Here I am, off to Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada. I'm here for a general conference and to meet the Mission Canada team. I have been on this amazing process and journey since September 18th 2013. God called my family into the full time ministry, with the people of the film industry at our hearts.
Today is very exciting, meeting, strategizing and praying into the entertainment world with like-minded people who are extremely passionate about Jesus.
I am praying that I come out of this conference with more passion, love and desire for the industry.
I hear this statement from literally every Christian filmmaker I know, "Christian films suck!" or "Christian films are a joke and an embarrassment."
So why do these Christian filmmakers say this, then go produce the exact same quality of films? I've said the same thing, and then went out and did the same thing...produce mediocre (at best) films.
The real question here is, "why so much talk, with NO Hollywood quality?" Most Christian filmmakers would think that they're the answer to this problem in the film industry.
A lot would say it's because of the almighty dollar. And yes, this is a huge factor! The fact that Hollywood sees more value, worth in the hundreds of millions in biblical stories than Christians do, is the first clue that we got it all wrong.
The mayor differences between a Hollywood film vs. a Christian film is Christians put too much time, efforts and money into a message rather than quality. I have been personally impacted by Hollywood films that made me want to be a better person than a Christian film has that is so distracting due to poor quality.
I'm not bashing Christian films. Otherwise, I would be bashing myself. But, I am calling Christian filmmakers out! Priorities in filmmaking will make the difference. We need kingdom-minded people to invest their time and money to high quality films with a fantastic story and message.
Jesus met people where they were at. And so do we. The reality is that we will never reach the lost with low-quality films.
People want to be entertained, not preached at. The average American watches 4 hour of tv a day. People want to lose themselves in something that doesn't make them think about their own lives.
FYI: theaters are NOT rapture-proof.
Point and case, Christians need SEE the value in high budget films. Not in high value messages. The message will get lost in poor execution of filmmaking. Spend the money on the people who execute brilliantly in their craft. Make Hollywood quality films with a message.
p.s. I'm on your side! Let's do this together and change the industry and world. Let's go above and beyond what the world expects us to do...making horrible films, that we think are amazing.
Well...here we go again. Another Bible story being told by Hollywood. Again, Hollywood sees value in the hundreds of millions of dollars in biblical stories, but we (Christians) don't. Seeming that we (Christians) made the atheist writer and director Darren A. of NOAH more atheist by the minute due to our complaining, judging and blundering hate-filled comments. I only see it fitting that Ridley Scott and Christian Bale will rise to the top of CHRISTIAN-HATE. If they have any faith in Jesus, trust me...they'll be questioning it real quick. FYI: God is not up in Heaven, worried that Ridley Scott and Christian Bale are doing it all wrong, and the world will all stop believing in Jesus.
Word of advice to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Don't judge them! Instead, believe in them and speak great things about them! "do ALL things without complaining."
So how do we respond to Exodus: Gods and Kings? nothing or great speach. Uplifting talk. It always comes down to what Jesus would do or say.
Let's be a light in this dark world.
Here's the deal...In regards to "working in film" and being a Christian, what does that look like? To some it's simply to speak your faith most of the time while you're working. To others, it's just living like you live, working hard, making a lot of friends, hoping that one day a question will arise and you cant drop the J.C. bomb!
So, what is it then? do you preach? or do you live? In my experience since 1994, I have seen 3 types of Christians on set. 1st: The Christian who talks too much and doesn't work hard enough, and never get work, so they start their own production company that never goes anywhere (cheese-factor issues really) thus...no fruit. 2nd: The Christian who never says anything about their faith, conform to the entertainment industry culture, works extremely hard, always has work. Even very successful! Has lots of friends, but no real fruit. 3rd: The Christian who works hard, serves his or hers fellow workers. Extremely interested in the lives of the other workers, and meets the needs of them as they come up. This would usually leads to bringing up their faith. Which also would lead to being proactive outside of film work maintaining relationship, ultimately producing some sort of fruit.
Now...what do you think? If you don't work in this industry, you might not understand how the people think and work. Having said that, What are your thoughts on "Being a light" in the film industry?
Jamie has been in FILM since 1994, and is a full time minister of Jesus Christ to the FILM INDUSTRY