Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

  I love making short films.

I just love making short videos. The Student Minister at my church got my involved in making short videos for our students and I have been hooked ever since. I really like to do all the behind scenes, the writing , directing, set design (that pretty much consists of borrowing some silly props and hanging some curtains), and yelling, "Cut!" I love that part. I don't like getting in front of the camera much, I have a very noticeable southern accent and it is twice as bad on screen. Not saying a southern accent is bad just MY southern accent is bad.

Anyway, a few months ago I was reading a post that Layla over at Well Woman posted. It was about how she is affiliated with the Damah Film Festival. Damah is a non-profit organization which hosts an annual spiritual film festival. (Layla, correct me if I am wrong.) I left a comment on Layla's blog and she helped me get a DVD of some of the films. A lot of these short films have a dark story line and a few of them the plot is over my head and I do not understand what they are trying to say.

Light of Darkness, a film by Michael Cargil, is one short that was on the DVD. I mention this film because it was a simple little film with a lot of meaning. It was about a lady driving down a dark lonely road, getting low on gas. It starts out just like an 80's horror movie, you know, the music with a lot of violins and such. Well, you guessed it, she ran out of gas. Seeing how it was set in the late 70's early 80's, cell phones were not around yet. So instead of walking, she locks the doors and goes to sleep right there in the car. Just like every horror movie, along comes a sinister looking guy in a hooded sweatshirt. He stands by her window, she wakes up and it scares her. She starts screaming for the man to leave and eventually he does but minutes later shows up again and starts beating on her window. She is screaming more now, telling him to leave. We find out through all of this that the man can not speak. Finally, you think the guy is going to leave but what he is doing is walking down the road to pick up a big rock. He smashes the window. Then starts pulling the woman from the car. She is screaming and clawing at anything she can to stay in the car. It is getting more and more intense. Then through all the fighting and screaming the man gets the woman from the car just as the train smashes into it. Wow, what a mix of emotions.

I showed this film to my Sunday school. I asked my students what they thought that we as Christians have in common with the woman. Here is my favorite response. Once we become Christians or even later in life it is hard to give up worldly things. It could be a number of things, TV, internet, a job, or even a boyfriend or girlfriend. We hold on with all our might, sometimes kicking and screaming, and all God wants is to save us from a world of hurt. If there is something out there that is holding you back from God's blessing, pray about it and give with you are holding on to to God. Not too bad for a bunch of tenth grade teenagers. Maybe we can all learn a lesson from these guys.

Remember, don't tell God how big your storms are, tell the storms how big your God is!

God bless, Joe

I love making short films.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Film making is fun! I especially love the part where I get to yell, "Quiet on the set!"
In His Name,
Joe 2

At 5:47 AM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

I did Film and TV at school. it was such a blast. I wish so bad that I had a video camera. That video that you descriebed was very 'wow!' It made me think. GOD BLESS!

At 4:08 PM, Blogger whaaaat! said...

Wow is right regarding the short film, and wow that these 10th graders could have such insight. We really are stubborn in our selfishness when life would be so much better if we focused on God and not on "things" we think we want.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

JOE! Thank you for sharing this on your blog! It makes my day to know that you used some of the films. You rock even if you can't dig a hole in the sand :)


At 8:41 PM, Blogger jettybetty said...

I LOVE THIS--"tell the storms how big your God is"!
Thanks for encouraging me today!

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Love said...

Thanks for stopping by my spot. I had my first taste of making a short video for church. I made a father's day tribute. It was fun. I'm working on a 5 minute countdown to service.


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