Gather your kids to watch this fun, 10-minute short film, made entirely by the Swanson boys.
If you have more than one kid then I don’t need to tell you how different each of my boys are from one another. It’s one of those facts of life that I know to be true, but it still never ceases to amaze me. Some people think my boys all look alike (or at least did at one stage of life) but no one will deny how unique their personalities, gifts, and talents are.
This short film is extra special to me because it involved all three of my oldest sons, using their various gifts and talents: Josiah wrote the story, filmed and directed it, but Luke is the (only) actor in it, and Jonah was extremely instrumental in the music accompaniment. (see the pun, hehe.)
(Levi was also right there by their side for the entire thing. per the usual.)
This is also special because it was filmed in two of our favorite places…part of it at my parent’s cabin at Mt. Rainer (Washington State,) and the other part was on the West side of Oahu. Josiah had to plan a lot in advance, and I’m blown away by how well it turned out.
I should also note: We had no idea that Luke was a little actor, but now we know if his surfing career doesn’t pan out, perhaps he’ll have some options in Hollywood. 🙂
OK, now open up the full screen, gather your family, and enjoy…The Island Under the Bridge:
You can find the video as well as great photography, writing, and more at JOSIAH’S WEBSITE.
While we’re here, since many people have asked…
“What’s Josiah doing since he graduated!?” Here’s a brief update:
You might have read back in my Spring Coffee Date post, that Josiah is taking a gap year before attending college. He had skipped a grade somewhere along the way so he graduated a bit young. We agreed it would be a good idea to take a year to work, and figure out his college plan before
leaving his poor momma forever his college adventures begin.
And so far — His gap year is off to a great start! He is continuing to intern with Dr. Shormann (the one who teaches the homeschool math and science curriculum we love!) and he also got a job at Lei Lei’s Restaurant on the golf course at Turtle Bay Resort. They started him off washing dishes, (also referred to as “building character.”) haha. It’s hard work — he seriously has dish pan hands! Needlesss to say, I think he is developing a greater appreciation for his college career ahead. (And to be fair: The people at Lei Lei’s have been incredibly good to him, and if you get the chance to eat there you definitely should because you won’t find better grilled ahi anywhere!)
In his few spare moments, Josiah is constantly learning or tackling new projects. From film, to videography, claymation (his latest favorite!) and always more writing….He never wastes a minute. Just yesterday Luke was telling me, “You know, Josiah is constantly learning. He doesn’t even watch a movie to be entertained. If he watches a movie, it’s because he’s studying how they made it and then he’ll go make one from what he learned.” And it’s true. Again, every child is unique…and I couldn’t love my firstborn any more!
Thanks for watching the film and have a great week. See you soon.