A few weeks ago I had the pleasure and privilege to go behind the scenes- quite literally and watch them shoot the latest Family movie night installment-Truth be Told with the sweet as sugar Candace Cameron Bure and the scintillatingly sexy David James Elliott. It was truly an experience on so many different levels.
Seeing the creative process take shape and the hundreds of crew meticulously assembled to shoot what appears on minutes in film but in reality takes hours literally had my head spinning. (I had no idea that it took such an exorbitant amount of man power and skill to pull off a two hour movie). And then there’s the creative process of the script which is initially researched and painstakingly written to incorporate what us parents really want out of a film, whihc is essentially one that we can actually share and dare I say watch with our kids, without having to cover their eyes or answer endless questions about unmentionables!
So the crackerjack team behind P& G and Walmart’s Family movie night spent countless months developing (based on research of moms and their desire for more family-oriented entertainment options) a series of made-for-TV movies that both parents and kids could watch together. Truth be Told is the fifth installment in the “Family Movie Night” series, and based on what I’ve seen and read (yes we got a script to take home with us!) it’s going to be a film that parents will appreciate as will their kids.
Being that this blog focuses on relationships, when I was approached by the P&G team about visiting the set of their latest family movie night installment- what really persuaded me was the plot (oh yes and the prospect of meeting the uber hunky David James Elliott was none too shabby either!). I was intrigued by the concept of watching a story unfold adults, both licking their wounds, unsure of their destinies trying to uncover their feelings for eachother as well as connect with their families and heal their relationships. This movie is really about relationships and the ties that bind and being honest with yourself… and well- all that is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!!
And here’s a bit of the plot (to whet your appetite) “Truth Be Told” plays upon the old adage, “honesty is the best policy,” and according to Colorado’s leading marriage counselor, Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure, “Full House” and “Make It Or Break It”), honesty is the key to successful long-term relationships. Ironically, Annie has never been married and doesn’t always follow her own advice.
Through a misunderstanding, Annie receives an invitation for her and her spouse to join media mogul Terrance Bishop (Ronny Cox, “Stargate SG-1â€³ and “Beverly Hills Cop”), at his New Mexico ranch to discuss her dream job: hosting a radio advice program. Fearful that being single will wreck the interview, Annie conspires with Mark Crane (David James Elliott, “JAG” and “Scoundrels”), an old college friend who is a recent widower, and father of two teenagers, to pose as a married couple for the weekend. A series of comical misunderstandings color the weekend, leaving Annie emotionally involved with Mark’s family and battling with her own conscience. As the humorous and heartwarming story unfolds, Annie begins to realize that the truth may have its consequences, but ultimately it’s what opens our hearts and brings out the best in each other.
So where will you be this April 16th? Cuz I know where I’ll be , watching Truth be Told on Fox!
*P&G generously paid for my movie set expereince to New Mexico, but the views expressed in this post ( and every other one I write on this blog) are my own!