Threshold was produced as a film entry in the 168 Hour Film Project. This film was prepped, written and cast in one week (168 hours), and produced (shot, edited and delivered) in one week (168 hours) as entry to the 2006–168 Hour Film Project festival. The festival, dedicated to developing films with positive and Christian themes gives a different bible verse to each of 55 teams of filmmakers, who are assigned to express a film based on their chosen verse. After the verses are picked, the clock ticks!

All 168 Hour Project Films must be 11 minutes in length or less. The festival cut of Theshold was 10 minutes, 59 seconds and 21 frames long.

Threshold, produced and directed by William Stetz, written by Peter Crombie tells the story of a man that loses his faith in the world with the accidental and untimely death of his daughter. This story tells of his struggle and success in finding his faith once more.

One of the aspects of making films is natural to the workings of cameras.  Light is a necessary element to capture images on film, or in this case tape.  While filming a night scene of the film short Threshold, director William Stetz and crew found themselves without much of that one element that makes capturing the image and the action of a scene so vital.

After 10 hours of shooting daylit scenes in Topanga State Park and on Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles, there came the time to shoot a night scene in the parking lot at the beach.  The portable HMI lights needed to shoot the detective scene and provide highlights for the night shoot were set and just before camera roll, ran out of battery power.  With no fill or backlights available and no generator, director Bill Stetz charged cast and crew to aim all the crew and cast autos toward the scene’s center and turn on their vehicle headlights.  With only the automobile headlights and one battery-powered emergency light from the camera operator’s car trunk, the detective scene was shot.

Although the original lighting “looked gorgeous,” the attitude became the “show must go on” to complete the 14-hour day.  Under a deadline, with 2 days of location work remaining, the imperative of completing our work, where we were, when we were there, was paramount.

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