With the success of Secrets in the Snow, husband and wife team John and Brittany Goodwin felt led to create a sequel that would continue the story and allow a more in depth look into the lives of the young characters. Secrets in the Fall builds upon Secrets in the Snow with more characters and a bigger feel.
What is your filmmaking background?
I came into filmmaking after meeting Brittany in 2010. She brought tremendous industry knowledge about what it took to plan and coordinate an independent film shoot. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and experience in digital media, I provided good insight about budgeting, promotions and marketing. It works really well for both of us because she gets to work with actors on set while I work more with promotions and marketing execution.
When did you decide to do a sequel to Secrets in the Snow’?
After finalizing the script for Secrets in the Snow, we knew that we wanted to do a sequel based around another season (preferably a warmer one!). It became more of a reality once we received distribution from Bridgestone Media Group because distribution opens up opportunities in retail markets on a nationwide scale. This allowed us to start focusing on getting back on set for the sequel which we knew was going to require a larger cast, more logistical resources, and shooting at a location in western North Carolina for up to three weeks straight.
What are some benefits and drawbacks to doing a sequel movie as opposed to an original story?
One benefit of doing a sequel is that you are working with many similar members of cast and crew. We chose to bring back a number of familiar faces that worked with us on the first film because of their work ethic and passion for the film. By having many of the original cast back for Secrets in the Fall, the viewer gets to extend their experience with the story and see the characters grow. Think back to any sequel movie that you have seen in the past—you hear about a sequel coming out later that year or next year and you get excited about going to the theater or preordering your copy so that you can be the first to experience the next chapter. I love that feeling as a movie-goer and I am glad that we have been able to bring an inspiring experience to people across the nation.
As for drawbacks, a sequel is always going to be a very different experience for all parties. You have to go into production knowing that it is not going to be the exact same experience as the previous film. There will be new characters to interact with, new crew members that you have never met before, and you cannot expect it to be the same kind of film. We would not have contemplated the idea of doing a sequel if it was going to have the exact same feel as the first. We wanted to make it bigger, better and reach a broader audience by including a diverse age range of characters and struggles. Film companies always have to be evolving and reinventing themselves so that they continue to bring new messages and experiences to their audiences.
How are the two movies alike?
Both films include strong Christian ideals and deal with many similar struggles that pre-teens and teenagers in this country deal with on a daily basis including family issues, financial struggle, illness, self-esteem problems and many more. You will notice many of the returning cast in Secrets in the Fall as well. Another thing that I appreciate is that the characters really help each other grow in their faith and as people, as opposed to leaning on a strong adult character to help them with their issues.
How are they different?
You will notice a lot of new faces in Secrets in the Fall. We worked with a core cast of eight in the first film and worked with a total cast of twenty six people in the sequel, having over forty people on location for two weeks in Hendersonville, NC. There are many different location changes at Camp Pinnacle as opposed to being stuck in their high school during the blizzard. Some of these new faces include Desiree Ross (A Country Christmas Story), Ryan Patrick Williams (Trouble with the Curve), Andrew Wilson Williams (Season of Miracles) and Kyle Kupecky (Christian musician, formerly with Anthem Lights).
Do you have any more projects in the works?
We do have a couple ideas in the works including another season of Secrets. One of which is a story that Brittany has been developing for a number of years. Secrets followers should keep in touch with us on social media to get the latest updates on films, events and casting notices.