In this show, I look at short films made by independent Christian filmmakers and unpack the good and the bad about each film.
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.
A quick glimpse behind the scenes filming the final episode of my web series Indy Christian Review, coming December 17th!
I can’t believe January is already coming to a close! I’ve always heard people marvel and complain about how quickly life seems to pass by, especially as you get older, but I never realized just what it would feel like!
I’ve been working on starting this year on the right foot (though, as to be expected, I’ve tripped a couple times already. Alright, way more than a couple. 😛 ), working on changing habits for the better, and planning various projects and goals for the year. I’d like to share a few with you:
In His Steps
After 7 years of development, we finally released the completed film on December 10, 2013! Unfortunately, last week I was made aware of a manufacturing error that was causing several people’s copies to not play properly. So I’ve temporarily suspended DVD sales until we get the issue resolved. I’ll be looking for a different manufacturer, and also putting together more bonus features for the DVD, as well as putting together a Blu-ray version. This will be the version we’ll be shopping around to distributors, so I’ll be getting this done as quickly as possible! The biggest element slowing down the process is the extended behind the scenes featurette, plus getting the movie transcribed for an English subtitle track. I’m planning on having all this done by the end of February, Lord willing!
Well here’s a project that’s been collecting dust far longer than I intended! I started this stop-motion animated fan series back in 2009 on my old YouTube channel, and left it hanging on episode 5 in late 2012. I’ve been working on the final scripts off and on throughout 2013 (you know, when I wasn’t making other movies!), but now I’m finally buckling down and getting this thing done! I have 3 more episodes written, and am currently finishing up the second to last episode. I’ve been doing all of the character voices, but I’ve written a couple parts that I’ll be looking for guest actors for. I’m also excited to finish this because it’ll end up serving as a prequel to the Battle for the Hat storyline I had going in 2012 on Indy Christian Review!
Indy Christian Review
Speaking of! This is the series that has grown the most over the last couple years, and I’m extremely grateful for all the support I’ve gotten with this! I’ve been able to be in contact with some pretty amazing people, and I can’t wait to see how it grows in the coming year. I’m already assembling my list of movies to look at for the next season of the show, and I’m also going to be looking for opportunities to do crossovers with other internet reviewers. The biggest thing up in the air right now is how/if I’ll be integrating the Storyteller character into this next season. I know the storyline element hasn’t proved too popular with the ICR audience so far, so if I can’t figure out a way to integrate the characters more organically into the reviews, I may do a spin-off series of just the Storyteller’s exploits. After all, he’s still got Genocron locked away, and the whole “Vale Relator” prophecy to contend with!
I’m not sure yet when I’ll be starting up production on all that, since I’m still juggling so many other projects at the moment (why I do this to myself, I’ll never know!).
Sir Magnus and the Dragon
Now here’s a project that’s been collecting dust even longer than Transformers: Alliance! The character models were completed in 2012, all the voices are recorded… I’ve just had NO time to pursue this further! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get this project going again this year, and look for the animation team I’ll need to get this finished. I am fully planning on having this short be in full production, if not completed, by the end of 2014!
On a more personal level, I’ve been re-reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (HIGHLY recommend this book!), and plan on implementing his strategies this year so I can work towards having the freedom to pursue film projects with more focus. Lord willing, I’ll be able to attend a film festival or two this year so I can get back into networking with other filmmakers face-to-face. I haven’t been to a festival since the 2012 (or was it 2011?… or 2010??? I can’t even remember now!) San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival! So yeah, SO ready to get back on the scene. 🙂 I’m also looking at possibly starting a Patreon campaign to help fund the next season of Indy Christian Review. Oh, and developing the next feature film idea…
Yeah, I’ve got so much going on, it’s no wonder it takes me forever to get anything done! I guess if I have a New Year Resolution, it’s to get more projects finished before starting new ones! 😀
So, my beloved plaid fedora is no more.
This happened yesterday on Talk Like A Pirate Day:
Something fishy’s going on…
Behind the Scenes
On September 19, 2012, Talk Like A Pirate Day, Cowhead the Pirate took over Indy Christian Review.
Cowhead the Pirate takes over Zack Lawrence’s show Indy Christian Review. After doing a review of his own, Zack breaks free and tries to fight off the invader. During the battle, Zack’s fedora is shot… and suddenly regenerates into a new hat!
I love Doctor Who. Definitely my favorite sci-fi after Star Wars. For those that don’t know, the main character of Doctor Who is an alien time traveler called The Doctor (I’ve got my own version of him that appears in my videos on occasion). As a Time Lord, the Doctor has the ability to regenerate when he’s dying, gaining a completely new body and personality, though it’s still the same character with the same memories. In this episode of Indy Christian Review, my hat does the same thing after Cowhead shoots it. If you didn’t know I was a geek, this should make it quite apparent to you!
When I was working on the schedule for this season of ICR, putting a show with time travel on Talk Like A Pirate Day set this whole crazy scheme in motion. With this video, The Battle for the Hat has officially begun.
Also significant about this video is that we finally have our first glimpse of the Mysterious Enemy. Who is he? Patience, all will be revealed in time.
September 20, Zack informs his assistant, Mr. Researcher, about what happened to the hat. The two begin to wonder if there’s a connection between Cowhead’s take over and the Mustard Monk’s attack. Meanwhile, the Mysterious Enemy recruits yet another agent… this time with Uncle Bob in the crosshairs.
This was a spur-of-the-moment video to help explain things to anyone confused by the Indy Christian Review episode, and also to let viewers of the Zack Lawrence Show YouTube channel know what’s going on. The video that Mr. Researcher is editing is a music video that will be going up on the channel on September 21st.
Despite the visual difference from the Chronicles episode, the cloaked figure is indeed the Mysterious Enemy. He is able to alter his appearance somewhat, the reason for which will be explained at a future date. The assassin he’s employing is someone with a very long history with Uncle Bob.