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“Welcome Back, Pluto” Video: Understanding Parental Alienation

Welcome Back, Pluto!

Welcome Back, Pluto is an educational DVD written and produced to teach children and parents how to preserve good relationships in situations that threaten to undermine love and respect.
What’s it all about? Check out this promotional video for the DVD release:

Entertaining, humorous, and packed with valuable advice, the program shows how alienation originates and why both parents and the children should work to prevent and overcome disrupted relationships. Welcome Back, Pluto is the only product of its kind available to families and professionals alike.

Written and Produced by Richard A. Warshak and Mark R. Otis.
Produced and Directed by Tracy Ready, Trace Productions, for WBP Media.

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Note from Trace:

Working on Welcome Back, Pluto with Dr. Richard Warshak and Dr. Mark Otis was a pleasure for me, both personally and professionally. These gentlemen are recognized experts in their field, and are genuine in their approach.

I am a divorced (now happily re-married) father and have experienced much of what is discussed in Welcome Back, Pluto first hand, so producing this was also a learning experience for me. From the beginning, Richard and Mark were diligent, sincere and focused on providing clear, helpful information to the viewer.

As a Producer / Director of Photography it was refreshing to work on something that I honestly feel will help thousands of parents and children who are dealing with these issues.

About the Shoot:

For the project we chose Actress Brandi Andrade of Linda McAlister Talent to be the spokesperson. Brandi did an excellent job, delivering a complex script over two days of production on our green screen set. She handled script changes and my direction with ease. Brandi delivered the script with just the right touches of sincerity, friendliness and positive attitude. I can’t thank her enough for her fine work on this DVD.

Additionally, my daughter Olivia Ready made her acting debut in this video as Emily, a troubled teenager. I am very proud of Olivia for taking direction like a pro from her Dad! She understood that depicting this character in an honest way would help children relate on a personal level to the material being presented.

There are also cameo appearances in the program by my wife Lauren, Editor Mike Schrengohst, his son Travis and Sound Technician Jason Meyers. They all were willing to donate a little time to making this project a success. Watch the DVD, see if you can spot them!

For the green screen production days, I directed, Jason Meyers did triple duty as Sound Mixer, Grip and Camera Operator. Our Production Assistant was Brad Ratliff. Both of these guys were excellent team players for this shoot, and I highly recommend them as freelancers for any production.

Shelly Johnson was the teleprompter operator on the shoot for Speakeasy Prompters – We love working with Shelly, she always shows up with a great attitude and she’s quick and helpful with script changes on set.

For the dramatic vignette sections of the program I was the Director of Photography, Jason Meyers – Sound, Grip.

Our creative editor for the project was Michael Schrengohst of I-Zone Media.

I know a lot of our readers are techie, gear-heads like myself and may be interested in these details:

All original footage shot with Panasonic HVX-200 P2 HD in 720/24pn.

Editing – rough cut on MacBook Pro with Final Cut Studio by Brad Ratliff. Finish edit by Michael Schrengohst using iMac with Final Cut Studio, After Effects. Motion and a ton of other toys.


Dr. Warshak’s book “Divorce Poison” now in it’s twentieth printing is a good companion piece to the “Welcome Back, Pluto” DVD. I interviewed Dr. Warshak about the book earlier this year >

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Tracy Ready is a Writer / Producer / Director of Photography / Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas USA
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7 Responses to ““Welcome Back, Pluto” Video: Understanding Parental Alienation”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tracy Ready, Tracy Ready. Tracy Ready said: NEW! DVD "Welcome Back, Pluto" Understanding Parental Alienation #blog #video > […]

  2. Kudos to you for focusing on Pluto in a lesson about inclusion. Pluto IS a planet. Only four percent of the IAU voted on this, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Stern and like-minded scientists favor a broader planet definition that includes any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spherical part is important because objects become spherical when they attain a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, meaning they are large enough for their own gravity to pull them into a round shape. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto meets this criterion and is therefore a planet.

  3. Brandi Andrade says:

    Thanks for the compliments, Tracy! Like you, I was pleased to be part of a project that I do believe will make a difference in the lives of those who view it–and, also like you, took pleasure in working with all involved. Best of luck, “Welcome Back, Pluto!”

  4. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks Brandi, you rocked it! Trace

  5. Alyson Lee says:

    Thank you, all, for this excellent production. I snapped it up immediately, waiting for it’s final productions and distribution, but then, when I received it, I found I could not bring myself to watch it for a month or so. I had waited so long, yet the pressure for it to be ‘worthwhile’ was so great – you see, I am a targeted mom who has not seen my own three beloved children in over three years. This terrible dynamic is literally unbearable. Once I saw it, I was so thrilled – I want you to know that it seemed amazing to me how the script and the delivery managed to find that perfect balanced way to explain the dynamics with very little blame (sure, we all know what has gone on and what has been said, but it won’t help the kids any to now just blame from the other side). Brandi’s delievery was excellent and I really imagined that ‘someday’, if I could ever find a way for my kids to see this, they woudl be able to continue to watch because her delivery and persona is so open, steady, and approachable. Thank you all for this great work.

  6. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words regarding Welcome Back, Pluto. It was enlightening for me personally to produce this and having feedback like yours makes it so much more rewarding.
    I will alert Dr. Warshak, Dr, Otis and Brandi of your note. It was wonderful to read.

    Thank you,
    Tracy Ready
    Producer / Director of Photography

  7. Brandi Andrade says:


    Best wishes to you and your children. I hope they WILL someday get to see the video and that it will help you all accomplish your much-wished-for reunion. That’s what all of us who worked on the project hope for all of you parents. So many of us are in this kind of situation, to some degree or another, aren’t we?

    My heart goes out to you.

    Brandi Andrade

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