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Lighting the Scene 003 – Organic Filmmaking for the King

My wife, Michelle, and I just finished viewing Standing Firm, by Kyle Prohaska and his awesome community in Ransomville, NY (Praise Pictures). What a fun, gripping and wonderfully and refreshingly evangelical film! I haven’t watched the entire behind the scenes video yet, but what I did see communicated the interesting genesis of the making of this movie. Indeed, it had the most organic, realistic feel I think I’ve ever seen in a film. Sure, there have been films made for millions of dollars with teams of hundreds working around the clock (think Lord of the Rings) that may have paid closer attention to continuity and lighting, but what Kyle has done with Standing Firm is a testament to actual “ekklessia” (assembled together ones) and what God can do through an individual who is willing to work with his community… indeed, his friends… to make a beautiful movie.


A screen shot from Standing Firm by Praise Pictures.

And, I believe, this movie, along with others being made with the new tools available to us at the end of the age of the gentiles, will be referenced for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Why do I say that? Because of the time we’re living in.. we are living at the height of Earth’s corruption and mankind’s avarice and in the midst of that, there is a shining light of hope in the Christian community worldwide. Angels long to see what Yeshua is doing with His Bride!

Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently… for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that would follow them. To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, they ministered these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into. (1st Peter 1:10-12)

I’ve been working on a script for several years (and 8 children!) and one of the things I want to “find” with my script is the organic process I believe happens when you allow the Holy Spirit to “get in there” – in the mix – and make Himself known.

Filmmakers are in a kind of “double bind” – the medium almost negates the chance for authentic, intimate moments. Case in point, Director says with faster than normal, not meeting deadline, anxious voice, “Ok. She’s in love with you. You’re just recognizing it. Ok. Act! (shouts) Ready on the set! Lights! Roll tape! ACTION!…” Not quite conducive to the gentle, romantic experience, is it? Maybe if you eat, drink and breathe on set in Hollywood… but who wants to live like THAT?

I submit that the method of communication called “film” or “movies” – DVDs, BluRay, etc – belongs to YHWH. And, yet, the use of this communication, along with the printed word (which is no different, really), has been VIOLENTLY CONTESTED by the kingdom of darkness. And the “ekklesia” – the Church – has been losing the battle.

Whether believing farmers battling for supremacy in the field of seed genetics (keeping it “organic” rather than “roundup ready”) or believing media producers in the field of communications, there IS a battle for the very atoms of our planet – whether seed atoms or light atoms. Will you engage it with the Word of YHWH, which is the sword of the Spirit (Heb. 4:4-14)? Or will you surrender to the “powers that be” and let them strip your children of seed and light in the generations following yours? Call it culture war, call it “reasonable service of worship”… if we don’t engage this battle, our children will suffer dearly. It is a battle for “the laws of nature and nature’s God” (USA’s Founding Fathers, Declaration of Independence)… and nothing less.

It is a battle to retain “organic expression…” a battle for love. Love of God, love of people, love of land, and love of the free and honest expression of those grand themes.

Yeshua longs for people who won’t “suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which is known of God is revealed in (people), for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of Him (since the creation of the world) are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity… (and yet still) knowing God, they don’t glorify Him as God, neither do they give thanks” for His glorious Presence, Creation and Love.

And Yeshua loves light. It was the first thing He established from within the bosom of the Father. “Let there be light,” He sang… establishing some kind of molecular basis for all we see … and all the myriad spiritual orchestration we cannot see.

As we capture light on our hard drives and memory cards (and film?), we should find new ways to BYPASS all the artificially generated emotions so often portrayed on film. What if the “Lights! Camera! Action!” of the “set” is just a bad design for the movie-making process? As believers and intercessors with King Yeshua, we should seek to let the Holy Spirit help us capture figments of light that MAGNIFY the Creator’s “everlasting power and divinity” and give transparency and purity to the human experience on planet Earth.

What Kyle and Ransomville did with the Standing Firm movie, I think, is very similar to what we capture here in Kansas City on ThePrayerRoom.TV – a 24-hour-a-day reality. An authentic expression of the Body of Messiah – filled with prayer, praise and the YHWH who loves to dwell richly amidst people who live like that! Kyle mentions in his behind the scenes piece that he pretty much “showed up” every day for years… praying, playing, designing, writing, crying, loving… basically life. And it shows on film.

MMASFY actors, forerunners who cling only to Yeshua – not “fame” in any of sordid manifestations, don’t “act.” They intercede. Every performance is a prayer. That’s what makes the difference.

And that’s what sets this film apart, I think.

