Wow, all I can say is time flies! When I first embarked on becoming a filmmaker, I knew there would be a time where I would make a film to appease the sentiments of my mother and church family who had supported me throughout all my earlier film aspirations. So, when I was attending Arizona State University and had the opportunity to make a short film with a few of my film class friends, I jumped at it, and began writing a script that we could all produce together. Little did I know this would be the commencement of T3AM Productions, but also the beginning of my understanding of how difficult it is to produce a short film.
The crew was so amazing and dedicated so much of their time and energy in order to help accomplish an artistic vision I had on my heart to complete. Just for better understanding, for all those who are familiar with filmmaking and production logistics, this script was 15 pages, incorporated 9 locations, 10+ members cast, as well as drugs and a gun shooting, which are obstacles in film professors urge their students to stay away from! Oh yeah and our budget was at best $500 (that's what you get as a college student who was working a part-time job to cover the costs). Our crew went against the odds, because we had experience making other short films (I had personally worked on 11 or 12 short films prior to that as a production hand) and the other crew members were more experienced then even myself, in terms of how many projects they had helped produce. I knew the film would be incredibly hard to make in such a short amount of time, but it was their encouragement throughout every challenging hurdle that helped us ultimately get the film made. For this, I will forever be indebted to my crew members, for their sacrifice and fortitude throughout the whole production process.
During the process of making a film you realize that so many things have to fall in the right places for it to come together. You begin to realize that people go out of their way to help you, and this film was no exception. There are so many people and organizations that are worthy of praise, from the ASU athletic department who let me use some of their offices and set equipment, to the First Baptist Church community in downtown Phoenix that let our production use their location and 'prayer room' for the vital Pastor scene, to the extras who coupled with being Production Assistants and also actors, who didn't shy away when I asked them to play a role in the film.
So much work, so many great memories, and acts of support that I don't have enough time or posts space to include them all. But, if you are intrigued by the trailer or get any opportunity to view the film and enjoy it, then all our hard work was put to great use! Again thank you so much, and I look forward to making bigger and better films of this nature for years to come!
(More info and Full Video "Walking With Faith" to be released via Youtube)