In Response To Week 1′s Generosity

by Andrew

Nor'easter Kickstarter Week 1

Kickstarter Week 1

We’re a week into the Kickstarter campaign; we’re more than $4,700 dollars closer to finishing the movie.

I’d like to say this remarkable, amazing generosity has affected me more than anything since the first day of production. Because I read a lot of interviews with people about filmmaking, and that’s what directors seem to say about their shoots. Something to the effect of, “I walked onto set, I saw all those people there, and it finally hit me. I was overcome.”

But our first shot took place at about 6 a.m. in a church sanctuary and I hadn’t slept much and I was a little dazed. It was over before I knew it, and it’s since been cut from the film.

So I will say your generosity has hit me harder than anything since our second day of production, when we shot one of the film’s climactic scenes. It takes place in an empty church, and it’s a moment of solitary introspection brought about through what is usually a shared experience. David Call, our lead actor, brought me to tears on the first take.

Now, I cry, but I do not cry often.

I was moved by the importance of the words, his prayer, and the meaning of the scene to me in the context of the production, the story, and my own life.

It made me confident the film would end well. It gave me a sense that we would get through production smoothly. It let me know that this four-year episode of my life was going to close. It was like saying good-bye to a part of myself.

One other thing: I’ve received a number of letters from people explaining why they chose to back this project, and I’d like to discuss one of them in particular.

A friend of mine who I haven’t seen in about a year and a half wrote, “I’m happy you have made a film with so much of yourself in it, without making a film only for yourself.”

That summed up the effort so perfectly I wished I’d thought of it.

Nor’easter is a movie for people who have thought about religion and its purpose in their lives, including those who choose not to believe.

Humans eat and drink and sleep and look for shelter, but after that, they believe in something, God or otherwise. But no matter what we believe, when we bring it to others, we risk conflict.

And to risk your ideas about God? If that is a part of who you are, despite your doubts? That is to risk everything. And that is what this has been for me.