Rip LeBeau lives hard. The rhythm of an open road and the roar of a Harley Davidson are the heartbeat of his life. Freedom is always to be found somewhere else, and the siren call of the open highway eases his restlessness. Storming through Arizona's majestic desert landscape in route to California, Rip and his pack of fellow road warriors find themselves stranded when a clutch breaks down. The guarded hospitality of a rancher's wife and her nine-year-old daughter Becky are about to alter LeBeau's odyssey. Filled with a colorful cast of characters, Angel in Chains is an entertaining ride that shows the heart of a seasoned biker is no match for the wisdom of a little girl. Written by
Southern Adventist University Film Dept
In hindsight it's a pretty darn good little movie.
Being one of the students who worked on the film, I'm a little biased. Having watched it over and over frame by frame we would cringe at every little glitch and flaw. Looking back on it now a year after filming puts it into a whole new perspective. I must admit that in hindsight it's a pretty darn good little movie. Yeah, there are the usual problems that every independent low-budget film encounters, but it still remains a visually impressive labour of love. Watching it now I catch myself wondering in amazement, "Wow, did it really look this good when we were working on it?" Goes to show how jaded your eyes can get when you've been staring at footage for so long.
For most of the crew, this was completely new territory. Given amateur actors and a student crew, there's so many good moments packed in that movie that you almost forget it was first time learning experience for everyone. Don (Rip) WAS his character and Chelsea (Becky) was such a little darling. Their off-screen chemistry definitely shows up in the movie. The special making-of and commentary track add a lot of value to the DVD. It's like a bit of film school on disc. If we could do it over again, there are so many things that would be different. Like spending twice as long developing the story, not leaving audio as an afterthought, and training freshman on basics BEFORE we got on set. :) Even so, I have to say that despite some of its flaws, "Angel in Chains" is still a really solid piece I am proud of. It's a beautiful looking film and shows the meaning of true acceptance in a way that usually doesn't get presented from the Christian market.
Here's looking forward to the next one!
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