We completed the production of our feature film, THE DELIVERANCE OF AMY STRONGHOLD, on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2019, in a historic church in Rainier, WA! Honestly it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life, physically, mentally and spiritually!
The long days of production, rigging the camera, operating the camera, setting up lights and loading and unloading heavy gear it was a miracle my back didn’t go out! The prep work that went into each day stretched my brain from shot lists to locations to logistics. Time restraints at locations to actors availability was almost maddening! And having to trust Jesus with everything I couldn’t control like volunteer cast showing up, cast performance, crew work ethic, weather, sickness and money! My daily prayer was, “Lord please get me on the other side of this production. It’s overwhelming me.”
I am thankful for the people Jesus sent to help me: April, my wife, stepped up and managed the production along with Rochelle Gordon. They became the powerhouse to lead us all through our 21 day production schedule! Blair brought his artistic detail to every set and prop, from construction to the finest detail. Jody helped build sets as well as captured our Sound for the film. Caleb was a God send! I’ve never worked with him before this production and he became my right hand man! Caleb helped build the camera, slate and did anything anyone asked of him with a great attitude. Ben was our script supervisor and helped secure some sensitive locations like a functioning Jail. I could not have done this film without him. Mark Gilbaugh flew in from Dallas, TX to be our Director of Photography. He did the research and helped me decide which camera and lenses to use. He helped build and rig the camera and I felt covered by his expertise and knew we were capturing the best images possible for this production. My daughters even found their place on the crew. Adalie is producing our Behind the Scenes Featurette. Kylia helped manage our Wardrobe Department. Zoie helped in the production office creating reports and schedules, and even Leilani, my 5 year old, was a joy to have on set and was eager to slate every 5th take!
This production would not be possible without our incredible cast, who drove long hours, worked long days and performed their hearts out! Sheena Georges (Amy Stronghold) and Yeshara Ruth (Kia Stronghold) set the bar high for the rest of the cast in performance and work ethic! Each cast member was essential to tell this powerful story of redemption and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Our Pastors David and Cathy Sellstrom, and our amazing church family who generously gave, prayed and cheered us on and have been the fuel to keep this production moving forward. Thank you!!!
I am now knee deep in post-production! I am trusting the Lord to continue to provide everything we need to bring this film to market. Only He can do it! Thank you for all your prayers. The finish line is within sight!