This month marks the anniversary of when we finished production on my feature film directorial debut, In His Steps! To celebrate, I’ve put together a brand new behind the scenes video of one of the funnier aspects of filming: creating the baby bump effect for Stacey Bradshaw’s character, Loreen. Enjoy!
May marks the 3rd and 4th year anniversary of when we filmed my feature directorial debut, In His Steps! So for Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing a behind the scenes video from the film!
We’ve had a lot of people tell us that they were very moved by the song featured at the end of the film, called “Just the Brush.” This week, I’d like to share the story behind the song!
Listen to the full song here:
The demo copy of the In His Steps movie soundtrack finally arrived! Get your copy at www.StandingSun.com/Store
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! 😀
I’m getting restless.
We’re getting super close to the time on In His Steps where I’ll have to send the movie off to someone else to work on, and I’ll be left with nothing to do for a time.
Oh sure, there’s behind the scenes and promotional stuff to work on, but it’s not the same. The actual movie making phase is winding down. And while it’s exciting to see a project I’ve been working on for nearly seven years finally be finished, I’m already starting to get impatient. I mean, it’s been two months already since I was last on set!
I really want to be on set again. I could be a grip, and I’d be happy.
I love being on set!
The return of this nearly insatiable desire has gotten me thinking, though. I remember that I didn’t always feel this way. In fact, there was a time when I was ready to quit the dream before it had really gotten started. Ironically enough, it was while I was working on In His Steps in what seems like a lifetime ago. (It was before I was married, so it may as well have been. 😉 )
It was 2008. We had just announced that we were suspending production on In His Steps indefinitely. I was pretty disheartened. I’d even say depressed. Why would God block us from completing something I was so certain He had led us to start? Why even bother continuing? Why not just get a “real” job and forget this silly filmmaking nonsense?
Don’t you just love 20/20 hindsight?
Turns out I needed some training. I needed maturing. I needed experience. Yeah, I’d never been on a real movie set before, and really was not prepared in the slightest to direct a feature film. Thankfully, God used the cancelling (really, the postponing!) of In His Steps to bring producer/director Norton Rodriguez into my life. When he agreed to teach at our Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp, it not only revived my passion for filmmaking, it also led to the training of nearly three dozen other people in the craft of Christian filmmaking!
I’m sure there’s a lesson there about God’s perfect timing, and how He can use circumstances to glorify Himself and bless others.
And wouldn’t you know it, In His Steps is getting made after all.
But the other cool thing is that since then, I’ve been able to work on at least two movies a year!
Am I Special (actor, project unreleased)
Hearing God (actor, student director, editor)
John’s Miracle (actor, student director, editor)
The Door Backwards (actor)
Ragged Edge (writer, director, editor)
Blessings Missed (actor, assistant director, editor)
Choices (assistant director, editor)
In His Steps: The Series (writer, director, editor)
Only On Sunday (assistant director, editor)
In His Steps: The Movie (writer, director, actor, editor)
Hmm? Only one movie this year?! Well, no wonder I’m feeling restless! I’ve got a record to keep up! That’s okay, there’s still a few months left in the year, right?