Summer of 2009, I was introduced to Lane Weinman. He was a film director working on a web series called, Point Happy Show. He filmed the web series at a middle school, near my high school, using students as his actors. My oldest nephew was one of those students. He was bragging about how he's on a web show to my niece. Then the details get hazy, but because of him I met Lane. Lane cast me as Romeo, in his retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Eventually the 2009 school year ended, and the series. I guess, Weinman saw the web series as a business opportunity, and opened a film boot camp that summer.
Students in the boot camp would participate in the making of a short film. The students couldn't agree on a script, so Lane used one he wrote. My memory of how it all came together isn't that great. A lot happened really quickly. All I know is that the following summer, the boot camp was reopened for round two.
In the 2010 boot camp, the students who had original script ideas got the chance to direct and produce their short films. The other students, served as cast and crewmembers. I was ready to produce my Teen Heroes.
I love creating new characters, so I created Vampire Yvette. I also created two new super villains for the film. In the film, Teen Heroes: Vampire Yvette the heroes recruited a crime fighting teenage vampire to help them fight Evile and her sidekick, Luke. Evile, is a scientist who gives herself telepathic abilities to take over the world. She also enhances Luke, with electro-magnetic abilities.
Once I wrapped production with Teen Heroes: Vampire Yvette, I started production on The Beginning: Teen Heroes. The film was to serve as an origin story for the twins. Manfire was the antagonist in the film. It was revealed in the film that the twins have a grandmother named Virginia, who disapproved of her daughter keeping the twin's powers a secret. It was then, that I decided all the Teen Heroes would have magical abilities, and not biological.
Summer of 2010, was by far my favorite summer of all time. I got to see my creations come to life, and be a part of other’s work. I truly do miss that summer. The following year, the boot camp didn’t reopen. I wasn’t happy about it. It was something I looked forward to. I don’t know why it closed; you’d have to Lane Weinman. My theory is, it didn’t generate enough revenue, or it didn’t generate any. Regardless of the boot camp, I still had my heroes, and I continued to create.
Everyday, mostly in math class, I would draw new pictures of all the characters I created, but I had a problem. Only a handful of my characters had a background, story, and personality. Most of them were just superheroes, and nothing more. I still had Azula(Force) with out a storyline, and Silver was just a male version of Mana. I had to fix this problem, but I didn’t know how. I didn’t know how for years.