’80s remake has Cobb ties
by Davia L. Mosley
dmosley@mdjonline.com
October 12, 2011 12:00 AM | 5579 views | 12 12 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Miles Teller, left, and Kenny Wormald dance in a scene from ‘Footloose.’ The film was originally released in 1984. The new version opens Friday. The movie was filmed in places around Georgia, including Osborne High School in Marietta. <br> Special/Paramount Studios
Miles Teller, left, and Kenny Wormald dance in a scene from ‘Footloose.’ The film was originally released in 1984. The new version opens Friday. The movie was filmed in places around Georgia, including Osborne High School in Marietta.
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Michael Chanin, former assistant principal of Osborne High School in Marietta, can now add movie producing with a side of acting to his resume. “Footloose,” a revamping of the 1984 film staring Kevin Bacon, was filmed in parts of Georgia with many scenes based at the local school.

Chanin, now retired, said he received a call last summer from Erin G. Fisher, assistant location manager, requesting permission to take pictures around Osborne. He escorted her around the school and the football field, but thought nothing would come of it. He said she told him he would hear from her in two weeks, but it only took her two days to tell him Paramount Studios was gaining interest in filming there. Chanin recalls, “They said this looks really good.”

Through “lots of cooperation with the school district,” Chanin said the crew began prepping for filming. The pre-production, which took a little more than a week, included painting, adding lamps and modifying the name of the school. Chanin said, “They built a lot of stuff.”

However, he said, “A big bomb hit me” — the new football field was to be renovated Aug. 1. The solution: Chanin suggested using the school’s practice field, to which the crew approved. He was also able to get buses temporarily rerouted.

“This was the first time Paramount Studios attempted to shoot a movie during the school day,” he said. Only a few people knew about the film and, with the first day of school nearing, Chanin said he had to break the news and decided to do so at a faculty meeting.

“Can I introduce you guys so they know I’m not trying to pull their legs?” he recalls asking Craig Brewer, director, and the film crew. Students and teachers alike were excited about the movie being shot right outside their classrooms. With the exception of a morning announcement interrupting a take, Chanin said there were no issues on set.

Those familiar with the school will be able to spot the senior courtyard and media center in the film. Although current students were not allowed to act as extras, Osborne alumni came on board. Chanin, a self-proclaimed movie buff, was also able to get some screen time as an extra.

“I made friends with everybody,” he said. Brewer appreciated Chanin’s help — which included 3 a.m. call times to the set — so much that he gave him a director’s chair, complete with his name printed on it. Paramount Studios also donated money to the school, and Chanin and his wife, Joy, were invited to a production party at Stats in Midtown.

Brewer it was important for a film based in Georgia to be shot on location as opposed to on a sound stage or in a different state. In addition to Marietta, scenes were also shot in places such as downtown Atlanta, Acworth and Hiram.

“I couldn’t do that. I really believe in regional pride,” he said. “I want to see an Atlanta skyline when they go off into the big city. Atlanta has always given me a lot of love in my films.”

Kenny Wormald, who plays the lead role of Ren McCormack, said it was great filming in Georgia. He agrees with Brewer, saying, “It was good to come here and fully adapt to the world especially with being Ren, an outsider. I think it was an awesome opportunity to shoot on location and not fake it.”

Chanin said the experience, which took nearly six weeks, was sensational and the impact will be permanent. He said four framed handprints of crew members are at the school alongside those of former students.

Osborne’s reputation was also revamped. Chanin, who worked in the school system for 28 years, said the school always got a bad rap. He said he told the crew, “One of the reasons I want you guys here is to give it a fresh face.”

He added, “Osborne students are the best there are.”
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FSkipper
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October 25, 2011
This was a great movie. It was awesome to see my former school, Osborne High, portrayed in such a positive light. Way to go Michael for all of YOUR hard work that you never received the credit and recognition you deserved from Dr. Stowers and the area super, Dale Gaddis, but of course, typical behavior.
outsider in
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October 21, 2011
With all these popular comments bout a man and his movie - one question lingers, as a teacher at Osborne, many of us saw Chanin as very good in handling difficulties that parents, students, and teachers would. His office was like a revolving.

So I ask any of you here to tell me the reason why Chanin was coerced into retirement. He could have stayed a few more years giving him the opportunity to continue to help students, teachers,and parents. MY BIG QUESTION IS WHY WAS IT DONE AND WHO DID THE COERCING? Can anyone at the MDJ find out for hundred and hundreds of people in our community?

NottaBoardMember
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July 24, 2012
That information WOULD BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE OPEN RECORDS ACT...public employees.

The Cobb School District really has an issue with folks over 60 these days...they like to keep their 'circle' under a certain age...check it out.
Guess Who
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October 19, 2011
Mr. Chanin is the man. He helped me a great deal while I was a teacher/coach and then when I became an administrator at Osborne. He just has a way of getting things done. God know we need more people like him in the local schools as well as the central office.
former OHS Mom
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October 17, 2011
Saw Footloose this weekend. It was great seeing Osborne on the big screen!! Congratulations to the school and kudos to Mr. Chanin for getting the movie filmed there. And Mr. Chanin, we were able to pick you out in a few scenes!! Go Osborne!!
Osborne fan
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October 17, 2011
Hey, just saw "Footloose" this past weekend. I was able to recognize every part that Osborne was in. It's a shame that this guy Chanin is no longer there! Just think how many more movies he could have had filmed there! WAY TO GO OSBORNE - LOOKIN' GOOD!
Coach D
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October 14, 2011
Well, the incredible Mr. Chanin strikes again. If it were not for Mr. Chanin and his charmin ways, Osborne would not have been the chosen site for the movie. Mr. Chanin has done a lot for the school during his time at OHS. Some things recognized and many, many others overlooked. As the coach of Osborne at the time, our football team, students, faculty, and many other areas in the school were able to benefit from Footloose being hosted at our school. Mr. Chanin is one of the best in the business and im proud that he was influencial in getting the face lift the school so desparatly needed. It brought positive exposure to our school, to our students, and the world.

Thanks
former OHS parent
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October 11, 2011
What a great article about some of the movie being made at Osborne. Thank you Mr. Chanin for giving leadership to this great opportunity. I wondered what happened to Mr. Chanin and I see he has retired. Thanks to Ms. Fisher and Paramount for investing in Osborne High School.
Former OHS Parent
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October 11, 2011
This is awesome news!!!! Congrats Osborne and Mr. Chanin. Can't wait for the movie!!!
OHS Parent Williams
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October 11, 2011
My bad!! I was meaning to send Mr. C a copy of this, and his named appeared on my 6 a.m. post. Sorry.
main line
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October 11, 2011
Great article! Osborne community extremely excited! Mr. Chanin was almost everybody's favorite, and if it weren't for him, FOOTLOOSE would have been made somewhere else. We look forward to the movie.

Mr. Chanin, if you are out there: "We miss you so very much and thank you for helping to put us back on the map!"
mchanin
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October 11, 2011
This whole film experience has been a shot in the arm for our community. It has lifted all of us to a higher level!

Hats off to Mr. Chanin, he is well loved and is missed by his students, teachers and parents.
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