Film Courage: What has been your hardest year in filmmaking and why?
Rachel K. Ofori, Producer: You are going to make me cry. I don’t know…I’ll start the story and if this is too much for TV just let me know. But I lost a pregnancy during pre-production of WHAT DEATH LEAVES BEHIND. It was the hardest loss even though I’ve lost people, I didn’t realize how bad that was. You hear about people and they’ve had miscarriages and such. Mine happened while I was put under. I was not conscious for it. It was not my decision. It was one of those things (very traumatic).
During pre-production I was on set when I should have been right after that. That was so hard but I put it away because I had a job to do. We were about to go into production, time to get moving! And I did, we filmed the dream sequences in WHAT DEATH LEAVES BEHIND separate from the film and they are like their own little movie because it’s different, it looks different, it’s weird, it’s a dream. We shot it in Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pennsylvania. It’s very eerie and weird. We shot them as their own movie. We went really hard into it. This was 2016 and shot it and right after that I had a little break from the crazy and I went down! All the pain and emotion that I was suppressing kind of just came out. And I wasn’t used to that level of pain (of that type of pain) because I don’t suppress things. If stuff comes up I deal with it. But that was different. It was like a whole other heart strain that was pulled so that was really tough and then getting back into production…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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