The Number after the Movie Title are the Page Views according to Google Analytics.
100 – Joyful Noise – 1190
99 – Doonby – 1191
98 – Dragons in our Midst – 1196
97 – There Be Dragons – 1205
96 – A Thousand Tomorrows – 1223
95 – The Frontier Boys – 1226
94 – Anna’s Choice – 1229
93 – Machine Gun Preacher – 1230
92 – Thief in the Night V – Battle of Armageddon – 1233
91 – Elephant Sighs – 1238
90 – Trade of Innocents – 1241
89 – My Last Day Without You – 1282
88 – A Beautiful Soul – 1284
87 – Saint Rita (Rita da Cascia) – 1288
86 – Belle and the Beast – 1298
85 – The Letter Writer – 1303
84 – Running Inside Out – 1303
83 – The American Bible Challenge Game Show – 1312
82 – Genesis – 1318
81 – Lukewarm – 1349
80 – Thee Blind Saints – 1368
79 – The Christmas Hope – 1369
78 - Ostrov (Octpob) – The Island – 1370
77 – Heaven’s Rain – 1395
76 – When Calls the Heart (Canadian West Series) – 1414
75 – A Praying Grandmother (The Helen Baylor Story) – 1414
73 – Blue Like Jazz – 1425
72 – The Lion of Judah – 1452
71 – Turning Back – 1557
70 – Heaven is for Real – 1594
69 – The Burning Hell (El Infierno) – 1623
68 – More Than Chance – 1644
67 – The Note III (Notes from the Heart Healer) – 1674
66 – The Vow – 1711
65 – Trinity Goodheart – 1718
64 – God’s Not Dead: The Movie – 1728
63 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew – 1730
62 – The Genesis Code – 1780
61 – Touchback – 1793
60 – Superbook: The Series – 1813
59 – Decision – 1836
58 – Race to the Finish – 1933
57 – Alone, Yet Not Alone – 1936
56 – King David – 1937
55 – Act of Valor – 2056
54 – Raising Izzie – 2127
53 – Finding Hope Now – 2164
52 – Christmas Angel – 2276
51 – Beware of Christians – 2286
50 – Have a Little Faith – 2287
49 – The Passion of the Christ – 2297
48 – A Christmas Wish – 2300
47 – Courageous – 2367
46 – Your Love Never Fails – 2371
45 – Grace Unplugged – 2371
44 – Bully – 2405
43 – WWJD II: The Woodcarver – 2431
42 – Suing the Devil – 2470
41 – A Cross to Bear – 2471
40 – Cutback – 2594
39 – Not a Fan:A Follower’s Story – 2776
38 – She’s Not Our Sister – 2796
37 – Love Begins: (Love Comes Softly Series) – 2832
36 – The Mark: Redemption – 2877
35 – Johnny – 2883
34 – The Heart of Christmas – 2918
33 – Paper Dream – 3032
32 – Brother White – 3256
31 – Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine – 3359
30 – Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls – 3635
29 – Apostle Peter and the Last Supper – 3672
28 – The Confession – 3681
27 – A Mile in His Shoes – 4237
26 – The Shunning – 4264
25 – Left Behind:The Remake – 4281
22 – New Hope – 4800
21 – The Wylds (The Adventures of Chris Fable) – 5058
20 – Escape – 5557
19 – Unconditional – 5582
18 – Me Again – 5664
17 – Jerusalem Countdown – 5868
16 – Hardflip – 6078
15 – The Mark – 6387
14 – Marriage Retreat – 6434
13 – El Gran Milagro (The Greatest Miracle) – 6492
12 – Church Girl – 7462
11 – Loving the Bad Man – 7659
9 – I Am Gabriel – 8428
7 – Amazing Love:The Story of Hosea – 9105
6 – Last Ounce of Courage – 9366
5 – Heaven is Waiting – 10,386
4 – The Encounter 2: Paradise Lost – 14,461
3 – Love’s Christmas Journey (Love Comes Softly Series) – 17,219
2 – The Encounter – 21,983
1 – October Baby – 23,722
by Scott Myers
Students ask me how I learned the craft of screenwriting. I give the same answer that Walter Hill did:
“The usual story – read a lot of scripts, saw every possible movie.”
