The Making of Lesster
Go behind the scenes of Lesster with the film's director and star, Felicity Huffman.
Brought to you by Liberty Mutual’s The Responsibility Project
This is a transcript of the film, included for screen readers and the visually impaired.
Maybe we can get in a little closer, so we get the squished feeling.
Hey Rob! I don't think you have to play so left. Because I like the squished feeling in thereÖ
Like elbows to elbows?
Yeah! What? No, I'll do it! You move over there. Ehh!
Is it the goggles?
I think you're feeling the goggles, my friend. Is that better?
He's going 15, 16, 17-
And then move down to catch him.
Three. Four. Fiiii-
[grunts] Six. Sss-
Hacha ya ra ra rah.
Come on Peter. I've told you a million times, I like the shower to warm up.
Don't turn it off!
Locked up, please. We are rolling.
Felicity: K, ready?
Crew: Ready and action.
Listen. I want you to do the whole parade.
It's really important. There's going to be newspapers there and television-
Mmm. And you're going to be the cutest mother ever.
Maybe you'll even get your picture in the paper!
I'm gonna grab this to cross to the sink. To start to wash it.
Once you see that, you're going to come over to the coffee which I've poured
in aÖ in a to-go cup, you know?
and you pour it back into my mug.
And you will be the cutest little mother earth ever!
Won't that look great on your school applications?
Peter, stop it.
That makes it spill. I've told you a million times. A regular mug doesn't fit in the hybrid's cup holder.
Felicity: When Liberty Mutual came to me and said we do films on social responsibility,
what would you like to say if you were going to make a short 2, 5, 6 minute film about social responsibiility?
And, um, the environment has always been near and dear to me.
The theme we're touching on is certainly not a new one but it's the wise child.
Oh no, mister man, you are not wearing that to the Earth Day parade.
Now you've got to make some noise that's like "Boom! Whacha!"
I wanted to do something for the environment.
It's hard to do something that's not preachy or scolding so hopefully we hit a nice balance.
What's this part?
Remember when your dad goes out to the door and goes "Did anyone fed Tucker?"
and you clock that the door is open, what you just shot.
Then you go, and with your sticky hand, [slap] slam the door shut so we don't have the air conditioning and the door open
And then, because of the slam, your mom and dad - we go "Peter, come on concrete. Don't you want to save the planet?"
And all I need you to do is do a sound effect and sit down like, "Whoooosh".
You've got a big job ahead of you. Don't you want to save the planet?
Oh honey. That is so wasteful. Here.
I'm just helping with your cape.
Quiet please guys!
Here we go and-
Ok, look where you're going. Ready to be a superhero? Sound effect - go!
I realize that there's small things throughout my day that add up that are wasteful but unconscious.
It's not that we don't care it's just that we're not thinking or I don't care it's just that I'm not thinking
so it's sort of a film about what I do which is
I do care about the big things but I'm not careful about the small.
I've been an actor a long time and I always have acting nightmares
which any actor out there will go "Ohhh yes", you know.
Two nights ago I had a directing nightmare.
I was really frightened but the Liberty Mutual people and David Landau, the producer, put together an amazing team.
I mean wonderful people. John Lindley, the DP, you can't get any better than that.
I'd just like to say that one of the things that I love about filmmaking is the community it builds.
And I feel really lucky and blessed to be a part of thatÖ in any capacity.
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