Private Project

Death of God

Following the sudden death of his mother, Peter engages in an existential battle with forces beyond human control, finding himself on the dissent to a very dark place.

  • Broderick Rule
    Director
  • Broderick Rule
    Writer
  • Mekelah Vasquez-Brown
    Producer
    Mera Biba Puth (2019)(Short)
  • Ethan Stoppi
    Director of Photography
  • Gavin Tran
    Editor
  • Wanjana Raine
    Production Designer
  • Yoolim Ra
    Costume Designer
  • Julia Ho
    Makeup & Hair Artist
  • Gavin Lopez-Smith
    Composer
  • Kiernan John Maclean
    Key Cast
    "Peter"
  • Harumy Tanajara
    Key Cast
    "Mary"
  • Greg Tunner
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Laura England
    Key Cast
    "Mother"
  • Pat Moonie
    Key Cast
    "Doctor "
  • Alexander James Baxter
    Key Cast
    "Man In Black"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, 16MM Film
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Capilano University
Director Biography - Broderick Rule

Broderick Rule is an up-and-coming writer and director, recently graduating from Capilano University with a Bachelor’s of Motion Picture Arts degree in May of 2020. Moving around between Canada and the US his entire childhood, Broderick didn’t have many things to hold onto in his life, except for movies. He always loved movies, and the excitement they brought him, and by the time he permanently settled in Vancouver, Broderick knew what he wanted to do with his life. Broderick has worked in the BC film industry since 2017, just one year after graduating high school, and yearns to continue to make his own films. With a passion for horror cinema, Broderick is excited to continue to find interesting ways to scare people.

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Director Statement

Death of God is a very personal project for me. In 2015, a member of my extended family was killed in a car accident. The accident took place on a very straight and normal road, where, with a combination of a seatbelt malfunction, a daughter lost her mother, siblings lost their sister, and a family lost a member. This tragedy, though not within my immediate family, had a deep impact on me as it made me question what my reaction would be if I lost someone so very close to me, my mother for instance, in such an unpredictable and unnecessary manner. And while I do not currently identify as a religious individual, in times of death it becomes easy to question what God’s role in all of this was. How can an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-good God allow such a terrible event to occur to a good individual, and how are we supposed to interpret his silence in times of grief? This is where Death of God comes from.
Originally a story about a man who gets into a fight with and physically kills God, over time the story evolved to reflect grief, and loss of faith, both things that have been familiar to me in life. With the realization of what this story was actually going to be about, I began to read and become inspired by philosophies such as Theodicy, Existentialism, and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche; specifically his ideas of the death of God in modern culture. At a certain point in the writing process, I realized that I was writing my own twisted version of the story of Job from the old testament; rather than Job accepting God’s and Satan’s cruel taunts as a extension of God’s dominion over Job as a mortal man, our version of Job, a young man named Peter, decides that isn’t good enough for him, and walks away from God, with all that entails.
Beyond our twisting of the Job story, I have always felt that the original story itself in the Book of Job was a perfect example of one of the old testament’s true horror stories. A merciless God destroys a man’s life, just to reinforce the concept that Job is just a man, while God is God, and that is the only explanation Job should need for his meaningless suffering. Having adored horror cinema for quite some time, in all of the glorious shapes and forms horror can come in, it came easy to myself, and everyone else who made the film, that this story of a young man who suffers for no apparent reason, and must engage in conflict with a very brutal, old-testament style God, served as the perfect catalyst for something terrifying. While acknowledging the degree of ambiguity the story has, we wanted the audience to feel what it must be like to have an all-knowing, all-good, and all-powerful God grant you so much pain for no purpose.
One of our biggest anxieties when planning this film was how to depict Peter’s inevitable confrontation with God; how to make this confrontation grande and horrific without subtracting from Peter’s emotional struggle of abandoning his fate. And we needed it to feel otherworldly, so through the mustering of every resource we had available to us as student filmmakers, we managed to be able to shoot this confrontation scene in 16mm film. It not only served as incredibly educational for us, but upon viewing it in the final cut juxtaposed to all of the other footage shot on digital cameras, we felt like it worked; that the grainy quality of 16mm cinematography put Peter in a place that couldn’t exist in his normal world, and in a place of danger.
But beyond the film’s horror elements, and beyond the 16mm photography, Death of God is still a drama, about a young man who just lost his mother, and his attempt to make sense out of all of it. Facing loss is something that we all must do in this lifetime, and no matter our reaction to loss, or our grieving processes, we all must face the horror to find catharsis. While it is a horror film, a horror film I hope scares the audience, if people were to walk away from this film with one thought in mind, I would hope it would be this:

Why be good, if bad things can happen to good people? Don’t be good for God, he will never give you the answers you are looking for. Don’t be good for yourself, because that is selfish. Be good for the ones you love.