By and large, most folks seem to do a pretty good job on the ‘seeing movie’ front. But reading scripts? Not so much. I think I know why that’s the case. When we think of “movies,” we almost automatically think entertainment. And even if we students of screenwriting sit in a theater, checking our watch at every major plot, tracking subplots, and questioning story choices, on the whole the experience of watching a movie isentertaining. But when we consider reading a screenplay, my guess is that the first word that comes to most people’s minds is work.
Well, that’s true enough — reading a screenplay is work. But you expected to play your way to the top of the screenwriting heap? Think of any other creative outlet: painting, sculpture, novels, poetry, acting, dance, violin, composing. Do you think that any of the people who succeed in creating a career in any of these fields got there without studying the subject matter at a granular level?
The simple fact is if you are really serious about learning the craft of screenwriting, you must read scripts. It is perhaps the single best way to drill down into the heart of the craft. It’s one reason that so many script readers become successful screenwriters — reading all those scripts, even bad ones, is a massive learning experience.
So here’s something you can do to kick-start your screenplay reading habit: read 14 scripts in 14 days. I recommend this to my students often and the ones who’ve actually done it report back that it helped them immensely. Reading that many scripts in a compressed time provides a Gestalt grasp of the craft that you would not likely get any other way.
[Warning: old fart story ahead.]
Now way back when K-9 sold and I moved to LA, screenplays of existing movies were not that easy to find. I had to cobble together other screenwriters, my agents’ assistants, and other fans of the craft into a kind of ‘black market’ of screenplays. This was especially true of the latest hot selling spec scripts like Basic Instinct and The Last Boyscout, but track them down I did. Trudging 5 miles every morning… through thick snowdrifts… in the pitch black… oh wait, that’s another old fart story. My point is this: you’relucky! With a couple of clicks of your computer’s mouse, you can tap into a universe of screenplays — for free! My favorite screenplay hosting website is SimplyScripts.com, but there are plenty others.
So allow me to cut trail for you with links to 14 scripts. Different styles, writers, genres, and decades. I’m including Back to the Future and Witness because those are the first two screenplays I read, so perhaps a bit of good luck will rub off on you.
Day 1: Back to the Future
Day 2: Witness
Day 3: Alien
Day 4: Some Like It Hot
Day 5: Body Heat
Day 6: Fargo
Day 7: The Shawshank Redemption
Day 8: Die Hard
Day 9: Thelma & Louise
Day 10: Dead Poet’s Society
Day 11: The Matrix
Day 12: Network
Day 13: Memento
Day 14: Toy Story
14 great scripts. 14 days. Trust me. It’s worth it.
Reprinted with permission.
Scott Myers has been a screenwriter since 1987 when Universal Studios bought and produced K-9, a spec script he co-wrote. Other movie credits: Alaska (1996), starring Thora Burch, and Trojan War (1997), starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Currently, he’s an Executive Producer with Distillery Pictures in Raleigh, NC.
He has recently launched the ScreenwritingMasterClass.com with Tom Benedek to train, consult and mentor screenwriters into the industry.
He has a screenwriting blog you need to bookmark at www.gointothestory.com
Manuel Luz has written a great article over at Conversant Life about the time he was cornered over coffee for some feedback on a Christian brother’s play. As I read it I felt a instant connection. Not in a weird “Soul Mates” sorta way, but more of the Tom Hanks/Brotherhood bond having survived a battle or skirmish together. Maybe we didn’t Save Private Ryan, but we’ve both made it through one of the five hardest questions of all time:
“So, what did you think?”
That question is a verbal/emotional minefield and you’re the one wearing NBA Shaq-sized 22 Nike boats on your feet. The question is right up there with “Does this dress make me look fat?” and “Daddy, where do babies come from?” and “If Snickers is really so satisfying, why the King-sized bar?”