Blessings to you, Ransomville… and Kyle Prohaska. May your righteousness go before you and the glory of the Lord be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58)

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A Christian Filmmaker's Dilemma

I think Kyle Prohaska (filmmaker of Standing Firm) knocks it out of the park with this incredibly soul-searching article, A Christian Filmmaker’s Dilemma.

I bring this to the table because in that moment God really struck me with reality.  I think this is a problem that we all face everyday as artists, especially filmmakers.  We see some great art (or in this case, films) around us and are drawn to those because of their artistry and quality.  I think because of that we compromise our spiritual integrity, and all of it in the name of art or as I’ve heard other Christian filmmakers say (and unfortunately I’ve said it as well)…”research.”

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Chaffer Report: 20100916

[I’ve done a few of these updates over on the Facebook page. I’m gonna echo them here for posterity’s sake. Short, annotative. That’s all.]

So!

Tues. Evening MMASFY-bro, Bob Waldrop and I got together and dropped MASSIVE prayers for Yeshua and for you all to GET HEAVEN’S MEDIA and then get it OUT.

Also, spent time with a good friend, Mike Haack – who has sooo much to offer the Christian Filmmaker’s community – both as a teacher and as a filmmaker. He obviously has the heavens COOKIN’ over his head! What a guy.. and what a testimony of Yeshua.. and what FILMS are going to come out of his life and ministry!

Already he does beautiful work for IHOP-KC – as a filmmaker and teacher at IHOPU.

Blessings, movie makers. We can do this!

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Panasonic: Sweet Site for AF100 Micro 4/3rds Camcorder

This “micro 4/3rds” technology sounds small but is actually kinda big!

This video gives a quick low-down on what “micro 4/3rds” is (basically a DSLR without mirror or pentaprism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIUyTVOMiVI Some people have been really excited about Panasonic’s GF1 and GH1  http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=289

Price points on the GH1 – $1,140 and GF1 – $750

The AF100 steps up to much more professional features – with a much more professional price of about $10,000!

http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/af100/

Goodies list:

  • Internal ND filter: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 or Off (rotary switch).
  • Focus-assist function: edge coloration, focus bar display.
  • DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch): automatically reduces compression of black or blown highlights in high contrast scenes.
  • Thumbnail viewing, clip deletion and SD card to SD card copying and meta-data recording functions.
  • Pre-rec and Interval rec functions.
  • Relay recording: Relay recording from one SD card to another without interrupt.
  • WFM display function: the wave form of the video being recorded is easily displayed on an LCD monitor.
  • Shot mark function: the useful shot mark function allows marking of clips as good, bad or others.
  • User buttons: three user buttons allow high-frequency functions to be performed with a single push.
  • Audio volumes: allows manual adjustment of audio inputs (2 ch).
  • Video output (pin jack x 1), HD/SD SDI output (BNC x 1), HDMI output (HDMI Type A x 1).
  • USB 2.0 (Type B) allows connection to PC/Mac.
  • XLR audio inputs (XLR x 2, Line/Mike selectable, +48V compatible), Internal microphone (stereo).
  • Audio outputs (RCA x 2), Headphone (stereo mini jack x 1 (3.5mm diameter)).
  • Camera Remote (super mini jack x 1; zoom, S/S, mini jack x 1; focus, iris).
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3D PDF 4 Free (U C?)

Got a little carried away there. Txtng too much, I suppose.

OK. So, here’s the article with the Free PDF! Download it. Study up. Learn 3D Cinema! Why? Mm… Idunno. So you have something to chat about around the coffee table?

http://3dtv.fr/wordpress/?p=83

Actually, a thought comes to mind. 3D video is the visual artists chance to feel what sound designers and composers get to feel for once! Working in Stereo sound is very similar to 3D space! Now Holophonic sound

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9-11 Remembered.

Today: 9-11 9 years later.

Isaiah 54 is a perfect word for this day. It hearkens all the way back to Noah’s flood.

Peace is from YHWH alone.

“Sing, barren, you who didn’t bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” says Yahweh.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; don’t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.  For you shall spread out on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

“Don’t be afraid; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be confounded; for you shall not be disappointed: for you shall forget the shame of your youth; and the reproach of your widowhood you shall remember no more.  For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.  For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,” says your God.

“For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.  In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting loving kindness will I have mercy on you,” says Yahweh your Redeemer.

“For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.  For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says Yahweh who has mercy on you.

“You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires.  I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.  All your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children.  In righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.  Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.

“Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.

This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness which is of me,” says Yahweh.

