Teo Halm talks with my son about making #EarthtoEcho movie

by Jennifer Donovan

Disclosure: My son and I were invited to an early screening of the movie, and we were provided access to talent from the film.

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This was a particularly fun interview, because I got to bring my 10-year-old son Kyle with me. Relativity media is really excited about reaching kids with this movie, so I was glad that he was able to not only screen the movie with me, but also participate in the interview by asking questions of one of the teen stars, Teo Halm, and the director Dave Green. They were both extra-nice to Kyle, and I think appreciated hearing his take on the movie.

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I imagine that nothing is cooler for a child actor than actually seeing your lifelong dreams realized.  These young people work hard. In talking to some young actors, you can tell it’s what they were born to do — almost like Olympian athletes — and so there are sacrifices. The mom in me can’t help but feel a little saddened at their loss. I’m thinking of a normal school career with dances and outings and that sort of thing. They do have amazing experiences and the satisfaction of doing something they love, but there is a trade off.

Earth to Echo is a movie about friendship, so when my 10-year-old son Kyle and I interviewed one of the young stars of the movie, Teo Halm (along with the director), I loved hearing his take on friendship and staying together.

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JD (me): How do you stay connected with friends?

Teo: All of the cast, we are all good friends, we hang out offset as well, and we still do things together today. It’s tough keeping up with my friends, because I’m so busy. I don’t know what I’d do without the friends I have. It’s good busy, but I don’t always have time to hang out with my friends.

I’ve taken the message from the movie to heart: Don’t let anything come in the way. If moving away to different cities doesn’t break you up, nothing can.

Dave Green: I have some of the same friends since I was 5 years old, we still keep in touch, so I could relate to that message as well.

Earth to EchoActor Teo Halm, my son Kyle, and director Dave Green

Kyle: Did the kids actually get to film it? (the film is handheld style)

Teo: We always had to have a hand on the camera like it was a selfie, even when the cinematographer was filming. It was a really heavy camera, even though it looks like a handheld.

JD: I know some parents have expressed concern about the “adventures” these kids have.

Teo: It’s sad because with technology comes not having as many adventures. It was good to channel the old style of movie in feel and tone and also what would happen and bring that back. We’re not trying to encourage kids to disobey their parents but to have adventures. Inspire kids to do something, even though they are kids.

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Kyle: For Echo did you have a physical thing there for all your scenes?

Half the time it was a robot thing, other half was CGI and added in later. There were emotional scenes when I was just staring into my hand instead of Echo.

JD: Which character are you most like?

Teo: Tuck, straight up. He’s loud and talkative. Alex(the character he plays) is different — quiet and introverted. Playing him, I wasn’t worried about getting his lines right, but his face, showing what’s going on in his head.

My thoughts on the movie

Kyle and I both liked this movie. It had humor and heart and adventure. There were times that I was on my seat. Tweens and teens are the perfect age to see this movie, and I think that fellow children of the 80′s like me will enjoy the throwback vibe to movies of our childhood like Goonies or E.T.

Find out more

Watch the trailer:

From the studio:
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

Starring Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt

In theaters July 2

Learn more about EARTH TO ECHO on:
Hashtag: #EarthToEcho


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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amethyst Moon June 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Wow! what a cool experience to share with your son!


2 Jennifer Donovan June 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Yes–and especially because Teo and Dave were SO nice to him!


3 Rebecca Parsons June 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

So cool to hear the background on Teo and the movie with his personal experience. How neat you got to be involved in this interview.


4 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

It was very fun, and he was very nice.


5 Meagan bs June 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

very cool that your son got a chance to meet the stars of the movie!!


6 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

He loved it! He liked the movie a lot too.


7 Michael T June 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

We will be seeing this in theaters, looks like a fun movie.


8 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

It was a lot of fun. Very old school.


9 claudia m July 1, 2014 at 1:30 am

how exciting !! Lucky Kid :)


10 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Yes, my kids like the blogger perks.


11 mrsshukra July 1, 2014 at 2:42 am

The trailers have certainly piqued my interest in this film!


12 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I think it’s unique as compared to what’s been marketed to tweens and teens lately.


13 vickie couturier July 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

my grandsons would love watching this


14 Jennifer Donovan July 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I know my son liked it. Hope your grandkids do too.


15 rika agustini July 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

thats awesome!! Looks like a great movie


16 Linda F July 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Glad you and your son enjoyed the movie!


17 Shari Alligood July 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Loved seeing the perspective from the actor’s view! This is on my top list of movies to watch!


18 Rob Brydon July 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

The movie looks almost like a similar yet more modern ET. My boys are 11 and would probably like to take in this movie.


19 Nupur G July 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

So excited to see this movie with my family


20 Nupur G July 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

So excited to see this movie with my family. This would be a blockbuster for sure


21 Cheryl Free July 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

Echo is adorable. Can’t wait to see this!


22 Nupur G July 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

So excited to see this movie with my family. This would be a blockbuster for sure.


23 Tammy Woodall July 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I’ve seen the movie trailer and it looks like it will be a good movie. I know my nephew wants to go see this movie.


24 Erin Ellis July 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

Lucky you! I can’t wait to see this movie.


25 AM July 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

looks like a lot of fun!


26 Kathy stevenson July 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm

This looks like a great movie!


27 Tammy S July 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

Great interview. You were so lucky you got to bring your son. I really liked how he said they were not trying to encourage kids to disobey their parents. They just want then to have adventures.


28 angie July 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

how very cool something to always remember a chance of a life time super cool


29 Susan Smith July 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

It’s very cool that your son got a chance to meet the stars of the movie and ask questions.


30 Jeanna July 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

Both of my kids are very excited to see this movie! Thanks for the background!


31 Betsy Barnes July 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

What a very cool experience for your son! He ask some very good questions and I enjoyed his interview. You must be so proud! :)


32 Cassie W. July 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

So excited to see this movie!! Thanks for the interview and info!


33 Karen Glatt July 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

How wonderful that you and your son got to meet the stars of this movie and ask them questions. This looks like such a cute movie!


34 CupcakeMOMents2 July 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

So cool to hear!


35 Thomas Murphy July 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

Looks like a great movie! I can’t wait to see it.


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