Saving Ferris

By Noah Graff

Recapturing the Ferrari Scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Slight shameless self-promotion.

I need to tell all of you about my new opus that debuted on YouTube this week.

I made a documentary entitled “Saving Ferris” about the Chicagoland locations of my favorite movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In the documentary I go to almost all of the filming sites of the movie, from the Sears (Willis) Tower, to Wrigley Field, to Cameron Frye’s famous garage that housed the Ferrari California Spider. In the documentary I talk about where and what each location is and how they have changed over the last 25 years, but I also strive to recapture the experience of Ferris’s perfect day. I attend a Cubs game, drive down Lake Shore Drive in a Ferrari, and run through the same North Brook backyards run by Ferris at the end of the film.

I won’t say anymore. Check it out if you have a chance. I’ve embedded the trailer and first episode of 14 total. The second and third episodes can be found on my YouTube channel, Road Trip Film Productions.

If you really like it, I’d appreciate it if you could spread the word on YouTube or Facebook. Every few days more videos will be released.


Question: What’s your favorite scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”?

“Saving Ferris” Trailer

“Saving Ferris” Episode 1

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10 thoughts on “Saving Ferris

  1. AvatarTom H

    The Abe Froman / maître d’ “I WEEP for the future.” scene would be my favorite. I also like how Ferris leaves the film to talk directly to the audience.

  2. AvatarRobert

    Bueler? Bueler? Bueler.? Bueler?

    Um, he’s sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who is going with a girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess is is pretty serious.

    Thank you Simone. Bueler, Bueler….

  3. AvatarNoah Graff

    I think I have to go with the parade scene. Singing “Twist and Shout.”

    True fantasy. Looks like it was so much fun to make! Funny, but just AWESOME!

  4. Lloyd GraffLloyd Graff

    Danke Shane with Ferris lip syncing Wayne Newton is hilarious. But watch Noah’s version I it is even better.

    This project by Noah is a terrific piece of work. Even if I am his Dad.

  5. AvatarJim Leach

    Much of Ferris was filmed across the street from where I lived years ago in Long Beach, Calif. The white house with the pool, the street scene with the grass field were major parts of it. Ferris came out about a year later and I had forgotten about the studio trucks lining our streets for weeks. As I watched the movie in a theater, I was pleasantly surprised to see my neighborhood spread across the screen.

  6. AvatarJosh Stoff

    Thank you for publishing this particular piece! I read your blogs regularly because I value the heart on your sleeve insight and off beat humor. However this article was the best. I even showed my wife, who usually hates anything non- main stream or does Not include some sort of reality TV personality or “real housewife” . Even she thought your short films were excellent. Furthermore, I had a chance to watch the original movie with the family last night ( still available on netflicks !) I was 8 years old when I first saw the movie, which was funny because sitting next to me was my 8 year old son seeing the movie for the first time. Its amazing how even 30 years later, the concepts of skipping school , playing sick, driving down lake shore , cubs game, art museum, and a sunny day in Chicago still connect with an 8 year old youth.
    However, watching the movie last night , I realized that the movie was not about Ferris. But really a story about Cameron. Ferris was only a side note to the true meaning of the film: A coming of age story about a young man who deals with the pressure of “80’s ” society of becoming the perfect adult. Dealing with parents expectations and being in love with your best friends girl friend. The attraction between Sloan and Cameron is undeniable through the film. Cameron would have NEVER gone with Ferris if Slone was not going. In fact the only reason he lets Ferris take his fathers beloved Cali GT, is to impress Sloan, not because Ferris talks him into it. Sloan’s relationship with Ferris is completely fickle. She likes Ferris ( but who doesn’t ) but she is not in love with him. This evident in how she scoffs at his idea of marriage. She of course is aware of his feelings, evident in how she interacts with him and ” accidently ” changing her swim suit where he could see. Its funny , because as smart , intuitive , cunning, and insightful as Ferris is, I truly believe he is oblivious to their feelings. I remember watching the film as an 8 year old and being just as blind as my own 8 year old son to this love story.
    In true Graff blog form, I ask the question: Are you in your real life, Among the busy schedules, Fancy Cars, Big House, Sports, and general pursuit of happiness, oblivious to love around you?


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