Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of Hollywood? Especially for a faith-based film producer and director? What tricks do film companies use when dealing with hundreds of scripts, actors, crew? We spoke to Timothy Chey, the legendary film producer and director at RiverRain Productions and Rock Studios, to get some insight into what it takes to make movies in Hollywood and especially faith-based films.
What do you see is the hardest thing in making a movie?
Almost everything is hard. I remember a U.S. Marine told me being on a film set was harder than being at boot camp. That actually made me feel good. You have so many components from raising financing, writing a great script, casting hundreds of actors, managing departments – I sometimes have over 180 people on the set. So it’s a lot of work. But it’s the most exhilarating experience in the world.
Is it all worth it?
Yes, of course. Our films have reached millions of people. But it’s worth it when you meet a stranger on a plane and they say how much one of your films helped them or changed their life or pointed them to a new direction.
You make faith-based films. Can you explain why you chose this genre?
I was an atheist until I was in my 30’s. So I was practicing law and then dove into film producing and directing. I did my first film for Universal Studios at around age 29. But I had a real emptiness despite having an agent and manager and hitting all the parties. I found Christ and He changed my life. So I set out to make faith-based films and I was one of the pioneers along with my friend Rich Christiano.
Your latest movie, ‘The Islands’ was critically-acclaimed and was nominated for ‘Best Picture of the Year’ by a film critic’s group. Are you disappointed you didn’t get an Academy Award nomination?
No, not at all. It was to be expected. The Academy is a very close-knit group and they award their own. It’s totally fine with me. I think though if I didn’t have the faith component, there may have been a better chance, but I don’t know.
Wow. What’s the next film you’re working on?
We just finished ’20 Minutes’ about an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and these nine characters have 20 minutes to live. It’s based on the true story, but with a twist in that the missile really comes. What’s interesting is how the film parallels with what’s is happening right now with the coronavirus and everything coming down.
When does ’20 Minutes’ release?
The film hits theaters October 16, 2020.
In Theaters September 2020
Official Site: http://20MinutesMovie.com
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