IN THE EXECUTIONER'S SHADOW

A STORY OF JUSTICE, INJUSTICE, AND THE DEATH PENALTY

The Beginning

The seeds of this movie project were planted nearly three years ago.  My colleague, Professor Maggie Burnette Stogner, approached me after I gave a book talk.  Grave Injustice, my second book on capital punshiment, had just been published.  Maggie commented, “Your work is the stuff of documentary.”  “I’ve long thought that,” I responded.  “But I don’t know how…”  Before I could finish, she said, “I do.  Want to collaborate?” 

After an initial meeting, we got a sense of how the other works, how we might meld our talents, and what direction the movie might take.  I prepared to make the leap from books and journals to visual story-telling.  Following months of researching possible narratives and subject matter experts, we got down to the business of filming.  My first major lesson in telling a story visually is how ruthless the editing must be.  When I spend an hour interviewing someone for a book, I may use every sentence uttered, scattered strategically over many chapters.  An hour’s discussion on film may well produce 15 seconds of final footage.  Whew, what a process!

We’ve captured 50 thought-provoking hours of interviews and atmospherics.  Time to get ready to edit. 

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- Rick Stack