I don't know if your third grader has mentioned it, but s/he is involved in making a musical movie with the working title High Above the Clouds. Since last year, [my daughter's] been dreaming of making a full-length feature with friends at [private Brooklyn school]. They held auditions at the start of the school year, and have been rehearsing and planning during roof and free time. And now they're ready to shoot. ...This is a really ambitious project, but I've been amazed that they've managed to work so well together thus far. It will certainly require flexibility and adaptation to bring it to fruition, but I think it's already been a positive experience for those involved. [She] intends to edit the film after it's completed, burn DVDs, and distribute them to everyone involved in the film. ...My role in these Wednesday ventures is to bring the video camera, be the adult responsible for the kids (and for getting them back in time for their specialty classes), and to step in as cinematographer if all kids who know how to film are involved in acting. More broadly, I'm called upon to handle the movie's few organizational details — requesting parents' and school permission— that [she's] not in a position to tackle. And if your child doesn't have afterschool on Wednesdays, but might be needed for a particular scene, I'll email you beforehand, to see if you're able to delay your retreat from slightly on that day, so that they can film. I've been encouraging and supportive of this project, but I haven't been involved in developing the story, creating the dialogue, or composing the songs. But I do know the basic premise. The story involves two civlizations, one on earth and one in the clouds, whose inhabitants come into contact with one another (amidst much music and dance), and learn that despite differences in backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, etc. they can still be friends — or even more (there is a love interest woven into the plot). I'm sure your child knows more about her or his part — and the entire movie — than I do. [My daughter] also asked me to ask you to tell your child: Great work so far! Now let's film!OK! We're ready!
We're all familiar with a certain type of New York parent: overinvolved, overambitious, and completely clueless about both. "I got this from the mother of my 8-year-old son's classmate [at a private Brooklyn school]," writes our tipster. Turns out there is a very ambitious film project planned by the kid. (Cute!) "I've been encouraging and supportive of this project," the stage mom writes, "but I haven't been involved in developing the story, creating the dialogue, or composing the songs. But I do know the basic premise. The story involves two civilizations, one on earth and one in the clouds, whose inhabitants come into contact with one another (amidst much music and dance)..." Remember, it's a group effort, and Mom's role (among many other things) is to "step in as a cinematographer":