Christian Review Magazine Issue 3 - March 2015 - Page 8

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN IVIE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DROP BOX Christian Review (CR): How did you get into filmmaking? CR: What inspired you to make “The Drop Box”? Brian Ivie (BI): I have wanted to make movies since I was nine. For me as a kid, movies were larger than life. Every summer, I would knock on doors and wrangle all the neighborhood kids together to film our own versions of “The Lord of The Rings,” “Harry Potter,” or “James Bond.” We didn’t mean for them to be spoofs, but they ended up being complete spoofs. At the start, it was never really about the end product for me. We didn’t have a script. We found the story, kinda like a treasure hunt. But that was more of the point anyway. It was never about art. It was about adventure and getting caught up in a battle with your best friends. After we finished editing, my friend Evan’s dad would always help us put on a screening with every family in the neighborhood. My parents didn’t know it then, but I was planning to make that circus the rest of my life. BI: One morning, I read an L.A. Times article over breakfast called “South Korean Pastor Tends an Unwanted Flock.” It was all about this man in South Korea who had built a depository for babies with disabilities. I couldn’t believe it. I was haunted by the image of this man reaching into a box that held a baby. At the same time, I was compelled. I’ve always loved powerful stories and used to watch a movie a day in high school. The images from this story got into my bones the way the best movies did. It was like I was seeing real courage for the first time in my life. Courage displayed on a battlefield that I actually understood: a normal neighborhood. Not Gettysburg, not Iraq. Just someone’s neighborhood. But the stakes were high – it was a matter of life and death. I immediately sent an email to the L.A. Times and a Korean correspondent got right 8 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MAGAZINE