The Scene is Set

Editor's Letter

by , posted on May 31st, 2011 in The Movie & Television Issue


I have fond memories of our town’s library. It was a tiny, little thing really. And just like on an old movie or tv show set, it was situated right on main street. The library featured just one and a half small floors filled with old metal racks that formed very narrow rows.

It was in that library that I discovered the secret of the Orient Express, coveted their only copy of A Light in the Attic and racked up fines that I’m sure funded their eventual move to a much larger, much more modern building.

It was also there that I discovered film.

When I was about 12 or 13, I became eligible to check out AV equipment. I remember asking one of the librarians if I could look around the AV room. She then handed me a piece of paper and I signed it in that special way only adolescents can—big bubble cursive letters.

The ink hadn’t even dried on the signature before I raced up the stairs to check out the AV room. It was a small room off the top floor. In it, there were old film reels and two projectors hidden under dust bags. That day, I checked out one film projector and two films: The Red Balloon and Casablanca.

I lugged the film projector a half mile back to the house and set it up in our back room. Then I pulled out the screen my dad kept tucked away for impromptu astronomy slideshows, cued up the film, and settled myself in a chair. As the film flickered, I found myself in a time and a country I knew nothing about, 1960s France, where I watched the story of two unlikely friends unfold—a boy and his red balloon. I was hooked.

I suppose it was fate that, several years later, I should meet a boy who loved film just as much as me. On our first date, almost 20 years ago, we went to see our first movie together. We have shared a lot of movies over the years. Some have been pivotal (the one where I felt our first born kick for the first time, the ones we were watching when we decided what we’d name our children, the one that inspired a proposal) and some, just plain fun.

Movies and television have the power to transport, shape, unite and inspire. In movies and television, anything is possible.

In this issue of Classic Play, we share our own stories of how film and television have shaped us. We also share some ideas and projects to inspire the next generation of film makers.

But there’s something extra special about this issue. It’s a countdown to a world premiere. It’s one that means a great deal to me personally and one I hope you’ll enjoy too. So grab a bucket of popcorn, some swedish fish and watch the story unfold.

Now let’s all go to the movies…

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6 Responses to “The Scene is Set”

  1. Kirsten Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:40 am

    ooh I wanna know which one inspired a proposal!! A story! A STORY the children cried!


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Sleepless in Seattle. It’s also where one of our kids got their names. ;)


  2. Jo Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Wow! Totally brilliant work guys! My boys love making mini-movies…they will love this ‘episode’ of fimlmaker Classic Play!


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Excellent! I bet they make some pretty great mini-movies.


  3. Cheryl @ Mommypants Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    What? Proposal? Deets!!


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I’m certain I’ve told you about how Dave proposed. Haven’t I??


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