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Letter to the editor: Unforgettable movie premiere
(Posted June 20, 2012)
Before our cast arrived wearing suits, ties, and red-carpet-ready dresses, we were both regarding the “world premiere” of our film, “Creative Theft,” with nervous anticipation. We weren’t afraid of showing our first feature-length work to an audience. We were afraid we wouldn’t have anyone to show it to!
The premiere on June 13 was the culmination of over two months work on a film we decided to make just for fun. Both of us are going to college to study film, and we wanted to expand our efforts beyond a short film we had previously co-directed. We wrote and directed “Creative Theft,” which stars several of our classmates from London High School. We had no budget, nothing to prove, and no grade to make. We just wanted to entertain people. After long hours of editing, we finished the film and rented the State Theater in downtown London to premiere the film, marketing the public event with little more than printed flyers and social networking.
So, when we rolled up to the red carpet at 7:30 p.m., we were overwhelmed and shocked at the number of people standing outside the theater. Over 200 people came to see the movie—a number we never had any idea we would reach. To watch our movie on the big screen and to laugh and share in that experience with the community was an unforgettable moment. We would like to thank everyone who came out to watch the movie and support us. It means so much to have a positive and encouraging community around us, and we hope that you were entertained by the film.
From Ben McCoy’s endlessly beneficial video production class at London High School to having a packed house watch our movie on a cinema screen, we have lived a wonderful, unbelievable dream—and we only graduated high school two weeks ago!
Once again, our greatest thanks goes out to the London community for all of your friendship and support. It was truly special to share such an event with all of you. And in case you missed the film, it’s on YouTube. Just search our names. We’re working on another movie and hope to see you all later this summer.
Samuel Spahn and Kenneth Herron
Co-directors of “Creative Theft”
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