When Jordon started working on the outline with a buddy, he said, “I really wanted to write something like the rise and fall of a family. The whole kidnapping aspect came later.”
His friend then walked away from the project because of other work, so Jordon spent another six or seven months crafting it.
“I had it and was sitting on it for a while,” he said. But then an encounter between Jordon and director Verdi-Rose at one of Verdi-Rose’s premieres in Detroit restarted the project.
The men ended up meeting and Verdi-Rose said he loved the script, Jordon said. So the two of them worked on it for about six months. When it was to the point that it was a shooting script, the men started to get people on board to make the movie.
When it came to picking a location to film, Indiana was scouted.
Jordon explained that when he was writing the script, “I kind of wrote what I knew.” What he knew was Midwest America. “And of course, I’m thinking Indiana.”
He wanted to show how a working class family can go through a tragedy and how they survive that.”
So with all of that in mind, Goshen was picked for the location.
“It’s a big deal to move everybody from L.A.,” Jordon said.
But it was the right move. “They loved it,” he said of the crew. “They fell in love with the people and the area.”
His dad, Tim, ended up being the locations manager because he grew up in Goshen and knew a lot of people.
A lot of scenes were shot at his grandfather’s house. “It was just on the list for our location team and they picked that one,” Jordon said. “I think subconsciously I wrote it in the story because I spent a lot of time there.”