When word gets out that up-and-coming TV jingle writer Audrey Ragnarson doesn’t have a complete education, she loses the prestigious Mr. Nogs Noggy Egg Nog campaign and is forced to go back to school to complete the year she missed: kindergarten.
Writer: Aubrey Arnason
Directors: Aubrey Arnason, Kalyn Miles
Producer: Laura Toplass
Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder is based on a true story. I (Aubrey Arnason) didn’t attend kindergarten because my father was at the end of an NHL career and was playing a season in Germany. I couldn’t speak the language and didn’t like my first day, and my mother never made me go back.
Cut to many years later a friend of mine – who happens to be a kindergarten teacher – said, “It makes sense you never attended kindergarten. You can’t print, you walk to the front of line-ups …” That was the spark for the idea.
The film was part of the Crazy8s film event where 98 teams pitch ideas and six are chosen to make their film in only eight days. The films are then screened in front of 1,700 people.
Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder was shot with a whimsical tone. Kalyn Miles (my co-director) and I wanted it to feel like a fable or children’s book. We chose to use lots of oners, for feel and because they really helped with our time constraints!
There are 11 four-to-seven year olds in the film, one bunny and a hamster. People say to never work with children or animals but I disagree. Hammy the hamster did his close-up in one take, and the kids had the most energy and amazing instincts and ideas throughout the shoot.
Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder will always hold a special place in my heart. I live by the lessons of the film, and the coming together of community to make a movie in only a week is something magical. – Aubrey Arnason
About Aubrey Arnason
Aubrey Arnason is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (VFS). She is a 12-time Leo Award nominee for writing, producing and hosting, and a one-time Leo Award recipient.
Aubrey directed over 60 episodes of Shaw TV’s lifestyle segment Wedding Belles, two VFS Port Shorts, as well as the pilot episode of Talk to Us, a studio talk series.
She is a NSI Totally Television alum and in 2013 was granted the Bell Media Fellowship. She has co-created and executive produced two comedy pilots for Citytv (Rogers), Kits and The Range. The Range placed top three at the Banff international pilot competition.
Recently Aubrey wrote a short film called Payment and received a BravoFACT grant.
About Kalyn Miles
Kalyn Miles is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s theatre arts program, where she studied musical theatre and classical theatre. She trained with the Second City in Chicago for improv, sketch-comedy writing and directing.
Kalyn created, produced and directed Cocktails and Holywater, a hit live sketch-comedy show. She has directed over 30 live episodes of Cocktails and Holywater and directed and edited more than 100 digital comedic shorts.
Kalyn also hosted Citytv and OLN’s lifestyle series Get Stuffed, for which she received a Leo Award.