Posts Tagged ‘filmmaking’



Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing up.  One writer described the writing process as simply Read the full article »

Christians: Is It Time to Cut Artists Some Slack?

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, Read the full article »

Know Your Audience: It Matters More Than You Think

Whenever Christian websites like The Christian Post or Charisma News post my articles on leadership or media, I usually get criticism from some Christians who wonder if I’m even a believer. Responses like “You don’t need leadership principles, all you need is the Word of God.” Or, “Talking about sharing our faith through the media is ridiculous. It’s ungodly to evangelize through a channel owned by nonbelievers.” On and on. There are plenty of “armchair experts” out there who are more than happy to criticize (usually anonymously.) But knowing your audience matters, and the “843 Acres” online devotional had some interesting thoughts on that issue: Read the full article »

My Interview on Inside Edition

Here’s a few unedited quotes that were featured today on the “Inside Edition” story on Biblical epics in Hollywood for 2014:

Giving Is The Best Communication

Best short film of the week is a long form commercial.  Check it out, expand it to full screen, turn up the audio, and get a tissue.

 

The Big Secret to a Successful Freelance Career

The freelance life is a challenge. At some point, every employee in America has thought about leaving their job and working for themselves. But the realization that freelance professionals wake up every morning unemployed usually jolts them back to reality. Managing projects, inspiring confidence, being professional, dealing with risk, and more all add up to a successful freelance career, but one thing stands above all others. If you can’t do this, then don’t become a freelancer. The single most important aspect of a successful freelance career is: Read the full article »

How to Sell Your Ideas

Everyone has ideas, but only a few get those ideas made. The truth is, “idea people” are important, but sometimes it seems like they’re a dime a dozen.  That’s why it’s the “execution people” that interest me. Moving your book, movie, business, or whatever idea to the production and funding stage is a challenge. Here’s some ideas to help  make that happen: Read the full article »

The Secret to Finding Creative Liberty

We celebrate our national independence on July 4th, but there’s another freedom we should consider as well – creative freedom. The problem is, creative freedom, like our national freedom comes with a price. I’m currently reading a book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.” It’s a fascinating look at how successful creative people design rituals and plan their day to maximize their productivity.  Reading the book, you realize pretty quickly that Read the full article »

I’m So Happy to See A Public Service Announcement About this Important Issue

Hat tip to Chandra Hope, a Creative Director at Cooke Pictures for bringing this important video to my attention.  If you’re a professional communicator, then you know how serious this issue really is today.  I hope you’ll share this post and let’s go out there and make a positive difference!   Take a look: Read the full article »

Why Bad Christian Movies Might Be a Good Thing

There’s a natural evolution when it comes to innovation. The first prototypes of a product, media project, or any creative endeavor are rarely perfect, and usually fatally flawed. But part of the development process is working through the bad stuff in order to get to what actually works. The airplane, the mobile phone, the personal computer – nearly all products we love and value went through a maddeningly convoluted process on it’s way to what we experience today. Which brings me to the deluge of recent “Christian” movies – which for the most part, I admit are Read the full article »


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