Manuel thought to himself:
(EXCERPT) It was one week earlier that I actually sat through his play. I cringed at the stilted dialogue that hung in the air like a boring lecture. I lamented over the one-dimensional characterizations, a hodge-podge of stereotyped caricatures (does the anti-Christian antagonist really have to be dressed like a Nazi?). And I puzzled over the dystopian story arc, what little there was, which seemed simply to exist only for the purpose of asserting Christian dogma upon the audience. It was preachy, condescending, long-winded and poorly acted.
What does he do? (SPOILER ALERT!) Well, Manuel just straight up tells the guy what he thinks. But that’s because he’s a seasoned pro. Sort of an Amadeus of Art Criticism, if you will. And he lived to tell about it. Do not assume you will be so fortunate. In fact, if you ever get any of these questions, here is exactly what you do…
Step 1. Do NOT panic.
Remain calm. Do not whalespout your drink. Statistically you have a 47.9% chance of living through this without anatomical damage. Do, however, take note of the closest emergency exits.
Step 2. Deflect.
Oftentimes, the person’s not really looking for THE answer, they’ve got an answer. They just want to see if it lines up with your answer. And a little heads up, there is no right answer to the fat dress question. Trust me. Instead, by simply replying “I dunno, what do YOU think?” is sometimes all they need to hear. And they start talking and talking and talking while you slip out the back door.
Step 3. Lie
Now maybe you’re over your daily rationed sin-quotient and can’t afford to Lie, I can respect that, so instead you should be very Vague in the direction they want to hear. Again, we’re talking self-preservation here. If the person already has THE answer locked away in their cranium of what they KNOW to be true, nothing you say is gonna change that. I usually go with this old standby: ”I loved it. Better than ‘Cats’. I want to see it again. And again.”
And most of the time, that’s the end of it. People don’t generally want the truth, they want to be reaffirmed.
But occassionally you’ve got someone who digs deeper still and practically pleads with you, “No! I really want to know what you think.”
At that point you’ve got one of two choices:
Step 4a: Point up to the sky and say “Look! Pterodactyl!” then throw a ninja smokebomb to the floor and run out the door, orrrrrrrr,
Step 4b: Tell them what you honestly think.
But in choosing Step 4b, remember the Feedback Golden Rule: “Feedback unto others about their beloved pet project as you would have them feedback unto your beloved pet project!”
Okay, so without delay, head over to ConversantLife.com and check out Manuel’s ARTICLE HERE, because I really did love it. Better than cats. I wanted to read it again and again.
Well, that’s all I got. I hope you enjoyed this little editorial today. No, really, what did you think?
Dear Billy and/or Franklin and/or Anne and/or Other Lesser Known But Equally Valued Graham Sibling(s):
I have a righteous bone to pick with you! No, it’s not the Pre-Trib/Post-Trib thing, though I’m 97% sure Dr. Billy knows when Jesus is returning but he’s not sharing with the rest of us. No, I’ve got bigger fish to fry. What have you done with World Wide Pictures? Did you off-load it at a Garage sale? Did you cut it up into tiny pieces and turn it into “Dare to be a Daniel” bracelets? Did you take it with you on a South African Crusade where it “met with a little accident”? Is it tied up in the basement of the Log Cabin at the Cove?
According to IMDb.com the last film was released in 2004. Was it ironic foreshadowing that the title was “Last Flight Out”?!? Sounds a wee bit suspicious to me. And why is no one asking any questions? Everybody is all, “That’s cool, man…24 different films and then…ffffffft. Gone. Right on! Prolly Raptured!”
24 Films! And then it vanishes into nothingness like Keyser Soze? I. Think. Not.
Come to think of it, it vanished the same year that “The Passion of the Christ” hit the theaters. Oh man, oh man, oh man! I’m about to go all CSI all over you Billy G! And not the second-rate spinoffs like CSI:Miami or CSI:Asheboro….I’m talking pre-Caruso expert gumshoe ballistics.
Is that a thing? Gumshoe Ballistics? I don’t actually watch CSI…but it seems like it could be a thing.
Anywho, if Team Billy has a minute from saving the planet, I’d like to go over a few of the incriminating facts.
