Lyde: Both films were shot dirt cheap. I used the same actors and Jonny Taylor did the music again. With "The Field is White" I wanted people to feel the spirit. This film is more light-hearted and fun. I made it with the intention of an Elders quorum presidents showing it at a social or maybe even in class. It's not meant to be preachy but maybe to get us to think about getting out there and doing our home teaching.
Q. What equipment did you use to make "In the Service of God"? What was the production budget?
Lyde: I used a lot of the same equipment that I did before. I shot it with my Canon XL1 and edited it on Adobe Premiere with DVStorm from Canopos. I used a Sennheiser microphone. Since most of it was shot outdoors, I used home-made reflector boards and shields. I had to pay for tapes and the use of a studio to record to music. Once again I was lucky and didn't have to pay my actors. It cost me more to get the VHS and DVD covers done than to make the film.
Q. Was there any feedback from viewers, critics or other filmmakers about "The Field is White" which you considered when making "In the Service of God"?
Lyde: I always enjoy feedback. If it happens to be negative I shed a quick tear and then realize that they are probably right and try and fix the problem in my next film. The major thing I learned from "The Field is White" is that lighting and sound are so important. I made sure that the sound was a lot better this time. I never want do Looping again. When I get positive feedback it gives me incentive to go out and make another film. I've showed the film to my Teachers quorum and my dad showed it to the High Priests in his ward. I think the High Priests liked it even more than my Teachers. Quite a few of them have already asked for copies.
Q. How many of the events in this film were drawn from real experiences, and how many were completely fictitious?
Lyde: I think most of this film is all fictitious. However, I think all writers try and draw from their own experiences of that of others as they write. I tried to think of everything that could happen wrong if you had to get something done in a certain amount of time.
Q. Why did you decide to cast Brad Clark and Ashley Schumacher in the lead roles?
Lyde: I cast Brad because of his personality and because we saw the movie "Signs" together. That's how we became friends. Ashley was cast because she happened to be engaged to Brad at the time. I didn't think the film would work unless the leads had really good chemistry. Thank goodness they did.
Q. Brad Clark looks really, really young as "Peter." It's almost embarrassing watching him get ready to propose. Is he too young to get married?
Lyde: I agree, Brad does look very young. He is actually a returned missionary and I think he is either 24 or 25. He is married to Ashley Shumacher (now Ashley Clark) in real life. I thought that his young look would add a little bit of humor to his part.
Q. Many of the actors from "The Field is White" were cast in "In the Service of God." What was it like working a second time with so many people?
Lyde: For a lot of actors it was not just our second time working together. It was my first time working with Brad and Ashley, but everyone else has been in my films numerous times. It's like a bunch of buddies getting together and hanging out. We just go out and shoot a movie though instead of watching TV or playing football. Although, we do those things too.
Q. "In the Service of God" is about home teaching. Have the people you home teach seen it?
Lyde: They haven't seen it yet. I am waiting to get a higher quality version from the duplicators. I will show it to them next month.
Q. What did you think when you heard that HaleStorm Entertainment is planning to make a feature film called "The Home Teachers"?
Lyde: At first I was a little upset because I had told one of the guys from HaleStorm my entire plot months ago and right when I'm getting to release my film they announce that they are making one. Their writer, John Moyer, assured me that there is no similarity in our plots. Except that they are both about home teaching on the last day of the month. I'm sure our films will be quite different. I think they have a budget of 500,000 dollars compared to mine of 500 cents. I'm sure their film will be great.
Q. "In the Service of God" is definitely not like a typical Church-made inspirational film. Did you actively do anything to make your film different from a Church-made video?
Lyde: I try and make my films as realistic as possible so people can relate to them better. I don't actively try and do anything different than the Church. I know their films have to go through an approval process since the film will be representing the church. I try and always portray the Church in a positive light. I show my films to my wife and parents first. If my mom doesn't get offended by it, no one will.
Q. Were there things you wanted to do in "In the Service of God," but didn't, because your intended route of distribution was LDS bookstores?
Lyde: I always wish I had more resources and money while making a film. While shooting I try and make it as professional as possible with what money I have. If I had more money I would shoot it on 16mm film and spend more time making the film. With most of my films we have such small windows of time where I can get people together to film. If I was ever to do a theatrical release I would want to shoot it in 35mm. One day maybe.
Q. Explain the character of "Mr. Hedges" to me.
Lyde: Mr. Hedges could be one of two things. Some people might think that Mr. Hedges is actually the family that the home teachers are trying to visit and is just hiding from them. Or he can be viewed as one of those strange people we always run into. A couple times on my mission when knocking on one door a neighbor would appear from behind a fence or something and say some of the strangest things then disappear before we could go over and talk to them.
Q. Eight feature films have been released to theaters in the so-called "LDS Cinema" genre. Which is your favorite and why?
Lyde: I would have to say that "God's Army" is my favorite. I liked it so much because it was a first of its kind. Not only that, but I thought overall it was a very enjoyable movie. I liked it in the theaters and on DVD. The commentary on the DVD is one of the few I can actually stand listening to and find it very informative. The acting and directing are top notch and the film was very believable to me and best of all I could feel the spirit while watching the film. On a side note, I really enjoyed the cinematography in "Handcart".
Q. What can you tell me briefly about the movie you're working on now, "The Collectors"?
Lyde: Filming starts in just a couple weeks. I am trying a lot of new things with this film. I took 3 months off work at BYU to make this film. I am holding auditions and paying actors for the major roles. I actually have a little bit of money to make this film. I am using a Director of Photography [Kels Goodman], which I have only done one other time. I really want this film to have a polished look. It still won't look like a major Hollywood film, but it will definitely look better than the countless straight-to-video movies out there. We have already shot and cut together the opening scene and I am quite happy with the way it turned out. We are hoping to have an international video release with this film.
"It is a program that touches hearts, that changes lives, and that saves souls; a program that has the stamp of approval of our Father in Heaven; a program so vital that, if faithfully followed, it will help to spiritually renew the Church and exalt its individual membes and families... I am speaking about priesthood home teaching."
-- Ezra Taft Benson
John & Lorien Lyde
Charone V. Smith
Sean Carpenter &
Tyson Downey &
|The Young Girl||Annette Rowbury|
|Kevin's Mother||Pat Brann|
|The Hecklers||Jonny 5, DMS & S-Mart|
|The Bruisers||Kraig Lodge
Jason "The Saint" Meik
|The Dizzy Dames||Margaux Lodge
Jason "Branches" Williams
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