The Perfect Wave is an exciting new South African film making its way through the film festival circuit and soon to be released to US Walmart stores as the “Movie of the Month” for September. Film festival accolades include 2nd Place at The International Christian Film Festival, Official Selection at the I Will Tell International Film Festival in the UK, Red Carpet Competition Winner at the Kingdomwood Film Festival, Official selection at the Anglet Surf Film Festival, Official Selection at the 17th Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, and nominated Best Film at the Pan Pacific Film Festival where it won Best Cinematography.
Hello, Bruce, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to Faith Flix about your exciting new movie The Perfect Wave. What inspired you to share Ian McCormack’s story in The Perfect Wave?
I love surfing and I love God, so it was a perfect fit. I’ve always been intrigued much like others across the world, wondering what happens to us when we die, and Ian stood before Jesus, he stood in the inner courts and saw heaven, saw the after-life. This is very comforting,
The other aspect that grabbed me about Ian’s story was when he stood before Jesus, he looked back at earth and saw hundreds and thousands of people, and he asked “who are they?” and Jesus responded, “they’re the ones that won’t set foot in my church. Those are the ones I want you to share this experience with.” This was a huge inspiration, as I knew being part of this testimony meant we would see lives impacted.
How did you assemble such an impressive cast and crew?
All God!!!!! He opened the doors. It’s a miracle really….
Scott was an obvious choice, as he was an up and coming actor. I knew he surfed and when I shared the story with him, he loved the spiritual aspect, and the opportunity to do his own surfing, – and I knew after numerous Skypes, that he was destined to be a star, and this was really his break-out role, where he plays the lead. He was highly professional and committed, and was a pleasure to work with. So getting Scott was really about timing, and being in the right place at the right time in his life, and offering him something that he wanted to do.
Rachel Hendrix, I was sent her screener (OCTOBER BABY) and watched the film, and although I found the film very slow, I found her to be a great actress – and called her and told her a bit about what we were doing. The story resonated with Rachel, and even though the role was outside her comfort zone, she accepted, and she brought a fabulous performance,
Rachel is really destined for greater things. She is attractive both inside and out, and she is highly dedicated to her craft,
Cheryl’s role is a responsible one. Her anointing was key to the sincerity of the mothers prayers. Her deep understanding of the impact she would play through the role was what inspired her to do the film,
What was the biggest challenge you faced while filming?
I guess making the decision whether to show Jesus or not. This was a huge debate, something we spent hours deliberating, Eventually I decided, after hearing loads of opinions, that it would be better to do the scene where Ian is in heaven, slightly differently. I thought the power of this scene laid in the camera focussing on SCOTT (ian) and it worked really well. It could have been cheesy for non christians, and I think what we achieved made the film more accessible and acceptable to non believers,
What is your favorite scene in the movie?
The humour scene in the Australian outback, where they show the aboriginal woman what surfing is all about,
It’s funny and humour and seeing people laugh is so rewarding, Even Scott Eastwood, who we took the mickey out of in the scene was really peeved. He didn’t enjoy doing the scene, as he knew his friends would rip him off, and this came through in the performance, so its rather real. The aboriginal woman, is a South african actress and she was just perfect. She was funny, and carried the role perfectly,
There are several goals from my perspective, the worldly one is that our investors recoup their investments, as these are amazing people who sowed their funds into the film empowering it to happen. These men and woman are the ones who need the praise and accolades. They stood by us and helped financially. They made this possible, and they are the one’s I’d love to see rewarded.
Then from a spiritual point of view, its obviously a kINGDOM film with a strong message about Grace and love and forgiveness, and to see people’s lives transformed through media, is such a miracle. Our daily prayers have been that lives are changed, and that we create a tool for change.
Here is our story, we saw God miraculously heal our son. We saw His power. We saw His grace. Watch the link below for insight. But what’s exciting are the numerous mails we receive from people saying, “we saw your film, and our lives have been changed forever.” That’s a compete WOW!!!!
How can churches or groups bring the movie to their city?
Yes, of coarse they can, and church screenings are so powerful. The churches can use this as an evangelical outreach, and can make an impact in their community. And because our film appeals to a broad audience, we’re seeing many lives impacted,
How can people get their own copy of the DVD?
Another miracle…. Walmart has made us “Movie of the Month” as they love the film. They have thrown their marketing muscle behind the film, and we launch throughout the US on the 16th of September exclusively in their stores. So that’s where folks can go get their copy, We have included some amazing bonus features, (one being my son’s testimony) and Christian surfers have enclosed an amazing sticker, which most youngsters would love – so its a great package,
Well, thank you so much for sharing with us today, Bruce. Good luck at the upcoming festivals and with the Walmart release of the movie.