FACT: Recently “MovieGuide’s” Ted Baehr said that 132 of the top movies released by Hollywood contained positive Christian content
FACT: “Road to Redemption”, “The Climb” and “Last Flight Out” were headed in the right direction cinematically even though,
FACT: In 1986 I lost major cool points among my friends as “The Official Movie Buff friend” when I recommended “Caught”
FACT: Filmmaking’s not THAT hard. I mean, Tyler Perry spits out a new one every time he brushes his teeth
FACT: The Salary of an average Pro Wrestler is $47,500/yr
FACT: Sherwood Baptist, Cloud Ten Pics and Gener8xion could reeeeeeeally use some competition at the Box Office.
FACT: World Wide Pics has been on the film scene since 1953 and helped launch an industry which it abandoned practically in Utero circa 2004. But maybe most importantly,
FACT: The Average life expectancy ( in seconds ) of an enemy soldier in a Chuck Norris film = 4
FACT: Reboots are all the rage. Batman, James Bond, Tron, Rocky and Karate Kid have all received dramatic franchise makeovers.
FACT: BGEA’s production facilities are first-rate, completely HiDef and easily outfitted for a feature film revolution
FACT: You’ve got multi-generations of Rock the River-ers and Dare to Be Daniel-ers begging you to do for film what you do in Music and Pop Culture
Here’s what I’m hoping. I’m hoping you’re just taking a little breather. Re-purposing World Wide Pics. Upgrading parts, like the Bionic Man and you’re just waiting to unleash heaven on us any day now.
What, do you need script ideas? A Modern Day Daniel in the Lions Den High School story. Or how about Disaster Relief: the Movie. We could hook you up with Richard Brunson over at the NC Baptist Men on that Disaster Relief film…he said he’d do it if we could get George Clooney to play him! I’m pretty sure if that happened we could get Brad Pitt to play Franklin. Either that or Denzel Washington. It’s kind of a toss up, there.
But it’s time, Grahams. It’s time to get back in the arena and it’s time to show these Christian film whipper-snappers how to use High Production Value and Craftsmanship as well as compelling stories to lead the pack in global impact. Unless your first step is to form a committee on Film Making. In that case….uhhhhh, forget I said anything.
But that’s not been your style. I’ve seen some amazing examples from BGEA recently of a Christian Ministry leading in Cultural Relevance. It’s time. And if all this begging and pleading and factual gumshoe ballisticery isn’t enough for you, then I have to resort to this: I double dog dare you…no….I triple dog dare you to make another film! (And if you know anything about Triple Dog Dares, there is NO backing down, my friend!)
Let’s make a movie!
S. David Acuff
Here’s a little familial shout-out this morning…my Cousin, Jon Acuff, has recently published his first book through Zondervan (woohoo, our family beach trips are back on like donkey kong!). And while it hasn’t hit the New York Times Best Seller list (yet), I have it on good authority that “Stuff Christians Like” is at the top of God’s Book Club list, which is second only to Oprah’s.
But I don’t know if Cousin Jon realizes this, but that New York Times goal is just…well, I just gotta be honest…it’s small thinking.
See, my personal goal (cue inspirational orchestral music and a covey of worship eagles) is to see “Stuff Christians Like” replace every Reader’s Digest in every bathroom across America!
For years our bowels have been soothed by “Quotable Quotes” and “Laughter the Best Medicine.” How many times have our rear-ends gone numb while we sit there sobbing like a baby through the “Dramas in Real Life.” Let’s face it, while we concentrated on #2, the #1 choice of bathroom lit has been the Digest. Bar none. But no longer.
Reader’s Digest, you’ve been served.
I know that all bathroom readers are not created equal. Some individuals tend to camp out in there for an entire afternoon. Perhaps they feel that if the wall-paper hasn’t peeled off, they haven’t done their jobs. While others swoop in somehow like an aircraft touch-n-go and lapse it right in (see graphic picture to the left).
Either way, “Stuff Christians Like” is written in small, bite-sized pieces so you can go through a whole chapter, or take it one clever List point at a time. And just so you’ve been warned, those SCL Lists are actually when Cousin Jon is in rarest form. (Gentlemen, I would not advise reading those standing up!)
