#FilmFriday Suggestion – THE LAST SAMURAI

Last week’s #FilmFriday Suggestion was The Last Samurai!!! A powerful, well-crafted epic set in 19th century Japan takes you on a journey of self-discovery and a new appreciation of the meaning of the word “honor”. With amazing fight choreography, exceptional performances from Tom CruiseKen Watanabe, and Koyuki, this film will transport you into the lives of the Samurai and open your eyes to a world you may not have experienced before. Check out this epic film as soon as possible!!!!

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#FilmFriday Suggestion – FINDING NEMO

Today’s #FilmFriday Suggestion is Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich’s Finding Nemo!!! Pixar has overdone themselves with this lush and vividly imaginative tale from the deep blue sea. The deeply flawed characters in this film keep you laughing and emotionally connected to the plot. From an overprotective father, stoner sea turtles just going with the flow, and sharks battling their own regressive instincts, this film will make you laugh and cry from start to finish. Enjoy this family flick this weekend 🙂

#Film Friday Suggestion – THE NOTEBOOK

Today’s FilmFriday Suggestion is Nick Cassavettes’ The Notebook (2004)!!! Based off of the novel by the same name, this film has been hailed as one of the most romantic movies of our generation; and for good reason! From it’s captivating wrap-around story of two old couples struggling with a certain illness, to it’s central story of love between a rich city girl and a poor country boy, this film touches our emotional side and never lets go. If you love the kind of romantic stories that takes you back to memory lane and inspires you to fall in love all over again, then check out this romantic feature this weekend! WARNING: You may need a tissue handy by the end of this film!!!

Be a Part of The Sacred Eternal

There are two paths we can follow:

The Path of Knowledge or the Path of Life.

One leads to Nothingness and the other leads to Eternity.

Therefore…Choose Your Path of Destiny.

Our first project, The Sacred Eternal is a short film and a pilot of a miniseries. The story is centered around the future event of an approaching, Eternal Kingdom.  A thousand years into the future, when God’s Kingdom has been established here on Earth, many will be raised to life again.  Of these many, Jonathan, who had no reason to believe in the divine, is brought back to life and is given an opportunity to learn the meaning of life.  Jonathan’s wife, Samantha, is given the honor of teaching Jonathan God’s ultimate plan for humanity.  It is in this hope that he will let go of the pain caused by this present life and embrace the joys of a future, eternal life with her in His Kingdom; Samantha gives her all in bringing Jonathan to the light of truth in hopes that together they will live forever.  

To be a part of The Sacred Eternal and to donate to our production, click here  ——> IndieGoGo

The Characters:

Jonathan Peterson –  Played by BENJAMIN KANES (The Other Guys, Transformers 2) He takes his marraige seriously and tries to understand his wife’s recent conversion to Christianity. He has little reason to believe in the existence of the divine.

Samantha Peterson –  Played by JENN GOTZON (Frost/Nixon, Doonby) She is torn between her new found faith and her commitment to her husband. She is a caring and guiding force in Jonathan’s life and is committed in teaching him the ways of God.

Pastor Johnson –  Played by DAVID SHAVER (10 Seconds, The Job)  He is the pastor of the Church of God Samantha attends. He has a gentle heart and guides Samantha in teaching her husband about the Kingdom of God.

Ezra Reginald –  Played by ALTORRO PRINCE BLACK (Second World II: Blood, Fire, Smoke / Missing Link)  He is Jonathan’s colleague and friend. His immature and uncommitted lifestyle cost him his marriage.

***We were especially thrilled to be contacted by Jenn Gotzon through her agent when she heard of our project!  When we learned that the actress that played in Ron Howard’s Academy Award nominated film “Frost/Nixon” wanted to be a part of our production, we were overwhelmed with joy and excitement!!!  We knew that Jenn along with Benjamin, David, and Altorro, would be well able to breathe life into our characters who are set in this overwhelmingly powerful event of the coming Kingdom of God!

The Impact

The impact this project will have on others is monumental!  We believe that everyone, big or small, is looking for meaning in their lives.  Everyone has questioned to themselves: “Who am I?”, “Is there a God?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, “What is humanity’s ultimate destiny?”.  Because of that, we are producing a film that seeks to give answers to these BIG questions.   That is why this story will impact anyone who has ever asked these questions at least once in their lives.  Whether you agree or disagree with the answers presented in this film, it will nevertheless impact many by the visuals and style of its cinematography and will ultimately drive audiences to want to research even deeper the answers to life’s biggest questions.

If we do not reach our goal and if this production is not made, then we will not be able to inspire and impact audiences by illustrating the beauty of this coming Kingdom.  We understand that our film can make a difference in the lives of individuals who watch it and we want to be able to give them a new perspective about our place in the grand scheme of things.  We want to reassure audiences that what is in store for humanity and this Earth is greater than anything our imaginations can hold!  But, without this film getting made, we won’t be able to reassure our supporters the greatness of this plan for humanity.

What We Need & What You Get

We need $40,000 to make this all happen.  We need this funding to help pay for the equipment, the locations, the transportation, the wardrobe, the make-up, our cast, our crew, the postproduction, the editing, color correction, audio mix, distribution costs, dvd duplications, merchandising expenses, film festival fess, and marketing.  By helping us in your contribution, you will officially be a part of our production and our creative family.   So, in turn, we will offer to you many, many incentives: free digital downloads of the film and behind the scenes footage, dvd copies of the film, movie posters, t-shirts, blu-ray copies, tickets to our premiers and after-parties and SO much more!  We want to make sure that you get first pickings in our finished product.  We will deliver our incentives once our film is completed which we project to be mid March of 2012.  Until then, we will keep all of our supporters updated on the process and give you free access to our behind the scenes footage.

