Welcome to Saint Paul, Virginia.
Nothing ever happens here. Until the day Jason Shepard comes home.
“Shepard” is my first major creative effort outside of film school, and my first attempt at a web series. It chronicles the story of Jason Shepard, a one-time rockstar who has lost everything to a string of bad decisions and run-ins with the law (both of which involving copious amounts of alcohol). After he is cut a break by a sympathetic judge, he finds himself back home, facing a lengthy community service sentence at an old church on the verge of closing its doors.
Inspiration for this story came from a number of places. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of returning to what you’ve left behind and facing your past. It’s not an unfamiliar story, that’s true. But the thing about “homecoming” stories is that they are as varied and unique as the individuals who populate their worlds.
Jason doesn’t have much left at home. No family, and no friends. Just one lingering connection, in the form of an old high school flame that he walked out on after the prom. And, one new connection, in the form of an aging and very much atypical church pastor, who seems to think Jason would be well-suited for the task of working with the youth group.
I didn’t honestly expect much to come from this series at first. It seemed like a neat idea, but I never planned on taking it anywhere. The nascence really came from my own church pastor asking me to work with the youth at our church. It sparked an idea that has since grown into this web series.
We’ve just begun production, and have two full days of work under our belt. As things continue, I’ll offer production updates and insights on this blog, and we’ll take a look at the unique cast of characters that populate this small but fascinating world.
Until next time!