Northeast Texas Christian Filmmaker's Workshop
Review of the Day
Experienced award-winning producer
Charlie Holland then gave a wonderful
presentation on the basics of video
production and how to make "highly
effective" videos.
Then Russell Pond
showed us his film
Growing Up, that won
Audience Choice
Award, and heared a
truly inspiring message
from him from
Ephesians 3:20-21.
After lunch, we discussed how to make and submit a God-honoring film to the next San
Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and the value of attending the Christian
Filmmaker's Academy.  Doug Phillips, the President of Vision Forum, and experienced
Geoffrey Botkin and Isaac Botkin, called in and spoke with the attendees by
speakerphone for an extended period, answering questions and sharing valuable insights
about filmmaking, common mistakes that keep films out of the SAICFF, and the Christian
filmmaker's responsibility today.
Back to Bethel Barnhouse
Christian Film Forum
We also learned how important the story is to a successful film.
We later saw and
discussed the film,
, by Amy
and Andrew Smith
which was also
shown at the
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On Saturday, February 4,
, individuals and
families mostly from
Northeast Texas, but also
from hundreds of miles
away gathered at Bethel
Barnhouse in Greenville to
learn about making films
that honor our Lord and
spread His messages.  As a
result, we not only
received wonderful
instruction, but explored
with families near and far
ways to help each other
learn and work together to
change our culture for
T.S. Martin of Greenville listening to a presentation at the workshop.
After an opening prayer, the day began with instruction from VideoTex, a video business
in Dallas, Texas, including many basics about equipment and production mechanics.
Michael Relihan of
VideoTex described the
kinds of equipment and
software currently
available for video
VideoTex also provided a weath of
material material, including tips for
shooting great videos and basic
production values, and a number of
catalogs and brochures describing
different products.  Both Michael Relihan
and Charlie Holland remained after their
presentations to visit individually with
students.  We are very grateful to the
people at
VideoTex for all of their time
and effort.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that
worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ
Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.
We came away encouraged that it is possible to
write an edifying and valuable screenplay for a
successful Christian film.
Fortunately, local
Christian author of books,
novels and screenplays
James H. Pence. was
there to give us a
wonderful lesson on
Screenwriting from a
Novelist's Perspective
which covered the
mechanics of story.
All in all, we were thankful for the time of instruction and fellowship, and have received
many encouraging comments about the value of this workshop for others.  May all that we
do bring Glory and Honor to our Lord.