What began as a story in my head while I ran carpool, waited during piano lessons and soccer practices, and rocked babies in the middle of the night is now available on DVD from Monarch Home Entertainment..
How does that happen?
As my good friend and web developer Virginia Rothenflue would say, “It takes a village.”
Yes, Virginia, it does take a village.
Because I knew little to nothing about producing a feature film when we started.
But I am a mother. And it turns out, it’s pretty good O-T-J training for being a producer.
There are three things that I insisted upon as a first-time producer.
First, I insisted that this project be a party from start to finish. There have been some lulls in the party atmosphere from time to time, but we have had plenty of celebrations.
Because celebrating people is the best part of being a producer.
Shoring people up, believing in people, and promoting people feels terrific. Because it is terrific.
It’s a lot like being at a piano recital or a soccer game. You win some, you lose some, but in the end, you learn something, entertain, and have a great time.
Second, I believe in the power of consensus. Decisions for this film were never made without the three principals (Director Storme Wood, Executive Producer Ron Becker, and myself) in full agreement.
And if there wasn’t consensus, we’d compromise and figure out a different strategy so that we could meet those concerns head on.
Or we’d pray. (I mean, it IS a film about faith.)
Or we’d cross our fingers and jump. (Because after all, it IS a film about faith.)
But each of us was committed to working from the other’s point of view as much as possible.
Seventeen film festivals, some neat awards, hundreds of new friends, and a distribution deal later?
Seems like a good strategy.
Third, I believe that a faith-based film should be real and honest, including people from a number of religious perspectives on the cast and crew.
It hasn’t always been easy, but mutual respect isn’t limited to one particular faith tradition or belief system.
I’ve learned a lot about who I am and what I believe through the process of making Paradise Recovered.
And I’m ready to learn more.
Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. I hope you like what we’ve put together.