Noah: Has Anyone Changed Their Mind About the Movie?

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Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for coffee and share the real story? I’d been on the set and met the filmmakers, then wrote the post.  But more than 1,000 responses later (on the blog and my social media sites), I realized

The Secrets to Producing Successful Media Projects Overseas

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Shooting internationally can be an incredible experience. Over the years, our team at Cooke Pictures has produced programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and we’ve only experienced a handful of bad incidents. That’s not to say things haven’t been difficult – like when we did an interview with a Brazilian drug dealer while his gang held a gun on our cameraman, or when my crew was arrested at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, or when we got caught up in a military coup. There’s been more, but you get the picture. During it all, we’ve learned a few things about how to keep those incidents to a minimum, so the next time you produce an overseas project, maybe this list will help:

Ten Things To Remember Your First Day on a Film Shoot

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After decades working in the industry, I’m still amazed at the clueless production assistants that manage to get hired on video and film productions. No matter how low you are on the food chain, you’re there for a reason, and people are watching.  So to make sure your first day isn’t your last day, and with a hat-tip to DP and Director Brad Knull, here’s 10 things you should never forget:

Writing A Screenplay? It’s Tougher Than You Think. Here’s Why:

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Although we don’t ask for them, hardly a week goes by that we don’t receive a movie script, reality show concept, or other media project at our offices in Los Angeles. When it comes to screenplays, it seems everyone is writing them, and most are convinced their first one will be a box office success. But the truth is – rarely are they worth reading at all.  That’s why I was fascinated with Steven Shapin’s comment while reviewing a book on the history of science:

Why You Should Attend “The Process” Summit on How Movies Are Really Made

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At the National Religious Broadcasters Conference in Nashville, I’ll be hosting a 2 hour special event called: “The Process: Advice from Hollywood about Getting Your Project Produced.” It will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville on Monday February 23rd from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. The summit will be a

Which is More Creative, A Lone Wolf or a Team?

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The “lone wolf” theory of creativity (usually an artist struggling alone) has always been the romantic ideal, but is it true? We look to artistic geniuses throughout history and naturally think that real creativity happens in isolation. But as more and more research and historical information comes to light, the lone wolf theory just isn’t holding up. As Peter Bart from Variety Magazine recently pointed out:

Christians And The Disneyfication of Great Art

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Kathleen and I are teaching at a media conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since we’re culture hounds, one night we went out to see a performance of the Tango. The dance was born during the 1890s along the Río de la Plata, the river between Uruguay and Argentina, and grew from there. The audience at the venue we attended was largely tourists – although we sat next to a group of very artistic older fans. In spite of all the tourist atmosphere, it was a fascinating performance, and as I watched, I thought of how many similar art forms were born out of poverty, war, or

Should Christians Watch A Bible Movie Directed by An Atheist?

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While there are many issues (both good and bad) about the recent Noah movie, one of the biggest criticisms that Christians have leveled at the film is that it’s director is an avowed atheist. The understandable implication is that Christians shouldn’t trust a film about a Bible story directed by a non-believer. But looking back on the history of treasured Bible films the Church has enjoyed and valued for a lifetime, it’s difficult to find much evidence that

Christians: Is It Time to Cut Artists Some Slack?

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Just when I thought we’d made some progress in this area, my posts about the movie Noah have brought back the venom. It’s fascinating to me that God chose to introduce Himself to us in the first chapter of Genesis as a “creator.” But even though we are made in his image, so many Christians literally fear creativity. Pastor,  filmmaker, and author or The Artisan SoulErwin McManus says,

Why I’m Recommending Christians See the Movie “Noah”

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You’ve probably heard the controversy about the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie “Noah.” In the last few weeks, I’ve seen numerous blogs, social media posts, and commentaries on the movie – usually criticizing it and detailing how far it strays from an accurate Biblical portrayal.  But as of this writing I’m one of only a handful of people who’ve actually seen the movie. Which is probably why I’m a bit bothered at the condemnations and protests from Christians who have never actually watched it. That’s why I felt compelled to