Archive - August 2011

I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

Participant in the LDS International Video Contest

Amateur US and Canada Category

Jeff Nebeker

The story behind "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission" is that this movie shows real life. Our little boy has been preparing to go on a mission, and we as parents have been helping him prepare for a mission ever since he has been a small boy. We have been trying to be a good example to him by praying, paying tithing, reading the scriptures, visiting the elderly, going to church each week, and so on.

We keep reliving this movie every day. It's not just a movie that was made for a video contest, but a documentary of what should happen in every home, every day.



Yes, we both had a great experience spending time together as father and son making this video. Family, it's about time, right?

—Jeff Nebeker

Hugs and Kisses

Participant in the LDS International Video Contest

Amateur US and Canada Category

“Hugs and Kisses” started out as an entry into a short-film screenplay contest for the LDS Film Festival. It won honorable mention at the festival, and I liked it so much that I thought it would fit in perfect with the Church contest. The key to the film was the little girl. I had to find the perfect little actress, someone who could take direction and was so darn cute that the audience couldn't help but fall in love with her.

I held numerous casting sessions but couldn't quite find what I was looking for. That's when I heard from a wonderful screenwriter named Sally Meyer, who has had a number of her screenplays turned into short films as well as feature films.


She told me she had a couple of cute granddaughters, Grace and Emily Hallows, and that they would be perfect for the part. I told her to bring them in. They both were great, but I ended up going with Emily because she was smaller. But her older sister Grace acted as a stand-in for some of the shots.

If you look at some of the close-up shots of just arms and hands coloring, most of those are the arms and hands of Emily's older sister Grace. She stood in while Emily was getting ready for the next scene. This enabled us to keep shooting, which saved us a lot of time. Everyone who worked on the film did a great job, and I couldn't be more proud of the result.

—Dustin Ward


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