God Made Man Frequently Asked Questions:
Who are the characters again?
Rhett: a homeless transgender (f-m) man and occasional prostitute.
Doyle: a gay drag queen and occasional prostitute.
Ted: a bi-sexual, sociopathic lawyer, who’s partially into “masking”-like activities and has scopophobia.
Wait, what is Masking?
A subculture known as ‘female masking’ is where men wear latex or silicone masks and torsos to make themselves look like women.
The result is a largely immobile face, giving the impression of a doll or mannequin.
Our antagonist character, Ted wears a very feminine/androgynous mask partly because he likes the idea of dressing up in a different gender but more likely because of his scopophobia and fear of being caught in his illegal transgressions.
Okay, so what’s Scopophobia, then?
Scopophobia, scoptophobia, or ophthalmophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a morbid fear of being seen or stared at by others. Scopophobia can also be associated with a pathological fear of drawing attention to oneself.
Our antagonist, Ted deals in some bad stuff. Plus, he’s running for District Attorney. Though his severe anxiety attacks (for which he takes medicine for) are never expressly mentioned in the film as “scopophobia” that’s what we researched and wrote for the character to have.
Is God Made Man based on a true story?
No. Though the subject matter was based on research and statistics. There are many in the LGBTQIA+ community that are suffering due to violence, oppression, bigotry and being treated as unequal. This can change but it’ll take people to change the way we view and treat our brothers and sisters. Once we realize we’re all humans and all connected regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious views and so on, then the hate will cease to exist. Until then you work on being the change. Respect each other and try to understand each other. And never forget we’re all on this Earth together and only for a short amount of time.
Why is it called, “God Made Man?”
See our post on, The “God” in God Made Man, [click here]
I see that it sort of deals with religion, so does that mean it gets all “preachy?”
We don’t think so. Our crew and cast were made up of all types of people with all types of belief systems. We respect and admire everyone to believe or not believe how they choose. Even though our characters deal with thoughts of a higher power we never judge anyone or put these characters or situations above anyone else. Our main goals are to be entertaining, help inform on some of the atrocities on the LGBTQIA+ community and to get viewers to think, feel and debate. Mainly, we just love cinema and creating dramatic stories.
Who are the filmmakers again?
Kayla Olson originally conceived the idea for God Made Man back in 2009 and wrote a short screenplay. The script was put on the back burner for other projects including the award-winning series Kayla and GMM director, Nate Locklear made titled, Once You Leave. Kayla won a Best Acting Award for her performance in Once You Leave. Over the years Kayla crafted the short screenplay that was God Made Man into a feature length script. But it still wasn’t completely ready. In 2015 a window of time opened, so Kayla handed the script over to her trusted friend and filmmaking collaborator, Nate Locklear. Nate took the script Kayla had written and re-wrote it, fleshed out the characters and situations all-the-while staying true to Kayla’s original intentions. Soon after they went into production.
Nate Locklear has been making films since the 90s in Austin, TX. Besides all the awards he won for their series, Once You Leave, he also won two Emmy® Awards for his work on the Texas PBS show, The Daytripper.
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