CASTING & PERFORMANCE
Every one of my feature films features a child in a pivotal role. It’s one of the many elements that got me excited about this project. Our young hero is endearing, but also strong-willed. It’s important we identify a boy with real character, with some element that separates him from the crowd, a certain look in his eye that tells you he’s resourceful, and not merely cute. He’s clearly nervous about his speech… and he should be. But he doesn’t wallow in self-pity; he has the creative spirit of someone who has to work for his achievements. He researches famous speeches and practices. Then he goes up to the front of his class and he nails it. It’s a classic underdog story in a fresh setting. He harnesses the power of technology and together they seize the day.