Wholesale Souls Inc. is an independent film written and directed by Andrew Gingerich. The film is the first work of Gingerich and was filmed, cast, and funded primarily through his friends and family. All the scenes were filmed on location in Fort Collins, Colorado. The script had been a long running project for Gingerich and was used for his Capstone Experience, a school-based program that sponsors personal projects and gives recognition of such projects for use on resumes and applications.
Gingerich began the script after an alumnus at his high school committed suicide. This brought the proposed idea of life shattering events are not even noticed by the rest of the world. While such events may change the lives of a few, the world keeps turning.
Shooting of the film took nearly a year, also mixed with varying lengths of editing. The script was subject to many changes before the movies completion. Such changes involved adding additional focus to characters such as Elephant A. Antibody, and the necessary shifting of several characters depending on their availability. It was first publicly shown at Poudre High School on May 31, 2006. This was an incomplete version, lacking several minor shots such as computer screens and documents. A completed and cleaned version was shown at a cast party, during which the commentary track was recorded. The release of the DVD was greatly delayed due to Gingerich's (along with much of the crew's) work on the short (20+ minutes) Terminal Philosophy.
A company known as Wholesale Souls Inc. is buying and selling human souls. A group of teens find out about this company and a boy by the name of James Young decides to sell his soul on the internet. The soul is shortly thereafter purchased by Stan L. McReynolds, the CEO of Wholesale Souls Inc.
Before long, James descends in to paranoia. James goes to Wholesale Souls with the hope of buying back his soul. Stan refuses and explains that souls do not exist in the eyes of the law, so there is nothing James can demand the return of. He begins to lose control of his life after his close friend Warren dies in a car accident. James feels that he is responsible for the death of Warren and the guilt destroys him. In the end, James kills himself.