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From Youtube – Every media mogul and content baron started somewhere. Today, the new generation of entrepreneurs is starting in multiple places at once. Three years ago, producers might have been developing an app, a web series, a motion picture or a comic book; today, they are most likely developing all four, simultaneously.

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The Distribution Holy Grail

humble_holy_grailThe holy grail.. purported to have been filled with the wine of Yeshua’s last sup with His beloved Jewish friends (yes, Luke was Jewish by conversion).

Ah, the wine of a well told story – and contained and delivered by that cup – most likely humble in appearance, but delivering the precious fruit of the vine during a most sacred time of gathering, remembrance and vision.

Pesach – wherein the Passover Lamb Himself poured out life and love for another – for us!

Kinda like what happens in a movie theater, huh?

Our wine is our story.. and our cup is the way we share that story.

Today I was completely blown away by a story of selling stories!

Tommy Kendrick, an Austin, Texas-based actor, podcaster and filmmaker, has recently interviewed Linda Nelson of Indie Rights, a co-op.

I want to highly recommend this podcast as REQUIRED READING this weekend for all MMASFY men and women. Take notes, bookmark,  subscribe and INGEST!

The chalice that holds your life-affecting stories is almost as important as the stories themselves. Tommy’s article… is your holy grail. Let your stories about Yeshua’s glory and grace be heard and seen.

Otherwise, what good are they?

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tomchafferTom Chaffer, founded MMASFY, the Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua, in 2005 as a result of watching the Passion of the Christ for the first time. Join the MMASFY. Be a storyteller who wants Yeshua to be known and heard.

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Film Architect

I sang a little during school. And at one of two high points in my school career, I travelled Europe with “The Messengers”, a gospel group our of the US military base in Ramstein, Germany. The choir director, Joyce Brannon, was easily one of the brightest, most profound teachers of any discipline I’ve been blessed to have encountered in all my life.

Although it was over 35 years ago, I remember her unique method of teaching sight-reading with numbers instead of “Do-Re-Me” or color coding the piano keys. I remember Joyce’s joy. Persistent, and amazing joy. And she wasn’t a pushover, either. She could mete out discipline with the best of them! Her classes were so stinkin’ fun – with the promise of those who excelled traveling with her to the varied countries of what is now the European Union.

MMASFY founder, Tom Chaffer, just back from Europe.
MMASFY founder, Tom Chaffer in 1981, just back from Europe.

One bus ride we did not want to miss in those days was The Messengers European Tour! Imagine, singing in the Sistine Chapel or in the haunting, mountain-top castles of Germany or the near-ancient churches of England where the reformation took place… and, of course, being on board that rolling party in between was half of the fun!

One thing that strikes me as I recall the architecture of old Europe – before cell phones and the internet – still disconnected and distinct in its many ethnicities, languages and cultures – was the beauty of the nature.

The heavily treed forests, with their pine-needle walkways and broken sunlight filtering through the mild summer day…

The cobble-stoned roads echoing the bleating of sheep and cows in the fields…

The red-soaked cherry tree I frequented, nesting in its branches to partake in its fresh cherry wine…

And my own life amidst friends… if it wasn’t my singing friends, it was my fellow skateboarders. In 1978-9, we were fully engaged at the beginning of this 3rd and final world-wide x-wave, building half-pipes and “shredding new terrain” (our motto).

How we rooted ourselves in our surroundings, our friendships and passions in those three short years, in spite of our shared transient military lifestyles. And those night-time rides through the base still affect my thinking today – like bricks laid in a foundation – an architecture of bliss – preparing me for the inclement weather ahead in life.

Whether you’ve lived your life in one town (as I have now, thankfully, for the past 15 years) or you’ve traveled all your life like the upcoming Christian singer-songwriter sensation, Jonathan Thulin, who, born in Sweden, began traveling at the ripe old age of 1, your life is being formed and fashioned out of your experiences for an eternal display.

Yeshua, was a traveler. Moving from ancient Israel to Egypt and back at a young age. He was surely formed and strengthened by his experiences abroad as the Father of all creation whispered and directed the boy in His divine humanity.

I find myself deeply identifying with this song by Jonathan in this season of blood moons, Architecture. Read some of the lyrics below and consider grabbing this ridiculously loopable track for your dream-time collection.

You are also being built by the Architect of souls into a mountain-top wonder. Let your movies reflect that grace.

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Tom Chaffer, founded MMASFY, the Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua, in 2005 as a result of watching the Passion of the Christ for the first time.

