I chose to co-write and direct the independent short film “The Ripple Effect” because I want the audience to be forced to critically think about how powerful their personal choices are on this world.
On the surface 2020 was a tough year for everyone. But when you look a little closer, you can see that it also forced people to evolve to their given circumstances. My production company (Theriot Productions) used to focus solely on corporate projects. Because of the lockdown, we took a huge hit to our clientele, so we had to shift our focus to different things. One of those being to tackle narrative storytelling. We had always talked about making a movie, but we always had some sort of convenient excuse like, “we'll get around to it when we're not so busy." Well the time came when we weren't so busy.
It all started with a series of phone calls, nearly a year before the COVID-19 lockdowns, with my good friend and business partner, Ry Russell (Knot Plastic, RYZAboveMedia). We would talk about how the world fixates on negativity and that there wasn't enough love or thought-provoking content being produced and shared. We would brainstorm ideas of compelling stories that could spark conversation or get people to look at something a little bit differently. As soon as the lockdown hit the U.S. in March 2020, we knew it was time to create something. Those conversations snowballed into one script, then a revision of that script, then a dozen revisions later, we had "The Ripple Effect."
The story revolves around Jacob Kemper, an overworked, soon-to-be father and architect at Portland Architects and how his reactions to seemingly mundane circumstances can have dire effects on, not just his life, but the people's around him as well. We see Jacob learn from his choices and grow. We also see him get everything taken away from him in the blink of an eye. The audience can witness his and the other characters' journey and evolution in just under 20 minutes.
We all have regrets, we all have played out an imaginary circumstance of a past situation and said what we wished we would have said in the moment. "The Ripple Effect" focuses on how there is always more than a "right" and "wrong" answer to something, you just have to be willing to look at a situation differently.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazingly talented team to bring something special to life.