“The Chosen” and the Second Commandment

“The Chosen” and the Second Commandment

It's not my intention to take aim at Dallas Jenkins' show The Chosen, now in it's 3rd of 7 seasons. For the past many months, I have been preparing a series of podcasts to address a question that often surfaces in Christian circles, but doesn't have the debate or interaction it deserves to help Christians carefully think through whether...

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Did Paul Oppose Fiction?

Did Paul Oppose Fiction?

On the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper talks about whether Paul's opposition to myth is an opposition to what we know today about fiction. It's a very helpful address. John says, Paul’s warning was that myths were leading people away from the truth and thus destroying people. They were, in fact, creating an indifference to the truth...

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Indie Filmmaker Inspiration: Mark Toia

Indie Filmmaker Inspiration: Mark Toia

Mark Toia never made a feature film before. He came up with an idea and explored it as a hobby. Soon it became an obsession, that became a screenplay, attached actor Neal McDonough, the directed and produced it, with 200 effects shots for under $2 million dollars. It...

Advice from Script Readers

Advice from Script Readers

Script readers have the difficult task of reading spec script submissions sent to studios, producers and agents, the good and the bad, and a lot of the later. I'm always interested to hear what they have to say about storytelling. They may not be great writers or...

Stanley Kubrick’s First Short Films

Stanley Kubrick’s First Short Films

From Look photographer to filmmaker, Kubrick's first two short films show the developing eye of a great director. He made his first film Day of the Fight in 1949 for $3900. It tells the story of a day before a fight for boxer Walter Cartier. The 16 minute film sold to...

Handheld Camera Hell

Handheld Camera Hell

Handheld camerawork has lost it's way in today's media. It's overused, over-exaggerated, and misplaced. Some media productions have fallen into handheld hell -- impossible to watch without getting sea sick. Too often handheld camerawork destroys what would have been...

Great Literature Editions for Christian Storytellers

Great Literature Editions for Christian Storytellers

B&H Publishing and Dr. Karen Swallow Prior have published a number of literary classiscs in beautiful new hardcover editions. These editions are from the series "A Guide to Reading and Reflecting (Read and Reflect with the Classics). Each novel includes helpful...

CWVFF Filmmakers Guild Membership has relaunched

CWVFF Filmmakers Guild Membership has relaunched

The Christian Worldview Film Festival has reluanched The Filmmakers Guild with over 300 hours of keynote addresses and workshops. I've purchased a membership and have enjoyed many great videos from past events. It's well worth the membership fee, and for a limited...