On a cold December morning, the Mineral County Library was dark. Nobody stirred between the bookshelves or near the computer desks. Outside, there was a single lamp on a tall metal pole and taped to the front door was a sign, scrawled in blue ink.
“Library closed, filming in progress,” the sign said.
On Dec. 14 and 15 people, lights, and camera equipment packed into the library to film a promotional video to help stir public interest in the library.
“This movie is about a mom who has dropped her daughter at the library for studying and as the daughter leaves and enters the library the mom discovers a test with a terrible grade, a D minus, and the mom’s upset, so she follows her into the library,” said Casey Oberhansli, the Los Angles filmmaker who directed the video.
While looking for her daughter the mom gets a tour of the library, noticing the books; DVDs for rent; and even watching a puppet show in the children’s area, Oberhansli, a Hawthorne native, said.
In the end the mother discovers her daughter helping another child, looks at the test, and notices the other student’s name on the paper.
The project has two components, said Courtney Oberhansli, librarian and Casey’s mother.
One is the production of the video; the other is community outreach and education.
“We do have over 30 people who involved in the projects in different areas,” Courtney Oberhansli said.
Much of the film’s crew, and many of its extras, are students and youngsters from the Hawthorne area.
“What’s really special about it is the kids and young adults getting to actually see what sets are like and everything, getting to be around the equipment,” said Dillon Oberhansli, project cinematographer, another of Courtney Oberhansli’s sons.
The crew and extras also filmed a behind the scenes documentary, including interviews of crew, cast members, and props.
“They’re really helpful, they’ve been paying attention really well, and it’s a lot better than just having three of us,” Dillon Oberhansli said of the crew.
He went on to explain how the Oberhanslis did everything they could to replicate a set, including having the event catered.
“Basically it’s to help expose them to different aspects of the world of film and television,” Dillon Oberhansli said. “It’s a learning process.”
The Oberhansli brothers will edit the video, but local crew will be responsible for editing the behind the scenes video.
“[It’s] very similar to what they’ll do in any behind the scenes features you see on a movie or what not, it will be behind the scenes and everything. Basically we’re trying to hit every aspect of it.”
But the project is designed to teach students about more than just film making. Because of the complex nature of the work, everyone needs to be on the same page to complete a project.
“It helps build a team atmosphere because if it’s not a team then the set falls apart,” Dillon Oberhansli said. “It helps them to work together and just see a different view of something that’s not readily available to everybody.”