A teenage boy hurries out of a house, probably his, and meets up with a man. The man is waiting outside the door, Proposing the question of why he isn’t coming in. Maybe a father? The boy seems happy and excited to be going where he is going. He is wearing a baseball tee and a hat, glove in his hand. The man is dressed similarly, but with different colors. They are not uniforms, more just “knock around” practice clothes. At 0:02 you can see him for a split second swinging a bat and he looks happy. Probably spending quality time with his father.
Now that we see the man’s face more, it is probably a father. They are both swinging bats now, as if the man is teaching, or helping the boy practice a better stance.
I think it is safe to say that the man is the boy’s father, because they are in a front yard spiraling a football and having a catch with it. They are outside again, meaning they’re still not inside a house. They seem happy again, father son bonding. The boy is spiraling to his father, indicating the father is trying to practice with his son for his son’s benefit. The house from what we see, looks nice. I am guessing they are a middle class family.
The boy throws the football to the man, and he catches it. For a split second at 0:11 you see the boy playing baseball. He looks way more concentrated so I’m guessing it’s a game, not just him practicing or messing around. He seems to maybe be chewing on something? He may be a pitcher.
It’s not a game, once the camera pans out. The man is now catching with catcher’s gear on, while the boy practices pitching. The boy doesn’t look so happy now. The dad seems like he is a lot more serious too. In the past scenes, you have seen the pair smiling and messing around. I don’t suspect tension exactly, maybe just the father telling his son to act like he’s pitching in a real game, to get emotional practice as well. I think this way because when I was younger and played sports and practiced with my father, we would have leisurely catches and tosses and talk, but sometimes when we practiced it would be more serious and game-like to really put myself i the position to give it my all.
The boy pitches the ball, and the an catches it. The father seems impressed because his serious face relaxes and he does some sort or approving “alright” face. I think the boy was seeking the approval because who doesn’t seek approval from their father regarding athletic abilities?
The two are now practicing hockey, the man in goal. The boy seems to slapshot the puck into the small driveway goal and the man once again seems impressed.
The boy backs up from making his shot and is grinning wide. He seems happy that he has his father’s approval. The smile he shows off seems almost joking. like if he were talking he would say “yeah, I’m the best” or something along the lines of joking around pretending to be cocky. The next clip we see someone kicking a soccer ball around, I’m guessing the boy again. From this, I am sensing the father and son have found a common ground of bonding over sports together. As I continue to watch, the boy seems to always be throwing, pitching, shooting, and hitting and his father defending him. This to me says the father and son bond over the father helping his son strengthen his athletic abilities because sports are a mutual hobby of the two.
The boy is playing soccer, wearing a long sleeved jersey. It’s night time. I think you can kind of tell someone is playing goalie, but it isn’t too clear. The boy kicks it in dramatically and you can see a little glimpse of someone in a yellow long sleeved jersey, most likely, the man.
It was the man in the yellow jersey. He is laughing, and joking around. If he was speaking, judging by his face, i think he’d say something like “aw man, i can’t believe you made that shot”. After that, the camera pans out and you see him playing baseball, and then football again. Almost like a smaller, more unspecific montage of the two of them playing sports together and bonding.
They are playing football, and the boy looks like he’s about to pass the man with the ball. The camera starts going slow motion, the two are smiling and laughing. Really capturing the moment of the two having that special time, and spending time together as though it is a moment to be cherished. In the last second, you see the boy playing basketball with another boy around his age perhaps.
It looks like the boy and the man are playing two on two with another boy and his father. You can tell because the other pair of players both have dark skin which is speculation that they’re father and son or at least related. Because why would you be playing basketball at night with a random man when you’re a boy? It looks like the african american father and son are on the same mission as the original pair, because the fathers are both taking the role of being defensive while playing with their sons. The original boy passes the ball to the original man, and the man shoots and makes the basket.
You can tell the original man and son had one the game with that shot, because they stop playing to exchange handshakes and smiles. The man who made the shot is pointing at someone that is not the boy, probably the other man they were playing against.
The man starts clapping after winning the game, and the screen goes black, dramatically. The dramatic black screen makes the light-easy to watch video with bonding and laughter take a very serious tone. It stays black and white words fade onto the screen that says “teach him early”.
the words slowly fade and more appear reading “violence against women is wrong” and in addition it shows a website saying “teachearly.org” Throughout the video, the father and son are constantly outside practicing sports. But not once do you see a mother figure, or the two inside a house. From this I gather that his parents might be divorced. Maybe due to domestic violence, which is what the point of this ad is. Comparing the sports training and domestic violence, both are physical, and both let out aggression. Statistically, fathers who hit their wives typically hit their children as well. Thought the video I didn’t see the son feeling intimidated or afraid of his father, he seemed very happy. so maybe the father decided to transport his aggression from his ex-spouse to sports. Something he can get his anger out doing, but also form a stable healthy relationship with his son. Even though his son and him are on good terms, the father is still never in a house. So I am guessing the boy’s mother and his father still are not civil, which isn’t uncommon if what i predicted is the case for that family.
This PSA is against domestic violence. The man was playing sports with his son, teaching him how to pitch, bat, punt, shoot, score. Boys look up to their fathers, and want to be as good as them. The ad is saying for father’s to set the right example for their sons, and to do it early. To teach them about sports, and cars, but also to teach them important life lessons like how to treat women with respect and that violence towards them is not to be tolerated. Boys learn from their fathers and need to know what and what not to to take their anger out on. For instance, sports, not women.