Anywho…in honor of the SCL list, Wired4Film has devised our own. So without further ado…
The Top 3 List of Stuff Christian Filmmakers Like:
1. Blaming our bad scripts on God
“My fingers were just floating across the keyboard. It was as if heaven opened in a gigantic funnel into my medula oblongata and an entire script just poured forth.” And that’s the end of it. A single draft. We stop at one draft of the script because everyone knows you’re going to hell if you dare to edit God! Who’s gonna do that? Rewrite the Almighty? Not me! Not Cousin Jon! Just ask him. You just know the SCL manuscript poured out in one draft onto rock tablets he hauled down from Stone Mountain…which Google tells me is somewhere outside of Atlanta.
2. Hiring the Holy Spirit as Our Cinematographer and/or Camera Op
I mean, if you’re prayed up, the sort of prayed up where you’re almost certain you could have walked on water in the bathtub this morning, then you don’t need to spend all that money on a Professional Director of Photography.
No, you let Gerald the Quickbooks expert take care of it cause he’s not only got a “calling” for it, but his friend’s dad’s sister’s got a couple of Lowell lights. So while you rehearse your actors, Gerald walks around the set, light stand in hand, like Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride with his eyes closed trying to feeeeeel out the right path to the light path.
3. Heaping High Praise on Mediocre Films
I get it. I do. When you don’t have the financing and Studio backing that the big Hollywood pix have, you are stuck MacGrubering your film together with Bubblegum and Tinfoil and Gary Busey. But that’s all Robert Rodriguez had for “El Mariachi” (minus the Gary Busey part) and his $7K film not only launched his Hollywood career, but it still holds up almost 20 years later. And that was before Mini-DV and Final Cut Pro. He had to edit that film on 3/4″ decks…in the snow, uphill, both ways. Anyway, I’ve heard a lot of film pitches that included the words “the next Fireproof” and — how do I say this as delicately as possible — I just don’t think Honda got to where it is today with the Accord by wanting to build the next Ford Pinto. But then again, if Ford had released a companion book called “The Pinto Dare” listing 40 ways to show love to your Pinto in 40 days, history might have been rewritten and we’d all be driving explosive Civics.
Well, how’d I do, Cousin Jon? I’m gonna be honest here. These lists are not easy, dude. In fact, what started as an overly ambitious Top-20 list got whittled down to a Top 10, then a more Godly Top 7 but eventually petered out at Top 3….also pretty Holy.
So go right out, order your copy of “Stuff Christians Like” and place it proudly in the magazine rack beside your commode. Unless you’ve got a Kohler, which is worthy enough porcelain to place this golden book right on the flushy back part. Right beside your Hummels.
And if not, well, you just need to get prayed up.
Did you feel that latest earthquake? The epicenter is located in what Bob Briner refers to as the Christian Ghetto. Well you should have because there’s a rumble in the Bronx brewing and it’s gonna get ugly. No, I’m not referring to the Franklin Graham vs Barrack Obama UFC Cage match that really needs to happen. I refer to a Box Office showdown the likes of which we haven’t seen since Turner and Hooch vs. K-9, or Armaggedon vs Deep Impact, or Miley Cyrus vs. Hannah Montanna. Wait, what? How would that even work? I dunno…
I knew there was another Jesus movie in the works. It’s called “The Messiah” being developed by In Jesus Name Productions (ack! why can’t I even type these Christian ProdCo names without gagging on my Corn Pops…I’m SORRY, okay?!? It’s just…it’s…it’s NOT what Jesus did) and was all set to let it pass under the radar like the slow-moving fat kid in dodgeball that was an opportunity referred to as a “low hanging fruit”. In fact, I was bodily shielding him from the uber-athletic bullies on the other team. Until I discovered another slow-moving fat kid behind me. And realized I was on a whole team of slow-moving fat kids…at which point I decided to take up tennis.
But then I discovered there was another Jesus movie in the works! And I calmly set down my spoon, stood on the breakfast table and shook my fists to the heavens…cut to wideshot Raleigh where a piercing soulful wail resounded through the city like “whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?”
No. Seriously. Why?
