Monthly Archives: August 2010

Big Fat Door.

Anyone seen what independent producers (Mystery Guitar Man and Freddie Wong, in this case) are doing with large corporations on the (currently) #3 website in the world (and bane of the Network Studios of old)? I propose MMASFY people consider doing the same! Watch videos from MysteryGuitarMan and FreddieW and get inspired! Not that making hairgel ads is the pinnacle of desire, YeshuaIS, but, hey, beats paying the bills by working at someone else’s restaurant!

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Lighting the Scene 001 – Called to build a dwelling place for YHWH

This is the first of random thoughts for “Lighting the Scene” with Scripture in light of the Hebrew world view almost completely lost to Christianity as far back Justin Martyr and John Chrysostom. I personally don’t want to step outside scripture within this forum (except to define the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic using widely trusted resources), so I will limit my comments to focusing “Sola Scriptura” (Acts 17:11).

I’ll also post these little ditties in the Discussions section of our Movie Makers And Shakers For Yeshua Facebook Page for posterity’s sake.

– :: Called to build a dwelling place for YHWH :: –

Exodus 31:2-5

Behold, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship, to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all kinds of workmanship.

More on Oholiab follows here.

Bezalel was a man who took great pride in living excellently. Paul (Sha’ul, originally) calls all believers similarly,

2nd Timothy 2:3-14

You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Messiah Yeshua.  No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.  Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn’t crowned unless he has competed by the rules.

Exodus 36:2-4

Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab, and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart the YHWH had put wisdom, even everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to the work to do it: and they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, with which to make it. They brought yet to him freewill offerings every morning. All the wise men, who performed all the work of the sanctuary, each came from his work which they did.

I myself aspire to a work ethic that would match the youth of the Hebrew people during their many eras of existence or, more recently, the youth of America, during the first hundred or so years of our existence. This is an ethos of deep focus and devoted study which allows for the true genius humans are capable of to come forth. A focus, I believe, we are capable of attaining at ANY season of life… if we choose it before YHWH, Giver of Wisdom (James 1:2-10)

Bezalel was chosen to build the Temple wherein dwelt the very Presence of YHWH on planet Earth! For the sake of brevity, my studies have led me to believe that Yeshua, the very Sacrifice Lamb given through the Exodus from Egypt, fulfilled ALL Temple bloodshed (Hebrews 9:22) and shifted His focus from the stone Temple in Jerusalem, Israel, to the “Temples (not) made with human hands” (Acts 17:24) – humans themselves!

What Bezalel had the amazing honor to fulfill, we can also fulfill within our own lives! We can be Temples of the Living YHWH by Messiah Yeshua’s great gift of Love!

Ephesians 5:15-21 – Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore don’t be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Don’t be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, to God, even the Father;  subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Messiah.

Also

John 14-17 (yes, all of it!) Any of the verses like John 15:7 will do wonders! “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”

So here’s my takeaway from this whole “modern day Bezalels” thing –

MMASFY people, lets “be excellent to each other” and to YHWH who joins us together.

Let’s fellowship around the excellence of honing our faith in Yeshua by clinging to His Word and by honing our craft like Bezalel.

Let’s actually prefer manuals and Youtube tutorials over watching the godless garbage on network television or wasting time playing a video game!

Let’s give priority to our Scripture studies, history and political studies and story telling!

Let’s stand out as self-made children of YHWH who love to give glory to His name – YHWH of Israel, Maker of the heavens and the Earth! Messiah Yeshua, the Son of YHWH who is, Himself, fully YHWH and fully man – unique among all and the only uncreated One!

Amen?

Make yourself a dwelling place for the King of the Universe! Here’s an awesome (long-form) worship piece from friends at IHOP-KC to get you started. You won’t find this anywhere else! Get oil for your heart NOW… before the doors close!

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MMASFY Gear!

More coming, but, so far, we have sweet coffee/tea mugs and bumper stickers. MMASFY hits the road!

http://www.cafepress.com/mmasfy

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RED Cam Update 20100816

(Gearlust to follow, but thanks to anyone praying for ISRAEL this week – Iran get’s the finishing touch from Russia on their Nuclear sites THIS SATURDAY – August 21, 2010, which would effectively end a lot of things for a lot of people – including us. Also, please pray for the production of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a movie that will rock the prayer world as well as any abolitionist activists who see it – pray for the 1st Assistant Director who has a ton of work to do, pray for the child actors (re-enacting child sex slavery worldwide), that God will protect their hearts and give strong salvation to them in the process of intercessory acting, for the Director who has finished casting and is now working with the art department for the look of the re-enactments – and pray for protection against spiritual attacks, for wisdom to recognize attacks and strength to stand against them.)

So! RED has this cookin’ right now: A few pics and a price sheet to contemplate in your planning over the next year to buy a camera.

