This Father’s Day, we are proud to present the world premiere of the SpiritClips Original Short Film “Superhero,” available exclusively at hallmarkspiritclips.com. In the film, a boy’s love protects his father from a raging firestorm.
Inspired by the Arizona Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, writer and director John Dion (“Collision“, “Camaro“) wrote a SpiritClip about these everyday heroes. “I was interested in the idea of heroic duty. Duty to one’s family and duty to one’s job,” John said. “While fathers are often seen as heroes, they are enriched and strengthened by their families, particularly by their children. A child shapes a parent’s life as much as a parent shapes a child’s life.”
Filming the Wildfire Scenes
In order to make the wildfire scenes in “Superhero” look realistic, the production team combined on-set special effects with on-computer visual effects. On the day of the shoot, we used flame bars, which are metal hoses like gas lines that shoot fire. Then, in post-production, we used visual effects to add background fire, smoke, and embers. The burning log that falls on the father’s fire shelter was a real log as thick as a person’s torso. When Tommy Nash kicks away the burning log, his shelter really is on fire!
Creating Superhero‘s Action Figure
To create the action figure featured in the film, our production staffer Iliana Guevara found an existing toy, then modified and repainted it. She chose the blue and red “Superman” colors, then added yellow to symbolize the fireman. The action figure represents the bond between father and son.
- Jake: Tommy Nash
- Annie: Sarah McElligot
- Josh: Jake Vaughn
- Firefighter: Tim Scanlon
- Firefighter: David Hill
- Firefighter: Brian Hoffman
- Director and Writer: John Dion
- Produced by: Rob Fried
- Executive Producer: Iris Ichishita
- Co-Producer: Nare Mkrtchyan
- Line Producer: Rebecca Stone
- Director of Photography: Jeff Dolen
- Production Designer: Adriana Serrano
- Costume Designer: June Suepunpuck
- Casting Director: Tanner Thomason
- Original Score: Chris Thomas
- Editor: James Lee Hernandez
- 1st Assistant Director: Daniel Ringey
- 2nd Assistant Director: John Klymshyn
- Script Supervisor: Nicole M. Rivera
- 1st Assistant Camera: Alicia Pharris
- 2nd Assistant Camera: Paulina Bryant
- 2nd Assistant Camera: Matt LaRoche
- DIT/BTS: Dustin Elkin
- Gaffer: Gabriel Lewis
- Key Grip: Rocky Romines
- Grip and Electric: Blake R. Farnham
- Grip and Electric: Jake Koenig
- Grip and Electric: Blake Gaytan
- Grip and Electric: David M. Adams
- Grip and Electric: Chris Commons
- Grip and Electric: David Lee
- Production Sound Mixer: Ellie Bootorich
- Make-Up and Hair: Cat Elrod
- Set Dresser: Yuri Elvin
- Set Dresser: Zak Dunn
- Production Coordinator: Iliana Guevara
- Stunt Coordinator: Tripp Pickell
- Key Production Assistant: Bayan Hedayaty
- Production Assistant: Frank Paulino
- Production Assistant: Jack Avetissian
- Production Assistant: DuJuan Johnson
- Craft Services PA: Antonia Navarra
- Special Effects Coordinator: Albert Lannutti
- Special Effects Technician: Nick Danischewsky
- Special Effects Technician: Richard Miranda
- Special Effects Technician: Jason Rogin
- Fire Safety Officer: Michael Proett
- Visual Effects Supervisor: James Lee Hernandez
- Post Production Sound Mixer and : Eric Marks
- Teacher: Stella Pacific
- Catering: Impeccable Taste Catering
- Special Thanks: Sarah McElligot and Hannah Mae
- Special Thanks: Peter King
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For more than 60 years, the Hallmark Hall of Fame has presented original films that entertain, enlighten, and inspire. As one of the most beloved and honored programs in the history of American television, they have won an unprecedented 80 Emmys, 9 Golden Globes, 11 Peabody Awards. You may have grown up watching Hallmark Hall of Fame movies in the living room after Thanksgiving, or as the days shortened and your neighbors began putting up their Christmas lights.
