If you spend a lot of time around me, you’ll know that I love to joke around and that, often, I’ll take jokes off on tangents that end up far away from the original conversation… but, hopefully the trip was a fun ride.
The idea for Club God came from one of these tangents which ended up with me saying the phrase “Wouldn’t it stink if Heaven was a comedy club and God was a really bad comic?” Everyone chuckled and that was the end of that.
Now, I’ve been writing screenplays in one form or another for almost 20 years. I’ve written thrillers, primarily, but I’ve also attempted farcical comedies and straight dramas. Most of my writing ends up in feature length territory, but I’ll delve into the short script realm if the idea is right. Some of my screenplays have won awards, some have been produced and all of them started out as an experiment, a challenge to myself. Can I write a teen comedy? I don’t know, let’s try. Can I write a thriller about a box of contagion? I don’t know, we’ll find out. Can I write a Christian vampire movie? Can I write a Christian action flick?
So, one day I thought, can I write a short script about God being a bad comic? How would that work? How could God be bad at anything? Can I make it funny and respectful at the same time?
As what has become a normal writing process for me, I’ll think about an idea for a long time and suddenly it will just come out in a flurry. So, after weeks of mulling over the idea, one day during lunch I wrote the initial draft of Club God. I thought it was funny and had a nice basic theological coverage to it.
I gave it to my wife and she thought it was funny… which is a huge thing. See, my wife isn’t really a movie person. She’s a book person. Granted, she likes movies, but it is not her passion as it is mine. So, when she reads my stuff, she tells it like it is… whether it hurts or not. She’s my first real buffer. If she likes it, I know it’s good.
With enough positive feedback I thought, yeah, I should try to shoot this thing… it takes place in primarily one location. It only requires two actors. I bet we could shoot it in a day.
It also happen to coincide with the official incorporation of Sonlight Pictures… the creation of which has been a culmination of a lifetime of faith and experience.
But the trip wasn’t easy…