A person claiming to have had conversations with the dead is not a new phenomenon, but showing these conversations as having healing potential is.
How does IADC help people? How does it heal?
After the War is a documentary film that objectively explores IADC through both scientific research and spiritual understanding, but the mystery surrounding death is strong in the story, and is perhaps the most controversial element. As one Vet remarks in the trailer, “ You can’t prove to anybody that you’re actually talking to dead people, and you can’t prove you’re not. And to me it doesn’t make any difference. It is so real.” Therefore, we will always search for the facts, interpret test results, and examine evidence in order to reach a logical conclusion; however, we will not discount the mystical possibilities of IADC either. After the War speaks to a great unknown, but will leave it up to the viewer and the patient to sort it out for themselves. As well, Dr. Allan Botkin wants to relieve the pain that people are going through, the pain that has invaded their lives and robbed them of the richness and joy of life, forbidding them to move forward. But this has not been easy. The struggle for Dr. Al is that IADC is so radical, so unbelievable that people are afraid of it. So, After the War is a hero’s journey as much as it is a story about healing.
To keep this as authentic as possible, After the War will follow Dr. Al as he tries to spread the word of this discovery, the healing power of what he has uncovered, around the world. We will capture images of Dr. Al as he goes from venue to venue, person to person, country to country trying to prepare the way for IADC to become a common procedure in the medical community. We will speak to experts from different fields, discuss the issues, their beliefs and the possibilities and effects of this radical healing. We will watch as people participate in this therapy, and be especially mindful of those who don’t believe it can work at all. By monitoring those who are reluctant to have this therapy, like the war vets, we can witness true transformation as is evidenced by those who have already experienced it.
Structure and Style
Because of the complex narrative and theoretical information, the elements of style will cross back and forth between straightforward documentary and artistic interpretation. However, we will always maintain an objective approach. For example, we will inter-cut in a non-sequential manner man-on-the-street comments--perhaps a funeral director talking about death, or a truck driver from Ohio voicing his opinion, scientific and theoretical experts on the subject both pro and con and our Viet Nam Vets with our main story. As well, some interviews will be setup like portraits in different environments that relate to their respective fields and backgrounds, 3/4 body or extreme close up compositions, multiple visual formats. The lighting style is drawn from Degas. There will be no recreations or filmic interpretations of what the after-life looks like. Any additional support images about the spirit within us all or death/dying and the afterlife will be elemental, earth, air, water done in a transcendental style. We will use images that have already been represented in paintings, photographs, and films. Along with extensive visual effects such as, altered film speeds, varied dissolve durations, image overlays and freeze frames.
We will use creative sound design and original musical composition in order to blend and give context, emotionally enhance and support these images, creating a flow that will assist the overall story.
As we take this journey with Dr. Al, we will explore the unknown, challenge our beliefs, and illustrate an extraordinary new healing technique that just might change everything we know about death, life and the stresses of dealing with both.