These next two weeks are monumental in life of the movie Family Tree. Like a baby, I have been nurturing it, pouring over it and praying for it. When God give you a vision, it is best that you stay in contact with Him on how to proceed. God has been faithful to bring all of these folk together, and I am amazed at Him allowing me to lead it. This project has allowed me to see God operate in my life in a way He has never operated before. I would have never known if I had not picked up the mantel.
I still get a kick out of my actors each time I watch the movie. There were some really good choices made and I am sure you are going to agree. Some of these folks stepped out on faith, and I am glad they did. Not everyone who showed up was on board, and you have to remember that when you set out to do what God has called you to do, Satan is going to send his henchmen. I have learned to let God fight those battles and not let it deter me from reaching the goal.
This week I am working with scoring, graphics and animation. Next week I will work with sound and editing. I will introduce you to some of the organizations and people who are working on this project in the next couple of weeks. I will feature them here in the blog. Like my actors and crew, a talented group of people allowing God to work through them.
The final product is going to be so much fun. My prayer is that you will feel God’s heartbeat through this project. He will speak to you in a way that you know it is Him.
Later, I will give you a timeline of when it will be possible to view the movie Family Tree.
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One. It shows people from all walks of life united around a cause. From former Presidents to movie stars to that large lady sitting on her porch scared to death of the impending cold water, people are taking the challenge and sharing it. We are a united people and it is easy to forget that because there is so much in the world that tears us apart. But our founding fathers knew there was something to this experimental idea of bringing people from different backgrounds together. I want you to know that this is a good thing.
Just like the pain of the ice cold water shocking your skin, our nation has experienced many painful situations that have threatened to end the experiment. But we, as a people, are stronger than that.
Two. It is so funny watching grown people drop a bucket of ice water on their heads. It is cool to laugh at yourself and not always take yourself so serious. I have so much respect for those who have taken this challenge. I have enjoyed the creative expression many of you have shown, from Tom Cruise’ many buckets of cold water to the Vanilla Ice rapping ladies in front of their pool.
The only way we will heal race relations in this world is going to be through laughter, because there is too much to cry about on both sides. It is time for everyone to step back and stop taking themselves so serious.
Three. I have learned a lot about ALS in a few days of social media than I would have in weeks of classes. I am inspired by Pete Frates story. I love how God can take our struggles and make it a triumphal moment. I hope Pete is enjoying watching people all over the world dump ice on their heads. Even more so, I hope he is in awe of the money sent to the ALS foundation who went from $2 million a year ago to more than $41 million to date.
If there were a similar challenge around race relations we could deal with issues in a clever, funny way.
Four. Beware of the people who say disparaging things about the challenge. Yes, there are other things happening in the world, but if you can’t take a couple of minutes to unite with us, you are the problem. If you can connect on this issue, it opens doors to connect on other issues. If you only want to connect on your issues… you are the problem.
Five. The Bible tells us that there will always be struggles in this world until the Lord comes back. But occasionally He gives us these moments where we can enjoy each other and laugh. We can participate or watch. But lets all appreciate how ALS and this challenge has made us a united people again reaching out to one another and supporting a good cause that needs some attention.
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Family Tree is moving right along. It is still in editing. In the next week, we will start work on graphics and scoring.
Last night, I was reminded of one of my influences as a director and performer. Charlie Chaplin. I found myself caught up in a documentary on Charlie Chaplin as he began to hone the character The Tramp. I am mesmerized by him as a performer and producer. I love his comedy because he knew what would make people laugh. He wasn’t afraid to take a risk and he worked at it very hard, one scene had 262 takes! As I watched scenes shot in 1917 and wondered how did it, I was too captivated by his work to switch channels and go back to the show I was watching.
Chaplin created moments that just made me go “Wow.” I mean it has been almost a hundred years and the bits he created on film still pulled people in. That is what I want. People will still be watching bits from my work a hundred years from now and laughing.
Like Chaplin, I believe that laughter has healing properties. I think we take ourselves too serious. We need to laugh loud and often.
TCM ran a documentary on Charlie Chaplin titled Birth of a Tramp. It said Chaplin went against conventional wisdom and doubled the length of comedy films. Audiences were used to 20 minute comedy shorts. Chaplin increased his to 40 minutes. He felt he needed more time to tell his story and knew the audience would like it. He was right.
He knew what he wanted to do and he did it. I work the same way. I know what I want and I am going to do it. Don’t tell me the rules or how it won’t work. Either get on board or get out the way. Thanks Charlie.
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UPP Creative is working with Script Perfect Productions to produce the short film A Twist of Faith by Marsha Bolden. We will be casting and shooting in September in the Dallas area. Post production will happen in October.
Stay tuned for dates.
A Twist of Faith: Mt. Moriah Baptist Church discovers its true calling when an occultic church takes up residence in an abandoned building across the street in a quiet neighborhood in Dallas Texas. Pastor Crenshaw must find a way to equip his congregation to confront the evil that has invaded their wholesome community.
For a young woman who spent most of her life in fear, she was doing things she had never imagined. She left the world of adding numbers together and entered the world of private investigation.
ReCovery is the story of her first solo mission. Claire races modern day pirates for treasure hidden in the mountains.
You can get a free Kindle edition of this book Sunday, August 3. If you download it, write a review.
Post Production continues. Our hard work is with the editors right now. I remember explaining to them my vision for this project and how excited I was. I giggle as I think about it. The more I talked about it, the more enthused I was about it. It was hilarious.
But I was just telling someone that if you don’t believe in your project, others will have a hard time seeing the vision. Many folks in this cast took my vision and made it their own. It was so much fun to watch.
God packed this project with talent and heart. It was a privilege to lead this group.
We are still working on graphics and scoring which will compliment the story. We are heading towards the end. This project has been an incredible journey. I look forward to us all celebrating together.
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I know I have said this before, but I wanted to say it again. Thank you to all of the people who donated to the making of Family Tree.
I love what God can do to a life poured out to Him. This is an amazing journey and I am glad He brought this group of people along. You can see their names if you click my list of supporters.
I pray that the Lord God will bless you pressed down, shaken together and running over. Eph 3:20.