Am I the only one on the planet who saw “The Passion of the Christ” by that little unknown fella named Melbourne Q. Gibson (prolly not his real name…you know those hollywood types). That was only 2004, Mr. ADHD. I realize there were some religious groups that panned it because they thought they were speaking in tongues…but it was actually Aramaic. The other God language. Sooooo, not a good excuse to remake it.
The Passion sits at #14 in all-time domestic film grosses. It’s a cinematic masterpiece. Great script. Great movie. It changed lives on both sides of the aisle…both the secular and the sacred. Did you see the other film that came out the year before? It was called “The Gospel of John” and attempted word for word fidelity to John’s point of view tale. It, however, sits at #4561 in all-time domestic film grosses.
I can hear the critics out there winding up with their dodgeballs and their overmuscled theological precision ready to rain down hellfire and gelatin on my head with the old, “it’s not about Box Office, Acuff, it’s about soulssssssss! Soulsssss for Jesussssss!” (And I’m not making fun, guys, just my ssssss key sticksss sometimessssss)
And that, Young Skywalker, is why you fail. But before I go there, let me tell you about Jesus Film #2.
The new film in development is called “Jesus: No Greater Love” and despite the “Jennifer’s Body” type horror film looking website where blood is gushing down the screen in a nauseating cascade there are many similarities to “The Messiah”.
Both ProdCo’s are calling their film development a “movement”. Not because it is indeed a movement, mind you, not like Facebook is a movement or the Greening of America is a movement or the Oreo cookie, but because the filmmakers NEEEEED it to be a movement. Mostly because their vision (read pricetag$) is so high that they don’t just need a couple love offerings….they need a loaves-and-fishes-cast-your-nets-on-the-other-side-til-they’re-full-til-breaking sorta festivus miracle.
I mean, the “Jesus:NGL” group doesn’t even have a script yet, but feels like they require $45M to make it happen. They even gave themselves til March 2010 and were a little disappointed that they only had raised $300K. Oh, the films I could make with $300K. I’m. Just. Saying.
This is the second biggest problem with both films….they are donations based. For a $45M film you don’t need donations you need investors. This isn’t PTL, guys. Like it or not, this is show biz. Donors give $10 and $20s to showbiz. Investors give thousands and millions. Donors get no return except the good feeling they’ve been a part of a “movement”. Investors receive monies back in the end so they are then freed up to fund OTHER worthy kingdom projects…keeping the momentum going. Donors watch as Ministry leaders ride around in Bentleys and Golden Jetplanes with Jacuzzis. Investors don’t care because they’ve got their OWN Bentleys and Jacuzzi Jets. Donors are PCs…Investors are Macs.
In the options trading market we’re warned about this lethal drug that can devastate your trading if you get addicted. It’s called “Hopium”. It’s called not doing your research and legwork, but getting into a trade just “hoping beyond hope” that the market goes your way. If that’s you, you’ve been smoking Hopium.
And these filmmakers are smoking Hopium if they think these huge monolithic endeavors are gonna fly waving inspirational pep rallies and car washes and bake sales. What’s gonna happen is that your $45M film will have to be made for $300K. Instead of CGI you’ll be using Plah-Doh. Instead of Al Pacino you get John Tesh. And instead of “The Passion” you get “Soul Plane”.
More importantly, instead of attracting “souls to Jesus” they’re just gonna point and laugh at the lack of narrative structure, corny acting and also the paper mache cross…then they’ll go back to Iron Man 2 and Friday the 13th part 47.
Don’t get me wrong, the Choir is gonna love ‘em!
Is there room for another Jesus Movie in 2010? Heck ya there is, Napolean! How about some sorta Frank Peretti-like treatment of the Crucifixion. Let’s see what was going down behind the scenes with Michael and Lucifer in the most epic battle of all times. THERE’S your $75M film idea. I’d see THAT in 3-D, smellivision or whatev you throw at me!
But let’s not be looking at a Ford Focus and you trying to sell it to me as a Ferrari. As the good book says, “Homey don’t play that!” (Psalms, I think).
This is an article by Chuck Jacobs, a staff writer for the Fayetteville Observer who put together a solid story on our friend Jeremiah McLamb’s film project, MASQUERADE.
