We’ve been spending a lot of time getting together all of the deliverables required by the distribution company for our web series Purgatory, USA. It’s a lot more work than one may expect. I’ll be posting an entry about that later when all of the tasks are complete. It gives you an appreciation of all of the things you need to think about ahead of time so that you won’t be scrambling to get things together at the end of the process.
Purgatory, USA was a wonderful experience for us. The lead actors, Dorothea Bauer and Tiffany Ross, are very talented and their work on the comedic series was very good. It was a true joy to work with them for three months during the shooting of the series. They are very funny, professional performers and wonderfully giving and faithful people.
We had originally planned to shoot at least 10 episodes of the series, but scheduling became problematic and far away colleges lured our stars away. As I was gathering together the material for the distribution company, I came across the unused screenplays we had planned to shoot. They were so fun and zany and touching and adorable that I wished we had a chance to finish the series the way we had intended. I would so love to work with the girls again.
The thought then occurred to me that a feature film based on the Purgatory, USA series would be a lot of fun. It could take place while the characters are in college and use the web series as flashback opportunities.
My daughter and I started fleshing out some potential story ideas and we thought a road trip gone horribly wrong would be a fun ride. Yes, that’s not an overly original idea from a big picture perspective, but Purgatory, USA is really about the interaction between the two main characters, Nikki and Babs. To put them on a cross country trek where they are forced to interact and rely on each other, despite their obvious friction, could be a very funny experience.
Plus, it would allow us to use some of the unused scripts as either inspiration for portions of the feature or as specific scenes within it.
My daughter also came up with a great idea of trying to partner with as many fellow Christian filmmakers across the country as possible. If the road trip takes us to Austin, Texas, let’s say, and there are some Christian filmmakers in Austin that wanted to help out, we would work with them. Then the next city and so on, so that the entire film experience was a collective Christian filmmaker effort. Now that would be cool!
A lot of things would have to happen for a PUSA feature to occur.
- First, we’d need the main actors to be available, which would mean we’d have to shoot over their college summer break.
- Second, they’d have to be willing.
- Third, and most importantly, we’d have to have money to finance the project. A budget between $100,000-$250,000 would allow us to make the trip and shoot the feature.
Don’t know if it will ever happen. Don’t know if the Lord wants it to happen.
But if the Lord were to say Yes, I would be the first one hopping into the car, camera and script in hand, ready to shoot a cross country wacky adventure with Nikki and Babs. Wouldn’t that be fun?