Describe the collaboration different groups throughout production.
When you’re doing aerial shots in a city scene or anything by helicopter, it can cost as much as $10,000 to $12,000 a day, but a local company called Hospital Wing helped us. They help rescue crash victims and perform other emergency services. We needed a “med vac” helicopter when during a key sequence involving Mac and his son, so we approached the Hospital Wing CEO who graciously gave us whatever we needed. He even got a camera mount brought in for our use, so we were able to get some amazing aerial shots. The production value went up greatly at no extra cost. This group and many other approached us basically saying “I’m here if you can use me”. Being able to film in real police equipment was amazing. We also geared the music after Brent Rowan, a guitarist who has released numerous albums and has his own studio. He told us he had wanted to help with a film musical score for many years. He was able to craft a number of tracks that really gave us that southern draw we were looking for.
Describe your collaboration with cast, crew and volunteers to organize the film.
A local resident in Memphis was also an assistant director who helped us. I got great assistance moving from the amateur stage work in my ministry to working with professionals who make films for a living. It gave the project immediate boosts and higher quality. It gave us a better sense of how it’s really done. We would adjust the schedule and open our eyes to others things. The order of scenes was key. What shots we needed on certain days. Scheduling the proper times for breaks for the cast and crew. It was a unique combination of Hollywood veterans and church people who never made movie. Howard Klausner he took my original screenplay and did a page one rewrite where he enhanced everything after reading through it from beginning to end. It gave us something that would feel more natural. It was really incredible. Different people from every walk of life offered help. Some people even came from out of state asking to be part of crew. They stayed in extended stay hotels just to be part of this film. It was an inspiring filmmaking experience.