Moose Jaw trio reaches new audience with video venture

Justin Crann
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Robinson, Heisler and Herridge film Worlds Between Us

Jacob Heisler, Emily Herridge and Jared Robinson learned a few lessons while filming the video Worlds Between Us.

Worlds Between Us, a video by Jared Robinson and starring Moose Javians Jacob Heisler and Emily Herridge, has been gaining some traction online since its release earlier this week. The anti-bullying and anti-isolation video promotes a positive message to younger individuals. 

One of those lessons: there isn’t much air to breathe inside an astronaut’s helmet.

“When (Jacob) closed that helmet, there wasn’t much air in it,” Robinson said.

“Breathing was really hard,” added Heisler.

“Every once in a while, I’d say action and he’d pull the mask down — that big chunk of glass in front of him — and he’d stay still,” added Robinson. “I could tell when he was running out of air because the mask would fog in front of him, and when I said, ‘OK, we’re done,’ he’d lift it off and be gasping for air.”

“We couldn’t have shots longer than 30 seconds, or I could have lost my lead (actor),” he added.

Heisler and Herridge, both of whom have acting experience on stage with Vanier Collegiate, star in the three-minute video as teenagers who are different in one very visible way — they both walk around with astronaut helmets on their heads.

The helmets, explained Robinson, are symbolic of other visible differences that might set people apart and lead to social isolation or even bullying.

For much of the video, Heisler’s character is alone and wandering around in school and in his hometown, almost seeming invisible. At the end of the film, Herridge’s character is introduced to a class he is in, and the two realize they are no longer alone.

Both Heisler and Herridge said adapting their acting to film was a tricky proposition.

“It was really different for me,” said Herridge.

“I’m such a theatre person, and for film, everything is a lot more toned down … all of your actions and expressions have to be toned down and more realistic.”

Robinson worked with the pair on the experience of appearing on film, which he called a more intimate medium because it is less about projecting emotions and actions in a big way.

The end result was a three-minute video scored by Area 52 — a new musical venture by Robinson with his friend Sandon Weber of Estevan — that carries a powerful and hopeful anti-bullying message.

And the message is resonating, as one anti-bullying campaign has already requested to use the video in its library of resources.

The video’s power is likely because it promotes a cause that matters to Robinson and both of its stars.

“Like anything in the arts, you’re using your powers for good or something you’re passionate about,” said Robinson. “If you want to be an advocate … you have to make sure what you’re saying is what you represent.”

“It feels really good (to be an advocate),” added Heisler. “It represents something I’m proud of … especially the message of hope at the end.”

“That was definitely a part of why I wanted to do the video when Jared was first describing it to us,” concluded Herridge, who added that sounding such a hopeful note that could connect with viewers is “all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

To watch the video, click here.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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