1st the Epic. Shown (left) as it is being produced. This thing is upgradeable to like 90 megapixels in the future but currently rolls at 120 fps at 5K and 220 fps. The whole RED thing, of course to provide WAY more than what we currently know as “High Definition” and WAY more than the “2K” resolution Spielberg and Lucas used to be content using. We’re talking 3K, 5K… up to like 24K (that’s seeing a fly’s eyes from a like half a mile out)… Anyhoo.

The Scarlet is a little less powerful, but still WALLOPS HD and 2k!

Here’s a pic of it looking at an Epic. Translation: It’s READY!!! Cost sheet follows as well.

For those who want to get amazing images on the cheap, don’t forget about

Pray for Israel, Exodus Cry… make movies that make Yeshua happy… “May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”

(Click the RED Scarlet price sheet to view larger)

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LifeofKyle.com Lifting Praise for Film Success!

I’m so grateful for this story – the precious story of Standing Firm – a film derived from more love and prayer and trials than I’ve ever seen! Following is a clip from Kyle Prohaska’s blog – we’re proud of you, Kyle. Rock on in Yeshua!

“So it’s 11:38pm and I’m sitting here writing. I just checked ChristianCinema.com a…gain. One of the biggest Christian movie/video sites on the internet. Look what I saw (to the right). There you’ll find Letters to God and To Save A Life, two of the biggest Christian movies that will come out this year, both released a matter of days ago.

“Both cost millions to make and market, with huge distribution companies behind them and loads of support from all over. Then you have The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. That’s Rich Christiano’s new film, another huge seller this year and probably one of the biggest Christian movies of the year as well. Then sitting at #5 you have a film called STANDING FIRM, a film that was made in the bedroom of a naive and inexperienced (now) 22 year old kid who felt a calling (an 18 year old at the start), cast/crew’d by a slew of passion filled volunteers, and a wealth of support on all levels by folks in the community and all over the internet. The film isn’t even out yet, it has 10 days to go. THAT’S MY GOD!”

More from Kyle here – http://lifeofkyle.com/2010/08/14/thats-my-god/

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Documentary Filmmakers, Rejoice!

Yes, it’s always important to respect other artist’s hard (hard!) work to make a film, produce and distribute a DVD. This much is true.

However, as documenatry filmmakers, we have reason to thank God for a new opening in resources that could change everything… if we’re careful to learn the best practices of Fair Use Doctrine!

Here’s the official government page on the doctrine. (FL-102, Revised May 2009)

Well, the big news came out a few weeks ago that University of Southern California Law students from the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic won a copyright exemption in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The announcement was made on July 26, 2010, by the United States Copyright Office.

This is especially helpful for documentary Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua! As long as we abide by Fair Use Doctrine, we are now FREE to use any DVD we own or can buy in plotting out our documentary stories.

Whether educational, revelational, investigative, critical or to add that touch of modern idiom to our dramatic storytelling (picture a TV announcing the news or showing an excerpt of another fictional film), we are now free to explore (somewhat) vicariously through other artists and storytellers throughout this “information age.”

We’re NOT talking about Youtube copycatters here. We’re talking about using best practices for film production starting with a script! But, now, our script is free from worrying (too much – Fair Use Doctrine still strictly applies) whether any such iconoclastic reference to another film or documentary will be allowable by law.

More from the University of Southern California here – http://lawold.usc.edu/news/article.cfm?newsID=3604

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Avatar interview – re-release August 27th!

Here’s the latest (mp3) from 3D evangelist and extremely successful writer/director/society-shaper, James Cameron (Thanks, marketsaw.blogspot.com/, for this excellent interview). James talks about the state of 3D cinema and some of the buzz around Avatar being re-released August 27 (2010) and Avatar 2 which is already in the works.

As a believer who is writing a script and wants to make movies that move people to Yeshua, King of the Universe, I think it’s incumbent upon us to examine the highest grossing movie of all time – Avatar. Call me a faddist, if you will. But, really, I want to pose some important questions we shoud all be asking right now (some 2-parters)(test on Monday):

1 – Is Real3D, as the front runner technology of the new 3D wave of films (of which this best-selling Avatar is a fan), the key technology for us to look to when thinking about our feature length films? Should we join Joss Whedon (Toy Story, Titan A.E., Serenity) and J.J. Abrams (Armageddon, Mission Impossible III) in dissenting from this huge 3D boon altogether?

2 – What is it about Avatar that gets to people? Could it be answering some questions Christians currently aren’t even addressing?

3 – What does Revelation 11:18 mean to you? Is it a verse you might use in “giving an answer for your faith” (Colossians 4:6, 1st Peter 3:15) and in “becoming all things to all people in order, by any means, to win some?” (1st Corinthians 9:22)

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Facebook friendliness!

I’ll tell ya what, Facebook’s got skillz! You can advertise to 18,000 people for 12 bucks. At least that’s the way I’m reading these stats in my relative ignorance. And that’s a targeted audience down to the “like” of the viewers! That’s actually kind of amazing to me.. comparing that advertising with, say, billboard ads. Amazing.

So, um. Join us!

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