by Scoobie Davis
My Inauspicious Film Debut
I was checking out what teams are going to the Ohio high school football finals and I noticed that Massillon Washington is vying for the Division I championship. That led to an outpouring of good memories because MW High School was the location of the beginning of my film career. In 1999, a friend of mine, Frank Cromer, told me that he got a gig as a production assistant for a documentary about high school football in Massillon (the Canton/Massillon area is a hotbed for high school football in a state where football is very hot). Frank offered to pay me a nominal amount to tag along and help out. I told him I was going to do it for free. So for three Fridays, I played hooky from work and helped film high school games--the finished film turned out to be the highly-regarded Go Tigers!
It was an awe-inspiring experience. Although I did lower level production work (carrying the tripod, getting permission to go places for the crew, taking notes, keeping track of time for the crew), I had a blast and it encouraged me to move to LA and continue to do film. I'm also in the film--actually the deleted scenes of the DVD. I won't tell you where because it was a bad hair day.
12/4 UPDATE: Massillon Washington lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier in the title game 24 to 17.