Despite my best efforts, my daughter, Dorothea, wants to be an actress. I was a professional actor for many years and also worked behind the camera in a variety of capacities on independent productions as well as a national cable channel, so I am very familiar with the business.
And it’s a tough business.
However, my daughter is a very determined child. And, as I did, she offers her passion for acting to the Lord and lets Him take care of the business side. In the meantime, having moved out of the entertainment industry some time ago and into the “real” world, I had been trying for years to somehow combine my passion for film making with my strong Catholic faith.
The end result was the creation of Sonlight Pictures.
Our first project is the short Club God. And I wanted to quickly follow that up with something that I could shoot over the summer with my daughter that would be both Christian and allow her another step toward her long term career goals.
After talking with a very good friend of hers, Tiffany, an energetic and beautiful young woman with a generous heart, I decided to see if I could write a mulit-part webisode that would promote Sonlight Pictures, be geared to the teen market, and just be kinda funny.
The outcome of that creative effort is Purgatory, USA. The story revolves around the main character, Nikki, who must spend the summer with her flaky cousin Babs. Each story would be limited to 10 minutes in length and would incorporate moral and biblical themes.
We originally planned for the first run of the series to include 10 episodes, but due to scheduling limitations we chose to limit the initial run to six episodes.
I loved the writing challenge of having to squeeze a beginning, middle and end into a 10 minute format. It makes you economize, that’s for sure! Overall, the challenge was a lot of fun. I was able to tailor the characters to each of the actors’ personalities and strengths and the end result is a pretty good script that I think the young actors will be able to perform with skill.
I can’t wait to get this story, and these young actors, in front of the camera. Should be a fun summer!