About this project
Derek is the story of a mother who loses her son in an accident on the family's ranch. After going through a depression, a neighbor man introduces the mother and her daughter to spirit boards, claiming they'll be able to talk with the dead boy. A relative introduces the daughter to the biblical truth about the state of the dead, which aggravates the demon that's pretending to be her brother. Encounter after frightening encounter, the film climaxes with the Great Controversy between Jesus and Satan played out in physical form. Will the daughter, Natalie come to the full realization of truth and be able to save her family, or will the powers of evil triumph once again?
Hi. I'm Chris Tempel, El Director and founder of STARS Pictures.
I've been making films since I was able to draw flipbooks. When I was ten, my parents gave me my first camcorder. When I was 22, I shot my first feature film, a slasher flick called “Wulf”. Now 27, I'm preparing to shoot my fourth feature film this summer, Derek. Shortly after finishing Wulf, God grabbed hold of my life and charged me with making films for Him. I said I didn't want to do you're typical Christian films and God has graciously allowed me to make films about controversial subject matter. At STARS Pictures, our mission is to get people to read their Bibles and learn the Truth for themselves, rather than just going along with the rest of the Christian crowd.
When we were shooting Leap: Rise of the Beast, my producer and lead actor Alex gave me a challenge one night. He told me move away from the action films for a bit and try a character piece. I was intrigued with the idea and we started brainstorming, eventually deciding I should go back to my horror roots and do a ghost story. How does a controversial christian filmmaker do a ghost story? By taking the stand that the ghost is actually a demon. We decided to take it a step further and have this film address the modern spiritualism movement and society's caviler attitude toward spirit boards., thinking it's just a game.
The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when I heard a woman's testimony at church one weekend. Her mother was into spirit boards and the occult, eventually leading to the mother's possession by a demon and this lady, as a young girl, had to exercise her mother when she was just a new Christian. I went home after and within a matter of hours I had written the storyline for what would become Derek.
The script is completed, actors and locations are being secured and we are in go mode for shooting Derek this August in Eureka Montana, against the backdrop of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. And now we need your help. Although I've successfully completed feature films for insanely low budgets, to hire the talent needed for this production to be what it needs to be, will require some funding. We need $18,000 dollars to pay for actors, our small crew and the music composer. An additional 3000 dollars is required for meals, bringing our minimum total to $21,000 dollars. On top of that, we need a few funds to pay for the awesome perks we'll give you for helping us out. See, most filmmakers on here only try to raise the budget they need, then scramble to come up with funds to cover your perks. We're adding that into our campaign brining our total to $25,000 dollars. Using our state of the art equipment and low budget filmmaking techniques we've developed over the previous three films, this amount will allow us to bring Derek to life as a polished, thought provoking production. I ask that you prayerfully consider donating to Derek and help us bring this message to the world. You can follow the progress of the production at facebook.com/derekmovie and view our production journal at starspictures.org Thank you, and God Bless. :)
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