Photo by Every New Day Pictures
In a world saturated with digital-based entertainment, too many mainstream messages are given priority on the big screen, while too few faith-based productions get a shot at inspiring and impacting viewers. However, recent years have proven there is a place in the cinema for these positive messages as indicated through the rise of family-friendly films such as The Blind Side, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.
And while bridging the ideological gap is no simple task, twenty-five-year-old Brittany Goodwin, co-founder of Every New Day Pictures
(ENDP), has decided she is up for the challenge. In 2012, ENDP released the first of what promises to be many creative and inspirational films. Goodwin’s brainchild, Secrets in the Snow,
features a modern day, coming-of-age story that families can enjoy together.
Goodwin graciously shares about her debut project and the inspiration behind it all in the following interview.
So you are officially in the movie business! How did this whole project with Secrets begin? What was your inspiration behind this endeavor?
The idea and inspiration behind Secrets in the Snow was born overnight, really. I can't even explain how the characters and concepts developed, it just came into my head and I knew I had to put it on paper. My love for the 80s coming-of-age ensemble films was definitely an influence. I knew I wanted to write something inspirational but fun... and thus you have Secrets in the Snow!
What sorts of challenges did you face gearing up for this production?
The pre-production process was refreshingly easy. I always knew we were on the right path because it seemed like everything just fell into place. Of course, there was a lot of leg work; visiting schools and churches for locations, reviewing hundreds of actor submissions, assembling a crew willing to work 12 hours days on a shoe-string budget (they did it smiling!), and breaking down the entire film to be shot in only twelve days. With little time and even less money, everything is a challenge... but it made it even more rewarding in the end!
What kind of budget did you have to work with?
Ah yes, the budget. When I mention we had little money, I mean it! In the film world our project would be described as "No Budget.” But what the studio's consider "nothing" was plenty for us. The best part is that every penny we had to spend came from donations from over 200 people! The cast, crew and our family and friends all promoted our online fundraising campaigns, exceeding the initial goals we had set. When you watch the film make sure you stay through the credits, you will see the names of every single person who helped make Secrets in the Snow possible.
What are the next steps for you in promoting/distributing this film?
We have interest from multiple high profile companies in the Christian Film Industry, and the next step is to put the film in their hands and see what they think! We hope Secrets in the Snow
will be available for church movie nights, in Christian retail stores, and in secular markets like Netflix, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. As we complete the post production stages of Secrets
we are actively updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, keeping people excited about the film. (P.S. Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/SecretsFilm
Tell me about Every New Day Pictures. How did the company come together?
Every New Day Pictures is the production company my husband and I decided to start together once I completed the screenplay for Secrets in the Snow and we realized "we can really make this happen!" Secrets is our first feature film, but it's only the beginning. We are already in pre-production for our next project we will be filming this fall. Our dream is to focus our lives on Every New Day Pictures and create many more inspirational films.
What do you know now that you wish you had known then while getting started?
Well, there are tons of little things! (You will run out of pizza on day eight and people will not be happy!) But if I had to pick one thing, it would be to keep the purpose in mind. There were many times when we would get bogged down by time constraints and technical issues and become discouraged. We would just have to take a moment and remind ourselves that God had brought us this far and He'd see us through to the end!
What advice do you have for young people who share your passion for creating inspirational media?
Go for it! You're never too young or too broke to make a difference. I've never been the type of person who would sit around waiting for something to happen and I encourage everyone to do the same. If you have a dream or a passion, you have to actively pursue it. Thanks to social media, even a video shot on your cell phone camera could change somebody's life. So what are you waiting for?
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am originally from Murfreesboro, TN and moved to Raleigh, NC in 2008. I spent time performing in Los Angeles, Georgia, Florida, and on every Caribbean Island you can name, but North Carolina is a place I am happy to call home and excited to base Every New Day Pictures in. I attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN to study Vocal Performance. But I've always learned better "hands on" and I left school in 2006 when I was offered a performance job in Indiana. I've learned so much through experience, and I know I made the best choice for me.
And, if you dig deep enough you can find me in MTV's Archives from 2007, hear my voice as Mulan on Disney's Mulan Jr. Soundtrack, catch my original songs in a feature film, or find my previous writing and performing credits! I've been blessed to have had many amazing experiences. As time goes on I have realized my passion truly lies in writing, and the best part about writing is that you can do it anywhere! No matter where I have lived I've always continued to create stories and characters and I'm thrilled to finally have the opportunity to share them with people.
What instilled this passion in you? Was there a defining moment when you realized this is what you wanted to do with your life?
There was definitely a defining moment, and to this day I am still amazed that it took me so long to realize it! I think the true realization came after I had put years of writing, producing, and acting into a feature film only to find myself trapped in a bad contract with the wrong people, which would ultimately dissolve every chance the film had of being seen or sold. I was angry and frustrated but then all at once I realized, I am putting out a negative product. Why did I expect to get anything positive from that?
That was the first step in the right direction, and I began to study how the media influences children and adults and how little positive programming is readily available. It took several missteps to get here... but I hope and pray we are on the right path to making films that inspire and influence everyone who sees them!
Any final thoughts?
I would just like to thank the cast and crew and everyone who donated to Secrets in the Snow, because I could never have accomplished this without them. We made a lot more than a film, we made life-long friends. I feel confident that even if Secrets was put on the shelf today and never seen by anyone, we have all been changed for the better thanks to this experience.