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.
Jamie has been in FILM since 1994, and is a full time minister of Jesus Christ to the FILM INDUSTRY