Let me clear things up please
- Hello all,
I am Dave Hoyt's wife April. I must apologize right
off the top for the miscommunication in having Dave
write that email. Let me clear up some of the issues.
Firstly, I completely respect what you guys do and how
much passion you have for your hobby. I get that this
is a way of life for you and I would never dream of
disrespecting that. Please know that. I also
understand how much time, money and research you put
into it and I would never try to devalue that in any
way. The show that we are doing is NOT a fictional
piece. It is kind of like a lifestyle show for kids.
It will be shown from a kids perspective and it is a
way to foster acceptance for families and the myriad
of shapes, sizes and formations that they come in.
What we're really asking for is an interview with
children who are involved in reenacting. It'll be a
way for that child to show off their family to the
world and why they are so proud to be a part of it.
We would NOT want you to go out of your way to do
this, nor would we require for you to take any time
away from work. We would like to follow you around on
a weekend when you are reenacting. Show what it's
like to live that lifestyle and enjoy a truly creative
hobby with your whole family.
This is a pilot that we are shooting...meaning we have
not sold the show yet. In fact no one will be paid
anything for the pilot. Not the producers, not the
editor, not anyone. A pilot is made to show potential
buyers of the show what the show would look like.
Also, any lifestyle tv, whether it's a home renovation
show, a makeover show, or City Line with Marilyn
Dennis, there is no renumeration for the people being
interviewed. We are not asking you to act for the
cameras, we are asking you to be you and to show us
what it's like to be such an amazing family.
I'm glad to hear that those that worked on History
Bites with Rick Green were treated so well. That is
who he is and that is who I am. We would NEVER want
to disrespect anyone at any time. We are all about
making entertainment that makes a difference in this
world. That is what we are passionate about. We
understand that how we make our shows will be
reflected in the final product. So everyone is
respected for the part that they bring to the show.
As for the comments about safety on sets, I'm hoping
that that was just a one time thing because I work on
many sets in the Toronto area and safety is ALWAYS a
number 1 priority. If you ever experience anything
where you think your safety is jeopardy, bring it to
someone's attention and don't let it go on until
safety standards are met.
I also encourage you to get educated when it comes to
being hired as a reenactor for a movie or tv show.
ACTRA, of which I am a member, has very strict rules
on how you are to be treated and how much you are
paid. If you are being treated as anything but, let
ACTRA know and they will do something about it. That's
why they are there and they WANT to know about it so
that actors, background talent and specialists are
appreciated for what they do. Their website where you
can download agreements is: www.actra.ca. Also please
feel free to call them, they are always willing to
help you guys get informed.
So I hope this clears up some of the issues that were
raised. If you have ANY questions or comments please
feel free to contact me personally at
hoytapril@.... I will answer any and all of your
So hopefully this is clear now and now I can
specifically ask what we're looking for because that
wasn't too clear in the first email.
We're looking for a family with at least one child who
is between 5 and 9 who are reenactors that we can talk
with and interview about what it's like to be a
reenactor. The family does NOT have to be Mom, Dad
and 2 kids. Any variation of families will do. It
will be a great way for a kid to really show off their
family and what makes them so unique. It'll be a lot
Please contact me off list and we can go from there.
Again my personal email is hoytapril@....
Thank you for taking the time to read this and clear
up the misunderstandings.
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." Napoleon
"the facts, although interesting, are irrelevant"