Outtakes, the column with a heart, got this scoop from a friend and passes it on, even if Valentine's Day is a week off:
Brian Thorvilson, 23, of Seattle wanted to surprise lovepal Terri McConnell, 21, with a marriage proposal. So the U of Washington English major, a video hobbyist, secretly shot a 2 1/2-minute film for about $25.
It starred himself, proposing marriage. He asked Seven Gables Corp. of Seattle if they would screen "The Proposal" at the company's university district theater while he and Terri were on a date to see "My Life as a Dog."
Seven Gables, known for supporting offbeat and quality films, agreed. The short, "amateurish in execution but creative in its style" and "heartwarming," according to Dale Nash, assistant to the prez, appeared just after the coming attractions. It showed a headless man with an engagement ring rehearsing marriage proposals before a mirror.