October 5, 2015

Foot Locker: Real Lives. Real Runners – Dear Mom

By MOFILM

Michael Medoway & Dean Chapman

Second in our series of examining the inspiration behind the Foot Locker: Real Lives. Real Runners finalists are Michael Medoway & Dean Chapman, creators of Dear Mom.

MOFILM: What was about this brief that attracted you?

Dean: I have a friend that inspires me to be a better person. We know a lot of people struggling with fear, loss, self doubt and depression and thought others will find hope in someone like Marvin.

MOFILM: Did you already know Marvin?

Dean: I have known Marvin for a couple years now. we first met each other at a pick-up basketball game at the gym.

MOFILM: What was it about Marvin’s story that inspired you?

Dean: Losing the person that you love more than anything in the world is something many of us have faced, and all of us will eventually face. Despite his loss, Marvin is one of the most kind and genuinely positive people I have ever met. Knowing Marvin has made me personally reevaluate the way I live my life and the way I view loss.

MOFILM:  What was the most fun thing about this shoot?

Dean: Our team was fantastic. The balance between professionalism and comic relief could not have been better 🙂 Very cool bunch.

MOFILML And the toughest?

Dean: Sticking to our very tight schedule was challenging, but we got every shot in the nick of time. We shot through the night in mostly exteriors and got the final (and crucial) sunrise shot within minutes of missing it.

Don’t forget you can watch all the finalists over at the Foot Locker page.

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