I’m amazed that this is the first time that I’ve referenced Monty Python here. Shame on me.
Just last weekend, I was taken for a stroll down memory lane while I was talking with some old friends. Not old as in age, but old as in we’ve known each other since we were in the 7th grade. So, yeah… I guess old as in age, too. One particular memory cracked us right up.
Imagine. It’s the late 90’s, and there’s a group of us finishing up high school by taking what we all would agree was an easy elective. I can’t actually recall the name of the class, but we sat around and studied movies and had to produce two segments for the school’s morning “news” program. We didn’t have to cover news; we were given creative license to dream up whatever we wanted to do.
Prom was coming up, so I decided to do a short segment called, “Do’s and Don’t’s of Prom Night.” I included little pearls of wisdom like, “Do ask your date to dance” and “Don’t leave sweaty palm prints on your date’s dress.” You know, really obvious stuff. I ended the segment with “Do kiss your date good night, but don’t pull a Titanic love scene.” It was my take on the epic love scene in Titanic where Kate and Leo are getting it on in the back of a car that’s in one of the boat’s cargo holds. You know, where it’s all steamy and you see a hand slowly trace down the window? But figuring out how to recreate that with no budget or big time production team was a little tricky. It’s a good thing I’m creative. It’s also a good thing I had willing assistants in my little brother and sister.
At the time, my parents owned an old station wagon, so we cleared out the back of it and laid the back seat down. My sister climbed in and laid down so that she couldn’t be seen through the window. Then I sprayed Windex all over the back window and had her run her hand down the window. Voila! A steamy love scene reenacted. But! To top it all off, we had my little brother jumping on the front bumper of the car to make it move up and down. We wanted it to feel genuine, after all.
I am proud to say that I was the first student to ever get censored for producing a video that was deemed too “racy” for high school TV.