FAITH FILMMAKING IN COMMUNITY
A community of Christians nurturing artistic and production talent to make one independent faith film per year
HOLLYWOOD ISN’T OUR ALLY
AND THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN
Hollywood does not care about the Christian mission. Their only interest is profit.
Most studios in the Faith Film industry are in partnerships with Hollywood, which means they must make a profit, and their content must pass through their Hollywood gatekeepers. They also have very little capacity because they can only produce so much.
Will this every change?
It hasn’t changed much in the past 20 years, so why do we expect this system change in the future?
As Hollywood and online streamers boom, the faith audience is more underserved than ever.
INDIE MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKERS ARE THE KEY TO CHANGE
Cinema changing movements have always started with low-budget/micro-budget filmmakers. Agents of change always start on the fringe. Just look at the French New Wave, Italian Neo-Realism, Hong Kong Cinema, The New Hollywood Movement, and Dogma 95.
Martin Scorsese said filmmakers today need to create their own film industry. The movie industry of the past is no more.
It’s time for Christian filmmakers to create a new faith film movement, a new industry that doesn’t need Hollywood, doesn’t operate like Hollywood, and doesn’t look like Hollywood.
Hollywood is changing. It’s becoming a sausage factory like never before; a larger immoral cesspool than every before.
There’s never been a better time to make Faith Films.
There’s never been a more urgent time to make Faith Films.
ONE FAITH FILM PER YEAR
My name is Todd Shaffer, and I’ve been making films and animation since I was 13. I’ve recently worked on film projects for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. I’ve directed two animated films, nearly 100 commercials, and was a sequence director on a film for Disney. I’ve written and sold numerous screenplays.
My 3 living children have all studied film or animation at Concordia University, and they have been making films since they were teens. My wife studied theater in LA.
I have complained about Christian films for a long time. Three years ago I started The Ministry of Motion Pictures podcast to help me understand the faith-based industry and to think critically about the good, the bad and the ugly of Christian film.
What I have learned is that the best way to make change is to model it, not talk about it or teach it. What I think Christian film should be needs to be seen.
We form the core of this faith filmmaking effort and we are looking for people to join us in our effort to change the face of Christian filmmaking.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone interested in Christian filmmaking. Filmmaking is a community effort. This isn’t just for filmmakers, it’s for writers, actors, tech folk, musicians, artists, cinematographers, professionals, students, those with aspirations, and anyone who is a cinephile who wants to see Christian film grow as a movement.
THE FIRST FF MEETING
It’s in the works. Details coming soon.
Please RSVP to Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Church Verdun
501 5e Avenue,
Verdun, QC H4G 2Z2
Use the basement entrance.
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- Introduction to Filmmakers Fellowship
- Introducing our first project
- Special Guest interview online
- Food and Fellowship
There is no cost and no commitment.