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November is a time dedicated to sharing and today SpiritClips would love to share our newest InspireWire addition. Thanksgiving was originally deemed a day to give thanks for the blessings of the years harvest and for the preceding year but it is also associated with family, friends, reunions and thankfulness, as shown in Gratitude. This months SpiritClips original series of InspireWire exemplifies the benefits of having a “gratitude attitude”, an attitude focused on expressing appreciation towards the people and things we are glad to have in our lives. The featured clips shown in Gratitude share the expressions of a 10-year-old boy finding his lost cat, a father excited about a precious gift, a young child who truly embodies the “gratitude attitude” and a man who treks 86 days through the South Pole alone. Perspective is an important thing to note and realize while going throughout your day and these genuine reactions of our SpiritClippers prove how small things can truly go a long, long way.
One habit SpiritClips would love to recommend would be to keep a gratitude journal, daily or monthly. Keeping track of the great moments in your life has proven to boost your immune systems, help cope with stress and increase levels of happiness.
What are you grateful for? We’d love to share your story with our followers. Send us your videos and inspiring moments to InspireWire@spiritclips.com.
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Everyone at SpiritClips would love to wish you and your loved ones a HAPPY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
“Life Is Beautiful” is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit. It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now.” Roger Ebert, Film Critic
There are movies that change people’s lives – heartwarming and inspirational films like Life Is Beautiful, Cinema Paradiso, Enchanted April, Good Will Hunting, Little Buddha, The Mighty, and Pride of the Yankees to name a few. These major motion pictures and more are now playing on SpiritClips!
Why did we choose them to be part of our family of films? Because they’re the kind of films that might just help you see the good during the worst of times, or inspire you to take a risk for love, or send you off on a holiday that could change your life forever, and maybe even teach you how to hit the ball out of the park over and over again.
That’s what we strive for at SpiritClips from Hallmark. Sure, we could present you with entertainment that is certainly entertaining but is it life affirming, does it make you feel, make you think, and stay with you even when it’s long over – probably not. And, lets face, Life Is Beautiful so why not celebrate it every chance you get – with SpiritClips from Hallmark.
Enjoy inspirational, heartwarming, feel good movies online on SpiritClips.
Now, for the very first time, major Hollywood motion pictures are available on SpiritClips. For years, we’ve combed through Hollywood film vaults to find inspiring films from around the world, films that celebrate human strength, imagination, and love. It’s an honor to bring you timeless classics like Good Will Hunting, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Enchanted April, Little Buddha, Pride of the Yankees, and many, many more. These films are just the first of many that we will be adding to our carefully curated collection in the coming months. We love these movies so much, and we’re so happy to share them with you.
SpiritClips. The place to watch heartwarming, inspirational, feel good movies online.
Easter is so many things. For some it’s a time to rest, for others a time to play. There’s cooking and family and baskets full of candies and bunnies. The stores are filled with pastels and spring has sprung. There are so many glorious traditions as we remember and give thanks for all we’ve been given. The future feels a bit brighter and the past gives us strength. And so we give thanks to all of you…from your friends at SpiritClips from Hallmark family. Happy Easter!
It’s contest time! Why? Because we’re excited to celebrate our upcoming release of “Smokey”, a SpiritClips Original premiering April 19th. What makes Smokey special to us is the fact that we’ve never worked with animals before. In the film, Smokey is a one-of-a-kind Sable Border Collie who puts his life on the line to save his owner from a ferocious wolf attack. Here’s a little inside scoop…the crew had to be very quiet and still because the wolf wasn’t the friendliest guy around!
Okay, so what’s this contest all about? We’d love for you to share photos of your own awesome dogs! No, they don’t have to be saving you from wolves to be awesome. They just have to be having fun, making cute faces, playing with toys, getting into mischief, or even sleeping on their back with all four paws up in the air like one of ours at SpiritClips likes to do. Who knows, your photo might win the grand prize - a $250 Petco gift card! And there are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prize winners, too. Best of all, every winner gets a one year free subscription to SpiritClips!
So enter the “Why Is Your Dog AWESOME?” contest today! You’ll find it below and at https://www.facebook.com/HallmarkInstantStreaming
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