Bigfoot DocuDrama

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 8th, 2010

Max Remington, left, Violette Remington, Sam Swanson, Teak Zachary, Blake Brunning, Kevin Johnson Julian Jackson-Brunning and Ben Lee Lopez worked on a film about Bigfoot at Sonora Elementary School.

There should be lots of proud parents in California, of late.

Sarah Peters of The Daily Pilot writes of a new “Mocumentary seeks Bigfoot,” for June 8, 2010.

Have you seen Bigfoot?

The students of Sonora Elementary School sure have.

In a mock documentary which incorporated more than 100 students, the school’s drama club practiced technological and teamwork skills while producing a feature-length movie about the fabled monster for its annual production.

“Any play you can get kids to participate in is great, but the further you can get them to think outside the box — just think of all the things you can expose them to,” said parent and project co-advisor Donna Robb.

Robb and fellow parent Angela Jackson-Brunning choose a “mocumentary” for the annual project of the drama club because it would expose the maximum number of children while keeping production costs minimum.

“You have no idea what you can do with a simple camera, a little elbow grease and good people,” Robb said.

Students and teachers from kindergarten to sixth-grade classes were “interviewed” on the whereabouts of Bigfoot — while the young documentarians tried to sort out widely varied and ad-libbed descriptions from classmates and teachers, like ape-like, blue-eyed and even three-eyed.

“The teachers really ran with it and we were really surprised by how much fun everyone had with their parts,” Jackson-Brunning said.

The students were encouraged to go outside their comfort zone by talking to new classmates and faculty to make the film. Additionally, many students who wouldn’t ordinarily like drama found the process fun and appealing, Robb said.

“It was hard work, but I learned that hard work pays off,” said sixth-grader Julian Jackson-Brunning. “The movie is awesome.”

The film was produced over three months; the students filmed on 20 different days around campus and at events with the help of Robb, Jackson-Brunning and other parents.

The much anticipated movie premier was Friday at Costa Mesa High School’s auditorium, which has a little more of a “Hollywood” feel than Sonoma’s, Robb said. The event was complete with a red carpet entrance to the auditorium.

The would-be actors’ performances in the mocumentary had the audience laughing through the film, especially for the closing bloopers reel.

“We wanted to do something that everyone could have fun with,” Robb said, “and let’s be honest, no one wants to see the same play put on every year, either.”

DVDs of the film are on sale through the Sonora drama club for $5. For more information, call the school at (714) 424-7955.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Bigfoot DocuDrama”

  1. LanceFoster responds:

    That’s great! It’s wonderful to see kids engage and create like this. Cool!

    It reminds me of the fun docudrama some film students at Montana State did on the shunka warak’in:

  2. tropicalwolf responds:

    “Why come you slaughtered this cow, pa?”

    That Shunka’warakin video was AWESOME! Better production than any of the recent crap on television. The delivery by the actors is fantastic. HIGHLY recommended!

  3. nikki123nd responds:

    Gee, I wish I lived there………!

  4. Shewter responds:

    I do live there…this was cool to see. Start ’em young!

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