doing this all on my own was a complicated matter.

So instead of calling up my friends, I made an event on Facebook. I also put a casting call in the Peter White Public Library.

By the middle of June, I had all my actors, actresses, and behind the scenes crew lined up, or so I thought. It seemed I wouldn't get away that easily, because, about three days later I got a message from my main actor telling me he couldn't make it to the filming that was a week away.

Lucky for me, I got this all straightened out moments later because I just happened to be talking to one of my friends online and when I asked him to be the main character (he had already signed up to be an extra) and he agreed. But that was just the beginning of my complications with this project.

It was a story that I had written in school during the few spare minutes in the mornings and afternoons. It actually came from a series of stories that I had shown off to friends about a girl who can see people's futures. In a dream she sees a troubled kid and she tries to save him. One of my best friends read it and went crazy over the plot and characters.

So when I wrote the screenplay she was the first to read it and one of the main people I came to for advice. But when I told her when we were going to start filming, she told me that she was going to be out of town during all of the weeks we had planned to film. So my valued adviser was gone.

I was freaking out by the day we had to film. I was scared, to say the least, but I ended up talking to one of my other friends about it on the way to meet the group and that calmed me down. We arrived at our meeting room and did a read through. It was the first read through I had ever done, and I'm guessing it was the first read through they had ever done.

We worked hard that day. It was long, but fun. And regardless of the hundreds of hairs I pulled out, we had a great time. We filmed all around Marquette for hours near places like the Masonic Square and the Marquette Commons. It was awesome, and I can't wait to film the other episodes, although with the demands of school, it might not be until next summer.

Editor's note: Theresa Hermann, 14, is a freshman at Marquette Senior High School. She is a member of the 8-18 Media Senior Team and she plays trumpet in the high school band. In her spare time she likes to write and make movies. She is a daughter of James and Gail Hermann. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at



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