Like many people, the Presser family of Connecticut has gotten a little bored during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of learning another language or baking up a storm, Dan Presser used his skills as an ESPN producer to create a fun project for his kids. As an added bonus, they’ve managed to raise thousands of dollars for charity in the process!
Dan and Beth have two children, 4-year-old Madison and 21-month-old Barton.
Madison’s favorite movie happens to be “The Lion King.” She quoted it so frequently that her parents decided to make a short video of her reenacting one of the scenes.
“We were trying to think of creative ways to have fun with them and teach them stuff,” Dan told GMA. “My wife downloaded an app and we put together the clips with some sound effects and it came out pretty funny.”
Their relatives and friends loved the video, which inspired Dan and Beth to cast their kids in even more beloved films. “We thought if we can bring some happiness to people in this miserable 2020, we should try,” the awesome dad explained.
In the months since then, the Presser kids have starred in 30 different movie scenes, each one cuter than the last! As the oldest, Madison takes the lead in most of these “Quarantine 2020 Productions,” but Barton will be talking soon, so his repertoire is sure to grow.
Here’s Madison channeling Cameron in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
That slow-motion car crash was pretty neat, right? Speaking of slow-motion collisions, check out Madison and some friends reenacting a pivotal scene in “Thelma & Louise.”
It didn’t take long for the Pressers to figure out how to add their friends to the virtual mix! They simply have their loved ones send in recordings, and then Dan edits everything together so it looks like they were filmed in the same place.
They have successfully captured some unforgettable scenes from “Field of Dreams,” “Ace Ventura,” “Titanic,” and “The Shining,” to name a few, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
Barton usually gets typecast as the crying character, which makes sense based on his age. Here he is with his sister, performing the “There’s no crying in baseball!” scene from “A League of Their Own.”
Once their videos started getting attention online, Dan and Beth decided to use their popularity to make a positive impact in the world!
They started a fundraiser for Feeding America, a nonprofit that provides food for over 200 food banks in the U.S. So far, they have raised $12,000 on their own, and Dan’s employer has agreed to match those funds to bring the total to $25,000!
“I think people have really rallied around and realized that if they’re lucky enough to be in that situation where they’re still getting paid and still getting food on the table, then they should try and give back,” Dan added.
Not only are they having fun making these videos, but they’re also teaching their kids how to look out for the people around them! What a wonderful way to pass the time!
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