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Keep it in the kingdom

This is where other believers who are “faithful scribes… bringing forth out of their treasure chest… things new and old”

Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Matthew 13:52)

Surf these ideas, MMASFY intercessors! “Keep it in the kingdom!” Remember, Yahweh, the Father of all creation, who by the voice of His Son, created all things… is the author of creativity as well as salvation! So “come out of Babylon and be separate” (Revelation 18)
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Revelation of John 18:4)
Kinda like “holly” wood vs “Sher” wood… hm… which one’s gonna support you in hard times? PLEASE don’t rummage (at least not exclusively or often) for ideas in the sewage of this broken world system! We promise, Abba YHWH will be faithful to you to give you creative ideas and skills… if you ask… and if you trust Him with your craft.

Sherwood Baptist Media – I would have put these brothers and sisters in the Intercessors group… just not sure that they would like our “glossolalia!”

http://www.independentchristianfilms.com/ = San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival offers a 100,000 prize for best film! And….

http://www.independentchristianfilms.com/academy/ was responsible for the birthing of MMASFY back in 2006! Sweet, huh?

http://www.christianfilmmakers.org/news/

http://www.philcooke.com/

http://www.franklinsprings.com/

http://www.vimeo.com/channel19409

http://www.myspace.com/holcs – House of Light Creative Studios are doing a new thing with “afterEden” a snowboarding film that seeks to draw people closer to the God who sends snow upon the earth (Job 38:22)

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Every Student – inspiring video interviews! Great content… why won’t people do movies based on THESE true stories? What Hollywood says sells (obviously) ain’t necessarily so! Let’s rock this world for the Kingdom of Love and Light, shall we? Jesus still saves!

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If you are a Christian Film/TV Producer or Distributor and would like to include your
company amidst the MMASFY pages, please send us your web site and company logo to: info@mmasfy.com
Christian Industry Links
More Christian Film & TV production companies, Distributors, and Film Festivals! (In no particular order!

Jerusalem Street Productions – Youth affecting youth with media and heart on a shoestring budget in the capital of World Revival, Jerusalem, Israel!

ChristianAnswers.net Christian Filmmaking NEWS

Gospel Communications International – more Christian filmmaking NEWS

Phil Cooke Pictures – Production company with EXCELLENT RESOURCES!

The God of Moses – Norton Rodriguez’ Production Company!

Christian Filmmaking – Another site with EXCELLENT RESOURCES!

Artistic Concepts – Production company!

Independent Christian Films – A ministry of Vision Forum which is Calvinist, unfortunately, but is succinct in calling our nation to repent and believe in King Jesus (or Yeshua!… they don’t seek to understand our Hebrew roots, either). We highly recommend their Film Teaching materials!

HolyHill Productions – Production company!

Vision Gate Films – Production company with EXCELLENT RESOURCES!

Faith Film – RESOURCES – Specializing in Special Effects & Production

Cloud Ten Pictures – Production company!

KTF Productions – Production company!

Mitch Robbins – Production company!

Crusader Entertainment – Production company!

WorldwidePictures – Evangelistic movies by the Billy Graham Outreach

8x – Gener8xion Entertainment – Production company! See “Esther” Trailer!

Christian Cinema – a DVD shop with an EXCELLENT movie NEWS section!

Messenger Films – Production company!

Signal Hill Pictures – Production company!

Christian Movies – a DVD shop

Reel Christian – Production company!

Perception Films – Production company!

Justice Pictures – Production company!

American Portrait Films – Production company!

The Jesus Film Project! – Production company focused on ONE WORLD-CHANGING FILM!

Jeremiah Films – Production company!

Apologetics Group – Awesome expose on the “Da Vinci Code” paganism.

Testimony Pictures – Production company! The Calling “a high standards film.”

Eden Communications – Production company!

Glowing Nose Productions – Production company!

Sower Productions – Production company!

EyeLightMedia – Production company!

A special thanks to Mark Bradford and Norton Rodriguez for most of these links! (updated and clarified)

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Lighting the Scene 002 – Welcome Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua!

Shalom in Yeshua the King of kings, King of the Jews and King of the Universe; Slain Lamb from before the foundations of the earth; Maker and Savior of all humanity!

Tom Chaffer here. I just want to welcome you all to the Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua Facebook page. Thanks for Liking us! We have nearly 100 on board in a little over a month! I want to encourage a vibrant community of forerunner filmmakers who want Yeshua (Jesus) to be exalted in their films in the most professional, Scriptural and glory-filled way possible! And YOU are the man or woman of the hour to make that happen!

