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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you’ve probably figured out that I love sharing about family-friendly films. And I’m so glad that there are becoming more and more great films that are suitable to sit down and watch with the entire family.
Last week, I was introduced to Faith House Pictures. You can learn more about them here, but let me share the lowdown – “Faith House Pictures is literally two guys single-handedly producing faith-based movies that make their way into theaters and big box stores nationwide.” Did you catch that? TWO GUYS! They do everything! From writing to filming, editing to set design, hair and makeup, sound, lighting, even food service. The end result = films that are good enough to be sold on the shelves of retail stores and played on the big screen!
I have to admit, I was skeptical. This didn’t even sound possible. And, truth be told, in my questi to find good family-friendly movies, I’ve watched a few too many “low budget films.” You know the ones I mean – poor acting, bad sound or lighting, etc. – you can just tell.
I received “A Box of Faith” – one of the movies produced by Faith House Pictures, and I’d like to share it with you . . .
About the Movie
After her family is taken away, 16-year-old Dior is forced to live on the streets.
Ms. Ward, a social worker, makes it her mission to track down the wily teen, who manages to stay a step ahead. Through their cat-and-mouse game, they unexpectedly teach each other the meaning of love and acceptance.
Heidi Says . . .
We sat down as a family to watch this movie the other day. It only took a few minutes for my skepticism to fade. I was really impressed with this movie. By the end of the movie, I was in actually in awe. It seems impossible that two men could accomplish all of this!
I just love their story:
The team faced an uphill battle from the very beginning. “We had a little money but a lot of faith,” adds McMahon. “We couldn’t afford expensive crews and elaborate sets, so we locked ourselves in a room for two weeks and wrote a script that could be made with virtually no budget.” But then the unexpected happened; as word got out that they were producing a Christian movie, they were flooded with offers of help from the community.
“It reaffirms our belief that God will provide what we need,” adds McMahon. “Locations, props, automobiles, animals, even actors appeared out of nowhere. We were truly blessed.”
To create the films they wanted, additional camera equipment was needed, but was way out of their budget. Since both had mechanical backgrounds, they built dollys, cranes and camera rigs (one which has since been patented) to achieve the sweeping, panoramic shots found in big-budget movies.
“We build furniture pieces, sew curtains, even design costumes,” adds McMahon, “and it’s just the two of us. If you look at the number of names in the average movie credits, it’s staggering. Here we are doing the jobs of a hundred people: writing, filming, editing, set design, hair and makeup, sound, lighting, even food service. We wear all the hats.”
Having limited funds and no crew does have its advantages. “I think it actually makes our films better,” adds Waldron. “We never lose sight of the story because we are both on the same page throughout the entire process. We know what each other is thinking and are incredibly efficient,” but adds with a grin, “though it would be nice if we had some money to hire some A-list actors.”
It’s a few days later and I’m still shaking my head it awe of everything that these two men have accomplished! I’m ready to watch the movie again too. Why? Because the storyline is refreshing and unpredictable, the characters are endearing, the actors are talented, and scenery and props draw you in; really, I could go on and on.
I’m excited to view (and share!) more films from the Faith House collection with you!
You can learn more about Faith House Pictures by visiting their website. There is currently a 50% off sale on their movies, so be sure to take advantage of that! All the movies on the site are also available to watch instantly via Digital HD. You can rent them ($3.99) or buy them ($6.99). So, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of patience, but can’t wait to see this movie, go for it!
Be sure to like Faith House Pictures on Facebook too. Tell them Heidi sent you!
***This post made possible by Faith House Pictures.***