My buddy actor Miles and I had been shooting interviews for a gig and ended up having this location for 2 months. One of the people we interviewed was an old gospel singer and happened to have a collection of Bob Jones University films from the 60s/70s. These religious propaganda films were what gave us the loose idea of making a dark answer to them.
What followed was a grueling 2 months of shooting. Without a crew we were moving at a snail pace, working long hours with really minimal results. Operating and pulling focus at the same time resulted in having to do far too many takes on some particular shots. And of course, we shot a handful of scenes that didn't end up in this cut.
Editing was just as bad because in the end I had about 35 hours worth of takes to sift through. And after finally getting through roughcuts of every scene a power outage corrupted my principal external hard-drive as well as my main hard-drive via my operating system. I still don't understand how it took 3 weeks to get everything back online but thinking about the fact that all the footage had to be re-encoded, I had to reinstall OSX about 10 times, and I had to manually reconnect half of the clips in my timeline, it starts to make sense.
I originally planned on riding this through the festival circuit, but I simply don't have the money, nor the patience to wait for rejection letters. I can't see this playing alongside the rest of the programming at a typical horror film festival, and what other film festival would take it? The more I learn about film festivals and how they operate, the less faith I have in the system and the more I realize that like anything else it has far too much to do with who you know, and who can pull a favor to get you in.
Anyhow, hopefully someone enjoys what took an embarrassingly long amount of time to create. Happy Halloween.