There are million trees blowin in the wind
Witnesses of lives already lived

So here I stand on what You build
and the walls will never ever ever come down

You build me up like a city of gold
the battles rage but I’m standing tall

You build my heart like an empire
the wind and rain can’t stop this fire

If only I could see it from your perspective
The beauty and the grace of your architecture

Here I stand on what You build
You are surrounding me.

Your architecture.

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Happy – 24 Hour Worship TV

George Washington – City of New York, October 3, 1789

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science…

…humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions…

Thanksgiving Proclamation
by President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

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And for what? For love. May the joy and celebration of this country trend towards worship of the one true God, Most High YHWH.

This year a song was released in the form of a 24 hour video. The entire video posted here –

Tom Chaffer, founded MMASFY, the Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua, in 2005 as a result of watching the Passion of the Christ for the first time.

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Adobe Adds Cinema 4D For Free!

Sort of free… but Adobe really upped the ante with this addition to After Effects CC. Have a look at the built-in 3D functionality of Cinema 4D Lite! Imagine what can be done with 40 bucks a month (which gets you ALL of the Adobe software – Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, etc. etc. and a ton of fonts to boot!)!

What is CINEMA 4D Lite?

View this entire Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects course and more in the library.


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Digital Bolex: A Color-Rich 4:4:4 Kodak 2k Sensor

You may recall the Swiss company named Bolex that took the indy film world by storm and has been a go-to brand for over 50 years.

Well, the brand has teamed up with a quirky couple in Los Angeles who’re bound and determined to give the world an inexpensive but powerful digital cinema camera.

Behold the Digital Bolex!


They’re using an interesting Kodak CCD, 12.85 mm (H) by 9.64 mm (V) mm (Super16-ish in size) sensor sports a pixel size of 5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs). And, unlike CMOS, it has no rolling shutter! That’s the horrible jello effect you get on your iphone when you swish pan or otherwise jiggle it during filming.

PDF of the specs here!

So it’s a 2k cam – 2048×1152 is not the big, fancy 4k… which is monstrously bigger than HD. 2k is slightly bigger than it’s nearest kin, 1080…


BUT the beauty part of this camera is it’s all about COLOR!

And, think about Betamax and VHS. It’s still a gamble for the industry to jump to 4k so shortly after re-tooling the world for HD.. will the public ever ask for more than 2k/HD?

CommentLuv it up! Let me know what you think about this baby!

I, for one, am excited!

More info: (pass: bolex)

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DSLR and Micro 4/3rds Moment

The Christmas Shootout: Part 2 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Please read my blog post for all the info you need including how the cameras were set up. Which cameras were used and so much more!

Part 1 is about resolution. Part 2 is skin tones, codecs and low light –

Please remember the C300 is pre-production so may not be representative of the final image

Dear MovieMaker (and Shaker!) for Yeshua,

Today is the first day of your (continued?) unleashed creativity in film. With today’s phones (one of which, you’re highly likely to have in your pocket or on your desk within reach – right NOW) and with today’s inexpensive cameras (like the following), you can scribble some ideas on a piece of paper (or phone) and script, storyboard and shoot a short film, promotional video, commercial, music video or (even) a feature length, Biblically-based sci-fi and then market and distribute that puppy to the world.. from your kitchen table.

That makes for quite a load of opportunity on your lap. Really, the most expensive budget item is your time!

So! Without further ado, I want to share 2 articles for the day –

One which focuses on my favorite 2 prosumer cameras, the Panasonic GH2 (mine) and the Canon 60D –

And another which features the comparing of these types of low-end cameras (my GH2 with the Driftwood 170 MB hack) up against the current crop of higher-end, state-of-the-art professional cameras out there – the Canon C300, the Sony FS100, F3 and Panasonic AF101 –

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Lead Me To The Cross!

Beautifully edited. Beautifully lived.

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We were made for so much more…

“We were meant to live for so much more! Have we LOST ourselves???”

Smash your “TV” – Make True Vision. No compromise on YHWH’s holiness!

YES, YOU CAN! (Philippians 4:13 – Isaiah 61) I can do all things through Messiah, who strengthens me.

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I did a short film! “Praying when it hits.”

Michael Lewis and I figured, “Why just hang out when we could make a little movie with a meaningful message? You know, move and shake a little for Yeshua!”

SO … here it is! One hour to conceive, write, locate, hire local police (sort of), shoot and wrap! One hour. Add a BOMB in Motion 5 and this is what you get!

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