Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Ultimate Plea to "Holy"wood!

No commentary needed.

Let's get to work.

(props to Mark Joseph for the photo find)

Katie's in Africa - David's Headed to Mexico

It seems like every Missions Trip I've ever been on.... that I get blessed more than any blessing I go to pour out. God is amazing that way. I'm supposed to go and bless yet I wind up blessed.

The only thing that is proving to be even more blessing is to watch my children GO!

Almost the entire family has been to the missions field with us. We WANT our children to GO and serve.

Lea has served in several countries including Sri Lanka (post Tsunami).
Her heart was broken and God did an amazing work in her.

David is leaving for Matamoras, Mexico today.
He will be building houses in a very poor and impoverished part of the country.
At 14... this should be an amazing God experience for him. That is our prayer.

Katie is in Zambia right now!!!
She is about 2.5 weeks into a 2 MONTH trip that will include ministry in So. Africa.
Much of her trip will be spent coming alongside AIDS/HIV patients. In Zambia she is working mostly in orphanages with kids who have lost their parents to the deadly disease.

We got this picture of her in action this week.

We are deeply moved that God would use her and are thankful for her willing heart.

We have established a blog to post info about Katie and her trip as we receive it. You can follow her AFRICA ADVENTURE by clicking here.

Word of advise to parents: SEND THEM!!!
God will use your kids in amazing ways!

Friday, June 27, 2008

For HIS Glory

I'm not a big miracle guy. But I know they happen.

In fact... my background is more non-charismatic than charismatic.

(Frankly... the whole dividing line between these two "camps" makes me ill anyway)

That said... I HAVE seen miracles.
Real. Live. Miracles.

But you know what... I've only seem them happen when THEY BRING GOD GLORY.

On the occasions that I have seen miracles... they have been overseas.

You see... I believe God could do a miracle on Wall St. or Lombard St.
BUT... It rarely happens here in the states because for the most part a miracle here would not necessarily bring Him glory. Skeptics would question the occurrence, others would explain it away, still others would flat deny anything supernatural happened at all.

Whereas, even in a small village in Africa or Vanuatu... a genuine miracle could/would point directly to God (bringing Him glory). People in those places are not as jaded. People there have fewer reasons to believe that it MUST be something other that God.

In the end, I believe, God is interested in drawing us closer to Him. And, miracles done before those who won't recognize the source do not achieve that.

1 Corinthians 1
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

If you are skeptical that miracles can happen... Go on a Missions Trip, and see what you observe.

If you find that miracles happen routinely... examine what effect they have on the observers. Do they bring God glory? If not, what lasting purpose does the miracle have?

God loves us.
And He gives us the ability to CHOOSE to love Him in return.
He wants us to be intentional about our actions and choices.
He is intentional about His actions and choices. He is purposeful.

That said... Are we that purposeful about giving Him the glory?
Are we mindful that everything we produce/direct/make should bring Him glory?
He is WORTHY of all our praise!

If God doesn't waste or isn't frivolous with His actions... isn't that and example for us?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

CCM Grad wins an EMMY!!!!

And the winner is: DAVID FRY!

Last night David became the FIRST CCM Grad ever to win an Emmy Award.

David graduated in Aug. 2006 (which means he achieved this notable feat in less than 2 years since he graduated!!!)

He walk away with the famed award at the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Northwest Regional Chapter, 45th annual Emmy Awards.

His award is for:

Advanced Media - Arts/Entertainment
KSTW-TV, “Spectrum Dance”; Howard Shack, Producer; David Fry,


May God continue to use us all, wherever He would have us be!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Most Amazing Skate Video... Ever???

My eyes do not believe what I see.
I've not been a fan of skate videos... but this one stopped me in my tracks.

Directed by Spike Jonze
BTW... my apologies... this one is definitely a FILM!

In Production....

The last few days have been incredibly busy and exciting. Our team has been scripting and shooting 9 different pieces at one time! I'm so proud of the people I work with. Some have become seasoned veterans (at the ripe age of 20!!!). And some are digging in exploring territory where they have never gone before. Over the weekend we had a crew of 20+ and a cast of nearly 100 at a shoot for a new "epic" set of ATF promo videos. We're really excited about what amounts to a series of "short films." They're loaded with special effects (3D & Pyrotechnic). We're shooting with the Steadi-Cam and our 24'Jib. Our actors are getting the chance to step-it up in some leading roles. All that while script revisions continue to swirl... [talk about a real world experience!!]

And... let's not forget that we've been working on another pair of videos involving SKYDIVING!!! Wow! In one day our team went up for 4 jumps... shooting aerial formations... special effects backplates involving the skydivers... and multiple landings. We worked with a team of skydiving specialists outside of Dallas who were seasoned film/television people. Their wisdom and confidence rubbed off on our entire CCM Team who both had a tremendous professional experience and grew all at the same time. [Our folks can now put on their resumes & reels that they've worked on an aerial shoot and staged skydiving scenes!!]

On top of all of that Drew Thomas (my DP favorite from L.A.) has been here pouring into our shooters and being an active part of this whole process. Man... we've spent a lot of years doing a lot of projects together! Good times.... Better friend!

Long Days.
Short Nights.
HUGE opportunities for CCMers to step into positions that they have been pursuing or dreaming about.

It doesn't get much better than this!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Anatomy of the Disney - Pixar Partnership

Great insight into this power partnership!!

The Power of the Pre-Nup
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