“You Don’t Know Mr. Hall at All” is a short but poignant film that aims to show people that things are not always as they seem. It beckons viewers to make their own assumptions about who the main character, a senior gentleman sitting on a bench in front of an office building, might be. People walk by and ignore him. One person even puts coins in his cup, thinking he’s homeless. We won’t give away the ending, but it turns out this man was overlooked.
The film is a reminder that stereotyping a senior could cause you to miss very important facts about the person he or she is. Deb Kornrumpf, resident program director at Brookdale Dogwood Creek, directed the film. We talked to Deb about the film and what she enjoyed the most about it.
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What were you trying to say with this film?
Kornrumpf: We really wanted to share the idea of “not judging a book by its cover.” Our society has a tendency to go by what things look like on the outside, particularly when it comes to judging seniors, and we wanted to show that you don’t always know the real story.
Why is that topic important to you?
Kornrumpf: As I’m approaching that part of my life (nearly a senior myself), I can see where people are starting to treat me differently. Well, we wanted to make a film with a message that even though you have the best of intentions, you need to remember that we’re still capable of a lot of things. It’s not always what it seems.
How many people participated in the making of your film?
Kornrumpf: About a dozen people.
How many hours did you spend on the film, including writing, shooting and editing?
Kornrumpf: It took around five hours. The filming portion was short but between meetings, filming and editing, it was about five hours.
What was the most challenging part of the film making process?
Kornrumpf: Finding the right location. It was in front of the building, but we wanted to make it look like it was in front of a business/office building. But the foot traffic and road traffic impacted the filming. We learned a lot about angling the camera to get a different look.
How did this project help connect residents and associates at Brookdale?
Kornrumpf: I hope it made the younger people in the movie understand the film and the idea. We hope it made them feel differently about the seniors they serve.
What did you like best about creating a film?
Kornrumpf: It was exciting to see this idea come alive. When it came together at the end and you could see the light bulb go off, that was very rewarding.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about your film or your crew?
Kornrumpf: We kept it short because we know that if it went to much longer, the power of the message would actually diminish. It’s been great to see Mr. Hall change through this. He’s gone from just an average attendee at events to this super star feeling. He is loving being involved in this event and is excited to attend the Film Festival.