The Ministry of Motion Pictures is designed to inspire, instruct, and think critically about Christian-oriented films. Christian films are the black sheep of the film industry, sometimes wildly successful, but most often not. Yet, everyone has an opinion about them, including Hollywood.
In the 1930’s James K. Friedrich said, “The motion picture camera, like the printing press, is a gift from God. We can use it for God’s purpose.”
One hundred years of cinema have shown that Christians have rarely used film to its potential. With the tectonic shifts currently happening in the entertainment industry, I believe the question before us is this: Where will we be in the new entertainment landscape?
My name is Todd Shaffer. I’m an animation director by trade with almost 30 years of experience behind me. I never wanted to make Christian films, but ten years ago I was given the opportunity to write and direct The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah, and in spite of the low budget disappointments and the difficulties of distribution, I gained a passion for making films that reflect the historic faith of Christianity. I co-founded Glorious Films and started work on my second film Prodigal the Musical, which we hope to release next year.
The Ministry of Motion Pictures is a call for revolution. Christian filmmakers today have inherited a mess of pottage that now goes by the moniker “faith-based.” While there are some wonderful films being made by today’s Christian filmmakers, we have a long road ahead of us. Much that goes by the name of Christian film reflects neither my faith nor my cinematic sensibilities. I’ve jumped into the fray not because of what Christian film is, rather because of what it can become.
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