Movie about the rapture to be filmed in New Zealand subdivisions

Communities like these are perfect for shooting a film about the rapture, says location scout Harold Renning.

Communities like these are perfect for shooting a film about the rapture, says location scout Harold Renning.

An upcoming independent movie about the rapture is set to be filmed in various subdivisions across New Zealand.

The film, Alone in Our Sin, is about the moment of reckoning when all those faithful to Christ are suddenly taken from the planet in one swift summoning, leaving only the unfaithful behind to deal with the coming apocalypse.

The film’s director, Lydia Trough, said that she wanted to portray a forsaken world of complete lifelessness.

“After the rapture, a quiet descends over the planet,” she said. “Millions upon millions of people have suddenly disappeared into thin air. Their homes and possessions are lingering, but they’re gone. There’s this eerie feeling of emptiness and foreboding. We thought that subdivisions were the perfect place to film that.”

The movie’s chief location scout, Harold Renning, spent several months in various locales across the country, before finally settling on subdivisions as the perfect setting to portray the sudden disappearance of half mankind.

Renning described how he was walking through the Christchurch subdivision of Aidanfield when it finally dawned on him.

“I’d already been to several subdivisions in Auckland’s North Shore,” said Renning. “They were pretty empty, and I figured it must’ve been the time of day. But what I discovered was that, the more and more subdivisions I visited, the more it became apparent that it didn’t matter what time of day it was. This was just how they were.”

He said that the lack of character in subdivisions helped remove them from their societal contexts.

“The other great thing about subdivisions is that they’re their own little isolated, artificial communities. So we can film exclusively here in New Zealand, but when people see these houses on the screen, I mean, they could really be anywhere in the world.”

When last spoken to, Trough was in the process of seeking consent from developers around the country to film in their respective subdivisions. She said she wasn’t worried about interfering with the lives of those who lived there, as they never appeared to be around anyway.

“I certainly haven’t seen anyone in a subdivision yet,” she said.

Trough added that, in the event they couldn’t obtain consent, the production crew was already working on a contingency plan to film in Tauranga.