Major Dodson of "The Walking Dead” plays the lead role in “Tyson's Run.” Pope Coach Tab Griffin got to go before the cameras, but didn't get bitten by the acting bug.
“it was fun,” recalls Griffin. “I realize that I won't be an actor. There was a lot of standing around and I'm not very good at being idle"
Give Coach Griffin credit for finding a way to receive the star treatment, even after being told that he would be playing an assistant coach. Yikes! Demoted on his own field by Hollywood.
"We made a big joke out of it,” remembers Griffin. "We were doing the grunt work and the actors had someone holding an umbrella over them until it was time for their parts. I joked to our booster club president about putting an umbrella holder in the next budget, and he went to his car and brought back his umbrella and everywhere I went he held it over me."
For sure, the hours can be long on a hot summer day in Georgia, but there is still much to learn here. Leave it to Carrollton coach Sean Calhoun to find a parallel between football practice and shooting a movie scene.
“There are so many employees and so many workers,” says Calhoun. “All of them have a job and responsibility. There was repetition and they were going to stay on it until they got it right.”
Randy Lee didn't have to look far to see how the Hollywood experience will be felt at Locust Grove.
"It has really helped my program grow at school,” says Lee. "It's an opportunity for kids who are in my class to actually see how a movie is shot. When I started teaching the film class I had about 14 students. This year I will have 185 students. They have seen the opportunities."
Movies are supposed to imitate life. It's not real, but there are times when we wish that it was. For a big night time game scene, the community that surrounds Pope High School turned out and filled the stands to provide a Friday night atmosphere.