Last weekend my husband, daughter, and I were extras in a movie that was filming in our area. It’s called Time Boys, and it should be released next summer.
The movie is written and directed by Randall Terry. He’s a documentary maker; this is his first narrative feature. Mr. Terry also plays Josiah O’Neil, a widowed inventor.
We were extras in the county fair scene set in 1908.
Here’s my husband with Johnny McPhail, who plays the richest man in town. His real life wife, Susan McPhail, played Miss Violet, a friend of the O’Neil family. The “time boys” of the title were played by Mr. Terry’s real life sons.
My husband was assigned to the Civil War memorabilia booth, and he showed off various artifacts from the War Between the States to other extras who were playing fairgoers. I spent most of my time sitting on a hay bale, clapping along to the music as the Dickens Dancers danced the Virginia Reel. My daughter wound up joining the dancers. She’d learned the Virginia Reel from watching Felicity, and filled in when one of the dancers had to go home early.
Josiah (or was it Joshua?) O’Neil is a widowed inventor who is trying to make a time machine. He wants to go back in time to save his wife. Somehow, his sons go forward to 2016 and must figure out how to get back to 1908. This will be a family-friendly film, G or PG, with no more violence than juvenile fisticuffs and no foul language.
There was a lot of hurry up and wait, and we got a little sunburned, but it was fun. We were fed. We met some nice people. We learned a little bit about movie making. (When they say “quiet on the set,” they aren’t kidding.) It took a day and a half to film what will only be a few minutes of movie. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie when it’s released next summer.