The DaVinci Code’s Big Question: Protest, Boycott, or Engage?

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Remember the book and movie, The DaVinci Code back in 2006?  The book was a bestseller, and the movie was big box office.  While there had been other films that questioned the validity of what the Bible says about Jesus, it was probably the first to get such huge publicity.  And it wasn’t the last novel, television series, or movie that toyed with historical facts or was offensive to Christianity.  But unless you’re ready to set up a permanent boycott office underneath the Hollywood sign, we need to consider another approach to these types of entertainment and media projects that

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10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in Film School

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Professors teach you knowledge about your field – and that’s a huge challenge, which is why they don’t often have time to teach about the relational issues of your field. Here’s a handful of practical issues that I’ve learned over the years on TV and film sets around the world. Had I known them in college, it might have changed the direction of my career. Let me know what you think of this list:

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Stop Calling Creative Work “Content”

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I hosted a national conference a few years ago, and interviewed actor Sean Astin from the stage. You’ll remember Sean as Samwise in the “Lord of the Rings,” Mikey in “The Goonies,” and the title character of the film “Rudy.” I interviewed Sean from the conference stage, and as we talked about the world of digital media, I made the big mistake of

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Trends for 2016 That Worry The Film Industry

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All is never completely well in Hollywood. In a world where technology is re-defining how we engage entertainment and media, you can never sit on your laurels – even if those laurels include movies like The Avengers or Star Wars. The truth is, there are things that keep studio executives up at night, and Variety Magazine pointed out five of the most troubling. Here’s their take:

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5 Professional Tips for Filming with Drones

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Camera drones are all the rage, and we’re seeing them everywhere – like the snow ski run above.  But a great number of young filmmakers are using them without any experience whatsoever.  Not only does that end up with bad results, but with a drone, you can end up in jail!  So I asked John Montana, from No Title Production Films to give us a few tips on using drones.  Here’s what John suggested:

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Is Hollywood Anti-Christian?

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I get asked (usually from Christian media) if I believe Hollywood is anti-Christian. I understand the question, because it’s pretty easy to see that Judeo-Christian values aren’t exactly the hot button these days in the movie and television industries. And yet, to make a blanket statement that Hollywood is the enemy is a big mistake. Recently, I discussed the issue with a major Christian media site, and here’s what I told them. I’d love to hear your comments about my answers:

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