Please, please donate what you can, $10, $15, $25, whatever you are able to give and help us make this production possible.  It is a powerful story of love, eternal life, and the coming Kingdom of God!  Thank you for your support and contribution!

Sincerely,

Daniel C. Pickett

Our Auditions Come to a Close

On July 20th, we had our first audition for “The Sacred Eternal” and was wowed by how much talent had showed up that honestly wanted to be a part of our production.  A week later, on July 27th, we had our 2nd auditions and I must say, we had more talent pour in this time around than last time!  We were definitely busy all day today!  From organizing our schedule, scripts, sides, headshots, and recording each casting session, we were on our toes the entire time!  We did get a sincere compliment on how we held one of the most professional auditions they’ve ever experienced.  And that meant a lot to us.  We put a lot of work into being professional to both our talent and crew but at the same time, having a sense of humility, integrity, and compassion in how we deal and work with our talent especially.  We understand the nervousness, vulnerability, and uneasy struggles that comes from being an up and coming actor/actress in the film industry.  So, our hearts and sincere salute goes to all of our hard working, dedicated talent that took the time to get to know us and our passion project.  We are deeply humbled.

Now that casting should be over, we will be racking our brains for the rest of the week in choosing the cast for “The Sacred Eternal”.  We will try to have our casting announcements by the end of this week/weekend.  There is still so much that needs to be done after our cast is chosen!  We are planning on jumping right into rehearsals by next week or the week after and in the middle of that process, I will be meeting with our Director of Photography to discuss further our plans for lighting, shot composition, locations, and storyboards.  While this is going on, we will launch our funding/marketing campaign for all those that want to be a part of this project but can’t get to us face to face.  If you want to help bring this production to life, we are open to donations which will have AMAZING incentives attached to them.  From free Exclusive Backer’s Edition DVD sets, to t-shirts, free entries to our wrap party, and special tickets to our premiere in a major city, there are many reasons to help us bring this story to life!  We honestly believe that investment is a TWO way street.  You invest in us, we will invest in you.  It’s that simple.

So, again, I can not stress this enough, I am humbled by all that came out and I am moved by this project all over again.  Hearing our talent say the words and act them out before my very eyes gives me chills and reminds me of why I wrote this story in the first place.  It’s a chance for the gospel of the Kingdom of God to be told in a new and exciting way.  So THANK YOU to all of our talent that came out.  We commend you, we honor you, and we salute you.  And remember we will not forget you.  For every film that comes out after this first one that will continue our story, there will be another character that will be introduced.  We will always keep you in mind even for our future roles!  So thank you for coming out and hanging with us.  We deeply appreciate your dedication.

In closing, I will say that no matter what your dreams are in life, always remember that what you have become always trumps what you have accomplished in life.  So, keep dreaming, keep pursuing, but never forget to be who you were always meant to be.

Keep posted on our updates, you will not want to miss the next few announcements we will post!  May God through our Lord Jesus Christ bless you, keep you, and guide you through this life and into His glorious Kingdom.

Amen!

Sincerely,

Daniel C. Pickett (Writer/Director)

Dreams, Visions, and Memories

While we prepare ourselves for the preproduction phase of our short film project “The Sacred Eternal”, we stop and contemplate on the many themes presented in our screenplay.  What exactly are dreams?  How do they relate to visions that we have of the future?  And how do they transform the memories of our past?  These are questions that the audience will be left to answer after viewing our visual story.  There are times, as human beings, that we have an inherent desire to picture and experience a perfect world on Earth.  Where evil did not exist.  Where pain and suffering was done away with and peace and love reigned supreme.  It’s as if we look at the evil others do and know that something is wrong.  In a world where genocide, murders, wars, starvation, and disasters are rampant, it is no wonder we long for a time when all of these things will be things of the past.  We long for a time when our dreams of a coming utopia will transform our painful memories of this present evil world into memories of hard lessons learned.  Could it be, after all of our longing, that that time is in fact coming?  Could it be, that the Earth will finally know eternal peace?  Could it be, that a literal coming Kingdom will finally show us what our world will look like when His way of life is applied?  May your search for these answers be not in vain.

Upcoming Project

The script and story is taking shape.  The title may finally remain.  The characters’ message is maturing.  I grow in anticipation with this particular project since I have high expectations for it.  This story that I have written deals with three big questions:  1.) What is the Kingdom?  2.) What is man?  3.) What is sin?  It is these three questions that drive the story and orchestrate the events that unfold over the course of a thousand years.  The protagonist of our story (Jonathan Peterson) is thrown into a place and time he does not understand and is taught the secrets of the Kingdom of God.

This story is a spiritual journey and will contain many ambiguous and strongly poetic cinematography, transporting the viewer into another world.  I have several candidates in mind to take up the mantle of cinematographer.  I also have a “wish” list for the actor and actress to play Samantha (Jonathan’s wife) and Jonathan himself.  I also have a few candidates in mind to compose the original score for this tale.  But, of course first thing comes first…funding.  And in order to get funding, I have to make sure my T’s are crossed and my I’s are dotted.  Story boards are next on the To-Do-List.

As I continue the process of drawing the shot compositions for this project, do not hesitate to share with anyone this upcoming project.  I plan on using local talent in the Philadelphia area in all aspects of production.  If you have experience and/or desire to work on this project, send your resume and cover letter to danielcpickett@gmail.com (storyboard artists are welcomed to apply!!!).  Please note that compensation will be on a deferred basis since funding has not been gathered as of yet.  What I can offer is the chance for creative minds to collaborate together to create a visually stimulating story.  If you are up to the challenge and the experience, join me on this adventure as we move forward.  Thank you!

Daniel C. Pickett