Lights… Camera… Action! Mason sat in his executive producer chair and watched as the actors played out the scenes in front of him. He was in awe seeing his own story brought to life, and he could not believe how far things had come in just a few short years.
In 2015, when Mason was just 7 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis was shocking and difficult to deal with – it meant that he would spend many months in treatment and would have lots of hard days in the hospital ahead. Through the hard times, Mason found an outlet in creative writing. He would imagine intricate plots and create fantastic characters as he weaved storylines together. Writing and creativity were strongholds that carried Mason through some of the worst days.
When Mason learned that he would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, there was only one thing he really wanted: to have one of his stories brought to life on the big screen. Mason wished to be the executive producer as his original story, THE FALLEN, was turned into a movie.
Executive producer Mason oversaw the production of THE FALLEN from beginning to end. He worked with a screenwriter to turn his story into an official movie plot, held a casting call to hand select the best actors in the DC metro area, spent an entire weekend on set overseeing film crews as each scene was staged and oversaw his vision being brought to life. Mason acted as a true professional in creating THE FALLEN, but the process was filled with fun moments, camaraderie with the cast and crew and plenty of Now-And-Later (his favorite candy!) snack breaks.
Mason celebrated the creation of his movie with a red-carpet premiere at The Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. A crowd of over 500 came to the showing, and everyone gave the movie rave reviews. Mason met with plenty of his fans and participated in a question-and-answer panel with some of the other experts who worked on the film. Mason felt like a star and was proud to share his work with his community.
A wish come true provides a sick child with confidence, and for Mason, his wish showed him that he is capable of amazing things. Though he is only 10-years-old, he can produce his own movie. He can create an incredible story and bring joy to people all around the world as they watch his film.
Mason’s wish marks a special milestone for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, as it is the 10,000th wish that the chapter has ever granted to a local child with a critical illness. You can be a part of the celebration and help grant Mason’s wish by watching his 12 minute movie and sharing the film with your community. Visit www.MasonsMovieWish.org to see THE FALLEN for yourself.
A special thanks to the more than 150 people on the cast and crew who donated hundreds of hours of their time bringing Mason’s story to life, and to Real Pictures, TeamPeople and Decade for their work on Mason’s movie.