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

“These who have turned the world upside down have come here also, whom Jason has received. These all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Yeshua!” (Acts 17:6-7)

Like Bezalel crafted the most amazing temple during Moshe’s (Moses’) day, we can conceptualize, write, plan, shoot, edit, score, market and distribute movies that compel people – today’s “temples” for His Spirit – “(training) Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” (Eph. 4:12-13, Message)

Here’s a few bullet points of where we’re at on the page –
• We’re got 99 “likers.”
• We’ve got 61 other Christian Film pages (and musicians who want to do soundtrack work) liked.
• We’ve got a new short URL – http://facebook.com/mmasfy – so it’s easier to share with people!
• We’ve got goods – http://cafepress.com/mmasfy – that will slowly expand with more inspirational goodies over time, but already has some interesting liquid containers for coffee… and more coffee. And bumper stickers! (so far)
• Discussions – http://www.facebook.com/mmasfy?v=app_2373072738
• There’s http://mmasfy.com, my wordpress site for the extra adventurous.

But MOST OF ALL! Wewhew! …

• We’ve got each other in Christ! And I want to strongly urge you all to introduce yourselves to each other – share your triumphs, your dreams, your needs, your resources, start a discussion, share your prayer requests… and your PRAYERS! Typed out prayers, I’ve found, done within the context of online community, are actually quite powerful! Bless someone by putting it in quotes and just tearin’ in… like this!

“Yeshua, my most amazing King, Designer & Maker of the Universe, I thank You for Your creative, compassionate Bride, the Church, who are reading this today. Bless them with ‘prevailing faith’ regarding their dreams and visions from the heavenly courts. Cause them to rise up with “Chazak” – the courage of Joshua – to stake their claim and watch you knock down the walls before them. And Jesus, precious Savior, Holy One of Israel, most of all, use us to touch others.. to bless them with the love and life and light of Your Kingdom’s ‘way of doing things.’ Use them to see souls saved out darkness and brought into the light. Be well pleased with our movies, Yeshua. Amen.”

It was the movie The Passion of the Christ by poor Mel Gibson – who also needs prayer so desperately – which started this group in Kansas City, Missouri, almost 3 years ago – with some members who are still hangin’ out! (Ted John! Daniel Gray! Wassup, bruvs?)

And it is the suffering of our Servant King, Yeshua, that I want us all to always remember when we do what we do with our media. Hollywood’s media reflects horribly degraded values. Let’s not base our values on theirs, please. Break away from that mold and find the ancient paths … and the new things … that await us in the Holy Hebrew Scriptures!

“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1st Cor. 4:1)

Worshiping YHWH for who He is and interceding for others before Him is the highest, most authoritative thing we can do! And our films could extend that reality in SO many creative ways. It’s the simple act of intelligently (heart, soul, mind and strength) uniting our faith with our Great Intercessor and BrideGroom King, the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful One who understands ALL and is CONSTANTLY in agreement with His Cross Covenant, His “IT IS FINISHED” before the Father on our behalves.

Prayers are the legal activity of the Spirit realm. Our films could be also! Our films could intercede for our countries.

Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.”

The media revolution is hitting hard and fast and we just want to be surfin’ the front of the wave for the glory of our King, Yeshua, the “Lamb standing as thought it had been slain” Rev. 5:6

[FYI: Revelation 4-5 and Ezekiel 1-2 are among the most revealing chapters of all the Bible into the “cinematic display” taking place in the Throne room of heaven.]

Let’s pray, write & work on telling stories while others only sit back and watch, Saints! We can present Truth like never before with the tools available to us! In fact, one of my primary passions is to discover and share the tools with the biggest bang for the buck – hardware, software, techniques and best practices.

That said, I really want to call attention to Kyle Prohaska’s film, Standing Firm. He’s a perfect example of someone who used the very least, gave it his very best and produced (by all accounts – haven’t received mine yet) a powerful, emotional story that leads people to faith in our Lord:

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Firm-Rob-Reisman/product-reviews/B003UCA55K

http://www.facebook.com/standingfirm

Again, welcome and “sieze the day,” I’ll end with a paraphrase of the famous praying revivalists of the Moravian-Herrnhut community in Germany in the 1700s – “may the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering in our films and in the fruit of repentance and belief in our King they produce!”

Sincerely, your brother in the King of the Universe, our Messiah Yeshua,

Tom Chaffer
facebook.com/mmasfy.com
atomsounduniverse.com

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Psalm 78:2-8

2 I will open my mouth in a parable.
I will utter dark sayings of old,

3 Which we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children,
telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh,
his strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.

5 For he established a testimony in Jacob,
and appointed a teaching in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers,
that they should make them known to their children;

6 that the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; who should arise and tell their children,

7 that they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments,

8 and might not be as their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation that didn’t make their hearts loyal,
whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

(Also here – http://www.facebook.com/mmasfy?v=app_2373072738#!/topic.php?uid=121449981225800&topic=132 )

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