MASQUERADE is a feature length project shot on McLamb’s RED One. Produced and Directed and Shot and Lit predominately by McLamb, the film was also co-written by he and Wired4Film’s own David Acuff.
Principal photography is set to wrap this month and tentatively scheduled to premiere in Fayetteville, NC in October.
What started as an exercise for Northwood Academy’s High School Film class has become so much bigger. Funny how God still takes a couple of loaves and fishes and creates something infinitely bigger.
(EXCERPT) “I was sitting in church and realized that all around me was this masquerade,” said Director Jeremiah McLamb, the 25-year-old Fayetteville, NC native. “There were all these shining, happy faces, masking pain, hiding doubt. And I started wondering what happens when the masks come off?”
The result of those mid-sermon musings will be shown this fall. “Masquerade,” a film that delves into the spiritual struggles of faith and friendship, wraps up filming in Fayetteville during the next couple of weeks.
The film, a semester-long project, stars students and church members at Northwood Temple. And, unlike the people McLamb described sitting in church, it’s not shiny and happy.
“Masquerade” is, at times, gritty and tough to swallow. It stings and soothes at the same time, revealing some of the doubts and difficulties that come when walking a life of faith.
The result is far from amateur, however. McLamb began working on video productions while a student at Northwood Temple School and now runs a video production group in Fayetteville. He had a lot of help from professionals and top-flight digital technology.
He credits David Acuff, Brian and Rhonda Kent with maintaining the professional look and feel of a film.
Once production is finished, McLamb hopes to arrange a local screening. He believes the film will find a niche like “Facing The Giants” did in 2006. That film, also focusing on Christian themes, was made with volunteers from a Georgia church for about $100,000. It has since raised more than $10 million for the church and its missions.
The full article can be seen at the Fayetteville Observer HERE
Contact Info: Jeremiah McLamb
by John J. Schafer
History of Frank Peretti’s ‘This Present Darkness’ Movie
Originally Published on Blogger (July 30, 2006)
By John J. Schafer
Cannom Creations (Owned by Greg Cannom)
This Present Darkness – Art Director/Character Designer (1997)
Profile: Miles Teves
20th Century Fox
This Present Darkness – Conceptual Designer
Profile: Stephen Martiniere
20th Century Fox
This Present Darkness – Storyboard Artist
Industrial Light + Magic
This Present Darkness (Test) – Conceptual Designer (1998)Excerpt of ILMfan.com’s 1998 interview with TyRuben
STZ: Are you still working at ILM?
TY: My position at ILM is what they call “Casual Status”. I still have an phone there, but what it really boils down to is I’m a free agent. ILM can call me in at any time, which they most recently did on Chuck Russell’s new movie “This Present Darkness”.
David J. Stephen
Industrial Light + Magic
This Present Darkness (Test) – Senior Technical Director
Profile: David J. Stephen
This Present Darkness – Presentation art and designs (1992)
Profile: William Stout
VARIOUS PRODUCERS INVOLVED AT ONE POINT
20th Century Fox
This Present Darkness – DirectorProfile: Chuck Russell
(Producer: Return of the Jedi / Executive Producer: Raiders of the Lost Ark)
20th Century Fox
This Present Darkness – ProducerOriginal producer involved for This Present Darkness. Not sure of Howard Kazanjian’s participation with the re-activated development.Profile: Howard Kazanjian
20th Century Fox
This Present Darkness – ProducerNot officially confirmed, briefly mentioned in The Dove Foundation interview with Frank Peretti (Famous Author Peretti Tries To Keep It Simple)Full Interview:
http://www.dove.org/news/interviews/peretti.htmProfile: Michael De Luca
Focus on the Family
This Present Darkness – Screenplay WriterNot officially confirmed, briefly mentioned in 2005 exclusive on Infuze.com. You will need to register to read the article.Full Interview:
_________________________________________________________________________GRAPHIC NOVEL PITCH
By Adam Meyer (a.k.a. Shard)
“Present Darkness Comic” on MySpace.com
ProdCo: Five&Two Pictures and the Christiano Film Group
Title: The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
ProdCo: Top Pup Media