We had three days to put this together.
I remember the Sunday before I received the assignment to produce this short film. I was actually listening to Jeffery R. Holland deliver this powerful declaration about the Savior’s role as the lonely Redeemer of the world. I was deeply affected by it. The following Tuesday we got word that a few of the Quorum of the Twelve would like Elder Holland’s message to be cut into a Mormon Message before Easter weekend, which was just three days away. I quiveringly accepted the challenge, not knowing how we’d pull it off. I’ve learned that those are the situations Patrick and I crave, lots of ambiguity and pressure! So, Patrick and I put our minds and hearts together. And in an amazing three-day period we were able to craft, what I feel turned out to be a marvelous little piece.
We had an extremely tight budget, so we decided to keep it simple. We wanted every shot to accentuate the loneliness felt by the Savior. Each shot was crafted to create an almost lonely, distilled nostalgia in the air. Like something had swept across the land after His crucifixion. A feeling of desolation, a cold chill; to capture the feeling of the moment just after the earth had lost its greatest dweller.
There we were, just the three of us, me, Patrick and our trusted Sony EX-3 camera (this production was completed before the rage of DSLR Cinematography). We shot for one day. We shot many of the setups in the back-lot of the Motion Picture Studio (MPS) in Provo, Utah. Thankfully the MPS was well stocked with the necessary props.
Later we trudged through the mud in our 4×4 vehicle to get the shots we needed at Utah Lake. It was windy, cold, and perfect. The shots of the wind blowing the leather satchel were all natural light, and natural wind. We thrive making something from seemingly nothing, and using the existing elements.
In creating short films like this, I have learned that the best thing a filmmaker can do is simply subtract himself from the situation, and really feel what needs to be done to support and craft the story and then use his skills and gut talent to make it happen. The less self-interest a filmmaker has in what he is doing, and the more he does it for the sake of the piece’s nature to bless, enrich, and inspire the lives of others, the better off the piece will be.
You can read Jeffery R. Holland’s discourse None Were With Him.
PRODUCER: Christopher S. Clark
DIRECTORS/DPs : Christopher S. Clark & Patrick H. Parker
EDITOR: Christopher S. Clark
COLORIST: Christopher S. Clark