Reactions to filming Stories of Us at Irving…
The project sounds like a lot of fun, especially after Mr. Faull coming. I’m actually starting to wonder if the movie will be stories submitted by students for us to act out. That’d be awesome. Overall, though, I’m not really sure what to expect. I really want to know more about the casting process, if there even is a casting process. I’m really happy that we got to do this movie, because it’ll really look good on a resume. It also might help me get into NYU, which is where I want to go to study acting. I think that this will be lots of fun, even if it is a ton of homework. The homework is something that really worries me, because I’m not sure if I can get it done and still have a life outside of school.

I’m really excited about starting. This is going to be a great experience because as an actor I’ll have not only theater but film acting in my background for acting. I think that I’ll be able to contribute enthusiasm to the project. Also, I’ve acted and done improv before so I should be pretty comfortable with it, which makes other people feel less nervous. I don’t think that many people are all that scared anyway in this group. Most people seem as excited as I am to start. What I’m really anticipating is the auditions, I can’t wait to know which part I get! I really would like to play the bully. I’ve been wanting to play an exceptionally mean character for a while, but never gotten the chance. It’s a kind of role that seems like it would be really fun to play. This project is going to be awesome.

Bullying is…
-rude                            -gossiping                    -shallow
-insecure                      -name-calling               -cold-hearted
-backstabbing              -deceitful                    
-lies                              -disloyal         

I like the auditioning process because there wasn’t a room full of people watching you. I also liked that we got to pick our partners. It was a little weird for me because I’m used to auditioning with a script. I think that the process was pretty good overall. I’m really happy that I got cast as one of the leads! It’s also good that my friends are with me for this part. I can’t wait to start filming. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m thrilled to have it.

Bullying experiences…
I remember…
When I told my X that nobody wanted to play his stupid little army game and made him cry.
When my X called mom, saying it was me and mom came to pick me up from my friend’s birthday party.
When somebody yelled at me, taking things way out of line.
Times when people say things that hurt others without knowing it.
How irritated I get when people call me by my real name just to annoy me.
How bad I felt when I found out my friend didn’t tell me something because she was afraid I would get mad at her, even though she couldn’t help it, like I was a bully.
When people were shooting dart guns at my dog.

Reactions to the filming process…
I’m hoping that we’ll have enough time to do at least most of the homework that we’ll be getting when we’re not filming. I also think that it’s going to be really fun both on and off set. It’ll also be cool to see what difference there is with the words used in theatre and filming. I hope that things will get done on time. I’m also wondering what we’re going to do about lunch because there probably won’t be enough time to get to go to normal lunch.

This film's impact on you …
From this movie I have grown as an actor. I've seen what it's like to be a victim of a bully. Playing a part in "Stories of Us" has been a really great experience.

This film's potential impact on others …
I hope that this movie makes people more aware of bullying. "Stories of Us" has made me realize that people should think before they act. Hopefully it'll also make people want to be a nicer person.

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