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Freshmen portray The Sandlot

Everyone has heard of the baseball legend, Babe Ruth, except for one boy: Scott Smalls.

For their first Night of the Stars film, the freshmen class chose to remake the 1993 film, The Sandlot.

The Sandlot is set in Los Angeles, in 1962. It features nine mischievous boys who purpose in life is driven by their love of baseball. Smalls is the new and slightly nerdy kid to the neighborhood who is having trouble making friends.

?I played Scott Smalls because I am short,? Daniel Edwards, ?09, said. ?But I had the most fun when we finished filming and watched our movie.?

The cast for the freshmen movie was consigned to mostly male roles. Kally Batesole, ?09, played the only female part of the public pool lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn.

?In our movie I played Wendy,? Batesole said. ?They asked me to play her and I said yes because I always wanted to be a lifeguard.?

The other components of choosing roles were based on physical resemblance to the actual characters.

?I played the character, Benny Rodriguez,? Vincent Cabias, ?09, said. ?I was chosen to play him because I resembled Benny more than any other guy in my class.?

Many students agree the movie was worth all of the hard work involved in a production.

?I think our movie did pretty well,? Tanya Aram, ?09, said. ?It was short and to the point, but it also kept viewers interested. I thought our movie was the best but the seniors did well too so congrats to the seniors.?

A problem that many classes face while filming is getting enough footage for the designated time limit. The freshmen class was allotted eight minutes and had 12 hours of footage to select from.

?It was hard to make the movie because during the filming, no one paid any attention or listened to the directors,? Taylor Motte, ?09, said. ?So that being said, the amount of film was not a challenge for our class.?

The freshmen focused on sticking to the original Hollywood script for their production. By doing so, the actors had to cope with various elements such as a swimming pool scene in cold weather.

?It was fun making the movie,? Cabias said. ?We messed around and were able to swim in a 40 degree pool.?

The freshmen were awarded the People?s Choice award at the Night of the Stars awards ceremony and appear to be satisfied with the outcome of the film.

?I thought the pool scene was great, I loved it,? Aram said. ?I think that freshman usually do not get enough credit for their efforts and we proved them wrong.?

For more information regarding Night of the Stars, read the Jan. 16 article ?Silver screen showcases Night of the Stars,? written by Corey Maxey.

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