The newest short film that I wrote for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp is now available to watch. I even have a cameo toward the end. 😉
It’s finally done! 🙂
Inspired by her cousin Rachel, Felicia Sterling sets out to try to follow the “What Would Jesus Do” pledge for herself, and encounters her own set of difficulties.
I wrote this follow-up short film to be the project for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers & Actors Camp. Ever since Rich Swingle (who played John Gray in In His Steps) started teaching the Actors Camp with us, I’ve wanted to do something In His Steps-related that could include him and my dad (Ken Lawrence, who plays Pastor Maxwell) since, you know, we had both of them there!
The biggest challenge in writing was making sure it had enough scenes for each of the film camp students to direct, and enough parts for each of the acting camp students to have a substantial role so that they all could apply what they were learning. It took a few years, but I was finally able to come up with a story based on the characters from the second half of the book, which, to my knowledge, have never been adapted to film before!
Everyone except for Felicia’s female friends and the homeless girl are all characters featured in the book. Plot-wise, the only elements I used were:
- Felicia being the only member of her family who takes the WWJD pledge
- Pastor Calvin Bruce knowing Henry Maxwell from seminary
- Felicia’s mother not being present with the rest of the family due to an illness (not stated explicitly in the film, but the actors were given that bit of info to help build their characters)
Beyond that, it’s all original story. Hope you enjoy it!
You can see my behind the scenes vlog from that camp by clicking here.
If you watched my web series Indy Christian Review for any length of time, you’ll know that I have a dim view of the “end times” genre of Christian movies. After I watched the 2014 Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage, I was inspired to write a parody to Larry Norman’s song “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” I wrote the words and asked Stephen Nasby to record it, which he did brilliantly, in my opinion. In fact, he did such a good job, that when I included the music video in my review of Left Behind, YouTube’s VERY flawed detection system immediately flagged it as the original song!
I had several people ask me to release the music video by itself, but the constant filing of claims and counterclaims has delayed the release for months.
Well, the battle’s finally over! The claims against the video have finally expired (since no real people ever look at the copyright claims on YouTube). So, better late than never, here’s I Wish They’d Quit Already.
The trailer for Fulfillment, the short film I was the lead in, has just been released!
A young man struggles to believe his fiancé’s claims that she did not cheat on him.
I had a blast on the four-day shoot last November, and am so excited to see the movie at the premiere on August 9th in Denver. Details for the premiere can be found by clicking here.